Roland has released the Aerophone Editor app for the Aerophone AE-10 Digital Wind Instrument.

Read more: Roland Releases Aerophone Editor App

Yamaha and the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music have announced that they will be selecting five graduate students from an international pool of applicants to participate as fellows in the 2017 Eastman Leadership Conference.

Read more: Eastman School of Music and Yamaha Partner to Support Future Arts Leaders

Denise Collins, the regional sales manager (Northeast) of J.W. Pepper, was awarded with the NYSBDA (New York State Band Directors Association) Distinguished Service Award to recognize the work J.W. Pepper has done for the New York State Band Directors Association’s Summer Conference.

Read more: Denise Collins of J.W. Pepper Awarded the NYSBDA Distinguished Service Award

This week, The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation recognized 527 school districts and 92 schools in the United States for their exceptional music education programs.

Read more: NAMM Foundation and University of Kansas Recognize Districts and Schools as Best Communities for...

Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi passed away on April 1, 2017 at the age of 87.


Read more: In Memoriam: Roland Founder Ikutaro Kakehashi, 1930 - 2017

The White House Administration's fiscal year 2018 budget proposal calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Corporation for National and Community Services (Americorps), among other federal agencies.

Read more: #SaveTheNEA

NY Philharmonic Very Young People’s Concert Photo: Michael DiVito

The New York Philharmonic Very Young People’s Concerts (VYPCs), for children ages 3 to 6, will conclude its 12th season Sunday, April 30, 2017, at 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and Monday, May 1 at 10:30 a.m. at Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street.

Read more: NYPhil Very Young People’s Concerts Conclude April 30 - May 1

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the New York Philharmonic Photo: Chris LeeThe Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen will conduct the New York Philharmonic in the U.S. Premiere of Tansy Davies’s Forest: a concerto for four horns — co-commissioned by the Philharmonic with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Warsaw Autumn Festival — featuring Richard Watkins, Katy Woolley, Nigel Black, and Michael Thompson, all in their Philharmonic debuts; the New York Premiere of Stravinsky’s recently rediscovered Funeral Song; and Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra.

Read more: The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen To Conduct New York Philharmonic

L–R: Bill Thomas, Oscar S. Schafer, Deborah Borda, and Jaap van Zweden at new NY Philharmonic PositionLos Angeles Philharmonic Board Chairman Jay Rasulo announced today that Deborah Borda will step down from her position as President and CEO to become President and CEO of the New York Philharmonic starting September 15, 2017. 

Read more: Deborah Borda to Step Down as President and Ceo Of The Los Angeles Philharmonic


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This year, our primary major band travel is for:

Festival Competitions - 42.5%
Public Performances - 30%
Educational Workshops - 5%
Some of All of the Above - 20%

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