“A Note To My Parents, I Love My School Music Program Because…” was the theme of SCHOOL BAND AND ORCHESTRA’S 17TH annual scholarship essay contest. Several thousand entries were submitted as students competed for ten, $1,000 scholarships.

The awards were given to five students grades 4 to 8 and five students grades 9 to 12. Their respective school music programs received a matching award of music products from co-sponsors NAMM, Alfred Music Publishing, EPN Travel Services, Sabian Ltd., Woodwind & Brasswind and Yamaha Corporation of America. Since its inception the scholarship program has awarded $340,000 in funds and matching music products to the student winners and their schools. Three students from the Indianapolis area were selected, two from the same school. The music directors from the winning schools were a husband and wife, Candi and Rick Granlund. For the second straight year a student was chosen from the Floyd Middle Magnet School, Montgomery, AL. Other states represented were California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Texas and Wisconsin. The music students received their scholarship awards from local music dealers representing NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), a major co-sponsor of the program. Participating music dealers were Art’s Music Shop, Montgomery, AL; Sam Ash Music, Canoga Park, CA; Guitars Etc.; Longmont, CO; Paige’s Music, Indianapolis, IN; Falcetti Music, Springfield MA; Alamo Music Center, San Antonio, TX and White House of Music, Waukesha, WI.

The winning students and their music directors are Isabella Woodham, Floyd Middle Magnet School, Mongtomery, Al and music director Coleman Woodson; Laurent Chang, William Howard Taft Charter School, Woodland Hills, CA and music director Daniel Gruber; Ty Mortensen, Longmont High School, Longmont, CO and music director David Merrill; Rhea Bhatia and Georgia Bott, Sycamore School, Indianapolis, IN and music director Candi Grandlund; Kathryn Peterson, North Central High School, Indianapolis, IN and music director Rick Granlund; Skyler Acconcio, Minnechaug Regional High School, Wilbraham,MA and music director Margaret Reidy; Samuel Garcia-Rodriguez, Pleasanton High School, Pleasanton TX and music director Ralph Unger; isabelle Kramar, Lake Shore Middle School, Mequon, WI and music director Kirsten Ertl.

Check this page September 1, 2017 for the 18th Annual SBO Essay Scholarship Topic and entry form.

Grades 4-8

Rhea Bhatia
Grade 7
Age 12
Sycamore School
Indianapolis, IN 46260

Georgia Bott
Grade 6
Age 12
Sycamore School
Indianapolis, IN 46260

Lindsay Haukom
Grade 8
Age 13
Plainfield Central Middle School
Plainfield, CT 06374

Isabelle Kramar
Grade 8
Age 13
Lake Shore Middle School
Mequon WI 53092

Isabella Woodham
Grade 7
Age 13
Floyd Middle Magnet School
Montgomery, AL 36111

Grades 9 -12

Skyler Acconcio
Grade 12
Age 17
Minnechaug Regional High School
Wilbraham, MA 01095

Laurent Chang
Grade 10
Age 15
William Howard Taft Charter High School
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Ty Mortensen
Grade 12
Age 17
Longmont High School
Longmont, CO 80501

Kathryn Peterson
Grade 12
Age 18
North Central High School
Indianapolis, IN 46240

Samuel Garcia-Rodriguez
Grade 10
Age 16
Pleasanton High School
Pleasanton, TX 78064



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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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