What better way for one to have their work validated than by being nominated by one’s community for an award that is judged by their peers and industry professionals and, subsequently winning it?

Read more: Melissa Salguero: 2018 Grammy Music Educator of the Year


Between mid-March and the end of April, school music groups from around the country travel to central Florida to take part in the WorldStrides OnStage Heritage Festival at Universal Orlando Resort, where education meets fun in the sun and more.

Read more: Worldstrides OnStage Programs Heritage Festival

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It was pouring rain and cold, especially for Miami, as the band waited to start the Orange Bowl New Year’s Eve parade.

Read more: 76 Trombones!: Applying for the Big Parades

MAC Corner

Attendees at the 2017 Midwest Clinic experienced a unique performance this past December.

Read more: A Performance They Will Always Remember


A story was relayed to me by a band director friend. She was at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, and while walking through McCormick Place overheard a portion of a conversation between a group of young band directors.

Read more: The Importance of Our Ancestry

Current Issue

Drum and Bugle Corps is an amazing activity for the development of mallet players.

Read more: Auditioning for a Drum and Bugle Corps Front Line Ensemble


As I write this, thousands of teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky have marched on their state capitals demanding an increase in wages and school funding.

Read more: They Don't Pay You Enough....


Spring has sprung at Drum Corps International! Corps are in high creative mode putting together new shows for the upcoming summer tour – conditioning, rehearsing, and planning. And although it’s hard to believe, the new competitive season will be here before you know it.

Read more: Always Reaching Higher - DCI Brings More in 2018


One Sunday morning in February 1892, young Herbert L. Clarke (1867- 1945), upon prompting from his brother Ernest, auditioned for the famous Gilmore Band.

Read more: What Was an Audition Like with Gilmore?


If you’re like me, you’re busy preparing literature with your band for contests and festivals. And, if you’re like me, your band plays chorales every day.

Read more: Commentary: Using Chorales to Teach Intonation, Articulation, and Phrasing

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