Benjamin Tweedt of Cincinnati, Ohio earned the Grand Bohemian Prize at the 5th annual American Jazz Pianist Competition (AJPC) held at Yamaha Artist Services in Manhattan.

Read more: Benjamin Tweedt Takes Home Grand Prize at 2019 American Jazz Pianist Competition

Yamaha-equipped ensembles made a strong showing at the 2019 Winter Guard International (WGI) Percussion and Winds World Championships, with nine awards going to groups exclusively using Yamaha marching instruments.

Read more: Yamaha Ensembles Win 9 Medals at 2019 Winter Guard International Championships

Berklee has named saxophonist Walter Smith III as chair of the Woodwind Department. Smith, a Berklee alumnus who recently released his fifth album as a leader, is widely recognized as an accomplished performer and composer, and an inspired educator.

Read more: Smith III Joins Berklee As Chair Of Woodwind Department

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has announced the 2019-2020 Paradise Jazz Series, which includes six concerts on the Orchestra Hall Stage. The DSO is one of few major American orchestras to present regular jazz programming on its main stage.

Read more: Detroit Symphony Orchestra Announces 20th Anniversary Paradise Jazz Series

Carnegie Hall has announced the names of 22 outstanding young musicians chosen from across the country for NYO Jazz, a four-week intensive summer program designed to nurture and showcase the talents of exceptional young American jazz instrumentalists (ages 16-19).

Read more: Carnegie Hall Announces Teen Musicians Selected for NYO Jazz 2019

The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami has appointed Gerard Schwarz as distinguished professor of Music; Conducting and Orchestral Studies.

Read more: Schwarz Named Distinguished Professor of Music, Conducting and Orchestral Studies of The Frost...

Dayton Public Schools (DPS) celebrated the growth of its instrumental music program this past year with “DPS Big Gig 2.0.”

Read more: Dayton Public Schools Celebrates Instrumental Music Program with 'DPS Big Gig 2.0'

Juilliard’s AXIOM, led by founding director Jeffrey Milarsky, performs works by Xenakis, Shaw, and Reich on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at 7:30pm in Alice Tully Hall in its final concert of the season. 

Read more: Juilliard's AXIOM Performs Works by Xenakis, Shaw, and Reich in Final Concert of the Season

Hercules Stands have launched their “Outfit your Band” sweepstakes.

Read more: Hercules Stands Launches 'Outfit Your Band' Sweepstakes

D'Addario Woodwinds Artists Mark Nuccio and Steven Banks have both been appointed faculty positions for the upcoming Fall 2019 semester at two reputable universities.

Read more: D'Addario Woodwinds Artists Appointed to Distinguished Institutions

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