Make Music Day, the annual global celebration of music on the summer solstice, returns this year on Thursday, June 21 with more than 4,500 free outdoor concerts, music lessons, jam sessions and other exciting music-making events being held in over 70 U.S. cities in 31 states.

Read more: Make Music Day Returns on June 21

For the fifth straight year, Yamaha Corporation of America will be providing financial support to the National String Project Consortium (NSPC), a coalition of string project sites based at colleges and universities across the United States.

Read more: Yamaha To Support National String Project Consortium for Fifth Consecutive Year

The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis will pay tribute to Blue Note Records on Tuesday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Alice Tully Hall. The evening will feature big band arrangements of classic Blue Note recordings.

Read more: The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra And Wynton Marsalis Honor Blue Note Records In April

The Conn-Selmer Division of Education has announced that they have added North Carolina A&T State University of Greensboro, North Carolina, to its growing list of institutions who are part of the Conn-Selmer School Partnership Program.

Read more: North Carolina A&T Joins Conn-Selmer School Partner Program

Music & Arts has announced their spring 2018 schedule for the "Upgrade Your Sound" event tour, featuring additional dates and locations than in previous years.

Read more: Music & Arts Announces Spring ‘Upgrade Your Sound' Dates

A charter bus filled with high school band students traveling from Orlando, Florida to Houston, Texas fell into an Alabama ravine yesterday, causing many students to be taken to emergency rooms via helicopters, and bus driver Harry Caligone to be killed, according to CBS News affiliate WKRG-TV.

Read more: Bus Carrying Band Students Crashes Into Alabama Ravine, Killing Driver and Injuring Passengers

JodyJazz Inc has announced their acquisition of the Chedeville Company, the world renowned brand of clarinet and saxophone mouthpieces.

Read more: JodyJazz Inc Acquires Chedeville Company

Now in his fourth season as music director, Andris Nelsons will lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in three concerts in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage over three consecutive evenings in April.

Read more: Boston Symphony Orchestra To Perform at Carnegie Hall

Next Tuesday, March 20, the Nashville Symphony will host “Composers of Hope,” a part of Nashville Symphony’s Violins of Hope initiative and Chamber Music Series.

Read more: Nashville Symphony’s Violins of Hope Continues With 'Composers of Hope'

Directors who make a Difference

For over 20 years, School Band & Orchestra Magazine has been honoring amazing music educators from all 50 states. That's more than 1000 educators recognized for their outstanding contributions to music education programs!

Do you know a fantastic K-12 instrumental music educator who is deserving of recognition in SBO? Tell us why he or she should be featured in SBO’s annual "Directors Who Make a Difference" report.

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