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Jeffrey MilarskyNEW YORK ---  Jeffrey Milarsky conducts AXIOM, the acclaimed contemporary music ensemble, in works by American composer John Zorn and British composer Harrison Birtwistle in a free concert on Monday, April 11, 2016, at 7:30pm in Alice Tully Hall.

Read more: Jeffrey Milarsky Conducts AXIOM in Contemporary Works by John Zorn and Harrison Birtwistle

Guitar Center DonationThe Guitar Center Corporate Giving Program donated $10,000 worth of equipment to support music education at Johnson City High School.

Read more: Guitar Center Donates $10K in Music Equipment to Local School

Theater Teacher Michael Jones When new theater teacher Michael Jones called his first actors up onstage, petrified students bolted from the high school drama room.

Read more: Music, Arts Programs At LA Schools Increasing After Years Of Decline

Daniel DruckmanNEW YORK -  The Juilliard Percussion Ensemble, led by director Daniel Druckman, presents "Founders: Percussion Music of Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe" on Monday, April 4, 2016, at 7:30pm in Alice Tully Hall. The free concert features works by the founders and creators of the Bang on a Can festival. Gordon, Lang, and Wolfe have all written innovative and influential pieces for percussion ensemble.

Read more: The Juilliard Percussion Ensemble Presents "Founders: Percussion Music of Michael Gordon, David...

Switchfoot Donation Music is here to stay at Montgomery Elementary School.

Read more: Students Receive Music Donation and Visit From Switchfoot

Wynton MarsalisNEW YORK - Juilliard Jazz presents "The Music of Thelonious Monk" performed by the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Wynton Marsalis, director of Juilliard Jazz, with guest pianist Helen Sung, also a member of the Juilliard Jazz faculty, on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at 7:30pm in Alice Tully Hall.

Read more: Juilliard Jazz Presents "The Music of Thelonious Monk" Conducted by Wynton Marsalis

2016 Best Communities for Music EducationCARLSBAD, CA - This week, 476 school districts across the United States are being recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation as among the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME), out of the nation’s 13,515 school districts. Now in its 17th year, BCME recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who work together to ensure access to music learning for all students as part of the school curriculum.

Read more: NAMM Foundation Announces Best Communities in the U.S. for Music Education

Kaia Gray learned to play a cello for the first time this week, a feat the Scranton third-grader wouldn’t have mastered without the weeklong music camp at West Scranton High School.

Read more: Camp Offers Students Lessons In Playing Instruments, Singing

Last Friday was not only Ponte Vedra Softball Club’s season opener, but also the kick off for PVAA’s Change for a Change youth-led campaign to raise money for the Music Therapy Program serving special needs students in Ocean Palms, PVPV-Rawlings and Valley Ridge.

Read more: Kids, Community Pitch in to Support Music Therapy Program

Strike up the bands. More elementary school children will be making music.

Read more: LAUSD To Spend $355,729 On Instruments For Elementary Music Programs

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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