Instruments & Gear

Players Music LLC has been appointed exclusive U.S. distributor for Cool Wind ABS Horns.

Read more: Players Music Appointed Exclusive U.S. Distributor for Cool Wind ABS Horns

Instruments & Gear

The Loog Guitars App, dubbed Loog Academy, packs a complete set of tools to get kids playing songs: a tuner, video lessons by Grammy award winner Tim Kubart, chord charts, and even songs by; The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and more. Children play to the official video of the songs or record their own version and share it with friends. The Loog Educators’ Guide is a document aimed at helping music teachers incorporate Loog Guitars into their curriculum.

Read more: Loog Guitars App and Educators’ Guide

Instruments & Gear

Yamaha Arius YDP 163

Yamaha introduced the YDP-143 and YDP-163, the latest additions to the company’s popular Arius line of console digital pianos.

Read more: Yamaha Arius Digital Piano Models Offer Improved Performance and iOS App Compatibility

Instruments & Gear

Yamaha has added the PSR-E453 and the PSR-EW400 to its popular family of portable keyboards, the best-selling line in the United States.

Read more: Yamaha PSR-E453 and PSR-EW400 Portable Keyboards

Instruments & Gear

SABIAN has just announced the addition of Vanguard cymbals to its Remastered HH line. Designed to provide exceptional versatility and feel, each model in the HH Vanguard family responds to the touch in a way that will surprise you – and inspire you.

Read more: Sabian Adds Vanguard Cymbals To HH Remastered Series

Instruments & Gear

Enjoy your favorite hot beverage with the new marbleized mug designs from AIM Gifts. These glass mugs are available in a brown or blue finish and designed for the music lover. Pictured here are the G-Clef Marble Mugs. AIM carries a large selection of mugs and glassware in addition to over 10,000 music gift accessories.

Instruments & Gear

Rovner’s patented Rectangular Bore Clarinet Barrel just got better:  it has a new, lower MSRP of just $89.00, a new finish for better grip, and it is available in sizes 62-68 for optimal tuning. 

Read more: Rovner Rectangular Bore Clarinet Barrel

Instruments & Gear

KMC Music announced that it is now shipping the new line of Paiste Formula 602, Giant Beat, and 2002 Sound Edge cymbals. 

Read more: New Paiste Formula 602, Giant Beat, and 2002 Sound Edge Cymbals Available from KMC Music

Instruments & Gear

Gretsch Renown Series The Gretsch Renown Series has been updated for 2016 to include Gretsch’s player-friendly, “302” hoops. Borrowed from the Brooklyn and Broadkaster series drums, these hoops are lighter in weight and less rigid than die cast hoops -- allowing the drum to better “breathe” and achieve maximum resonance.

Read more: Gretsch Renown Series

Instruments & Gear

Vater Tacky SackA grip enhancing rosin powder that absorbs moisture and provides added control of your drumsticks while performing in humid and sweaty conditions. Gently “clap” your hands on the Tacky Sack to apply rosin powder to your palms. Cord included to hang Tacky Sack from your snare drum, stick bag, hardware, etc.


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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