Annelle K. Gregory - Violin Senior Division WinnerSphinx Competition winner violinist Annelle K. Gregory wins first place $50,000 Robert Frederick Smith Prize in the Senior Division and cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing wins first place $10,000 award in the Junior Division.

Read more: The Sphinx Organization Announces Annual Competition Winners

East Rowan High School Director of Bands Emily McNeil receives the 2017 NAfME Band Director of the Year Award from NAfME President Denese Odegaard.2017 marked the tenth anniversary of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band (USAAAMB), which performed at halftime during the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, on January 7, 2017. The 125 students who were selected to the 2017 USAAAMB spent the week rehearsing for the show, learning from one another, and being inspired by this year’s USAAAMB Director Dr. Kenneth G. Bodiford has served as the Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama.

Read more: NAfME Member Emily McNeil Named 2017 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band Director of the Year

Developed at the Eastman School of Music’s Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research, "The Eastman Case Studies" are designed for current and future leaders to develop the skills and perspectives for helping solve problems of musical arts organizations through situation analysis, recommendations, and discussion.

Read more: Eastman School of Music Launches Volume II of ‘The Eastman Case Studies’

Since 2005, From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation have awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to exceptional young musicians with financial need.

Read more: Apply for the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award

Last October-December, Give a Note Foundation hosted a #MusicEdMatters giving campaign, and 18 Tri-M® and four NAfME Collegiate chapters competed to raise the most funds. Altogether, these 21 student chapters raised more than $10,000 for Give a Note, an affiliate of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).  

Read more: Music Education Students Raise More Than $10,000 for Give a Note Foundation

Detroit-based Sphinx organization has proud history of boosting the number of African-American, Latino classical string musicians. 

Read more: Sphinx Organization Celebrates 20 Years of Diversity

On-Stage donated an array of music products and accessories to Harmony Project of Los Angeles, California. On-Stage is a Connecticut-based, family-owned business with a long history of supporting charities, community programs, and schools that promote music education and performance.

Read more: On-Stage Supports Donates NAMM Booth Products to Harmony Project

D’Addario adds German violinist Julia Fischer to their Orchestral artist roster.

Read more: Julia Fischer Joins D’Addario Orchestral Artist Roster

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is seeking original music written by student composers for featured performance in the 2017 Young Composer Concert, held in Dallas, Texas, and the 2017 All National Honor Orchestra performance as part of the All National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) performances at Walt Disney World.

Read more: NAfME's 2017 Student Composers Competition is Now Accepting Submissions

Seventeen hit songwriters and producers from all music genres will be among those who take the stage at this year’s ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO. Now in its 12th year, ASCAP’s “I Create Music” EXPO takes place April 13 – 15 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. 

Read more: Line-Up Announced for 2017 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO


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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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