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J.W. Pepper & Son, Inc. announced the acquisition of RBC Music Company, Inc., a full-service sheet music distributor. RBC Music has its own publishing division and serves band, orchestra, choir and classroom teachers. RBC Music will become a part of Pepper’s large network of stores, dedicated to serving customers across the United States. 

Read more: J.W. Pepper & Son Announces Acquisition of RBC Music Company

Los Angeles Philharmonic president Deborah Borda will lead a public forum with Dudamel at harvard.

Read more: Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel to Visit Harvard University

Cover of October 2016 Playbill Photo: Chris LeeOn the Cover — the multi-platform series bringing audiences closer to the virtuosos who make up the New York Philharmonic through interactive content — begins its second season today with Concertmaster Frank Huang.

Read more: Second Season of On the Cover Begins with Concertmaster Frank Huang

Noteflight is partnering with the $99 Orchestra and professional composers from around the world to offer a Free Online Composer’s Workshop. 

Read more: Noteflight Free Online Composer’s Workshop

 Bill Charlap (photo by Philippe Levy)Juilliard Jazz presents "The Music of Gerry Mulligan" with guest conductor Bill Charlap and the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra on Friday, October 14, 2016, at 7:30pm in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater.

Read more: Juilliard Jazz Presents "The Music of Gerry Mulligan"

The Moody Blues is using its Las Vegas residency to give back. The band, in partnership with AEG Live and The Venetian Las Vegas, will host a special educational event, “Jobs in Music.” On Tuesday, October 11, students from JD Smith Middle School will be welcomed to The Venetian Theatre and given the opportunity to learn about the diversity of careers in music. Speakers will include AEG Live executives, Venetian executives, and the production team behind “The Moody Blues: Nights in Las Vegas,” which kicks off a five-show limited engagement on Friday, October 7. 

Read more: The Moody Blues in Partnership with AEG Live and The Venetian Las Vegas Invites Students to “Jobs...

Drum Corps International, Marching Music’s Major League™ (DCI) recently announced the upcoming Fuse TV Network eight-part series featuring two World Class corps.  The two-episode premiere of Clash of the Corps debuts Wednesday, October 5 on Fuse at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Read more: Drum Corps International to Appear on Fuse TV Network


The 2016–17 season of Philharmonic Free Fridays begins this month. Now in its third season, Philharmonic Free Fridays offers 100 free tickets to young people ages 13–26 to each of the season’s 16 Friday evening subscription concerts.

Read more: Philharmonic Free Fridays Return for 2016–17 Season

The NAMM Foundation and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus are gearing up to bring a hands-on and high-tech music-making experience to three school districts with a recording residency on The Lennon Bus. Now through November 18, 2016 school administrators a re invited to highlight their district’s music education achievements by answering the question, “What Makes Music Education Great in My School District?” via an online entry form and by involving their students in the creation of a one-minute video submission for a chance at the residency.

Read more: The Namm Foundation and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Seek Music Programs for a Recording...

 "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, in conjunction with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, is pleased to announce its annual concerto competition for high school musicians.

Read more: "The President's Own" United States Marine Band Competition for High School Musicians

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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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