Directors Who Make a Difference

For two decades, School Band and Orchestra Magazine’s “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” has focused the spotlight on outstanding music educators from each of these United States.

Read more: SBO Presents the 20th Annual 50 Directors Who Make a Difference

String Section

Originally intended as a “grand finale” to the series of articles addressing orchestral etiquette(s), I am finally able to present this piece. I am pleased to present these thoughts and observations from noted experts in the field.

Read more: Etiquette and Managing Musicians

Current Issue

The kitchen is all cleaned up from Thanksgiving and the kids are back at school.

Read more: Letter to Santa

MAC Corner

Yes, the school year just got going, but it’s already time to start thinking about enrollment for next year.

Read more: 'Tis The Season to Keep Them Playing!

Current Issue

There are many factors that contribute to ensembles achieving an excellent, more mature sound.

Read more: Good Phrasing: A Game Changer for Achieving a Mature Ensemble Sound


It was with great regret that I found myself giving up my early 2009 MacBook Pro 17” machine.

Read more: OWC Thunderbolt Dock


This issue of SBO Magazine is the 20th annual salute to “50 Directors Who Make a Difference.”

Read more: Experiences That Made a Difference


Providing opportunities for the achievement of excellence in an innovative educational experience is what fuels Drum Corps International as “Marching Music’s Major League.”

Read more: Making a Difference Through Education

Current Issue

The marimba is not your ordinary instrument. Jumping right into the marimba can be very frustrating for a beginner.

Read more: Beginning Tips for the Marimba


This is the 20th annual “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” issue of SBO. During that time, we have honored a director from each state, making a total of 1000 band directors who have been selected by our editorial board to be featured in this issue’s report. It is kind of a big deal.

Read more: 1000 Directors, 20 Years


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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