The Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival is a non-competitive performance and evaluation opportunity that shines a spotlight on the nation’s most outstanding scholastic concert percussion ensembles.
2019 Music for All National Festival
Application Information and Brochures:
Download the 2018 Program Book
PDF of the official program book for the 2018 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha.
|National Concert Band Festival
||Middle School National Festival
|Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival
||Orchestra America Festival
|Chamber Music Festival
||National Choir Festival
| Honor of Orchestra America
||Jazz Band of America
|Honor Band of America
The non-competitive atmosphere provides a place for growth, cooperative encouragement and mutual respect among music programs, students, parents, boosters and administrators.
Directors select their own programs; there is no required repertoire. There are no ratings or rankings so directors and their ensembles are free to stretch themselves, reach for new heights, and strive for innovation, growth and excellence, instead of focusing on a rating or placing.
Participating students experience an atmosphere of mutual respect for their peers while enjoying concerts from other outstanding ensembles.
With the launch of the National Concert Band Festival in 1992, Bands of America rekindled the concert band tradition in America as exemplified by the National Band Contest in the 1930s, which drew national recognition for a young director named William D. Revelli.
No other event for bands has the history and iconic legacy of the National Concert Band Festival. Dr. Revelli was instrumental in the philosophical design of the Festival. John P. Paynter worked closely on the creation of the Festival and hosted the debut event at Northwestern University in 1992. Music education icons, including Col. Arnald Gabriel, Anthony Maiello, Ray Cramer and Gary Green have been part of the Festival since day one and continue to be the unique force behind this powerful experience. Midwest Clinic board member Richard Crain and Mrs. Gayle Crain served for many years as coordinators of the Festival. The Music for All National Festival has an aura of heritage and a unique musical legacy that cannot be duplicated.
Official Instrument Repair Provider
||Full Camp Brochure
|Drum Major Institute
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Drum Major Institute Faculty Will Include:
Associate Director of Bands, Vandegrift H.S., TX
Former Drum Major, Santa Clara Vanguard
Assisant Director, Lassiter H.S., GA
Former Drum Major, Phantom Regiment
| Kim Shuttlesworth
Director of Bands, James Bowie H.S., TX
Former Drum Major, The University of Texas at Austin “Showband of the Southwest”
The BOA Drum Major Institute features top music educators with national experience. Our faculty members are educational professionals who are also former drum majors from university bands and drum and bugle corps. Each member of the faculty is a licensed and active music educator. Our faculty brings real experience and a successful track record from every perspective.
The Bands of America Drum Major Institute at the Music for All Summer Symposium promises to deliver the pedagogy and tools needed to be a prepared and successful drum major. Our modern and expanded curriculum for drum majors includes instruction and hands-on experiences in:
Students receive the most current and relevant approaches to being a well-respected conductor and leader, while learning how to improve themselves organizationally and motivationally. Regardless of prior experience or band style, our curriculum will encourage and support all levels of development. With over six hours of direct instruction on Mace Technique, the BOA DMI offers one of the most extensive experiences in the country.
The DMI program is designed to help equip young leaders with advanced leadership techniques and the latest knowledge available to face their high school years (and life) with patience, strength, and vision.
All this – in an environment that builds camaraderie, mutual support and the all important right attitude. That’s why we call it “Leadership at its Core.”
We encourage you to make the journey with your students to the Symposium this summer to learn more about how to unleash the power and resources of student leadership (and much more) as part of our Director’s Academy.
Music is a cooperative activity from composer to performer to audience. Relationships must be created for the most impactful experiences. Many times, fullling opportunities are diminished by a lack of understanding or a lack of community within the ensemble. Bands of America’s mission statement references life-changing experiences. The national Drum Major Institute delves into some of the most effective and pivotal of those experiences by instructing and inspiring those who have the greatest inuence: the drum major. This one student or small group of students, chosen to be (or seeking to be chosen) the heart and conscience of the ensemble, can have an extraordinary impact on an ensemble. This camp and curriculum will engage this CORE group of people with a distinct set of Core Values that will create and foster truly life-changing experiences for all.
For three decades, students, parents, teachers and communities have witnessed – and have come to expect – the very best from Bands of America and Music for All. Our genuine commitment to our mission to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences makes choosing the Bands of America Drum Major Institute the most logical choice. Serious pedagogy, presented by the best, in the most positive and fun environment in America – that’s Bands of America and Music for All. The Bands of America Drum Major Institute is the place to be.
2016 Music for All Summer Symposium
Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
June 27 - July 2, 2016 • Leadership Weekend June 25-26
Attend the Summer Symposium at no cost (up to a $625 value!)
Increase your student count! Count each registered and paying student camper on your bus as one of your students, entitling you to one free student or director slot for each 12 paying campers on the bus.
Offer students our lowest enrollment fees (with deposit of $250 made by March 31 to hold the Super Saver; by May 21 to hold the Early Bird fee.)