This is the 19th annual “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” issue of SBO. We were, once again, blown away by the heartfelt, inspiring stories shared with us about these band director and orchestra leader candidates. It isn’t easy to choose the final names for each state. In fact, it’s rather difficult. This isn’t a popularity contest, so the most submissions doesn’t garner a spot on the list, though it certainly gets attention if the entire band gets together to enter their director and say amazing things.

Read more: What a Difference a Director Makes


We’ve all been thinking about leadership a lot lately.

Read more: Leadership Lessons from Wrigley Field

String Section

Some ensembles have set seating throughout the season, with minor changes as unanticipated circumstances require. This means you will sit with the same person for the duration of the season. In such an environment, one learns the inherently unique quirks, postures, musicianship idiosyncrasies, stylistic identities, and preferences of the person you share a stand with.

Read more: How to Work Effectively with Your Fellow Musicians

MAC Corner

Why market the music program to your community? Because your support, funding, and existence depend on it.

Read more: Marketing The Music Program to Your Community


Hello Santa... it’s me again. I am back with my list of gifts for you to deliver this holiday season. Some are for those who have been naughty; most are for those who have been nice. Hurry up and pack the sleigh it’s almost time to go!

Read more: Letter to Santa

Directors Who Make a Difference

SBO’s 19th annual “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” once again showcases great music educators, each of whom were submitted from all 50 states.

Read more: SBO Presents The 19th Annual 50 Directors Who Make A Difference


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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