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Group photo with Mark and MorganA new B&S 3137 Challenger I trumpet was presented to Morgan Cravens at the Band of Angels 4th Annual Heart Strings Gala.

Read more: B&S Donates Trumpet at Band of Angels Heart Strings Gala

"How Does Your Music Class Prepare You For Life” was the theme of SBO’s 15th Annual  scholarship essay contents.  Several thousand entries were submitted  as students competed for ten, $1,000 scholarships. The awards were given to five students in grades 4 to 8 and five students  grades 9 to 12 and their respective school music programs received a matching award of music products from co-sponsors NAMM, Alfred Music Publishing, Sabian Ltd., Woodwind & Brasswind and Yamaha Corporation of America.  Since its inception the scholarship program has awarded $300,000 in funds and matching music products to the winners and their schools.  Two students from the Floyd Middle Magnet School in Montgomery Al were among the winners.  Other states represented were Pennsylvania, Georgia, Indiana, California, Florida, Illinois, Oklahoma and Maryland.  The music students received their scholarship awards from local music dealers representing NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), a major co-sponsor of the program.

The winning school music programs and their music directors include Trey Bird and Angeli’c Harris, Floyd Middle Magnet School, Montgomery, AL, Coleman Woodson, music director; Claire Cao, Tohickon Middle School, Doylestown, PA., Jennifer Repper, music director; Kayla Robinson, Lindley 6th Grade Academy, Mableton, Ga., music director Kameron Crutcher ; Brianna Quintana, Griffith Middle School, Griffith, IN, music director Debbie Korak.   In the 9 to 12th grade category winners were Christopher Frost, Westview High School, San Diego, CA., music director Jeri Webb; Dylan Lee Meyer, Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville, IL., music director Charles Staley; Tanner Robertson, Collinsville High School, Collinsville, OK., music director Richard Newhart; Caitlyn Stupi, Westminster High School, Westminster, MD, music director, Jennifer Jones and Jose Veliz, Cypress Bay High School, Weston, FL., music director, Jonathan Jadvani.

Read more: 15th Annual Music Students Scholarship Essay Contest Winners

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses has invited Music for All's Bands of America Honor Band to perform in the 2017 & 2021 Rose Parades.

Read more: Bands of America Honor Band Invited to Perform in the 2017 and 2021 Rose Parades

Daniel DruckmanJuilliard Percussion Ensemble presents "The Alchemy of Sound: George Crumb at 85", led by director Daniel Druckman.

Read more: Juilliard Percussion Ensemble Presents "The Alchemy of Sound: George Crumb at 85"

The National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) premier national honor ensembles will be led by four award-winning conductors. The nation’s most elite high school musicians will vie for the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a one-of-a-kind national honor program. The students must first compete at their local, district, and state level to become eligible for this honor.

Read more: Renowned Conductors to Lead the 2015 NAfME All-National Honor Ensemble Program

Music for All, one of the largest educational 503(c) non-profit organizations dedicated to music-making, has chosen Mikaela Ray of Franklin H.S. in Franklin, Tennessee as the 2015 William D. Revelli Scholarship recipient.This annual scholarship of $1,000 was created in memory of Dr. William D. Revelli, one of America’s finest and most accomplished conductors, to help one graduating high school senior each year that is performing at the Music for All National Festival study music education at the university level.

Read more: Music For All Grants Tennessee High School Senior William D. Revelli Scholarship

NAMM Foundation NSBA

NAMM Foundation pushes for universal access to music education for all students at the National School Board Association's (NSBA) annual conference.

Read more: NAMM Foundation Advocates for Music Education Support at NSBA Annual Conference

The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation announced today that it is accepting applications from students who have been admitted to Berklee College of Music to attend the Fall 2015 semester.  Students from the following 24 countries are encouraged to apply if they have been admitted to attend Berklee: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Read more: The Enrique Iglesias Scholarship to be Presented in Conjunction with the Latin Grammy Cultural...

Carmel Bach Festival, an immersive festival of music and ideas celebrating the works, inspiration, and ongoing influence of J.S. Bach, has named the winners of the 31st annual Virginia Best Adams Fellowship - Jana Miller (soprano), Janna Critz (mezzo-soprano), Brian Giebler (tenor) and David Rugger (baritone).

Read more: Four Baroque Singers Awarded with Master Class Training by Carmel Bach Festival

The Grammy Foundation® announced today that 13 U.S. schools have been selected as Grammy® Signature Schools ( for 2015 and have been awarded cash grants totaling $61,000. Created in 1998, the Grammy Signature Schools program recognizes the top U.S. public high schools that make an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year.

Read more: 2015 Grammy Signature Schools Announced

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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