The ABC affiliate in Great Falls, Montana honored orchestra teacher Elizabeth Quniby with a news story telling everyone of her selection to be in the the 2015, 18th Annual "50 Directors Who Make A Difference" issue. Congratulations, Ms. Quinby on your selection and a job-well done, as evidenced by your awesome music programs. Click here to see the video of the news story. The news was also covered by her local paper, the Great Falls Tribute, here.

NAMM Foundation invites music teachers, college students studying music, and the entire music industry to join efforts to keep music education strong. Musician-producer “Weird Al” Yankovic and Canadian Brass to Headline NAMM Foundation’s Grand Rally for Music Education on Saturday, January 23.

Read more: NAMM Foundation Keeps Music Education Strong at 2016 NAMM Show

David BilgerYamaha today announced the addition of David Bilger to the company’s trumpet artist roster. Bilger, principal trumpet of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1995, has been praised by The New York Times for the “easy brilliance” of his technique and by the Washington Post for his “engaging legato touch.”

Read more: Yamaha Welcomes David Bilger, Principal Trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra, to its Artist Roster

teven Blier (photo by Dario Acosta)Juilliard and New York Festival of Song Present "Harry, Hoagy, and Harold" on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at 7:30pm in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Featuring the Music of Harry Warren, Hoagy Carmichael, and Harold Arlen Performed by Singers from Juilliard's Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Read more: Juilliard and New York Festival of Song Present "Harry, Hoagy, and Harold"

A Utah band brought the healing power of music to cancer patients at LDS Hospital.

Read more: Utah Band Brings Healing Power of Music to Cancer Patients

The Sutherlin School District is now offering an instrumental music program for students from seventh to 12th grades for the first time in nearly a decade.

Read more: Sutherlin High School Brings Back Instrumental Music Program

A local community college is keeping the art of violin making alive.

Read more: Unique Program Teaches Students of All Ages the Art of Violin Making

President Obama signing ESSAPresident Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replacing No Child Left Behind. National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray, Chairman Kline, and Ranking Member Scott are commended for their efforts to compete work on this important legislation.

Read more: NAfME and NAMM Commend Congressional Education Leaders, President Obama on Passage of “Every...

#MusicStandsAlone National Foundation for Music EducationMore than 140,000 Music Educators and Music Supporters Celebrate the Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, Elevating Music as a Stand-Alone Subject

“Music matters.” That is the resounding message coming from the Senate’s passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) [S.1177] on Tuesday, December 9, 2015, with a vote of 85 to 12. “This reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is more than seven years overdue,” noted Christopher Woodside, Assistant Executive Director of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). “More historic is that for the first time ever, music is enumerated in federal statute as a stand-alone subject, explicitly listed among the components of a well-rounded education for all students.”

Read more: Music Educators and Supporters Celebrate the Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act

THE SONG CONTINUES 2016

Renowned Mezzo-Soprano Marilyn Horne to lead annual series of master classes and recitals from January 19–23.  The series features six public events, including master classes led by Ms. Horne, Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Blythe, and Baritone Sir Thomas Allen; plus a closing concert, the Marilyn Horne Song Celebration, on Saturday, January 23.

Read more: Marilyn Horne Leads Annual Series of Master Classes and Recitals at Carnegie Hall

Directors who make a Difference

For over 20 years, School Band & Orchestra Magazine has been honoring amazing music educators from all 50 states. That's more than 1000 educators recognized for their outstanding contributions to music education programs!

Do you know a fantastic K-12 instrumental music educator who is deserving of recognition in SBO? Tell us why he or she should be featured in SBO’s annual "Directors Who Make a Difference" report.

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