Instruments & Gear

Alfred Music has released Concert Band, Full Orchestra, and Choral arrangements from the musical “Hamilton.”

Read more: Alfred Music 'Hamilton' Arrangement Books  

Instruments & Gear

This all-in-one, accelerated piano course is designed for students who need a fast-paced approach to piano study. Book 4, which completes the series, continues the steady development of artistry and keyboard skills that began in books 1, 2, and 3.

Read more: Alfred Music Premier Piano Express Book 4

Instruments & Gear

This year, The Beatles and D'Addario Accessories are joining together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with limited edition guitar pick 10 packs and guitar straps.

Read more: D'Addario Accessories Beatles Guitar Picks and Straps

Instruments & Gear

Alfred Music announced the release of Sound Innovations for Elementary Classroom Guitar, an innovative method for class instruction, especially for young children.

Read more: Alfred Music Sound Innovations for Elementary Classroom Guitar

Instruments & Gear

Music Nomad Equipment Care Octopus 8 'n 1 Tech Tool is perfect for adjusting output jacks, control pots, tuning machine bushings and screws.

Read more: Music Nomad Octopus 8 'n 1 Tech Tool

Instruments & Gear

Tonegear String Cleaner for Violin/ Viola removes rosin quickly and easily through the utilization of its tension control tabs.

Read more: Tonegear String Cleaner for Violin/Viola

Instruments & Gear

Aquila Carbonblack Ukulele Strings sets are designed to give the user a strong, consistent sound.

Read more: Aquila Carbonblack Ukulele Strings

Instruments & Gear

Vandoren has expanded the V21 clarinet and saxophone families to include Eb clarinet and soprano saxophone. Since its original release for clarinet in 2015, V21 reeds are designd to impress students and professionals alike with their smooth, warm sound, flexibility, and dynamic response.

Read more: Vandoren Expands V21 Line

Instruments & Gear

Vandoren now offers V16 reeds for baritone saxophone.

Read more: Vandoren Releases V16 Reeds for Bari Sax

Instruments & Gear

Spitfire Audio announced the availability of Spitfire Symphonic Woodwinds — a collection for Native Instruments’  KONTAKT PLAYER platform, featuring woodwind performers recorded and ‘deep sampled’ with no expense spared via the signal path at Lyndhurst Hall within London’s Air Studios.

Read more: Spitfire Audio Symphonic Woodwinds


On the Road

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Directors who make a Difference

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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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