We all know the benefits of learning and performing music. Playing an instrument in an ensemble can improve a person’s sense of belonging and feeling of community, improve cognitive and motor skills, and help people form lifelong friendships.

Read more: Five Reasons Why You Should Take Your Ensemble on an International Tour


A powerful opportunity for growth is often found amid extreme challenges. Such an opportunity has come to Drum Corps International this year.

Read more: Opportunity for Growth


With marching season upon us, SBO presents some of the newest uniform trends and offerings for your band programs.

Read more: Style and Sound: Band Uniforms and Footwear for 2018


Wandering around the NAMM show is an experience in cacophony. Between product demos, artist presentations, and the thousands of attendees trying out the latest gear, it’s hard to hear yourself think.

Read more: ASSR Session Files: An SBO Best Tools for Schools 2018 Award Winner


The 2018 Festivals of Music Virginia Beach event was held April 27 and 28 at the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center at Norfolk State University.

Read more: Festivals of Music: Virginia Beach 2018


The full range of human emotions were present when the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School Wind Ensemble from Parkland, Florida took the Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall on the evening of March 6 for an unusual encore to their earlier adjudicated performance.

Read more: New York Wind Ensemble Festival At Carnegie Hall


Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore (1829- 1892), the man who became known as, “The Father of the American Band,” should not be confused with William E. Gilmore (1824-1879), leader of Gilmore’s Cornet Band of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Read more: A Tale of Two Gilmores

String Section

Individuals driven to create, (film, music, dance, written word and the visual arts) tend to be both inspired and somewhat physiologically affected by one another’s work – more so when an emotionally charged message or subject is involved.

Read more: String Players Making a Difference: Social Justice and Change


The world of Drum Corps International (DCI) marches into high gear in May.

Read more: Creating Masterpieces

Current Issue

The marimba is a very unconventional instrument to record. Here are some helpful tips.

Read more: Your Lucky 7: Helpful Tips for Recording Marimba

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.

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