To All The Students, Educators and Co-Sponsors who contributed to the 20th annual SBO Essay Contest...THANK YOU!!!

For the many thousands of students who participated from every state in the union and several foreign countries we salute your efforts. Your answers to the essay question, “How does your musical instrument match your personality?” were both creative and inspirational. We applaud your efforts. Winners will be announced May 1, 2020.

The 21st Annual Essay Contest will appear on this site September 1, 2020

Conn-Selmer's Division of Education website has a new look and feel, built totally around the feedback the company received from their entire educational network. You can view the site here.

Read more: Conn-Selmer Shares New Division of Education Website

Yamaha Corporation of America has named Amanda Albini to its renowned percussion instruments internship program.

Read more: UCLA Graduate Albini Chosen for Yamaha Internship Program

After a 13-year absence, the John Philip Sousa National High School Honor Band was revived in June 2018 and rehearsed in Boxborough, Massachusetts, culminating with a performance in historic Faneuil Hall, Boston.

Read more: John Philip Sousa National High School Honor Band Returns to the Stage

Legendary soul singer Sam Moore of Sam & Dave will join superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho and other representatives from Miami-Dade County Public Schools alongside the national nonprofit, Little Kids Rock, to announce their new, three-year partnership, “Modern Band Miami.”

Read more: Little Kids Rock, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and Sam Moore Launch ‘Modern Band Miami'

Yamaha Corporation of America this weekend celebrated 35 years of sponsorship with Marching Music’s Major League™ at the Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championship finals at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Read more: Yamaha Celebrates Outstanding Achievements at 2019 DCI Championships

The NAMM Foundation has announced grants to 28 music-making organizations totaling $675,000.

Read more: The NAMM Foundation Announces $675,000 in Grants to 28 Music-Making Programs

This fall, acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Kris Davis will join Berklee College of Music as associate program director of creative development for the Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice.

Read more: Kris Davis joins Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice

D’Addario Percussion endorsed groups took home the gold and silver medals at the 2019 Drum Corps International World Championships last week.

Read more: D'Addario-Percussion-Endorsed Groups Take Top Two Spots at the 2019 DCI World Championships

Festivals of Music announced that Chris McKee has been appointed executive director of Festivals of Music, effective July 1.

Read more: Festivals of Music Welcomes Chris McKee as Executive Director

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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