MusicFirst, a learning management system designed specifically for music educators, has signed a distribution agreement with Soundtrap, an online collaborative music and podcast recording studio, to offer a cross-platform music creation solution within its portfolio aimed at educators, teachers, band, choir and orchestra directors.

Read more: MusicFirst Signs Distribution Partnership with Soundtrap

On March 13, 2017, the SABIAN Education Network returned to the Drummers Collective in New York City for another event aimed at drum teachers.

Read more: Sabian Education Network Returns To The Collective NYC

Universal Orlando Youth Programs has revamped its STARS Performance Program workshop, Sound Design: Music and the Art of Foley.

Read more: Students Take Center Stage at Newly Enhanced Universal Orlando Youth Program

The Summer NAMM Show is calling musical acts of all genres to showcase their talents as part of the Bands @ NAMM program during the annual Summer NAMM Show, held July 13-15 at Nashville's Music City Center. The Bands @ NAMM program offers artists the opportunity to submit their act to perform on one of the three days of the annual event. 

Read more: Bands @ NAMM Submissions are Now Open for The 2017 Summer NAMM Show

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association announces the West Coast premiere of Björk Digital, an exhibition of groundbreaking digital and virtual reality (VR) video works featuring music from the artist's latest album, Vulnicura. Björk Digital will run from May 19 to June 4 at Magic Box at The Reef in downtown Los Angeles. In conjunction with Björk Digital, Björk will also make her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut, performing with orchestra in a concert conducted by Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason on May 30. Tickets for the exhibition and for the concert go on sale on Monday, March 6, at 10AM PST. 

Read more: The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association Announces the West Coast Premiere of Björk Digital

BSO Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink returns for one week during the BSO’s 2016-17 season, leading four concerts Thursday, March 16-Tuesday, March 21.

Read more: BSO Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink Returns

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and 50 of its State Federated Music Education Associations have submitted letters to the leadership of both Federal Congressional Committees on Appropriations.  

Read more: NAfME and 50 Federated Associations Ask for Maximum Title IV, Part A Funding

Sphinx founder Aaron P. Dworkin and president & artistic director Afa S. Dworkin to receive 2017 Human Spirit Award at the Kennedy Center

Read more: Sphinx Founder and President to Receive 2017 Human Spirit Award at the Kennedy Center

Heid Music, with stores located throughout Wisconsin, is aiming to put more than $30,000 into area school music programs during Music in our Schools Month this March.

Read more: Heid Music’s ‘The Big 10+ Contest’ Aims to Put More Than $30,000 into School Music Programs

During its most recent National Executive Board meeting in January 2017 in Anaheim, CA, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) approved the bylaws and constitution of the Western Music Education Association (WMEA) and formally approved affiliation with the organization, which serves music educators in India.

Read more: NAfME Welcomes New Federated Association Serving India


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SBO Web Poll

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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