"A Note To My Parents, I Love My School Music Program Because…" was the theme of SCHOOL BAND AND ORCHESTRA’S 17TH annual scholarship essay contest. Several thousand entries were submitted as students competed for ten, $1,000 scholarships.

Read more: 2017 SBO Scholarship Essay Contest Winners

At this year’s Winter Guard International (WGI) Indoor Percussion & Winds World Championships, eight awards were earned by groups using solely Yamaha instruments.

Read more: Yamaha Ensembles Take Home Eight Medals at 2017 WGI Championships

Because of a partnership between the Republic Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade and WorldStrides OnStage, high school marching bands will have the chance to march in the parade that kicks off the Kentucky Derby weekend.

Read more: WorldStrides OnStage Partners with the Republic Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade

The D'Addario Foundation donated over $17,000 in grants to six Chicago-area music education nonprofits on Friday, April 28th at the Quinlan & Fabish Burr Ridge (Illinois location).

Read more: D'Addario Foundation Donates $17,000 to Music Education Non-Profits

IK Multimedia has released iRig Recorder 3, a professional quality field recording app for Android devices.

Read more: IK Multimedia Releases iRig Recorder 3

The University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music and ArtistShare have announced that Owen Broder, Eastman alumnus and saxophonist/clarinetist/composer, has been selected as the first Eastman/ArtistShare new artist.

Read more: Broder Selected as Inaugural Eastman/ArtistShare New Artist

The complete list of medalists at the WGI Sport of the Arts 2017 World Championships has been announced.

Read more: WGI World Championship Medalists Announced

This month will mark the inaugural concerts of “The Orchestra Swings,” the first new Link Up curriculum since 2012 from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI).

Read more: Carnegie Hall Introduces New Curriculum ‘The Orchestra Swings’

Keith Mardak, CEO and chairman of the board of Hal Leonard, has donated $2.5 million dollars to Chicago's VanderCook College of Music. 

Read more: VanderCook College of Music Receives $2.5 Million ‘Challenge Gift’

Roland has released the Aerophone Editor app for the Aerophone AE-10 Digital Wind Instrument.

Read more: Roland Releases Aerophone Editor App


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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