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  • SoundCheck™ Performance Assessment Now Included with Essential Elements

    SBO Staff | June 27, 2022Hal Leonard has announced that this fall, SoundCheck™ will be included in Essential Elements Interactive at no additional charge to students using Essential Elements method books. This makes Essential Elements the only band and string method with included performance assessment technology. Powered by MatchMySound™, a proven leader in assessment technology, SoundCheck provides ratings and feedback […] Read More...
  • In Memoriam: Professor James F. Keene

    SBO Staff | June 27, 2022SBO is sad to announce the passing of Professor James F. Keene, who was retired from the University of Illinois School of Music, where he held the titles of Director of Bands and Brownfield Distinguished Professor of Music. Appointed in 1985, he was only the fourth person to hold the Director of Bands position since […] Read More...
  • D’Addario Foundation Launches Kevin Garren Scholarship

    SBO Staff | May 23, 2022The D’Addario Foundation is establishing the Kevin Garren Scholarship, a memorial scholarship that encourages creative problem solving for musicians and music educators. For ten years, Kevin worked alongside the D’Addario Family and company to develop innovative product solutions for the music community of which he was both a member and valued benefactor. “Kevin approached every […] Read More...
  • Jazz Ensemble New Releases from Excelcia Music Publishing

    SBO Staff | May 12, 2022Excelcia Music Publishing released its third Jazz Ensemble music catalog with new charts from well-known composers and talented new voices.  The 2022-23 music stays on the front edge of Jazz by making the music engaging, playable, fun, and educationally sound for contemporary Jazz ensembles. Excelcia Music Publishing’s new Jazz Ensemble release can be reviewed and […] Read More...
  • Music & Arts Comes to Cuyahoga Falls, OH, with Acquisition of Central Instrument Company

    SBO Staff | May 11, 2022Music & Arts will carry on the legacy of outgoing President Jim Stahl, who has managed Central Instrument Company since 1979, providing premier rental and repair services for multiple generations of music students and educators. Store is located at 739 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Music & Arts, one of the nation’s largest musical instrument […] Read More...
  • Excelcia Music Publishing Releases Bold New Concert Band Music

    SBO Staff | May 11, 2022A striking release of 50 new works, Excelcia Music Publishing’s 2022-23 Concert Band music catalog is replete with pieces from many popular, favorite composers as well as talented new voices.  The new band catalog includes a myriad of styles at every level, from marches and contest festival works to ballads, folk songs, spring and many […] Read More...
  • Focusrite Announces Clarett+ OctoPre

    SBO Staff | May 5, 2022Company launches professional-quality eight-channel ADAT microphone preamp with the original Focusrite Studio Console sound Focusrite is expanding the Clarett+ range of premium-quality USB audio interfaces for PC and Mac with the introduction of the Clarett+ OctoPre, which builds on the strengths of the popular Focusrite Clarett OctoPre, offering improved converters and powerful professional-quality mic preamps. […] Read More...
  • Juilliard to Hold 117th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 20, 2022, in New York and First Commencement Ceremony in Tianjin, China

    SBO Staff | May 4, 2022The School Is Proud to Present Honorary Doctoral Degrees to: Dancer, Teacher, and Stager Masazumi Chaya, Bass-Baritone Dr. Simon Estes, Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, Afghanistan Music School Founder Dr. Ahmad Naser Sarmast, and Composer and Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas Tilson Thomas to Deliver Commencement Address and Conduct Brass Ensemble The New York Ceremony Will Be Livestreamed […] Read More...
  • New Aurora Baritone Ukulele from Flight

    SBO Staff | March 26, 2022Flight is a company that listens to its customers and with the growth in the popularity of the baritone and the growing demand for quality ukuleles of this size, Flight has released a baritone option as part of its Princess series – an upgrade on the previous DUB38 baritone. The Aurora baritone ukulele features a […] Read More...
  • Excelcia Music Publishing’s ‘Take a Bow’ Offers Young String Ensembles A New Progressive Approach

    SBO Staff | March 26, 2022Excelcia Music Publishing announces the new release of Take a Bow, Progressive Fiddle and Folk Tunes for the String Ensemble, arranged or composed by experienced educator, string player and composer Caryn Wiegand Neidhold. A perfect intermediate step between method books and performance literature for young string players and ensembles, the set of newly composed and […] Read More...
  • The Guitar Center Music Foundation collaborates with Jerry Garcia Music Arts on new JG Bear Collectible Items to Raise Funds for Arts and Music Education

    SBO Staff | March 26, 2022The Guitar Center Music Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on granting instruments to music education and music therapy organizations, has collaborated with Jerry Garcia Music Arts(JGMA) and Bears for Humanity to offer new collectable items to generate funds for arts and music education programs. Each item’s design contains iconic original art created by legendary musician […] Read More...
  • Piano Quintets of Brahms & Shostakovich Released on New Album by Olga Kern, piano & Dali Quartet

    SBO Staff | March 18, 2022Presented by the Virginia Arts Festival, recorded during 2019 Virginia Arts Festival season Recorded during the 2019 Virginia Arts Festival season in the Robin Hixon Theater, Clay & Jay Barr Education Center, two landmark works of the chamber repertoire, the piano quintets of Johannes Brahms and Dmitri Shostakovich, are rendered with power and beauty by […] Read More...
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