Few people in the history of music education can say their work has directly impacted the lives of countless music students from all over the world. For 27 years, Tim Hill worked for the Disney corporation, managing the Disney Performing Arts programs that attracted those students and their directors to participate in performances, festivals, workshops and more.

Read more: Tim Hill

Best Tools for Schools

The annual SBO Best Tools for Schools awards were presented at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California on January 25.

Read more: SBO Presents the 2017 Recipients of the Best Tools for Schools Award


Rarely has a software program been as anticipated as Steinberg’s new notation program. If you don’t know the story, a few years back, Avid decided to let go of the Sibelius development team and Steinberg hired the core team to develop Dorico.

Read more: DORICO - Steinberg’s Next Generation Notation Program

String Section

Handling Your Instrument and Avoiding Accidents

Read more: Protecting Your Instrument – Part One

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Have you ever thought of presenting a themed concert?

Read more: Select a Theme for Your Concerts


March is the month that comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. It’s famous for the beginning of spring, the Ides of March, St. Patrick’s Day, spring breaks, and the NCAA’s March Madness. Now the March calendar has a new designation.

Read more: Inside DCI March 4 – A New Celebration for Marching Music


This month’s Perspective column is a salute to Tim Hill. It’s likely you don’t know Tim. But if you have made a trip to Disney in the past 25 years and taken in a school band, orchestra or choral group performing, you’ve seen Tim’s work.

Read more: Who’s the leader of the club...?


Early in February, winter storms Maya and Niko cut across the northern United States and the east coast, bringing with them advisories ranging anywhere from “blowing and drifting” to “repent your sins.” And as I watched the coverage on the news, one thought consistently went through my mind: thank goodness it wasn’t peak tour season.

Read more: Prevent a Blizzard of Worries: Have a Travel Planner


School bands and orchestras carry on a great heritage in the American public school system.

Read more: School Bands and Orchestras An Appreciation

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Located in the center of West Virginia, close to three hours south of Pittsburgh and 15 miles off Interstate 79, sits Glenville State College.

Read more: Glenville State College – Bluegrass Bachelors And Beyond


On the Road

Do you have a story to tell about taking your school music groups on the road? SBO wants to hear about it!

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Directors who make a Difference

Do you know a fantastic K-12 instrumental music educator who is deserving of recognition in SBO?

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and tell us why he or she should be featured in SBO’s annual "Directors Who Make a Difference" report.

SBO Web Poll

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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