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

The New York Philharmonic will return to Bravo! Vail in Colorado, celebrating its 30th season, for the Orchestra’s 15th annual summer residency, July 21–28, 2017.

Read more: New York Philharmonic To Return To Bravo! Vail

D'Addario Woodwinds adds sampler packs to their premium lines of Reserve and Select Jazz Reeds. Now the reeds that are ideal for students, teachers and professionals are available in 16 total sampler pack options (8 for Reserve, 8 for Select Jazz) in order for musicians to try a spectrum of options while finding their sound without breaking their budgets.

Read more: D’Addario Woodwinds Reserve and Select Jazz Reed Sampler Packs Available April

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Vandoren’s annual VandoJam at NAMM was a success. Once again held in the Hilton Avalon Room, the event enjoyed a fresh new format resulting in the event’s highest attendance in its 10-year history. 

Read more: VandoJam Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Applications are being accepted to the 2017 Sphinx Performance Academy (SPA) program. SPA is a full-scholarship intensive chamber music and solo performance program designed for aspiring Black and Latino string players, ages 12-17, who demonstrate aptitude toward but lack the resources for and access to quality music education. Students participate in a rigorous private lesson and coachings schedule, in addition to daily monitored practice sessions, masterclasses, and performances.

Read more: Sphinx Performance Academy Accepting Applications

The National Association for Music Education's (NAfME) CEO and Executive Director Mike Blakeslee and President Denese Odegaard released the following statement expressing NAfME's opposition to the Trump Administration's rescinding of Title IX guidelines regarding transgender students. 

Read more: NAfME Opposes Rescinding of Transgender Guidelines for Schools

NAMM members will return to the nation’s capital this spring for the organization’s 13th Annual Washington, D.C. Fly In for Music Education, May 22-25, 2017. As business owners and representatives, NAMM members will have the opportunity to advocate for the industry at-large to elected officials through a common mission to support the value and importance of music education to elected officials.

Read more: NAMM Members to Return to Washington to Advocate for Music Education

Students from Wadsworth High School, Ohio choir group, pose with five-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town and Mickey Mouse as they kick off Music In Our School Tour at Disney. (L-R)  Jane Mell Balek, Give a Note CEO, Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Terry Dola, Disney Performing Arts vice president, Kalyn Davis school choir director, Philip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, Sarah Trahern, CMA CEO, and Radio Disney Country correspondent Savannah Keyes (far right).Give a Note is embarking on the fourth annual Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour this March and April, along with Radio Disney, Radio Disney Country, and the CMA Foundation.

Read more: 2017 Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour Begins in March

Stevie Wonder saxophonist Ryan Kilgore, Destiny White-DixonThe 6th annual Heart Strings Gala fundraiser raised $70,000 for Band of Angels and music education in Kansas City, on February 4.

Read more: 6th Annual Heart Strings Gala Fundraiser Raises $70 000

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) congratulates music educator Keith Hancock on receipt of the prestigious 2017 Music Educator Award™.

Read more: NAfME Member Keith Hancock Named 2017 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year


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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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