• D’Addario String Recycling at XPoNential Music Fest

    Mike Lawson | July 25, 2016

    D’Addario is proud to provide two string recycling boxes backstage at WXPN/Philadelphia’s XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru this year–allowing all the artists to deposit their used strings on site.

  • Grand Mesa Marching Shows: The Warriors

    Mike Lawson | June 27, 2016

    The Warriors, by Randall D. Standridge, Grade 2+.

  • Drums & Percussion: New Paiste Formula, Giant Beat, and 2002 Sound Edge Cymbals

    Mike Lawson | May 12, 2016

    KMC Music announced that it is now shipping the new line of Paiste Formula 602, Giant Beat, and 2002 Sound Edge cymbals.

  • Violinist Robert Mealy Leads Period-Instrument Ensemble Juilliard in “Terpsichore: A Baroque Dance Mix” With Works by Handel, Lully, Purcell, and Rameau

    Mike Lawson | March 24, 2016

    Robert MealyNEW YORK  --    Violinist Robert Mealy, director of Juilliard Historical Performance, leads Juilliard's period-instrument ensemble Juilliard in a program featuring Baroque dance entitled "Terpsichore: A Baroque Dance Mix," on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at 7:30pm in Alice Tully Hall. Joining Juilliard will be professional Baroque dancers: Caroline Copeland, Carlos Fittante, Alexis Silver, and Andrew Trego, in period choreography reconstructed by Caroline Copeland and Carlos Fittante, and students from Juilliard Dance: Alysia Johnson, Eoin Robinson, My'kal Stromile, and Peter Farrow, in modern choreography by Peter Farrow.

  • Juilliard Opera Presents W.A. Mozart’s “Die Zauberflote”

    Mike Lawson | March 18, 2016

    David SternNEW YORK –– The Juilliard Opera season concludes with W.A. Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, conducted by alumnus David Stern and directed by Mary Birnbaum. The opera features singers from Juilliard’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts with the Juilliard  Orchestra. The opera had its premiere on September 30, 1791, roughly three months before Mozart died. Mozart conducted the orchestra at the performance, and librettist Emanuel Schikaneder sang the role of Papageno.

  • Five Minute Read: What to Play?

    Mike Lawson | February 5, 2016

    As the competitive marching season begins to wind down, many of us are turning our thoughts to the literature we’ll tackle with our concert ensembles. Every year, we weigh a multitude of factors in programming our fall, winter, and spring concerts. What is our instrumentation? What performer strengths and weaknesses are inherent to our ensemble? What is our audience? To what important works do we want to expose our students? With so many questions, there’s one question that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle.

  • Nashville Symphony Lands Nearly $1 Million To Support Underserved Students

    Mike Lawson | January 19, 2016

    The Nashville Symphony has received a $959,000 grant to fund its new music education program for underrepresented students. 

  • Audient Desk Enhances New Performing Arts Center In Arizona

    Mike Lawson | January 11, 2016

    Lake Havasu City, Arizona - A 24 channel Audient ASP8024 analogue mixing console is now at the heart of a new 1400 square foot teaching facility at Lake Havasu High School's CTE (Career Technical Education) Audio Production Program. Remodeled earlier this year under the close supervision of its Director, Sam Brindis, the upgrade of this new studio space - to be known as Knight House Studios - heralds the beginning of a new era for the Music & Audio Production Technology program.

  • Gianandrea Noseda Makes his Debut Conducting the Juilliard Orchestra

    Mike Lawson | January 11, 2016

    Gianandrea Noseda Makes his Debut Conducting the Juilliard Orchestra in Works by Casella, Rachmaninoff, and Schumann on Monday, January 25, 2016, at 7:30pm in Alice Tully Hall

    NEW YORK --- Gianandrea Noseda, music director of the Teatro Regio Torino and newly appointed music director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington (beginning in the 2017-18 season), makes his debut conducting the Juilliard Orchestra in works by Casella, Rachmaninoff, and Schumann on Monday, January 25, 2016, at 7:30pm in Alice Tully Hall. The program features Casella's Sinfonia from La donna serpente; Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30 with Juilliard pianist Colton Peltier; and Schumann's Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61.

  • Clean the Drill and Dial In the Mix: Five Tips for Optimizing your Field Audio

    Mike Lawson | August 14, 2015

    Audio has quickly become a necessity in marching band, and I feel that we all have a love/hate relationship with our field systems. With band camp in full swing and school starting, it is easy to neglect the audio needs of the ensemble, but a little planning now will save a lot of potential headaches in the future. While every audio system is different, here are a few tips for optimizing your field audio for this season.

  • SBO essay contest 2015

    Mike Lawson | August 12, 2015Click to view Fifteen years ago SCHOOL BAND AND ORCHESTRAlaunched a scholarship essay program designed to further support music education in the nation’s schools. Our goal, which has been consistent throughout the program, is to encourage student participation, support music educators and inform the public of the benefits derived from learning to play music. With […] Read More...
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