Yamaha Artist Services has honored both David Smith, music professor, and Dr. Michael Varner, former director of Percussion and World Music at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Read more: Yamaha Honors Smith and Varner

On Wednesday, November 1, Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES will host a Music Educators Technology Symposium featuring Barbara Freedman, James Frankel, and Adam Goldberg.

Read more: Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES to Host Music Educators Technology Symposium

There is still time to submit your nominations for SBO’s 20th annual “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” honor. As we celebrate 20 years of recognizing outstanding band, orchestra or other instrumental program educators, you can help celebrate a co-worker, former teacher you may have been influenced by, or another amazing director who brings music to the life of students.  

“We have honored 950 amazing directors over the past 19 years, selected from submissions from students, colleagues, alumni, band parents, administrators and more,” says SBO editor Mike Lawson. “This country has so many great music educators. This year, we will reach the milestone of 1000 directors honored! We have band directors nominating their assistants, assistants nominating their directors, it's a wonderful process. Reading the submissions and working with our nomination team to make the final selections each year is a difficult but heartwarming process.”

School Band and Orchestra magazine will honor a director from each state, so even if you work in Texas but were raised in Florida and want to nominate your middle school director from your home state, you can do that. 

Nominations are accepted through October 31, 2017, for this very special issue.

Visit http://sbomagazine.com/directors-who-make-a-difference.html to nominate a director who is making a difference! 

To view last year's 19th annual issue, visit http://http://sbomagazine.com/digital-archives.html.

Yamaha has donated two YPG235 keyboards to Mercy Ships, an organization that sails a modern floating hospital directly to the people who do not have access to area hospitals or similar medical services.

Read more: Yamaha Donates Keyboards to Mercy Ships

Juilliard Jazz will present "The Music of Fletcher Henderson, Eddie Durham, and Bill Challis" with guest conductor Vince Giordano and the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra on Thursday, October 12 at 7:30p.m. in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater. 

Read more: Juilliard Jazz to Present 'The Music of Fletcher Henderson, Eddie Durham, and Bill Challis'

On October 15, musician, hornist, and collector Charles Valenza (BM ’50, MM ’53) will have several of his renowned collection of twenty-eight horns, which date back to the late 18th century and the mid-20th century, featured in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music.  

Read more: Charles Valenza's Horn Collection to be shown at Eastman School of Music

Bob Rogers Travel (BRT) has announced an exciting change coming to the Thanksgiving Parade of Bands at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Read more: Bob Rogers Travel Welcomes Presidio Brass to the Thanksgiving Parade at Walt Disney World Resort

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has welcomed five new full-time musicians to its ranks for this season.

Read more: Detroit Symphony Orchestra Welcomes Five New Musicians

Sweetwater founder and president Chuck Surack has announced that Sweetwater will be the national sponsor for the music education nonprofit Little Kids Rock.

Read more: Sweetwater Becomes National Sponsor of Little Kids Rock

The Eastman School of Music will be presenting the 12th annual Music College Fair in Upstate New York on Thursday, September 28 in collaboration with Ithaca College and The Juilliard School.

Read more: Eastman School of Music to Host Music College Fair

On the Road

Do you have a story to tell about taking your school music groups on the road? SBO wants to hear about it!

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Directors who make a Difference

Do you know a fantastic K-12 instrumental music educator who is deserving of recognition in SBO?

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and tell us why he or she should be featured in SBO’s annual "Directors Who Make a Difference" report.

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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