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.

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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!

The Second Annual Grand Rally for Music Education featured violin virtuosos Black Violin in collaboration with Yamaha; and includes interviews with Turnaround Artists Keb’ Mo’ and Bernie Williams; with student performances by The Perfect Fourth Quartet, a Sphinx Organization ensemble and recipients of the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award presented by First Lady Michelle Obama. 

Read more: The Second Annual Grand Rally for Music Education

S.E. Shires makes a big splash in the jazz market with jazz trumpets.

Read more: SBO NAMM Product of the Day: S.E. Shires Jazz Trumpets

The NAMM Foundation’s Nonprofit Networking program was open to established nonprofit organizations that share The NAMM Foundation’s mission of advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan.

Read more: Non-Profit Roundtable Series

Photo credit: Rob Davidson PhotographyThe SupportMusic Coalition is a program of The NAMM Foundation which unites non-profit organizations, schools, and businesses working to assure that music education is supported in communities everywhere, and that all children have the opportunity to learn and grow with music.

Read more: SupportMusic Coalition on Coalition Forum

Recreational Music Making (RMM) programming began on Friday, Jan. 20 with the All-industry Drum Circle and ends on Sunday, Jan. 22 with the Music Making and Leisure Brunch & Learn, and Ukulele Circle. 

Read more: Recreational Music Making – Circles at NAMM


On the Road

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Directors who make a Difference

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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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