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Answer in 250 words (or less): How has playing an instrument changed for you during the pandemic?

TEN $1,000 scholarships awarded in two categories:

  • Five $1,000 scholarships to students in grades four to eight.
  • Five $1,000 scholarships to students in grades nine through 12.

Winning school music programs will receive merchandise prizes contributed by Alfred Music Products, Rovner Products, Sabian Ltd., Woodwind & Brasswind, and Yamaha Corporation of America.


Visit and click on “Essay Contest 2021” or submit your entry to:

Student Scholarships
6000 South Eastern Avenue Suite 14-J
Las Vegas, NV 89119

The contest ends December 31, 2020

Along with the essay, please furnish the following information: Name, Address, City, State, Zip Code, (e-mail if available), Telephone, Age, Grade, Instrument Played, Name of Music Teacher/Director, Name of School, Address, City, State, Zip Code, and email for Music Teacher/Director if available. Name and Address of Your Favorite Music Store (optional).


For information, visit and click on "Essay Contest 2021" or write to Student Scholarships, 6000 South Eastern Avenue Suite 14-J, Las Vegas,NV 89119

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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