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21st Annual SBO Essay Contest

We received nearly 2,000 entries for the 21st annual SBO Essay Contest asking students to answer, “How has playing an instrument changed for you during the pandemic?” The contest is once again sponsored by SupportMusic.com, NAMM, Yamaha, Alfred, Belwin, Rovner, and Sabian.

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jj Babbitt Co. Under New Ownership

Steve Rorie, who joined jj Babbitt as president in 2019, announced his purchase of the company from the Reglein Trust on May 7. The 102-year-old manufacturer of mouthpiece brands Meyer, Otto Link, Hite and many others for saxophones and clarinets will remain based in Elkhart, IN.

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On the Road Again: A Return to Travel

As the percentage of Americans who have received Covid-19 vaccines continues to climb, SBO reached out again to travel company Worldstrides to learn more about the current status of student travel.

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Hal Leonard’s Virtual Music Education Summit Set for July 29-30

Hal Leonard announced plans for its Virtual Music Education Summit on Thursday & Friday, July 29-30 2021. This event will provide sequential presentations that focus on meeting the needs of all students this fall.

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How to Add Reverb

What exactly is reverb, and when should you be adding it to your live sound systems, or recordings of your student projects? What will you teach your students about reverb? In SBO’s May 2021 issue, audio expert Bobby Owsinski has the simple answers you can easily implement.

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University of Kentucky Announces First Woman Director of Wildcat Marching Band

The University of Kentucky announced May 7 that Shayna Stahl had been named director of Athletic Bands and assistant director of Bands in the School of Music. Stahl will become the first woman to serve as the director of the Wildcat Marching Band. Stahl will also serve as director of the UK Pep Bands and as the conductor of the UK Concert Band.

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Recruiting Students: Back to Basics

Programs that were robust in pre-pandemic years may have only a fraction of returning students, and new students may be hard to reach. How do we get these students back? In SBO’s May 2021 issue, music and arts education advocate Laurie Schell shares some insights.

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David Serkin Ludwig Named Dean and Director of Juilliard’s Music Division

Following an extensive search, Juilliard has named composer and alumnus David Serkin Ludwig as dean and director of Juilliard’s Music Division. As dean and director, Ludwig will oversee the artistic and educational activities of the Music Division.

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Choosing a Focus in Guitar Class

In SBO’s May issue, string educator Lesley Shultz has some great advice for new and experienced string teachers now faced with starting a guitar class. The key question to ask yourself is, what do you want the students to learn?

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Instruments & Gear

PreSonus MicroStation BT

The new PreSonus MicroStation BT Bluetooth 5.0 stereo monitor controller receives audio from a phone, tablet, or other Bluetooth source and feeds it to your full-range powered speakers. The MicroStation BT also can be hardwired to a powered subwoofer to create a 2.1 listening environment.

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B&S Announces $200 Rebates for MBX Heritage Trumpets

For the entire month of May 2021, B&S is offering customers $200 off their purchase of the newest innovation among the X-line, the B&S MBX Heritage Bb trumpet. Inspired by renowned French commercial player and B&S Performing artist, Christian Martinez, the MBXH design offers so many new facets of sound, identity, harmonics, body, and ease.

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Buffet Crampon Prodige Oboe Comes with Rebate Offer for May

The student-friendly Buffet Crampon Prodige performance oboe (BC4062-2-0P), first introduced in 2016 to replace the 4052 performance oboe, is being offered with a long list of unique features along with a $100 instant rebate offer for the month of May.

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Notysing Music Notation Learning App Named EdTech Awards Finalist for 2021

Stockholm, Sweden-based Doremir Music Research announced May 4 that its new app Notysing has been named a “Cool Tool Finalist 2021” in the global EdTech Awards. The educational app also received a 4.5 out of 5.0 star review by educators at the Educational App Store.

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