North Bridge Winds completed another "music education" tour with Paul Edmund-Davies, that visited; Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport, State College, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; as well as Wilmington, Delaware, and Murray, Utah. The Mission Possible Tour partners included Robert M. Sides Music, Summerhays Music, Windworks Studio, and Warfield's Fine Flutes.

Read more: North Bridge Winds Completes Third Music Education Tour With Paul Edmund-Davies

 From left: John Wittmann, director, Artist Relations and Education, Yamaha; Legacy in Education Award winner Bret Kuhn; Rick Young, SVP, Yamaha; Legacy in Education Award winner Steve Houghton.Yamaha presented the company’s Legacy in Education Awards to Steve Houghton and Bret Kuhn during this week’s annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC16) being held in Indianapolis. The annual award recognizes distinguished Yamaha Artists and music educators for their extraordinary service to and impact on the field of music education.

Read more: Yamaha Honors Two Artist-Educators at PASIC 16 With Prestigious Legacy in Education Awards

Earlier this year, leading school music retailer, Music & Arts, opened nominations for its annual Music Educator of the Year award. Applications poured in from across the country, but after an extensive review, only 25 nominees were selected as semi-finalists for the 2016 honor.

Photo: Gordon Snyder from Kannapolis, N.C. received the 2015 Music Educator of the Year award.

Read more: Music & Arts Announces Semi-finalists for 2016 'Music Educator of the Year'

Iron Mountain Incorporated® Entertainment Services has renewed its continued support of L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs (Literacy, Arts, Culture, Education, and Recreation).

Read more: Iron Mountain Entertainment Services Supports L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs

The 94th season of the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts (YPCs) will continue on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. with “Classical,” the second 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 All-Mozart Program

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) announced that Thom Hannum, University of Massachusetts Associate Director of the Minutemen Marching Band and Director of the Marimba Band and Marimba Ensemble program, is the recipient of the 2016 George N. Parks Award for Leadership in Music Education. Thom will receive the award during the Opening Ceremony at the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis on Saturday, November 12, 2016.

Read more: Director Thom Hannum Named Recipient of 2016 George N. Parks Award

Yamaha Band and Orchestral division announced it will be partnering with, an online nonprofit platform where teachers seek the resources their music students need most, to fund music education projects for the new school year.

Read more: Yamaha Partners with to Supply Music Essentials for Classrooms

Reinforcing its longstanding commitment to music education, Yamaha Corporation of America has launched the Yamaha Master Educator Program, an exciting new initiative that will provide inspiring professional development opportunities and artistic music collaborations for music educators at the local, state and national levels. 

Read more: Yamaha Master Educator Program Equips Music Directors

NY Philharmonic Young People’s Concert Photo: Michael DiVitoThe New York Philharmonic has launched Young People’s Concerts Play!, a new online learning platform making Young People’s Concerts (YPCs) — the Philharmonic’s signature concert series that introduces young audiences to musical topics through repertoire of all periods — available for on-demand streaming, enhanced by innovative interactive lessons for classrooms (grades 3–6). The first releases include YPCs focusing on Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, available for free at

Read more: New York Philharmonic Launches Young People’s Concerts Play!

Photo: Robert Smith with the Sphinx Virtuosi. Credit: Brian Hatton PhotographyDuring the October 20 Sphinx Virtuosi performance at Carnegie Hall, the Sphinx Organization was thrilled to present Robert Smith with the first Sphinx Trailblazer Award, in recognition for his commitment to social justice and the arts. The award was presented by Aaron Dworkin, Dr. William H. Carson, and Afa S. Dworkin. 

Read more: Robert Smith Presented with Sphinx Trailblazer Award


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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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