The D’Addario Foundation’s Long Island Lesson Program has evolved to become the Ascenté Chamber Orchestra, its own El Sistema program that provides robust, free music education to kids in the Copiague, New York community, where many factory employees of D’Addario & Company reside.

Read more: The Long Island Lesson Program Evolves into the Ascenté Chamber Orchestra

NAMM’s Museum of Making Music (MoMM) has announced that its recent benefit shows A Concert for a Cause, featuring Herb Alpert and Lani Hall (August 10), and a Bluegrass Benefit with The Grascals and Flatt Lonesome (August 25) raised an estimated $60,000 in support of music education and music access.

Read more: Benefit Concerts for NAMM’s Museum of Making Music Raise $60,000 for Music Education Opportunities 

Mapex Marching Percussion has announced a new partnership to be the exclusive provider of marching drums to meet these needs of the Florida State University Marching Chiefs.

Read more: Mapex Marching Percussion Partners With the Florida State University Marching Chiefs

The Juilliard Orchestra's 2018-19 season will open with alumna Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducting the Juilliard Orchestra in a Bernstein Centennial Celebration on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at 8 p.m. in Carnegie Hall.

Read more: Marin Alsop Conducts the Juilliard Orchestra on September 29 at Carnegie Hall

Katie Webster, an 18-year-old saxophonist from Seattle, has been named the 22nd recipient of the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship to Berklee College of Music, a four-year, full tuition award presented in conjunction with the Monterey Jazz Festival. She is the very first female recipient of the Lyons Award.

Read more: Katie Webster named the 22nd Jimmy Lyons Scholar to Berklee

The Musicians Hall of Fame has unveiled a new exhibit honoring the career and impact of solo musician and former Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch, a legacy that will live on thanks to a newly created endowed scholarship in his and wife Wendy’s name at Belmont University. The opening took place right before the late Welch would have turned 73.

Read more: Belmont University Announces Bob Welch Memorial Scholarship at Exhibit Opening

Thank you to all the students who participated in the 19th annual School Band and Orchestra Essay Contest. The contest deadline was December 31, 2018.

Check April 15th for a complete list of the winners and their school music programs. The 20th annual essay contest will commence September 1, 2019.

Students you can win your share of $20,000 including matching music products for your school music program!

Ten $1,000 scholarships awarded in two categories:

Solutions for Teachers has announced that their assessment book series entitled “A.I.M.” is now being sold through J.W. Pepper. A.I.M. (Achievement in Music) provides a simple and organized approach to assessing band students.

Read more: ‘A.I.M.’ Books Now Sold Through J.W. Pepper

Conn-Selmer has shared their new website,

Read more: Conn-Selmer Debuts New Website

Evans and Promark had a very exciting week at the 2018 Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana celebrating the success of their groups and sponsoring the lot in Military Park.

Read more: Evans and Promark Attend the 2018 Drum Corps International World Championships

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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