This issue we present the 17th annual School Band and Orchestra Essay Contest winners and their essays.

Read more: Mr. Lawson Goes to Washington

Current Issue

The world of music education is altering rapidly, which should come as no surprise to anyone, as our art is always changing, but it does seem that recently the number of new initiatives appear to be coming faster than we can keep up.

Read more: Michael Fein's Teaching Music Improvisation with Technology


The 2017 school year is over, summer band programs are beginning, and planning for 2018 is well underway.

Read more: Festivals and Travel Resources for 2018!

Current Issue

It’s been a great ride: elementary school band playing for school assemblies, junior high school band with marching and a few concerts, and then high school band with parades, concerts, pep rallies, sports events, competition, and perhaps a dance band.

Read more: Community Bands Return from Coast to Coast

String Section

There are few aspects of playing a stringed instrument (specifically violin/viola) which feel like a natural, physically familiar, comfortable use of the body. 

Read more: Concepts and Tips for Teaching Form

MAC Corner

Directors are entrusted with thousands of dollars of instruments and equipment, yet along the way, few have ever had a course in business management.

Read more: How to Maximize Fiscal Opportunities


Ideally, every band and orchestra teacher would like every child in their band and strings programs to own a quality “step-up” instrument, and the sooner, the better.

Read more: Step It Up!


Drum Corps International will celebrate its 45th anniversary throughout the summer, as the world’s most elite marching music ensembles entertain thousands across the United States.

Read more: Celebrating the Season: APR for Drum Corps International


There are extended techniques, and then there are extended techniques.

Read more: London Contemporary Orchestra Strings: Cutting Edge Sample Library Spitfire Audio


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!

Click Here to Submit Your Story

Directors who make a Difference

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

Click here to nominate a director 

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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