The Sphinx Performance Academy (SPA) is a full-scholarship intensive chamber music and solo performance program designed for aspiring Black and Latino string players, ages 12-17.

Read more: Cleveland Institute of Music to Host Sphinx Performance Academy 2017

At this year’s Winter NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center, Yamaha Corporation of America reaffirmed 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

The Eastman Strings Albert Nebel VL601 is handcrafted from well-seasoned, European tonewoods imported from Germany.

Read more: SBO NAMM Product of the Day: Eastman Strings Albert Nebel VL601

Each spring, NAMM members gather in Washington, D.C. to “stand up for music education” and to serve as advocates for the right of every child to learn and grow with music. With the passage of the federal education law –Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – NAMM members, artists and other industry influencers will continue to meet with their congressional representatives to reinforce the importance of music being designated as significant to a well-rounded education.

Read more: Register for 13th Annual Music Education Advocacy D.C. Fly-In 2017

John Lennon Songwriting Contest Winners Tia P. , Skye Strickler, and Common Souls performed throughout the weekend on the NAMM Nissan Grand Plaza Stage. 

Read more: John Lennon Songwriting Contest Winners Perform

The 2017 Best Tools for Schools Awards will be presented today at 10:00 am to 10:30 a.m. in the NAMM Idea Center (Level 1 Lobby).

Read more: The 2017 Best Tools for Schools Awards

Brass, with its brilliant tone and sensitive warmth, is the new highlight of the Majestic Prophonic Series family of orchestral snare drums. Crafted entirely from 1mm brass, this incredibly responsive drum features the thinnest shell of its kind on the market today with a double beaded design for strength and a traditional orchestral metal drum look.

Read more: SBO NAMM Product of the Day: Majestic Thin Shell Brass Snare

The NAMM Foundation celebrates the 20th anniversary of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus tonight at the Imagine Party featuring Ronnie Spector and the Ronnettes. Presented by the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.

Read more: The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is Celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary

The Sandy Feldstein Roundtable featuring The Accidentals and music industry professionals takes place today.

Read more: Sandy Feldstein Roundtable

Music Educator Showcases are taking place Saturday and Sunday, January 21-22, 2017 at the NAMM Member Center, Anaheim Convention Center, in Lobby B. Today’s afternoon showcase focuses on Make Music Day! 

Read more: Music Education Showcase: Make Music Day!


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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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