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SBO presents more of the latest fashion offerings for your band programs.

Read more: Style and Sound: Band Uniforms and Footwear for 2017

Current Issue

Once upon a time, a music teacher had a really bad day.

Read more: We Never Talk Anymore


Universal Orlando Youth Programs has expanded the music/ film offerings for its “STARS Performance Program workshop, Sound Design: Music and the Art of Foley,” which they developed a few years ago with notable composer and music educator Robert W. Smith.

Read more: Universal Orlando Resort’s Awesome Expanded Workshops!

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Legends and excellence met together in Lexington, Kentucky March 7-12 this year.

Read more: The American Bandmasters Association Celebrates Excellence


This essay discusses introduction of Terry Riley’s “In C” to urban middle school students as a vehicle for collaborative music-making.

Read more: On the way to musicianship in public school programs: Exploring the turf

String Section

The degree of personal investment required of a string player to gain instrumental proficiency and musical excellence is astounding. For many years, I struggled in mediocrity and frustration.

Read more: Music Beyond High School: The Diversity of Non-Professional Opportunities and Activities for Adult...

Current Issue

That Sunday evening, Gudrun from the German Friends of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq, Najat Amin, our Kurdish composer and all the key players and staff from the orchestra met Zuhal and me at a café across from the Grand Theatre de Provence to talk about our future.

Read more: The Story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq


Band directors need to communicate with their students on the field, in the stands, and sometimes even in the rehearsal hall.

Read more: How to Choose a PA System for Your Marching Program


The 2017 season is approaching, and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever – all while having a summer-long celebration!

Read more: Inside DCI: It's Almost Showtime!


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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