Music Director Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) embark on their sixth trip to Europe together in January 2017, marking the Orchestra’s 33rd tour to Europe and the 60th international tour in its distinguished history.

Read more: CSO Embarks On Seven-City European Tour

D’Addario Woodwinds created a Rico “Hero Kit” as part of a direct mail campaign to announce the re-branding of Rico to Rico by D’Addario and give thanks to the teachers who help make and keep Rico reeds the world’s leading student reed.

Read more: D'Addario Woodwinds “No Reeds Attached” Sweepstakes

Steve Zapf presented Ms. Amy Delorge from Biddeford, ME the Music & Arts Music Educator of the Year award. Amy has 26 years of teaching experience and is currently the band director at Biddeford Middle School.

Read more: Music & Arts Presents Amy Delorge With the Music Educator of the Year Award

The Greenwich Free Press, a source for local online news in Greenwich, Connecticut, covered SBO’s “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” winner John Yoon’s win. The hometown hero has had a positive and lasting influence on his students. Read more about it here

Read more: 50 Directors Who Make a Difference Winner Honored

Buffet Crampon and Julius Keilwerth saxophones are pleased to announce Howard Dietz of Denton, Texas as the winner of the 2016 Saxophone Idol competition, held on December 14, 2016 at Andy’s Jazz Club in Chicago, Illinois.

Read more: Buffet Crampon and Julius Keilwerth Announce 2016 Saxophone Idol Winner

At this year’s Winter NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center, Yamaha Corporation of America reaffirms its longstanding support of The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (Lennon Bus) with sponsorships and an expanded participation in the Lennon Bus’ music education efforts.

Read more: Yamaha Celebrates John Lennon Educational Tour Bus 20th Anniversary with Expanded Relationship

In October the Give a Note Foundation, an affiliate of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), earned a prestigious 2016 Top-Rated Nonprofits award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

Read more: Give a Note Foundation Honored as 2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit

2017 Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops at the University of Louisville registration is now open for all ages, all abilities, and all instruments including: adults of all ages; middle and high school students; retired and college students; college prep; hobbyists; and professionals. 

Read more: Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops Registration Open

​The 94th season of the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts (YPCs) will continue on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. with “Romantic,” the third program in this season’s series, The Ages of Music — each program exploring the sound, composers, and culture of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras, respectively.

Read more: New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts

 Christoph von DohnányiBSO Guest conductor Christoph von Dohnányi is joined by virtuoso pianist Jean-Frédéric Neuburger for three performances Thursday, January 26-Saturday, January 28, 2017, for Schumann’s intensely lyrical Piano Concerto. 

Read more: BSO Premieres New Work by Julian Anderson


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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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