There are many significant benefits to being able to adjust and maintain clarinet reeds.

Read more: Clarinet Reed Adjustment and Care

MAC Corner

Teacher – I cannot think of any other word in our language that carries with it more importance than the word teacher.

Read more: Unlock the Great Teacher Within


Have you ever tried to saw wood with a dull saw blade? Or tried to use a butter knife instead of a screwdriver?

Read more: Finding the Perfect Flute at the Perfect Price

Current Issue

Teach improvisation? There’s no time for that in my classroom. Isn’t that just for jazz bands, anyway?

Read more: Teaching Improvisation to Large Ensembles


Now is the time of year when thousands of young people audition to be part of Drum Corps International.

Read more: Directors: Help Your Students Set Their Sights on Excellence – And a Season of DCI!

Current Issue

Within every military service music organization are rich military traditions frequently seen in symbolic artifacts.

Read more: Sousa Still Leads the Band! The Iconic Sousa Baton, a Symbol of Musical Greatness


We had intended to do Part II of our feature on military bands in this issue, but unfortunately our ace reporter, Marty Steiner, is based in Florida, along with some of the people who were to be part of the story.

Read more: The Angry Winds of Change

Current Issue

I urge every teacher who works with groups of children to do this.

Read more: Learn Their Names First

Current Issue

Keyboard percussion is developing into an art form, especially within the last several decades.

Read more: The Art of Keyboard Percussion


Last summer, I had the pleasure of participating in the European University of Saxophone in Gap, France.

Read more: A World of Difference: Instrumental Music Education in France


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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