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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

Answer this essay question:

"How has playing an instrument changed for you during the pandemic?"

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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

Essential Elements author Charlie Menghini, and Hal Leonard vice president Instrumental Publications and composer Paul Lavender have joined with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser to create the Essential Elements Band Talk podcast.

Read more: Hal Leonard Launches Essential Elements Band Talk Podcast

New West Symphony (NWS), with Grammy-winning conductor Michael Christie as artistic and music director, has announced a 2020-21 season of digital concerts, paired with engaging complementary content, to be available streamed or on-demand. 

Read more: New West Symphony Announces 2020-21 Season

The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami will launch “Frost Sessions: A Podcast About All Things Music” this fall.

Read more: ‘Frost Sessions: A Podcast About All Things Music’ Debuts in October

Hal Leonard has acquired exclusive distribution rights to new products that have been successful in making music spaces safer for combatting the COVID-19 virus. 

Read more: Hal Leonard Distributes Masks and Shields to Fight COVID-19

Gibson Gives has partnered with Gallatin High School in Bozeman, Montana to bring the power of music to returning students this fall. 

Read more: Gibson Gives Brings the Power of Music to Gallatin High School Students

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.

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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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