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Jupiter Music provides free piece in response to band directors.

Read more: Need A Free Performance Piece For Your Band?

Entry deadline for the Solo Division our 2016 Percussion Ensemble Showcase is April 30th!  The solo division is open to college individuals. Full competition details are on our website, linked below.

Read more: 2016 BSP Percussion Ensemble Showcase

Verona QuartetThe Verona Quartet, Juilliard's graduate resident quartet, will make its Alice Tully Hall recital debut on the 23rd annual Lisa Arnhold Memorial Recital, Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 7:30pm.

Read more: Verona Quartet Makes Alice Tully Hall Recital Debut on the 23rd Annual Lisa Arnhold Memorial...

Blue launched a completely redesigned website at

Read more: Blue Launches New Website

 Photo Credit: Ching YeoNew England Conservatory recently announced that the estate of world-renowned violinist, educator and NEC alum, Si-Hon Ma has gifted the 1714 "Joachim-Ma" Stradivarius violin to the school.

Read more: Estate of Si-Hon Ma Gifts Three-Hundred-Year Old"Joachim-Ma" Stradivarius Violin to New England...

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Lars Ulrik MortensenNEW YORK - Lars Ulrik Mortensen makes his Juilliard debut conducting period-instrument ensemble Juilliard415 in Works by Biber, Corelli, and Muffat.

Read more: Conductor Lars Ulrik Mortensen Makes His Juilliard Debut

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.  – March 31, 2016 — WorldStrides, the nation’s largest and most trusted educational travel provider, is proud to announce a partnership with the University of California, San Diego Extension, which will allow students to earn college credit after participating in one of WorldStrides’ travel programs. This relationship is part of WorldStrides’ tremendous commitment to education.

Read more: WorldStrides Announces New University Partner for Academic Credit

Joel Sachs Conducts the New Juilliard Ensemble (photo by HiroyukiIto)RESTON, VA. –The National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) premier national honor ensembles will be led by four award-winning conductors. The nation’s most elite high school musicians will vie for the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a one-of-a-kind national honor program.

Read more: Renowned Conductors to Lead the 2016 NAfME All-National Honor Ensemble Program

"Learning Music Is More Than A Class At School It Also…" was the theme of SCHOOL BAND AND ORCHESTRA'S 16TH annual scholarship essay contest. Several thousand entries were submitted as students competed for ten, $1,000 scholarships. The awards were given to five students grades 4 to 8 and five students grades 9 to 12. Their respective school music programs received a matching award of music products from co-sponsors NAMM, Alfred Music Publishing, EPN Travel Services, Sabian Ltd. Woodwind & Brasswind and Yamaha Corporation of America.

Read more: 2016 SBO Scholarship Essay Contest Winners

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.

Click here to nominate a director 

On the Road

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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