Welcome to the "Useful Links" page! 

Here you will find links to websites of various music organizations, educational resources and companies!

Bach Brass Instruments
Bach Brass Instruments are some of the finest in the world. Surf around this site to learn more about their entire line of quality instruments and some history regarding their creation!
Drum Corps Association
Drum Corps Associates strives to provide performers with stimulating and rewarding social experiences, to provide a competitive outlet for performers, and to entertain and excite the audience.
Drum Corps International
From modest beginnings more than three decades ago, Drum Corps International (DCI) has developed into a powerful, nonprofit, global youth activity with far-reaching artistic, educational and organizational influence. Through the annual DCI Tour and more than 35 World Championships in 17 North American cities, Drum Corps International provides entertainment to millions through live performances and nationally-televised events. Drum Corps International is Marching Music’s Major League™.
Monroe County Schools Music Association
The Monroe County School Music Association is a cooperative organization supporting every music teacher in Monroe County. We sponsor Solo Festivals for all grade levels in January, and Ensemble Festivals in March. MCSMA sponsors these festivals to enhance the school music experience for our most outstanding and committed student-musicians, so that they will bring to their home music ensembles the lessons they have learned and positively influence their district-wide music program.
National Association for Music Education
National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.
New York State Field Band Conference

The New York State Field Band Conference, Inc. was formed on Feb. 6, 1972 for the purpose of regulating and scheduling field band events in New York State, and for the enhancement of school field band competitions. It is the aim of the New York State Field Band Conference to encourage participation in such events.

New York State Percussion Circuit
Formed by Hilton's own, Mr. Tim Stodd, the NYSPC was established to provide percussion ensembles of every level the opportunity to improve and perform. The best interests of each musician is of paramount importance. Good musicianship, sportsmanship, and skill improvement are the goals of the NYSPC.
New York State School Music Association
The mission of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) is to advocate and improve the education in music of all people in New York by promoting appropriate music activities and programs in the schools and communities of New York State. Hilton CSD is a participating member of NYSSMA, as is our county association, MCSMA.
Percussive Arts Society
The Percussive Arts Society is the world's largest percussion organization and is considered the central source for information and networking for percussionists and drummers of all ages. Established in 1961 as a non-profit, music service organization, their mission is to promote percussion education, research, performance and appreciation throughout the world. Today, they are 9,000-members strong with 50 chapters located across the United States, and an additional 24 chapters outside the United States.
Sabian Cymbals
Sabian cymbal company was founded in 1981 in Meductic, New Brunswick, Canada by Robert Zildjian, son of Avedis Zildjian III, the head of the Avedis Zildjian Company. Family tradition had it that the head of the company would only pass its secrets down to the oldest son, but Avedis III gave the information to both his sons, Armand and Robert. This led to a family feud and a legal squabble, resulting in Robert leaving Zildjian to form the rival Sabian company. Robert Zildjian formed the word "Sabian" from the two first letters of the names of his three children Sally, Billy and Andy. Sabian cymbals have a remarkable sound and continue to be a world leader in quality and production. Check out all the educational information on this site, look at the list of professional artists and organizations who use Sabian cymbals, or check out "the vault" where you can hear different Sabian cymbals!
Selmer Instruments
Selmer instrument company has long been a world leader for high quality instruments, manufacturing everything from clarinets to oboes to saxophones. This site is chalk full of history, information, artist interviews and educational content!
Vic Firth Percussion
Vic Firth Percussion was founded by its name sake...Mr. Vic Firth, who is a former principal timpanist with the Boston Symphony. Vic Firth is the world leader in percussion sticks and mallets production and sales and the quality speaks for itself. More importantly, check this site out for TONS of educational material, including rudiment practice guides, videos and interviews with the world's foremost authorities in ALL areas of percussion!
Winter Guard International
WGI Sport of the Arts is the world's premier organization producing indoor color guard and percussion ensemble competitions. As a non-profit youth organization, WGI serves as the leading governing body of the winter guard and indoor percussion activities. It is called the Sport of the Arts because it brings music to life through performance in a competitive format. Now entering its 35th year, the sport continues to evolve and grow. There were more than 36,000 participants at the regional level, and more than 11,000 participants at the Sport of the Arts World Championships this past April.
Yamaha Musical Instruments
Yamaha pretty much runs the world I think! Can you think of something that Yamaha doesn't make! Their instrument line encompasses everything you can think of, range in quality from beginner to professional and all at a reasonable price. Their site isn't the most exciting in the world, but cool to check out none the less!
Zildjian Cymbals
Avedis Zildjian I (the first) was an Armenian alchemist in the city of Constantinople in the early seventeenth century. While attempting to create gold by combining base metals, he discovered an alloy of copper, tin, and traces of silver with unique sound qualities. In 1618, Avedis used his secret alloy to create cymbals of spectacular clarity and power. The sound of the instruments was so extraordinary that the Sultan invited Avedis to live at court (Topkapi Palace) to make cymbals for the Sultan's elite Janissary Bands. As Avedis' reputation grew, the Sultan gave him the name "Zildjian" in Armenian (Zilciyan in Turkish), a word meaning "son of cymbal maker."

In 1623, Avedis was granted permission to leave the palace in order to start his own business in a suburb of Constantinople named Psamatia. That same business is now nearly four centuries old and has been passed down to Zildjian heirs for fifteen generations. Relocating to America in 1929, Avedis III moved the Zildjian factory to Quincy, MA and then to its current location in Norwell, MA for Zildjian's 350th Anniversary. The business passed to Avedis' son, Armand in 1977 and then to Armand's daughter, Craigie, in 1999. Currently, Craigie and her sister Debbie continue the family tradition in what is recognized as the oldest family-owned business in America.