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National Museum of African American Music Opens in Nashville

In a stunning newly-constructed building with over 1,500 exhibits and multiple educational and performance opportunities, this world-class museum is going to be a must-see for students of all genres to learn about the rich history of contributions to American music by Black people.

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Wenger Corporation Announces Campaign to Thank Music Educators for their Efforts during Pandemic

Wenger Corporation announced a "thank you" campaign to recognize the creative efforts made by music educators to keep the music alive during the Covid-19 pandemic. Toward that end, Wenger is asking people to nominate an educator by March 12 to be highlighted and for a chance to win several prizes.

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PracticeFirst and Excelcia Music Publishing Announce Collaboration

To provide their subscribers with a robust selection of educational content, music software company MusicFirst has entered into a new collaboration with educational music publisher, Excelcia Music Publishing. This joint effort allows MusicFirst customers who have subscribed to their performance assessment software, PracticeFirst, to access Excelcia Music Publishing’s concert band, orchestra and choral titles in the app at no additional cost.

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Marimba and Muscle Memory

Applying the concept of muscle memory to marimba pedagogy is extremely important for the development of your students. This is even more crucial since there is no direct contact between the performer and the marimba. A pianist can feel and touch the keys, creating a more intimate connection to the instrument. A marimba player must have a built-in knowledge as to where the keys are, as well as understand spaced intervals and distancing.

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The Atlanta Music Project Presents Music of the African Diaspora Festival

The Atlanta Music Project’s virtual Music of the African Diaspora Festival takes place Feb. 25-28 on Facebook Live. The series of concerts kicks off Feb. 25 with The Next Generation: A Recital by the Young Musicians of the AMP Academy. Next up is Studio Sessions: An Evening with the Faculty of the Atlanta Music Project on Feb. 26. Then on Feb. 28, Songs of Solidarity: Chamber Music Ensembles of the Atlanta Music Project. All concerts start 7pm EST.

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The 2021 SBO Directors’ Resource Guide

SBO is pleased to present the 2021 Directors’ Resource Guide. This collection of companies and organizations is here to serve your band and orchestra programs with a variety of products and services you’ll use everyday. From instruments to sheet music, from travel to festivals, and much more, you’ll find this directory is something you’ll want to keep on hand all year long and refer to time and time again.

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NEC presents “Grow Your Art” Music and Business Residency and Performance with Maria Schneider

Multi-Grammy Award-winning composer and bandleader Maria Schneider will work with NEC students through Grow Your Art, a collaborative music and business residency and performance series set for March 2, 3 & 4. Maria Schneider and the NEC Jazz Orchestra will also perform on March 10.

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Tradition on the Move, HBCU Bands Tell the Story

SBO traces the magnificent history of four of the prestigious Battle of the Bands “Final Eight" - Grambling State University, Hampton University, Benedict College and Howard University.

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2021 DCJazzPrix Applications Now Being Accepted Through April 27

The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) announced that applications can now be submitted for its annual international jazz band competition, DCJazzPrix. Bands must be comprised of 2-9 members. Each band member must be at least 18 years old, but not older than 45, as of April 1, 2021. The application deadline is before midnight EST on April 27, 2021. Potential applicants will find guidelines and submission requirements at

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Planning to Teach in a Post-Pandemic World

Dr. Charles T. Menghini explains what should be front and center in your band program as music educators across the country prepare for what comes after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Instruments & Gear

ISP Technologies “In Mask” Microphone System

ISP Technologies’ Classroom Infrared Amplification System promises to enhance voice clarity with a miniature microphone installed directly into the mask. The company says its design has an advantage over other systems that are designed to use a hanging pendant microphone, hand held microphone or over the ear microphone that amplifies an already-muffled voice.

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Anniversary Edition Saxophone from Cannonball

Cannonball celebrates 25 years in business with a new special-edition model of the popular Big Bell Stone Series saxophones.

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Relaunched Rousseau Mouthpieces

Following its acquisition of the famed Rousseau Mouthpiece company, JodyJazz has completed its relaunch of the Rousseau mouthpiece range.

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Dixon’s Precision Coil Direct Drive Single and Double Bass Drum

Dixon Precision Coil pedals are a high-powered alternative to traditional rocking spring pedals, featuring the direct transfer of energy from its open coil helical spring to the footboard for increased precision and control. Precision Coil’s open-coil helical spring, enclosed in a cast aluminum chamber, connects directly to the beater hub for an extremely efficient transfer of energy, topped off with an adjustable aluminum beater.

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