It takes so much more to run the band than just the instruments we play to make music.

Read more: Back to School Accessories for Band and Orchestra


My experience as a music student did not include exposure to today’s drum corps performances.

Read more: Marching to a Different Drum in Music City, USA

String Section

It is rare to hear a string player be anything but enthusiastic when it comes to playing with other musicians of similar skills and musical sensibilities performing chamber music. 

Read more: A Practical Guide to Chamber Music Success


Diamonds. Gold. Distinctions. Records. Just a few of the words that describe the 2017 Drum Corps International World Championship Finals. 

Read more: 2017 DCI World Championship Finals Cap Another Record-Breaking Year


At some point in your music education career, and by some point I mean “every couple of weeks”, you will likely be posed the following question from a student, a parent booster, an administrator, or all of the above: “When’s our next trip?” 

Read more: Mapping Your Way: Finding the Best Travel Planner

Current Issue

A journal is a wonderful thing. Journals enable writers to keep stock of their activities and learn from their experiences.

Read more: Inspire Your Students to Keep Music Journals


Did you know that the music for “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” the great patriotic song of the North in the American Civil War, was written by a southern native, William Steffe, and that the music for “Dixie,” the great patriotic song of the South in the American Civil War, was written by Daniel Emmett, a northerner?

Read more: Use Band and Orchestra Compositions to Inspire Interest in Music History

Current Issue

There’s nothing quite like watching a child bond with their grandparents over a 1959 Selmer sax, passing your trumpet down to a new player, or watching one of your students nail a solo on a freshly-purchased flute.

Read more: Need Band Booster Cash? Set up a Shop on Reverb.com!


I saw this image posted on Facebook by my friend, Julie Duty, founder of United Sound. It was, in a word, heartbreaking.

Read more: … is not capable of learning an instrument.


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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