Instruments & Gear

eMedia Music Corp., developer and distributor of music education software, has begun shipping classroom license and lab pack versions of its eMedia Guitar Method, eMedia Bass Method, eMedia Piano and Keyboard Method, and eMedia Singing Method software.

Read more: eMedia’s Guitar, Bass, Piano, and Singing Method Software for the Classroom and Lab

Instruments & Gear

Dream Cymbals announced the arrival of their Paper Thin series. The flagship Bliss series is designed to attract players with a sensitive ear and demanding touch. Since 2008 the Bliss Paper Thin 20” and 22” cymbals have been available. They are now available as a series including 14”, 16”, 17”, 18”, and 19”, as well as the original 20” and 22” sizes.

Read more: Dream Cymbals Bliss Paper Thin Series

Instruments & Gear

Ortega Guitars new Earth Series Ukulele’s are designed to combine quality with a low price point.

Read more: Ortega Guitars Earth Series

Instruments & Gear

Manhasset Stands announced their new model #1060 LED Lamp II.

Read more: Manhasset Stands 1060 LED Lamp II

Instruments & Gear

  A greeting card or poster from Tips for Playing in an Orchestra Series. Tip No. 1: Put Stalks on Your EarsViolettes by Becky announced the release of whimsical music-themed greeting cards, note cards, and coloring books.  

Read more: Violettes by Becky Whimsical Music-Themed Greeting Cards and Posters

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Manhasset Stands announced four new matte finish colors to its line of music stand products.

Read more: Manhasset Stands Matte Finish Available in New Colors

Instruments & Gear

Kanstul is announced that the Committee Trumpet is back. Based on their original design, they are now handcrafting a re-issue of this trumpet as the Model 1603. The Committee adheres to the classic #3 bore specs with the Kanstul commitment to 100 percent USA built quality.

Instruments & Gear

Laka Koa Bass Uke VUB90EAThe Laka Ukulele line from JHS is designed as a highly playable, tonally responsive range of ukuleles, endorsed by Joe Brown. Laka released their very first bass ukuleles; the Laka Mahogany Bass Uke and the Laka Koa Bass Uke.

Read more: Laka Bass Ukuleles

Instruments & Gear

Through the merger with its new parent company, Eastman Music Company, S.E. Shires has developed a more affordable class of professional brass instruments, named “Q Series” after Eastman founder Qian Ni. These instruments represent the philosophy of Eastman to produce the finest musical instruments at every price point and embody the reputation of Shires: to produce the highest quality hand crafted instruments for every player.

Read more: Q Series from S.E. Shires

Instruments & Gear

Yamaha Disklavier Enspire is the seventh generation of Disklavier pianos. Replacing the popular E3 series, Disklavier Enspire is designed as a high-resolution reproducing piano system with a new streamlined design eliminating the control box of previous generations, while an intuitive app enables it to be controlled by Apple® iOS and AndroidTM devices, as well as PCs and Macs.

Read more: Yamaha Disklavier Enspire


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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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