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  • UpClose: Bob Morrison in Conversation with Dr. James Weaver and Dr. Mark Spede – Where Do We Go From Here?

    Robert B. Morrison | October 9, 2021Dr. James Weaver (National Federation of State High School Associations) and Dr. Mark Spede (College Band Directors National Association) sat down for a conversation with Bob Morrison (Quadrant Research/Arts Ed NJ) regarding the latest information from the International Coalition of Performing Arts Aerosol Study and the implications for the new school year and how you […] Read More...
  • The Role of the Youth Symphony Orchestra

    Marty Steiner | September 6, 2021Student string and symphony orchestras frequently play second fiddle to marching and concert bands in the school music education universe. In many communities this shortcoming was addressed over the years by independent youth orchestras formed by dedicated and largely unrecognized music education heroes. Miami’s Bayfront Park Bandshell already had fame and history by the late […] Read More...
  • UpClose: Doug Brasell on All National Music’s Robert W. Smith Music Festival

    Mike Lawson | July 10, 2021All National Music, in conjunction with the RWS Music Company, held the “PreFormance” National Clinics Virtual Preparation Festivals and National Music Festival March 2 – April 24, 2021, featuring high school and middle school bands, choirs, orchestras, jazz bands, and flex ensembles from around the US and Northern Mariana Pacific Islands – all from their […] Read More...
  • Dr. Shayna Stahl Makes Wildcat History

    Mike Lawson | June 12, 2021After hearing that Dr. Shayna Stahl had made history on May 7 as the first woman in 118 years to be appointed director of athletic bands for the University of Kentucky’s Wildcats, SBO reached out to find out more about the career path of this dynamic educator. Read More...
  • Up Close: Eric Whitacre

    SBO Staff | April 26, 2021Composer, conductor, and musician Eric Whitacre on the importance of musical connections Read More...
  • Virtual and Reality: Q&A with Eric Whitacre

    Barbara Schultz | April 7, 2021Composer, conductor, and musician Eric Whitacre chats with Barbara Schultz about his mentors (and tormentors) and the perseverance required for success. "I had this idea that I was like an indie band, and I needed to collect a group of supporters, one person at a time," he notes. Read More...
  • RealTime Audio Box Pro Tested, and It Works!

    SBO Staff | March 19, 2021The Future of Remote Ensemble Performance is Here! Read More...
  • RealTime Audio Box Pro Tested, and It Works!

    Mike Lawson | March 6, 2021SBO editor-in-chief Mike Lawson notes how RealTime Audio is tackling the issue that latency poses for virtual performances by distanced students. Their “Zoom for musicians” approach to video works with impressive new Box and Box Pro Ethernet audio streaming devices that fit in the palm of your hand. Read More...
  • Hal Leonard, Over 70 Years Later: A print publisher’s perspective on moving online

    SBO Staff | February 12, 2021The almost instantaneous change in customer needs brought about by COVID-19 led to a company-wide refocusing of resources and priorities to support music education. Read More...
  • Deezle: Drum Major to Super-Producer

    Victoria Wasylak | February 6, 2021Before any of the Grammys, production credits, or platinum records arrived, it was just Deezle and his saxophone. Darius “Deezle” Harrison recalls his formative days in school bands before his ascent to super-producer status. Read More...
  • Dr. Jim Frankel

    SBO Staff | October 21, 2020Meet the man behind MusicFirst, the resource that every music educator needs in 2020 (and beyond) Read More...
  • Sing and Rejoice!

    SBO Staff | February 17, 2020History and Tradition at St. Olaf Choir. Read More...
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