Yamaha has donated a large number of band and orchestral instruments that had been damaged in shipping to help train the next generation of band instrument repair (BIR) technicians at Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC) in Sioux City, Iowa.

Read more: Yamaha Donates Instruments to Western Iowa Tech’s Band Instrument Repair Program

Now in its 36th year, the 2017 Savannah Jazz Festival was sponsored by JodyJazz this past September.

Read more: JodyJazz Sponsors 36th Annual Savannah Jazz Festival

Three alumni of Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music (HSOM) have been nominated for four Grammys in the Jazz and Composing/Arranging categories.

Read more: Hayes School of Music Alumni Nominated for Grammy Awards

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) has announced the faculty and European tour highlights for the inaugural year of NYO Jazz, a four-week intensive summer program designed to showcase the talents of young American jazz instrumentalists (ages 16-19), beginning in summer 2018.

Read more: Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute Announces Details for Inaugural NYO Jazz Program

Yamaha has honored Rebecca Kite and Pete Magadini with the company’s prestigious Legacy in Education Awards.

Read more: Yamaha Honors Kite and Magadini with Legacy in Education Awards

Kalil Olsen, a 17-year-old high school student from East Lansing, Michigan, was named the first recipient of the Brian Jemelian Award for Outstanding Achievement, following his piano performance at the week-long “Celebrating the Spectrum” at Michigan State University this past summer.

Read more: Kalil Olsen Honored by Yamaha with Brian Jemelian Award for Outstanding Achievement

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has received a grant from General Motors (GM) to expand the Soundcard student discount program.

Read more: Detroit Symphony Orchestra Expands Soundcard Student Discount Program with Grant from General Motors

The New York Philharmonic has named Adam Crane vice president of external affairs, and Susan Madden vice president of development, beginning in January 2018.

Read more: New York Philharmonic Appoints Crane and Madden to New Positions

Carnegie Hall has announced that it will partner with the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS), for the summer 2018 season of NYO2, an intensive orchestral program for outstanding American instrumentalists ages 14–17.

Read more: Carnegie Hall Partners with New World Symphony for NYO2

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) today announced that the winner of the ninth annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers is New Zealand-Canadian composer, sound artist, and performer Juliet Palmer.

Read more: Detroit Symphony Orchestra Names Palmer Winner of Lebenbom Award


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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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