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The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and representatives from its membership traveled to Sacramento to join arts leaders and music educators to ask members of the California Assembly for their support in updating the state’s Visual and Performing Arts standards (VAPA).

Read more: NAMM Urges California State Leaders to Update Visual and Performing Arts Standards

Betty BleyContinuing their commitment to educational outreach, Vandoren is sponsoring a variety of music camps for the summer of 2016.

Read more: Vandoren Sponsors Summer Music Camps

Richard Wilson Riley and NAMM President Joe Lamond presents the SupportMusic Champion Award to Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TENN) during a reception at Nelson Mullins on May 23, 2016 in Washington DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for NAMM)The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) honored Senator Lamar Alexander (TN) with the organization’s SupportMusic Champion Award.

Read more: The NAMM Foundation Honors Senator Lamar Alexander with the SupportMusic Champion Award

Cascade Symphony Orchestra Music Director Michael Miropolsky admires the plaque, designed by Manhasset Stands and underwritten by Edmonds Chamber of Commerce.

The Cascade Symphony Orchestra (CSO) celebrated the success of its Business Alliance initiative on Sunday with a reception held at Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA).  At the event, organized by co-chairs of the CSO Development Committee Jo and Bruce Caldwell, the Cascade Symphony Orchestra Business Alliance Charter Member Plaque was unveiled. Manhasset Stands provided the commemorative music stand plaque.

Read more: Manhasset Stands Provides Commemorative Music Stand for Cascade Symphony Orchestra’s 55th Season

SEN Panel & AttendeesOn May 3, 2016, the SABIAN Education Network hosted its latest panel discussion event for drum teachers at Vic’s Drum Shop in the Music Garage in Chicago, IL.

Read more: Sabian Education Network Hosts Event At Vic’s Drum Shop In Chicago

D'Addario Woodwinds is thrilled to welcome the entire Utah Symphony clarinet section to its newest artists. Lee Livengood, already an endorsee, is now joined by his colleagues Tad Calcara and Erin Svoboda in the endorsement of D'Addario Reserve Classic reeds.

Read more: D'Addario Woodwinds Brings Entire Utah Symphony Clarinet Section to Artist Roster

Musicians for Forests holds the vision of pulling together acoustic guitar manufacturers, musicians, soundboard suppliers, retailers, NGOs, and outdoor manufacturers to end the clearcutting of old-growth Sitka spruce in the Tongass.

Read more: Musicians for Forests: How the Music Industry can help the Tongass National Forest

Belka QuartetThe annual Juilliard String Quartet Seminar concludes with two free chamber music concerts performed by the participating string quartets on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 3:30pm and 7:30pm in Juilliard's Paul Hall.

Read more: Juilliard String Quartet Seminar Concludes With Two Free Chamber Music Concerts

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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