This past Veterans Day, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, marked the third year of their partnership by expanding access to DSO performances for U.S. military, veterans, and their families.

Read more: FCA Foundation and Detroit Symphony Orchestra Expand Access to Music for U.S. Military, Veterans,...

Orange Amplification has launched its Rock Guitar Courses, which enables students to take the first accredited online guitar exams in the world to grade 8.

Read more: Orange Amplification Launches First Online Rock Guitar Courses

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato returns to Carnegie Hall for a series of Perspectives concerts throughout the 2019-2020 season, highlighting her full range of vocal artistry as well as her work as an educator.

Read more: Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato Curates Six-Concert Perspectives Series at Carnegie Hall

Sixteen pieces from Excelcia Music Publishing’s inaugural release of Concert Band, Orchestra and small ensemble titles were chosen for prestigious performances at the upcoming Midwest Clinic in Chicago this winter.

Read more: Excelcia Music Publishing Lands Many Midwest Clinic Performances

The Michael D. Sewell Memorial Foundation, based in Pickerington, Ohio, is planning to salute band directors with an animated float leading an unprecedented marching band of band directors from across the country in the Tournament of Roses 2021 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.

Read more: Band Directors to be Recognized in the 2021 Rose Parade

Berklee College of Music has recently received a $3 million gift that will benefit its year-old Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice.

Read more: Berklee Receives $3 Million for Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice

Yamaha Corporation of America has chosen California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) graduate Ryan Cheung as this year’s fall wind instruments intern.

Read more: Yamaha Names Cal Poly Pomona Graduate Cheung as Fall Wind Intern

Make Music Winter, a free, outdoor music-making celebration on the winter solstice, returns this year on Saturday, December 21 with joyful and dynamic participatory musical parades, performances and events in more than 30 U.S. cities.

Read more: Make Music Winter Returns December 21

Manhasset Stands of Yakima, Washgington announces the acquisition of the assets of Monarch Specialties, manufacturer of injection molded pencil clip holders.

Read more: Manhasset Stands Acquires Monarch Specialties

Beginning band instructors spend a lot of their time at the end of the school year recruiting future ensemble members.

Read more: Pre-Band Instruments: Opening New Opportunities for Everyone

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