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Erin Fortune
Erin Fortune is the Marketing Manager focusing on digital marketing at Music for All and has been working with Music for All since 2010, first in the Participant Relations department and now in marketing. She is a graduate of the Music Industry Management program at Ferris State University in Michigan and is a former Percussive Arts Society Intern and a Yamaha Corporation of America, Band and Orchestral Division Intern.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013


Directions to Music for All National Festival presented by Yamaha Concert Venues and Hotels. Click on the hyperlinked addresses below to open directions in google maps.


Clowes Memorial Hall (Butler University)

4602 Sunset Avenue · Indianapolis, IN 46208
(National Concert Band Festival, Honor Band Concert, Honor Orchestra Concert for Friday night, Jazz Band Concert Venue)

Hilbert Circle Theatre

45 Monument Circle · Indianapolis, IN 46204
(Orchestra America National Festival Venue)

Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts (Butler University)

4600 Sunset Avenue • Indianapolis, IN 46208
(Middle School National Music Festival, High School Additional Ensemble, and Honor Orchestra Concert for Saturday night Venue)

Indiana Historical Society

450 W Ohio St, Indianapolis, IN 46202
(Chamber Music National Festival Venue)

Warren Performing Arts Center

9500 East 16th Street · Indianapolis IN 46229
(Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival Venue)

Festival Hotels

JW Marriott Indianapolis

10 South West Street · Indianapolis, IN 46204

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown

601 West Washington Street · Indianapolis, IN 46204

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown

501 W Washington Street · Indianapolis, IN 46204


Music for All Office

39 W. Jackson Pl., Ste. 150 · Indianapolis, IN 46225

Additional Directions/ Maps

Indianapolis Downtown Map

Directions Around Indianapolis

Victory Field PArking Map (Bus/Truck Overnight Parking)

Warren Performing Arts Center Map

Indiana Historical Society Map

Clowes Memorial Hall/Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts/Lilly Hall Venue Map

Lilly Hall Map

Butler University Campus Map

Hilbert Circle Theatre Map

Today's guest post is written by Bobby Lambert, the Bands of America Drum Major Institute Coordinator and Assistant Director at Marian Catholic H.S. in Chicago Heights, Illinois.
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I am delighted to represent the staff of the brand new Bands of America Drum Major Institute. This weekend in fact, I spent time with James Stephens, Assistant Band Director from Broken Arrow High School, planning some of the activities and lessons for our camp. It is an exciting venture into a new world of taking drum major instruction, something that has been around for many years, and putting it into 21st century technology and understanding.
For example, we are looking at Disney and their approach to entertainment and using that as a lens over our approach toward education. Simply put, we want to exceed the expectations of those coming to our camp not only this year, but for many years to come.  The exciting part of coming to this first camp will be helping to engineer future camps with student input and experience. These “pioneers” will, in essence, help design the future of what we hope will become a new standard in summer music education.
CoreTeachingPrinciplesWhile we want to move toward the future, we must begin with strong foundations—Leadership at its Core. The BOA Drum Major Institute will create opportunities that promote honorable Character, comprehensive Content, effective Communication and, the final ingredient for ensemble cohesion and individual enrichment, Chemistry.
Beginning with self-analysis, students learn their strengths and weaknesses, wants and needs and finally, the paths they wish to explore. We work to create leaders for whom leadership is not an exercise or task, it is a natural extension of their being.
The musical and visual knowledge possessed by the most effective drum majors is extensive. From score study and concise conducting patterns to visual acuity and showmanship, our program will provide instruction, challenges and growth.
Our program will help develop communication skills by examining the words we speak, the signals we give, the message that is received and the actions that occur as a result. Drum Major Institute participants will examine each aspect and work to find his/her own unique style.
In the most embracing and encouraging community in America, participants will examine with us this vital, often intangible portion of a successful ensemble. With the building blocks provided in this camp, we will explore the importance of group dynamics, define the variables that affect it and incorporate ways to influence the elements that matter most. 
Look for more information as we continue to build this experience. We believe this will be something very special. Join us and help us create the first ever BOA Drum Major Institute!
Bobby Lambert
Bands of America Drum Major Institute Coordinator
Assistant Band Director, Marian Catholic High School, Illiniois
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

2013 Jazz Band of America Members List

Members as of 2/7/13:


Fernando Ferrarone - Feliz Varela H.S., Miami, FL

Aidan Lombard - New Trier H.S., Kenilworth, IL

Noé Mina - LBJ H.S., Austin, TX

John Otten - Roosevelt H.S., Seattle, WA

Lee Stickney - Linn-Mar H.S., Marion, IA


Ricky Castillo - Richland Senior H.S., Fort Worth, TX

Christopher Chen - Lloyd V. Berkner H.S., Richardson, TX

Daniel Sagastume - Coral Reef Senior H.S., Miami, FL (Saxophone/Bass Clarinet)

Jacob K. White - Alta H.S., Sandy, UT

Jacob Wright - Blue Valley West H.S., Olathe, KS


Nicholas Lee - Harvard-Westlake, Los Angeles, CA

Pete Wikle - Orange County School of Arts, Santa Ana, CA


James Fernando - Needham H.S., Needham, MA


Jonathan Nankof - Horace Greeley H.S., Chappaqua, NY


Kanoa Mendenhall - Valley Christian H.S., Gilroy, CA


Ashwin Prasanna - Holmdel H.S., Holmdel, NJ

Members as of 3/13/13:


Tina Babler- Ravenwood H.S., Brentwood, TN

Taylor Bagley - Lafayette H.S., Lexington, KY

Lucy Becker- Lafayette H.S., Lexington, KY

Paulina Beleckaite - Avon H.S., Avon, IN

Liann Bova - Charleston County School of the Arts, Isle of Palms, SC

Seong Min "Bryan" Chung - La Canada H.S., La Canada, CA

Amy Ciardiello - French Woods Festival, Staten Island, NY

Yuki Dean- Broad Ripple H.S., Indianapolis, IN

Joanne Do - Northwood H.S., Irvine, CA

Lauren Elliot- Avon H.S., IN

Peter Gaudet- Avon H.S., IN

Pauline Guerzon- Mt. Eden H.S., Hayward, CA

Sarah Knox- Lafayette H.S., Lexington, KY

Gene Li - Ravenwood H.S., Brentwood, TN

Russel Magpantay - Mt. Eden H.S., Hayward, CA

Franz Magnaye- Avon H.S., Avon, IN

David Nie- Clements H.S., Sugar Land, TX

Marin Osawa- Clements H.S., Sugar Land, TX

Joshua Schoen- Warren Central H.S., Indianapolis, IN

Jacqueline Volk- Portage H.S., Valparaiso, IN

Tiffany Yan - Mt. Eden H.S., Hayward, CA

Grant Zhao - William P. Clements H.S., Sugar Land, TX

Melissa Zwickl- Warren Central H.S., IN


Kieryn Bowman - Broad Ripple H.S., Indianapolis, IN

Katja Gordon Yeager - James Madison H.S., Vienna, VA

Whitney Larson- Avon H.S., IN

Lac Phan - Mt. Eden H.S., Hayward, CA

Delaney Smith - Indian Hill H.S., Tuscaloosa, AL

Haley Stevenson- Franklin Central H.S., IN

Shan Su - Texas Academy of Math and Science, Amarillo, TX


Shelly Burgess - Graves County H.S., Mayfield, KY

Ethan Caudill- Lafayette H.S., Lexington, KY

Marlon Gonzales - Mt. Eden H.S., Hayward, CA

Kaitlyn Hauber - Avon H.S., Avon, IN

Collin Hendricks- Warren Central H.S., Indianapolis, IN

Jade Keane- Warren Central H.S., Indianapolis, IN

Samantha Lee - Northwood H.S., Irvine, CA

Pierre Vaillant - Champaign Central H.S., Champaign, IL

Robert Wendroth - Lafayette H.S., Lexington, KY


Sharif Ibraham- Carmel H.S., Carmel, IN

Ben Krege - Carmel H.S., Carmel, IN

Brandon Kumar- Mt. Eden H.S., Hayward, CA

Christopher Mondak - Champaign Central H.S., Champaign, IL

Sureender Randhawa - Mt. Eden H.S., Hayward, CA

Sanjay Reddy - Northwood H.S., Irvine, CA

Sam Thomas- Carmel H.S., Carmel, IN

Sam Wilson - Herron H.S., Indianapolis, IN


Meia Alsup - Homestead H.S., Los Altos, CA

Jessica Chen - Homestead H.S., Sunnyvale, CA

Grace Law - Wando H.S., Mt. Pleasant, SC

Danielle Maeng - Ravenwood H.S., Brentwood, TN


Chris Chiu- Clements H.S., Sugar Land, TX

Shelby Ledbetter - Avon H.S., Danville, IN

Mitchell Lutz - Morton H.S., Groveland, IL


Claire Bogdan - Wando H.S., Mt. Pleasant, SC

Michelle Plunkett - Normal Community West H.S., Normal, IL (Oboe/Bass Oboe)

Emily Ray - D.W. Daniel H.S., Seneca, SC

French Horn

Aaron Burns - Lafayette H.S., Lexington, KY 

David Crowell - Lewisville H.S., Lewisville, TX 

Jacob Gay - Ben Davis H.S., Indianapolis, IN 

Arielle Gray - Hillcrest H.S., Tuscaloosa, AL 

Samuel Park- L.V. Berkner H.S., Richardson, TX

Benjamin Underbrink- L.V. Berkner H.S., Richardson, TX

English Horn

Kailey Norton - Home Schooled FLVS, Navarre, FL 


Brian Curl - Franklin H.S., Franklin, TN

Skylar Lipman - Plainfield Central H.S., Plainfield, IL

Noah Schatzline - Hillcrest H.S., Tuscaloosa, AL


Laura Egyed - Ravenwood H.S., Brentwood, TN

Stephen Lewis- Southmoore H.S., Moore, OK

Austin Nix- Rowlett H.S., Garland, TX

Amelia Scanland - Avon H.S., Indianapolis, IN


James Daniel Alford - Lafayette H.S., Lexington, KY

Wesley Arends - Carmel H.S., Carmel, IN (Bass Trombone)

Mark Wilkolak - Rampart H.S., Colorado Springs, CO


Josh Galerstein - Dunwoody H.S., Dunwoody, GA


Nathan Rayens - Lafayette H.S., Lexington, KY


Cynthia Burgess- Westminster H.S., Westminster, MD

Shelby Carney- William Mason H.S., Mason, OH

Logan Faulconer - River Hill H.S., Ellicott City, MD

Melissa Lam- Clements H.S., Sugar Land, TX

Michael Metz - DuPont Manual Youth Performing Arts School, Louisville, KY

Maddi Shake- Cathedral H.S., Indianapolis, IN


Kiersten Adair- William B. Travis H.S., Sugar Land, TX

Melissa Srb- Lincoln East H.S., Lincoln, NE

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

2013 Honor Band of America Members List

Members as of 3/13/13:


Parrel Appolis - Keystone Online School, Knoxville, TN

Teddy Chik - William S. Hart H.S., Valencia, CA

Jordan Cress Morrison - Key West H.S., Sugar Loaf Key, FL

Julia Evers - Nederland H.S., Port Arthur, TX

Nia Foster - Broken Arrow H.S., Broken Arrow, OK

Kathryn Fulford - Winter Park H.S., Winter Park, FL

Emily Hessler - Nation Ford H.S., Fort Mill, SC

Daeun Kim - Paul Laurence Dunbar H.S., Lexington, KY

Cassandra Lavarias - Clovis North H.S., Clovis, CA

Abigail Ledogar - Nation Ford H.S., Fort Mill, SC

Natalie Lopez - Fort Mill H.S., Tega Cay, SC

Raymond Magpantay - Mt. Eden H.S., Hayward, CA

Savannah McGuigan - William R. Boone H.S., Orlando, FL

Sally Wright - White Knoll H.S., West Columbia, SC


Richard Adger - Liberty North H.S., Kansas City, MO

Issac Beu - McNeil H.S., Austin, TX

Francisco Borja-Prieto - Liberty H.S., Plano, TX

Hans Hyunsoo Choi - Westwood H.S., Austin, TX

Emily Drabeck - Trinity H.S., Washington, PA

Vaughn Ericson - Blue Valley H.S., Stilwell, KS

Allison Fitzmaurice - Youth Performing Arts School, Louisville, KY

Jerome Frani - Mt. Eden H.S., Hayward, CA

Taeyeong Jung - Fort Zumwalt West H.S., O'Fallen, MO

Emmaline Lorenzo - Blue Valley North H.S., Leawood, KS

Alec Macklin - Mt. Eden H.S., Hayward, CA

Jake Mann - Nation Ford H.S., Fort Mill, SC

Chris McMillan - Williams Mason H.S., Mason, OH

Aubrey Parrish - Hillcrest H.S., Tuscaloosa, AL

Colby Spengler - Morton H.S., Washington, IL

H. Margaret Szwast - Charleston County School of the Arts, Charleston, SC


Hayden Anderson - Union H.S., Tulsa, OK (Baritone)

Ryan Berberian - Wando H.S., Mt. Pleasant, SC (Alto)

Chiane Boom - Youth Performing Arts School, Louisville, KY (Tenor)

Caleb Carpenter - Hickory Ridge H.S., Harrisburg, NC (Alto)

Hannah Cavender- Franklin H.S., Franklin, TN

Zachary Schlaug - Youth Performing Arts School, Louisville, KY (Tenor)

Sam Stubblefield - Franklin H.S., Franklin, TN (Alto)


Karina Lin - Westview H.S., San Diego, CA

Jordan Pyle - Fossil Ridge H.S., Windsor, CO

Hollie Kathleen Roy - Carolina Forest H.S., Myrtle Beach, SC

Evan Tegley - Norris H.S., Cortland, NE


Randy Fultz - SC Gov. School for Art, Graniteville, SC

Ajay Manickam - Mount Carmel H.S., San Diego, CA

Katy Reed - United Township H.S., East Moline, IL

Draven Simmons - Lewisville H.S., Lewisville, TX


Sam Ardovino - Thompson H.S., Alabaster, AL

Lauren "Ashley" Blackstock - Broken Arrow H.S., Broken Arrow, OK

James Andrew Burke - Pike country Central H.S., Harold, KY

Michael Busher - River Hill H.S., Ellicott City, MD

Gunnar Goss - Hillcrest H.S., Tuscaloosa, AL

Phillip Huval - Lafayette H.S., Scott, LA

Kristian Philip B. Magtibay - Mt. Eden H.S., Hayward, CA

Sean McKay - Chaparral H.S., Parker, CO

Erik Mercado - Mt. Eden H.S., Hayward, CA

David Nakazono - Leavenworth Senior H.S., Fort Leavenworth, KS

Christopher Rice - Graves County H.S., Wingo, KY

Justin Schreier - Mt. Eden H.S., Hayward, CA


Preston Beck - Lewisville H.S., Lewisville, TX

Ken Russell Garayanala - Hillcrest H.S., Tuscaloosa, AL

Scott Hankins - Wakeland H.S., Frisco, TX

Damian Holmes - Creekview H.S., Carrollton, TX

Alec Lee - Thompson H.S., Alabaster, AL

Cohin Lee Ruble - Franklin H.S., Franklin, TN

Zach Smith - Graves County H.S., South Fulton, TN

Ryan Starcher - Tippecanoe H.S., Tipp City, OH

Matthew Tichy - Lancaster H.S., Lancaster, NY

Mytchell Walker - Thompson H.S., Alabaster, AL

Justin Xu - Hillcrest H.S., Tuscaloosa, AL

Lauren Butz - Fishers H.S., Fishers, IN


Mary Casagrande- John Hersey H.S., Arlington Heights, IL (French Horn)

Shane Conley - Parras M.S., Redondo Beach, CA (Horn in F)

Bryce Conrad - Macomb Senior H.S., Macomb, IL (Euphonium)

Nathan Galerstein - Dunwoody H.S., Dunwoody, GA (Euphonium/Baritone)

Samantha Hartsfield- Clements H.S., Sugar Land, TX (French Horn)

Alex Lee - Mt. Eden H.S., Hayward, CA (French Horn)

Anthony Marracino - Spartanburg H.S., Spartanburg, SC (Euphonium)

Andrew McGowan - Macomb H.S., Macomb, IL (Euphonium)

Daniel Minley - Thompson H.S., Alabaster, AL (Euphonium)

Nicolas Perez - Kell H.S., Kennesaw, GA (French Horn)

Alexis Reyes - Mt. Eden H.S., Mayward, CA (French Horn)

Garrett Skurka - Hillcrest H.S., Tuscaloosa, AL (French Horn)

Daniel Smith-Salgado - James Bowie H.S., Austin, TX (French Horn)


Ashton Bowles - Thompson H.S., Alabaster, AL

Jarby Brown - Charleston county School of the Arts, Charleston, SC

Stephen Courtney - Graves County H.S., Mayfield, KY

Griffin Hanson - Winter Park H.S., Orlando, FL

Ryan Langer - Lewisville H.S., Lewisville, TX

Serena Voltz - John Hersy H.S., Arlington Heights, IL

Derek Zimmerman - Metamora Township H.S., Germantown Hills, IL


Laura Branson - James Bowie H.S., Austin, TX

Charles Comiter- Alex W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Boca Raton, FL

Tyler Entelisano - Hillcrest H.S., Tuscaloosa, AL

Francis Favis- University H.S., Bloomington, IL

Andrew Gonzales - Permian H.S., Tuscaloosa, AL

Rashaad Greene - Carlton Kell H.S., Merietta, GA

Justin Matthews - St. James H.S., Murrells Inlet, SC

By Michael Reed and Michael Boo
November 7-10 2012
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN

Lucas Oil Stadium has seen its share of big-ticket events this year, starting with the Super Bowl and continuing with the Drum Corps International World Championships and then the Music for All Bands of America Grand National Championships. The stadium has imprinted itself on the psyches of countless pageantry arts fans and the most recent BOA show has done nothing to lessen that.

The four days of events were presented by Yamaha, a company whose commitment to Music for All and thousands upon thousands of music students only grows as it marches through the second year of its second half century in America. 

After Prelims on Thursday and Friday, the following 33 bands (listed in performance order) advanced into Semi-Finals: Norton HS (OH), Forest Park Jr./Sr. HS (IN), La Salle HS (OH), Western HS (IN), Bellevue West HS (NE), Goshen HS (IN), Bridgewater-Raritan HS (NJ), Nation Ford HS (SC), Ben Davis HS (IN), William Mason HS (OH), Franklin HS (TN), Ronald Reagan HS (TX), Centerville HS (OH), James Bowie HS (TX), Marian Catholic HS (IL), Greenwood Community HS (IN), Center Grove HS (IN), Avon HS (IN), Lafayette HS (LA), Kennesaw Mountain HS (GA), Carmel HS (IN), North Hardin HS (GA), Plymouth-Canton Educational Park (MI), Rockford HS (MI), George Walton HS (GA), Tarpon Springs HS (FL), Union HS (OK), Lawrence Central HS (IN), Broken Arrow HS (OK), Lake Central HS (IN), Bourbon County HS (KY), Jenison HS (MI), Walled Lake Central HS (MI) and Northmont HS (OH).

After the performances of all Semi-Finals bands and the exhibition of the Western Carolina University Marching Band, caption and placement awards were presented to the top bands in each of the four competitive Semi-Finals classes. 

At the end of Semi-Finals, caption and placement awards were presented in all four classes. In Class A, Western HS won Outstanding Music Performance, Norton HS won Outstanding Visual Performance, and Forest Park Jr./Sr. HS won Outstanding General Effect. Western took 1st place in the class, followed by Forest Park in 2nd and Norton in 3rd. 

Class AA Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding General Effect and a tie for Outstanding Visual Performance went to Tarpon Springs HS, with Marian Catholic HS also tying for Visual Performance. Tarpon Springs took 1st place, Marian Catholic 2nd and Nation Ford HS 3rd.

All three Class AAA awards went to Kennesaw Mountain HS, which took 1st in the class, followed by Franklin HS in 2nd and Bellevue West HS in 3rd. In Class AAAA, Outstanding Music Performance went to Carmel HS, a tie for Outstanding Visual Performance honors went to both Carmel and Broken Arrow HS, and Outstanding General Effect went to Broken Arrow. Carmel took 1st place, Broken Arrow 2nd and James Bowie HS 3rd.

Finals started with an exhibition by the Class A Champion Western HS band and concluded with the announcement of scores during the finale. The Honor Band of America Drum Line, in Indianapolis to prepare for the Tournament of Roses® Parade, played all finalist bands onto the field for the finale, which also included a performance by American Idol performer Shaun Canon.

In Finals, Grand Champion Carmel received an invitation to perform in the 2014 Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Parade, and also took the Outstanding Music Performance Award. Broken Arrow won the Steve Brubaker Outstanding Visual Performance Award and the Outstanding General Effect Award. For the first time ever, the Al Castronova Espirit de Corps Award was won by two bands. Bridgewater-Raritan HS of New Jersey came to Indianapolis less than two weeks after living through the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy and was hosted and cared for by Avon (IN) HS band members and supporters. The story of these two bands served as inspiration at an event that saw members of all bands share a sense of camaraderie and the joy of music with each other.

Carmel H.S., IN
A Tangled Web We Weave was built around the children’s song, “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” Nine geodesic dome structures provided nesting places for the guard of black widows, with a large meandering drill form spider menacingly surveying the audience for its next meal. Despite gingerly navigating the webbing, the entire band became caught in it at the end, with no hope of escape. 1st place: 95.85

Broken Arrow H.S., OK
Gas mask-wearing band members escaping the smoke of an ash heap-laden battle zone captured the horror of war in the otherworldly landscape of Surrender to Hope. From opening war drums through air raid sirens and to the engulfing of the band by giant explosions of fabric, this show threw one eerie effect after another at the corneas and eardrums of the shell-shocked audience. 2nd place: 95.70

Avon H.S., IN
The overindulgence of extreme opulence heartlessly contrasted with the scarcity faced by the common folk in Feast or Famine, providing a pitying-yet-sometimes humorous look at conditions leading up to the French Revolution. Banquet table gluttony and pies in the face mocked the conditions of the downtrodden, highlighting a cultural disparity with parallels to today’s society. 3rd place: 93.90

Tarpon Springs H.S., FL
Poisoned told the Brothers Grimm fairytale story of Snow White and her nemesis, the envious queen. The word “EVIL” appeared in the drill as the queen entered atop the backs of her servants, as well as the poisoned apple form presented to Snow White. The drabness of the queen was offset by the vivid colors of Snow White, constantly reminding us who is naughty and who is nice. 4th place: 93.80

Marian Catholic H.S., IL
Man’s inhumanity to man and the choice between non-violent coexistence and violent co-annihilation was highlighted in My Brother’s Keeper. Music pierced like stabs to the soul while the band formed a giant chain of oppression. Concentration camp survivors watched over the devastating folly, ending with the resonating caution of Martin Luther King’s 1967 “Beyond Vietnam” speech. 5th place: 92.90

James Bowie H.S., TX
Dome tents as planetary spheres drifted slowly through the heavens, as Stellae Errantes (The Wandering Stars) brought the solar system within telescopic view, illuminating the firmaments with LED lighting on the uniforms and guard equipment. Comets raced past the stars and within the orbits of the constellations, presenting an aura of grandeur on an intergalactic scale. 6th place: 89.85

Kennesaw Mountain H.S., GA
Everyone loves a circus, but one might be wary of staying too long at the dark carnival hallucination of Deliver Me. Whimsical with a sinister undertone, the distorted voices of the performers invited us to “join up” with the Fellini-esque spectacle. But the freedom came with a price, betrayed by the menacing laughter. Of particular interest was how the uniforms changed colors to the music. 7th place: 89.15

William Mason H.S., OH
This Land took us on a journey to Africa, with the guard costumed as zebras, antelopes and giraffes. Musicians moved in character with the animals as symbols like those on tribal masks appeared in the drill. A thundershower brought the rainy season to the plains and towards the end of the safari, the large predator-eye flags seemed as if the entire jungle was watching us. 8th place: 87.65

Center Grove H.S., IN
The majestic music of Baroque composer J.S. Bach imbued The Guardians with an ornate elegance; gradually bringing to life multitudes of motionless gargoyles perched across the field on ladders simulating cathedral towers. Delicately spreading double flags as if wings, the creatures attempted to take flight, but were stymied by the stony eternalness of their being. 9th place: 87.60

Lawrence Central H.S.
Col Legno is named for the string instrument technique of stings sounded by the wood of a bow. Throughout, wood was used for visual effects, the on-field construction of physical sets and the intensity of rhythmic propulsion. A huge variety of amplified wooden sounds accompanied the physical appearance of an ax in the drill that was utilized to metaphorically chop wood. 10th place: 87.3

Ronald Reagan H.S.
For the band’s 10th anniversary of its first appearance in the BOA Grand Nationals Finals, their special sudden change of plume colors was updated with the addition of lights in Let It Shine. Lights on the uniforms supported the lights covering the field, creating a shimmer that seemed to make every blade of stadium turf come alive with the fluorescent pulsation of the sparkling music. 11th place: 87.30

Plymouth-Canton Ed. Park, MI
The Last Dance was a peek at our uncertain world, starting carefree but interrupted by unnerving sounds and a flood of gray fabric leaving a trail of destruction. To “Time in a Bottle,” the band formed a giant hourglass and poured from the top into the bottom like sifting sand, unable to recapture what was lost. Yet hope prevailed at the end, reminding us to never give up. 12th place: 84.95

For many years, Michael Reed and Michael Boo have covered a large variety of pageantry events. Michael Reed covers winter guard and indoor marching percussion events for WGI, plus other events for BOA. Michael Boo is the Staff Writer for Drum Corps International and has written for BOA and WGI for 

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Today's blog post is a very special post written by Julianne Clements from Bentonville H.S. in Bentonville, Arkansas. Julianne was one of the four Drum Majors for the 2013 Bands of America Honor Band in the Tournament of Roses® Parade. Our thanks to Julianne for sharing her story with us, and with all of you! We know there are great things ahead for Julianne and  we are looking forward to hearing all about them in the years to come.

Julianne4One of my greatest journeys began last year. I auditioned to be a piccolo player in the 2013 Bands of America National Honor Band. When I got accepted, I was overcome with joy because this was to be the biggest accomplishment of my life. Marching in an ensemble with 300 students from everywhere, working with world-class staff, performing in front of over a million live viewers; it was one of my childhood dreams coming true before my eyes. My dream didn’t end there, so I decided to just go for it and try out to be drum major of the Honor Band. I knew it was a long-shot that I would get the position, but I wasn’t going to shy away for fear of failure. The day I received notification of my selection as one of four drum majors, I was so enthused and excited I could not take the smile off my face. I could not believe that out of all the applicants from around the nation, I had been chosen. It was truly an honor and privilege that I will be grateful for the rest of my life. My dream had come true, but the excitement didn’t stop after making the ensemble. Never could I have pictured that one week could mean so much in my life.

I first met with the group on December 27th. We rehearsed nearly nonstop for two days in order to give our first performance on the 29th. During those days I learned more about myself and the world than I have ever before. I learned that people expect perfection from everyone, including themselves. And that even though I know perfection is impossible to reach, I still believe that this drive found in all of us is what sets us apart and drives humanity to greatness. Demanding and expecting perfection doesn’t constitute infinite failure, it means that excellence is the only outcome that is possible. The staff members there did demand perfection, because they already knew how great the band could be. After our first performance the band too realized and this is what drove us to strive even harder. We thirsted for more; for more time with the other amazing students, for more time with the incredible staff, for more time getting to know everyone who made this group, the National Honor Band. One of the greatest things the staff expressed was that we were THE National Honor Band. No one else was a part of that, and no one else could be. We were it. We could either give it everything we have and make it the greatest experience ever, or walk away knowing we could have done more. I think every single person realized their full potential in that week and we truly became the 2013 Bands of America National Honor Band.  Julianne3 

My favorite moment of all with this band was the final stretch of the parade.  The 300 students I had met only days before came to the end of marching close to 6.8 miles. Some held up 50 pound instruments, others drummed; some moved their fingers, others moved a slide; some danced, others tossed a flag; but I conducted this ensemble. I stood in front and saw all 300 of my peers march for nearly two hours and still have smiles on their faces. I witnessed the band play Firework for the very last time and just give it everything they had. It brings tears of joy to my eyes to remember that final moment of the parade. Even though we had played that song a million times, even though the musicians were exhausted, even though some were bleeding from blisters or shaking with pain, we came together at the end and played that song one last time for us. There was not an audience or any need to continue playing, but we danced away and blasted the music with all our heart and soul anyways. I have never heard an ensemble play with such true exuberance, such joy and such exaltation. We played for the family we had become and for the struggles we had triumphed over. We played because we had become the Bands of America National Honor Band. Never have I been as inspired by an act as in that moment. It truly is indescribable; the way we all smiled when it was over and cheered each other on, it just blew me away. We had persevered and achieved something truly magnificent. 

I don’t know any other group of students that could celebrate the New Year at 9:00 PM and be perfectly happy with it. I don’t know any other group of students that could rehearse for an entire day and still, after 8 hours, run back every time the staff called reset. I don’t know any other group of students that could make close, lifetime friends with a few people, and yet still be friends with everyone involved. I don’t know any other group of students that could make wearing trash bags look so good. I don’t know any other group of students who could change the meaning of eating an orange so much that every time I see one, memories flood my mind. I don’t know any other group of students that could have so many different backgrounds, or accents, or languages, or experiences and yet still come together to perform in complete unison. I don’t know any other group of students like the 2013 Bands of America National Honor Band.

Julianne1300 people learned to step on the same foot, in the same way, at the same time. 300 people learned to breathe together, eat together, and just be together. 300 people became a family that shares the memories of a lifetime. 300 people’s lives were changed forever by the other 299, and I am one of them.  My life was forever changed for the better by this ensemble. If all of that can happen in a week, well then I truly believe anything is possible. 

-Julianne Clements, Drum Major, 2013 Bands of America Honor Band in the Tournament of Roses® Parade
Friday, February 01, 2013

Festival Tickets

Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster by phone at 800-745-3000, or the Ticketmaster website.

Ticket orders are also available in person at the Clowes Memorial Hall ticket office on the Butler University campus. Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. or on Clowes Memorial Hall website

General Admission: Children 10 years old and younger are admitted free for General Admission (G.A.) seating at all Music for All events. No discounts are available for reserved seating.

All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.


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Honor Ensemble Concerts

Honor Band of America
Clowes Memorial Hall
Dr. Scott Weiss, Conductor
Saturday, March 17, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are $35.00, $28.00, and $22.00.

Honor Orchestra of America (Friday) and Jazz Band of America
Clowes Memorial Hall
Larry J. Livingston, Honor Orchestra Conductor
Jeff Rupert, Jazz Band Conductor
Friday, March 16, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are $15, $10 for students, senior citizens, and groups of 10+

Honor Orchestra of America (Saturday)
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Larry J. Livingston, Honor Orchestra of America Conductor
Saturday, March 17, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are $15, $10 for students, senior citizens, and groups of 10+

National Concert Band Festival Performances

National Concert Band Festival Tickets* - All General Admission

Concert Block 1*
Clowes Memorial Hall
Thursday, March 15, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $12.00 for H.S. Students/Senior Citizens or $6.00/ea for student groups of 10+

Concert Block 2*
Clowes Memorial Hall
Friday, March 16, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $12.00 for H.S. Students/Senior Citizens or $6.00/ea for student groups of 10+

Concert Block 3*
Clowes Memorial Hall
Saturday, March 17, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $12.00 for H.S. Students/Senior Citizens or $6.00/ea for student groups of 10+

Music for All Chamber Music Concert
(featuring Rex Richardson and Vandoren Emerging Artists)
University of Indianapolis
Saturday, March 17, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are $15.00 for General Admission

Orchestra America National Festival 
Hilbert Circle Theatre
Thursday, March 15, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 17, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Tickets are $15.00/day for General Admission
Tickets will be sold online through the Hilbert Circle Theatre box office; link coming soon


For more information, please call the Music for All office at 800.848.2263.
* Tickets to these events DO NOT INCLUDE admission to the Honor Band of America Concert, Honor Orchestra of America Concert or Jazz Band of America Concert.
+ Group discount only available to Students with valid student ID.

Free Festival Events

National Concert Band Festival - Invited Ensembles
Thursday, March 15
6:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler University

Friday, March 16
8:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler University

Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival
Thursday, March 15
4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Warren Performing Arts Center

Friday, March 16
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Warren Performing Arts Center

Chamber Music National Festival
Friday, March 16
8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Indiana Historical Society

Middle School National Music Festival
Saturday, March 17
8:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler University 

National Choir Festival
Friday, March 16
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
St. Johns Cathedral


Application is open to all high school and middle school concert bands, choirs, chamber ensembles, orchestras and percussion ensembles. Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Festival.

The Application Packets include FAQs, application forms and audition requirements for ensembles, and the Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America and Jazz Band of America.

2019 Music for All National Festival Online Application

Apply online for the 2019 Music for All National Festival, and upload your audition recording.


Application Deadline: June 5, 2018


Download the 2019 Music for All National Festival Brochure below

Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
March 14-16, 2019
Indianapolis, Indiana

2019 Brochures

Application Deadline: June 5, 2018


Signature Verification Form

Highlights for both Featured and Invited Bands

Concert Performances and Clinics

Each ensemble performs a concert before a knowledgeable audience, including the Festival evaluation panel, music educators and fellow band and orchestra members. Ensemble directors receive recorded and written comments from the evaluators. Concert band directors also receive recorded and written input on their conducting from a revered conductor. Following the performance, each Featured Band and Percussion Ensemble has a private clinic with one of the Festival Evaluators/Clinicians. Each Invited Band receives an on stage clinic with three Festival Evaluators/Clinicians.

Scheduled Observation
Concert observation time is scheduled and required for each ensemble, ensuring that all ensembles perform for a knowledgeable, appreciative audience who in turn enjoy outstanding performances of quality literature.

Master Classes
All students participate in instrumental master classes, led by top applied faculty professional musicians. This opportunity provides for interaction with outstanding performers whose insight and experience exemplify musical achievement.

Social Events for Students and Directors
The Festival social gives students the chance to relax, have fun and get to know students from other programs across the country. The director and evaluator reception and hospitality opportunities offer networking and informal interaction with colleagues, guest artists and icons of music education.

Gala Awards Banquet
The “black-tie-optional” banquet for students, directors, parents, staff and evaluators culminates the Festival with first-class standards that distinguish the Music for All National Festival. Guests enjoy a plated dinner, recognition of each ensemble and presentation of awards to each ensemble. The formal banquet with over 2,000 guests is sure to be unforgettable for you, your students, parents and supporters.

World-Class Venues and Facilities
Featured Bands perform at Clowes Memorial Hall and Invited Bands at the new Howard L. Schrott Center for the Performing Arts, both on the Butler University campus. Percussion ensembles perform at Warren Performing Arts Center and Orchestras at Hilbert Circle Theatre, home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

DVD and CD package

Each student member and director gets a recording package of their concert, including professionally-produced video on DVD and audio on CD.

Festival Hotels
Music for All National Festival will be hosted at the Marriott Place Indianapolis, featuring the beautiful JW Marriott and three additional Marriott properties. Marriott Place Indianapolis is located in downtown Indianapolis and is surrounded by numerous cultural and recreational attractions.

Ensemble Hosts
Each invited ensemble will be assigned a “host” to help guide you through the Festival weekend and is committed to ensuring that you have the best possible experience before and during the Festival. Hosts are familiar with, and in most cases have had an ensemble perform at, the Festival.

Opportunities for Additional Ensembles
Many groups want to travel with all of the students in their school’s band program and Music for All provides educational options to allow as many of your instrumental music student as possible to participate. Directors can choose to submit audition applications for multiple bands from one school for the Featured Band and/or Invited Band stages. Selected bands for both stages can choose to bring additional ensembles – concert bands, percussion ensembles or orchestras – to participate in additional opportunities during the Festival.

Festival Invitation Visit and Director “Fam” Trip

Every Featured and Invited ensemble is offered a visit to your school from a member of the Festival team. This visit, which is mandatory for first time participating schools and/or directors, helps assure your students, parent boosters and administration understand the magnitude of your achievement.
A mandatory familiarization trip to Indianapolis for directors of all accepted ensembles will take place at the Festival performance venues and hotel facilities. Music for All will take directors on a city and site inspection of the performance halls, warm-up rooms, clinic rooms and the Festival hotels. The philosophy behind the event, Festival schedule and costs will be thoroughly discussed to ensure a complete understanding of pre-planning information for your ensemble. The “Fam” Trip for the 2014 ensembles will be Sunday, November 17, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana (coinciding with the Bands of America Grand National Championships weekend). Transportation and housing for the “Fam Trip” to Indianapolis is at the participating ensemble’s expense