John Lennon Educational BusJohn Lennon’s musical legacy made a stop in San Diego last week. The John Lennon Educational Bus Tour was at Crown Point Junior Music Academy.

Read more: John Lennon Music Education Bus Stops In San Diego

Michael SekichSTERLING HEIGHTS - A Stevenson High School music teacher and band director earned some local fanfare after being named a top teacher by School Band and Orchestra magazine. Michael Sekich joined the ranks of the magazine’s “18th Annual 50 Directors Who Make A Difference Report.” The results were published in the magazine’s December 2015 issue.

Read more: Stevenson Band Instructor Gets Top Educator Honor

Brevard LakeBrevard, NC—This summer, over a ten-week period spanning June to August, Brevard Music Center (BMC) celebrates a historic 80th Anniversary with over eighty performances in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Read more: Brevard Music Center Announces 80th Anniversary and 2016 Summer Music Festival

Joel Krosnick (photo by Simon Powis)NEW YORK --- The Juilliard String Quartet, now in its 70th season, performs quartets by Mozart and Richard Wernick, and is joined by incoming cellist Astrid Schween in the Schubert String Quintet on Monday, February 22, 2016, at 7:30pm in Alice Tully Hall as part of Juilliard's Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Recital Series.

Read more: Juilliard String Quartet Performs Quartets by Mozart and Richard Wernick

Merit School of Music student ensembles at last year's Performathon. Photo Credit: Jasmin Shah CHICAGO, February 3, 2016 - More than 300 top students from Merit School of Music's Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory will play on...and on...and on at Performathon, a free, 12-hour marathon fundraiser, Friday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 27, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Read more: Merit School Of Music's Performathon Fundraiser

The Kansas City Symphony, known for playing at the Kauffman Center, held a special performance in an unlikely place... a prison. 

Read more: Ending On A High Note: KC Symphony Partners With Local Prison To Promote Arts

As well as U2's €2 million paycheck for the program, The Ireland Funds also donated €1 million, which ensures the program will be funded to 2020 and beyond, and it also got a boost from the Department of Education, who have committed to ongoing funding, which means the music initiative can be expanded.

Read more: U2's Clayton Proud to Be Part of Music Program

KenyaClassical music is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of music being played in underprivileged areas in Africa.

Read more: Musical Instrument Donations to Kenya Are Turning Kids Into Musical Prodigies

pTrumpetElkhart, IN- January 28, 2016- Conn-Selmer was honored with four awards during this year’s 2016 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show in Anaheim, California.  From a panel of leading US retailers, the company earned two highly coveted NAMM 2016 Best In Show awards.  The pTrumpet received the “Gotta Stock It” trophy, while Ludwig Drums was chosen to be one of six “Companies to Watch”. 

Read more: Conn-Selmer Earns Four Awards at 2016 NAMM Show

Music City Youth OrchestraNASHVILE, Tenn. (Jan. 27, 2016)— Music City Youth Orchestra (MCYO) has established the first El Sistema-inspired program in Middle Tennessee at Smithson Craighead Academy’s Elementary School.

Read more: Harmony Project Pilot Music Education Program Begins at Smithson Craighead Academy

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!

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