Buffet Crampon and Julius Keilwerth saxophones are pleased to announce Howard Dietz of Denton, Texas as the winner of the 2016 Saxophone Idol competition, held on December 14, 2016 at Andy’s Jazz Club in Chicago, Illinois.

Read more: Buffet Crampon and Julius Keilwerth Announce 2016 Saxophone Idol Winner

At this year’s Winter NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center, Yamaha Corporation of America reaffirms its longstanding support of The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (Lennon Bus) with sponsorships and an expanded participation in the Lennon Bus’ music education efforts.

Read more: Yamaha Celebrates John Lennon Educational Tour Bus 20th Anniversary with Expanded Relationship

In October the Give a Note Foundation, an affiliate of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), earned a prestigious 2016 Top-Rated Nonprofits award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

Read more: Give a Note Foundation Honored as 2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit

2017 Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops at the University of Louisville registration is now open for all ages, all abilities, and all instruments including: adults of all ages; middle and high school students; retired and college students; college prep; hobbyists; and professionals. 

Read more: Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops Registration Open

​The 94th season of the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts (YPCs) will continue on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. with “Romantic,” the third program in this season’s series, The Ages of Music — each program exploring the sound, composers, and culture of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras, respectively.

Read more: New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts

 Christoph von DohnányiBSO Guest conductor Christoph von Dohnányi is joined by virtuoso pianist Jean-Frédéric Neuburger for three performances Thursday, January 26-Saturday, January 28, 2017, for Schumann’s intensely lyrical Piano Concerto. 

Read more: BSO Premieres New Work by Julian Anderson

Robert J. Sherman, son of American songwriter and Disney legend Robert B. Sherman, paraded down iconic Main Street U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom with the Harnett Central High School "Marching Trojans" from Angier, N.C. on Monday, entertaining thousands of Walt Disney World Resort guests.

Read more: Composer Robert J. Sherman Marches with North Carolina High School Band

After more than 60,000 views of the 12 semifinalist schools’ videos for the 2017 Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour, during which viewers voted daily for their favorite schools, the six schools to be part of the Tour have been chosen.

Read more: 2017 Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour

The annual Music Education Days at the Winter NAMM Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, January 21–22, 2017, in Anaheim CA. Music educators and administrators are encouraged to join Roland/BOSS at this industry-only music products trade show. 

Read more: Roland/BOSS Special Offer For Music Educators at 2017 NAMM Show

The Boston Symphony Orchestra welcomes over one hundred adult amateur musicians from sixty-seven Massachusetts communities to Boston’s Symphony Hall for the third “Onstage at Symphony, ” January 11-14, 2016.

Read more: BSO Invites Adult Amateur Musicians to Participate in Third “Onstage At Symphony”


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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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