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Chloe Dress for girls and youth

SBO presents some of the latest uniform and footwear designs plus new field equipment for marching bands and color guards from leading manufacturers.

Read more: Pictorial: Style and Sound - Uniforms, Footwear, and Field Equipment for 2015

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Romantic Encounters for MarimbaMeredith Music announced the publication of Romantic Encounters for Marimba by Jack Van Geem, edited by Anthony J. Cirone. ISBN 978-1-57463-021-3; $19.95. Romantic guitarist and composer Francisco Tárrega was born in Spain on November 21st 1852.

He was trained at the Madrid Conservatory where he studied composition and was proficient on both guitar and piano. Virtuoso marimbist Jack Van Geem’s transcriptions of Tárrega’s works add new literature for solo marimba. Detailed interpretive notes accompany each piece providing the marimbist with Van Geem’s insightful interpretive suggestions.

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Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

The Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music is now available online.  This online version is constantly being updated and is completely searchable: Need an arrangement of “Pomp and Circumstance” for graduation? Choose from the 37 different arrangements listed! Looking for a tune for a Thanksgiving concert?  The Encyclopedia lists 30 different selections! Looking for a tune by a composer named Williams?  The Encyclopedia lists 82 composers with that name.

Read more: Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

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Piano Blues LegendsThis collection of songs is from George Harrison’s days on the Apple label. This PVG folio features nearly 60 favorites, including “All Things Must Pass,” “The Answer’s at the End,” “Art of Dying,” “Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll),” “Bangla Desh,” “Be Here Now,” and more. George Harrison – The Apple Years retails for $29.99.

Read more: Hal Leonard The Apple Years and Blues Piano Legends

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Drumfire Drum Practice Pad

The pad’s surface replicates a real drumhead. The pad also comes equipped with an adjustable stand, solid braced legs, non-slip rubber feet, and friction locking clutch. The versatile stand and removable head gives drummers the option to comfortably practice in the studio, before a show, or even on the road.

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Powerstroke 77 Snare Drumhead

The Powerstroke 77 snare drumhead consists of two free-floating plies of 7-mil film with a 7-mil inlay ring and a 5-mil top clear dot. The inlay ring reduces overtones, and the 5-mil top clear dot adds durability.

Read more: Remo Powerstroke 77 Snare Drumhead

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Artistic Nuance: Uncovering the Mystery of Musical Expression by Ed LiskArtistic Nuance: Uncovering the Mystery of Musical Expression, Ed Lisk's latest publication, has been released by Meredith Music.

Read more: Meredith Music Publications Announces A New Work from Ed Lisk

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Open Studios App for iOSJuilliard School releases its new, subscription-based iOS App, Open Studios.

Read more: Open Studios App by Juilliard School Now Available for iOS

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Row-Loff Basket O’ CadencesRow-Loff announced the launch of their 2015 Marching Percussion Catalog. Eight new marching percussion features from seven seasoned marching percussion composers.

Read more: Row-Loff Basket O’ Cadences

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Kendor Digital Archive EditionsThe Kendor Archive Editions series has been added to the Kendor list of digital print-on-demand titles.

Read more: Kendor Digital Archive Editions

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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