String Section

I spent the first five (or more) years as an orchestral professional in a perpetual state of panic and/or frustration. I over-prepared.

Read more: Orchestra Survival Skills

MusicEd: Mentor Minute

Your classroom setup can make or break your year. Whether it’s having tissues handy for the occasional runny nose or displaying the right posters to engage your students when they’re not engaged in rehearsal, having these essentials in your room can help make sure this year is your best one yet.

Read more: Classroom Essentials for the School and Band Orchestra Teacher


When the Florida Department of Education chose its Teacher of the Year for 2019/2020, it could be seen not only as an achievement for the individual, Dr. Dakeyan Chá Dré Graham of C. Leon King High School (Tampa, Florida), but also as a win for music teachers throughout the state.

Read more: History Repeats: Florida’s Teacher of the Year, Dr. Dakeyan Chá Dré Graham, Directs the Band at...


Buffalo, New York is known for many things, including Buffalo Wings that are rapidly replacing the hot dog as the All-American food at baseball games and other sporting events. In [my home-base of] Moultrie, Georgia, the director of the local sports rehabilitation center (a Buffalo native) proudly displays his signed Buffalo Bills football and helmet.

Read more: Welcome to America, You are Welcome Here! Buffalo String Works


Music is ubiquitous, so it is no surprise that entrepreneurially speaking it is a diverse field with myriad careers.

Read more: 65 Music Careers for Student Musicians to Look Into

Modern Band

Jasmine Faulkner will be quick to tell you that she was no expert on audio equipment going in to her job as a K-12 music teacher in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Read more: Jasmine Faulkner and ‘Tech’ as an Instrument


Change doesn’t come easy to a band director. If we are any good, we have an established routine, a formidable structure, and a reliable way of doing things. You depend on it, the students depend on it, the school kind of rolls with it; you’re the band director.

Read more: A Driven, Meaningful Change to the Band


When I first stepped foot in a classroom, I had almost no training in Special Education - that was 20 years ago - and still don’t have a lot of formal training.

Read more: Welcoming Students with Special Needs into Your Band Program


In the July issue of SBO, I suggested starting a “book club” where every three months I would suggest a book that might be of use to SBO readers.

Read more: Colonel’s Book Club: Reprise

MAC Corner

Now that the school year has started, it’s not too early to remember recruiting and retention.

Read more: The Reasons Students Stay with Music

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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