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In response to the pandemic, museums have been forced to reimagine how visitors interact and engage. Now, Roland and Yuri Suzuki have teamed up with the Design Museum to create, a fun and educational music creation platform and online-learning experience.

Read more: Roland Launches Music Creation Platform with the Design Museum in London

During the week of October 12, the Vermont Jazz Center (VJC) will launch its 2020 educational season. This fall’s new offerings make good use of the Jazz Center’s summer faculty – instructors can now Zoom in from afar to reach students from all around the world.

Read more: Vermont Jazz Center Launches 2020 Education Season October 12

After COVID-19 canceled their season, the Northshore Concert Band found a way to safely make live music again. A leader in community music since 1956, the Northshore Concert Band (NCB) is internationally known and respected for its musical excellence and commitment to music education.

Read more: The Northshore Concert Band Finds a Way to Safely Make Live Music Again

D’Addario Woodwinds has announced their first livestream with the Houston Symphony, which is scheduled to take place this Thursday (October 8) at 7 p.m. ET on YouTube and Facebook.

Read more: D'Addario Woodwinds To Host Live Masterclass With Houston Symphony Clarinetists

Rianna Kopcho, a guitarist from Omaha, Nebraska, has been named the 24th recipient of the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship, a four-year, full-tuition award to Berklee, presented in conjunction with the Monterey Jazz Festival. She is the first guitarist and the second woman to receive the award.

Read more: Kopcho Named 24th Jimmy Lyons Scholar to Berklee

Fender announced this week that they are extending their Play Through giveaway, continuing to offer three free months of guitar, bass and ukulele lessons on the Fender Play app to all new players. This is available now at

Read more: Fender Brings Back Free Guitar Lessons Via Fender Play

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Read more: 21st Annual SBO Essay Contest

Casio America, Inc. is joining Keep Music Alive, a non-profit music education organization, in celebration of the 5th annual “Kids Music Day.”  Kids Music Day is slated to take place tomorrow, October 2.

Read more: Casio Celebrates Fifth Annual ‘Kids Music Day’

All National Music will hold the Band Plus+ virtual Marching Band Festival on Saturday, October 17 and the week of November 1. The festival will feature high school marching bands and orchestras from around the U.S. that are able to be together this fall, virtually from their home stadiums/field performance locations.

Read more: All National Music Hosts Band Plus+ Virtual Festival

Music educators for grades K-9 can sign up now to host a virtual Q&A session between their class and a musician from “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. These 20-minute Q&As will take place between October 5 and November 13, and can be used in both virtual or in-person classroom settings.

Read more: Virtual Q&A Sessions with Marine Band Musicians Available

Directors who make a Difference

For over 20 years, School Band & Orchestra Magazine has been honoring amazing music educators from all 50 states. That's more than 1000 educators recognized for their outstanding contributions to music education programs!

Do you know a fantastic K-12 instrumental music educator who is deserving of recognition in SBO? Tell us why he or she should be featured in SBO’s annual "Directors Who Make a Difference" report.

Click here to nominate a director 

On the Road

Do you have a story to tell about taking your school music groups on the road? SBO wants to hear about it!

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