Huber SmithGrammy Honors Music Educators

A total of 10 music teachers from 10 cities across nine states have been announced as finalists for the second annual Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. In total, more than 7,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.

Read more: Ten Music Teachers Finalists For Grammy Music Educator Award

Carmel Bach Festival and Monterey Museum of Art Celebrate Bach's 330th Birthday at

Carmel Bach Festival, an immersive festival of music and ideas celebrating the works, inspiration, and ongoing influence of J.S. Bach, and the Monterey Museum of Art (MMA) invite the Monterey Peninsula community to honor Bach's 330th birthday March 21 at MMA's La Mirada location. "Bach's Birthday Bash" celebrates the composer's ongoing influence in the arts with an evening of musical performances, food and drink, a raffle, door prizes and more.

Read more: Carmel Bach Festival and Monterey Museum of Art Celebrate Bach's 330th Birthday at March 21...

Belleville, Illinois residents William and Cynthia Shirley, winners of the Yamaha Silence is Golden contest winners, holding a SILENT Brass practice system for trumpet at the 2015 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, the largest musical instrument trade convention in North America. During their all-expenses paid, four day and five night stay, the couple also visited Disneyland Park and Disneyland California Adventure Park. Standing to their left, Roger Eaton, director of marketing, Yamaha Corporation of America, Band & Orchestral Division.Belleville, Illinois residents William and Cynthia Shirley, winners of the Yamaha Silence is Golden contest winners, holding a SILENT Brass practice system for trumpet at the 2015 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, the largest musical instrument trade convention in North America.

Read more: Illinois Couple Wins Trip to Disneyland

Julliard String QuartetThursday, February 5, 2015 at 8 p.m. in Alice Tully Hall

Presented as Part of Juilliard’s Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Recital Series

Read more: Julliard String Quartet Performs Quartets by Beethoven, Haydn, & Shulamit Ran

Dave Gerhart, Product Manager, Percussion Instruments - YamahaYamaha today announced the appointment of Dave Gerhart as product manager for the company’s Percussion Department, Band & Orchestral Division. He will report to Troy Wollwage, marketing manager, Percussion Instruments.

Read more: Yamaha Appoints Gerhart as Product Manager, Percussion Instruments

(Left to Right): Tabor Stamper, President of KHS America, awards Chauncey Kleveland $1,000 scholarshipSan Antonio, TX – January, 2015 – Tabor Stamper; President of  KHS America, awards Chauncey Kleveland with a $1,000 scholarship to help her pursue her dream of becoming a Music Educator. 

Read more: KHS America Awards a Future Music Educator with $1K Scholarship

David E. Smith Publications, LLC is pleased to make available the latest upgrade of their 2014 Catalog, and to announce the acquisition of “River Song Productions” to their company holdings, which includes “Majestic Music Publications” and “Psalm 150 Publications.” In addition they continue to be the exclusive distributor for: “Stockton Music Services,” “Ken Bauer Productions,” “Light Of The World Music,” and “Rich Heffler Music.”

Read more: DESPUB acquires River Song Productions

Almost one year ago Jupiter launched their “Banded” campaign that highlights the common ground shared among musicians, music educators, parents of musicians, school music retailers, community supporters, and the Jupiter team. The campaign continues to grow and now has an official home: GetBanded.com.

Read more: The Jupiter “Banded” Engagement Campaign Has A New Home: GetBanded.com

What is believed to be the earliest known practical example of polyphonic music –a piece of choral music written for more than one part – has been found in London in a British Library manuscript. The inscription is believed to date back to the start of the 10th century. It is written using an early form of notation that predates the invention of the stave. It was inked into a space at the end of a manuscript of the Life of Bishop Maternianus of Reims.

Read more: Earliest Known Piece of Polyphonic Music Discovered

A total of 10 music teachers from 10 cities across nine states have been announced as finalists for the second annual Music Educator Award, presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. Steven Acciani, Diamond Bar High School in Diamond Bar, California.

Read more: Ten Finalists Announced For Second Annual Music Educator Grammy Honor

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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!

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