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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.
The Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival 
March 14-16, 2019, Indianapolis, IN

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. 

All auditioning ensembles receive recorded and written evaluation from a panel of percussion educators. Invited ensembles experience a first-class festival of performances, clinics, master classes and special events. All the benefits contribute to the ultimate goal of showcasing your ensemble’s excellence and helping it move to the next level.

The Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival provides a national forum for performance and recognition for America’s outstanding concert percussion ensembles, as well as a wealth of educational opportunities for the participating ensembles.

Key elements include:
  • Non-competitive performance format allowing ensembles to stretch and grow
  • Scheduled audience time ensuring a sizeable and appreciative audience
  • 25 minutes of music performed within a 40 minute block for all invited ensembles
  • Recorded and written evaluation from a distinguished panel of percussion educators
  • Private, post-concert clinic with one of the evaluators
  • Student master classes
  • Full participation in Music for All National Festival events including the Opening Session, social events and Gala Awards Banquet.
Requirements for Application
All auditioning percussion ensembles receive recorded and written critique from a panel of esteemed music educators on the selection/evaluation committee. The listening is “blind”– ensembles are not identified to evaluators in the listening process. Evaluators then recommend the percussion ensembles that demonstrate an exemplary level of excellence to perform at the Festival.

Application consists of the completed Application Form submitted with the audition CD and application fee. Specific requirements for application audition recording are included on the Requirements for Application page in this packet. The application fee is $200 for percussion ensembles. See the application form for application fee reductions for multiple ensembles from one school. 
Additional Ensembles
Submission of your application is a commitment to attend and perform if accepted (unless you select the “Input Only” box on your application). Subject to space availability, Featured and Invited concert bands and orchestras may add a 12 minute percussion ensemble performance in a 20 minute performance block at the percussion venue with all the benefits for an additional $900.

Venues and Facilities
The beautiful Warren Performing Arts Center will host the Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival. The state of the art Marriott Place Indianapolis, featuring the JW Marriott, will be the official hotel of the Festival. See more at

2019 Music for All National Festival Application

Application Deadline: June 5, 2018 

Friday, February 01, 2013

National Concert Band Festival

Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
March 14-16, 2019
A non-competitive experience 
Being invited is the achievement! The Festival’s non-competitive atmosphere at the Festival 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 while enjoying concerts from other outstanding ensembles. The Festival’s dress code and standards of conduct enhance the world-class atmosphere of the Festival. Ensembles that perform at the Festival are recognized as being among the finest in the nation. Participation is a “credential” worth having. The preparation process itself can have a positive effect on your music program.
New opportunities, quality educational experience
Starting in 2014, Music for All provided world-class educational opportunities for additional bands to perform. The National Concert Band Festival will now include two stages (opportunities) for high school bands –“Featured Bands”on the Honors Stage at Clowes Memorial Hall and“Invited Bands”on the Festival Stage at the new Howard L. Schrott Center for the Performing Arts, both at Butler University.

The new“Invited Band”stage is designed for up to 12 bands interested in experiencing a great, educational, “life-changing experience.” This opportunity will provide the same world-class offerings as the “Featured Band” such as master classes, leadership sessions, social gatherings, one-on-one conductor feedback and a gala awards banquet, but with more “hands-on” treatment such as multiple clinicians simultaneously working with bands, interactive audience participation and other aspects that will enhance the student’s experience.  Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser will be the Master of Ceremonies in 2014 for the Invited Band Festival Stage.

Applying high school bands select on their application form which of the two stage experiences they are applying for.

Featured Stage
The Featured Stage is the Festival experience that Music for All has presented since the Festival’s debut in 1992. Bands perform in beautiful Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University. Up to 18 bands who apply for the Featured Bands experience will be selected to perform.

One-on-one mentoring for conductors. Each “Featured Band” will receive a one-on-one mentoring session for the ensemble’s conductors with one of the Festival evaluators or clinicians. This mentoring session affords the conductor the opportunity to engage one-on-one with the evaluator about the program and topics of interest to both the conductor and the mentor.

Invited Stage
The Invited Stage experience is for those bands that not quite ready to apply for a Featured Band performance but that want the opportunity for growth this enrichment opportunity provides. This experience is also for additional bands from the Featured Band programs.
Invited Bands will perform for nationally recognized evaluators and clinicians in a completely supportive non-competitive environment – to be invited is the achievement.
All bands interested in the Invited Band opportunity must submit an application and recording.
Invited Band students participate in all master classes, social activities and the Gala Awards Banquet available as part of the Festival experience.The Invited Band experience is envisioned as an in-depth education experience. In addition to the performance, which includes written and recorded evaluation, each Invited Band will have a 30 minute clinic that will involve three evaluators who will work simultaneously with each band.

Each band’s conductor(s) will receive a 30 minute, one-on-one conductor-led session with an evaluator following each performance block. A face-view video of the conductor will be provided for the conductor evaluation session.
Each band member will receive a DVD and CD package of their concert performance, and formal group photo.
Bands will participate in audience time for each other. Student ensemble audience members will have the option to complete an evaluation form with positive comments and thought-provoking questions to provide additional educational experiences.

Read about the Highlights for both Featured and Invited Bands Here!

Application Deadline: June 5, 2018 

Chamber Music National Festival
The Chamber Music National Festival is for chamber ensembles up to 16 players. Multiple ensembles from a school may apply.
Friday, February 01, 2013

Music for All National Festival

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

2019 Music for All National Festival

2019 Music for All National Festival Application

Application Deadline: June 5, 2018

Application Information and Brochures:

Music for All National Festival 

Music for All National Choir Festival

Orchestra America National Festival

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Download the 2018 Program Book
PDF of the official program book for the 2018 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. 


What is the Music for All National Festival? See for yourself!

The Festival includes:

National Concert Band Festival
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Middle School National Festival
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Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival    
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Orchestra America Festival
Chamber Music Festival
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National Choir Festival

 Honor Ensembles

 Honor of Orchestra America
Jazz Band of America
Honor Band of America


What sets the Music for All National Festival apart?

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.

A Legacy of Excellence

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.


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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Winston-Salem Show Update

“Tentative” Sites: Bands of America 2013 Fall Regional Schedule Update
As is typical, several of our Fall 2013 dates and locations were announced as “Site Tentative.” Most “Site Tentative” location designations resulted from a tremendous amount of NCAA conference realignment in recent years, delaying the release of many 2013 college football schedules. Music for All works to inform everyone as schedules and locations are confirmed, however, we do encourage directors to register for all BOA Fall events by the January 31, 2013 Postmark Date to ensure scheduling priority.

Music for All works hard to announce our Fall schedule where only the venue, and not the date, is “tentative.” This allows current and future participants to feel confident that a show will occur in the announced region, on the announced date.

This year, we have an exception as detailed below:

The Winston-Salem Regional date has changed to October 19, 2013! 
Location remains at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC (site tentative).
This year, we have added a Regional in the North Carolina area.  As it turns out, we will now have to change the date proposed for this new show.  BOA/MFA has always sought to be a “positive and collaborative” participant in scholastic music education. After originally choosing October 12, we learned that the date would be in conflict with a long-standing, major show in North Carolina. In order to avoid the conflict and allow bands to potentially participate in both opportunities, we have changed the show date to October 19 for the Bands of America regional in North Carolina.

Winston-Salem, NC and Wake Forest University is still the first preference (pending announcement of the 2013 ACC football schedule).  However, we are looking diligently at other suitable performance venues within a 150-mile radius of Winston-Salem.  Our commitment to this region is genuine and sincere as we strive to create “positively life-changing experiences” for students, directors, volunteers, parents and fans at this event. 

We apologize for any inconvenience to area bands contemplating that show on the originally published date and we invite you consider our other shows if this date move puts the NC event out of reach of your schedule.

As we continue our search, we welcome venue input and ideas from others. Bands already registered for the October 12th Winston-Salem event are entitled to either a full refund or a transfer of their registration to any other Bands of America Fall event. All postmarks will be protected and honored and a new “Postmark Date” established for this event when the date and venue are locked.

Thank you so much for your patience, understanding and assistance.  We will update you as quickly as we have new information.  If you have any further questions about this show or other Music for All premier programs, feel free to contact us at 800­-848­-2263.

Monday, January 28, 2013

2013 William D. Revelli Scholarship

Music for All’s efforts to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences includes awarding a number of scholarships.

Each year, Music for All awards the William D. Revelli Scholarship at the Music for All National Festival. This scholarship honors a graduating senior who plans to pursue a degree in music education. The Revelli Scholarship is awarded in memory of Dr. William D. Revelli, one of America’s foremost band conductors, and the icon for whom the Revelli Foundation was created and named in 1994. The Revelli Scholarship honors Dr. Revelli’s vision for music education.

 Last year’s recipient, Kyle Norris from Union High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is attending Oklahoma State University this year.

2012Revelli Winner for Blog Post“I'm so glad that I get to go to school every day and learn how to become the best music teacher I can be so that when I am teaching students someday, I can hopefully affect them in the same positive way my teachers have affected me,” said Norris. Thanks Music for All and the Revelli Scholarship for helping me get here!”


The $1,000 William D. Revelli Scholarship is a one-time scholarship for a graduating senior who is performing at the 2013 Music for Al National Festival and is nominated by his or her director. Recipients must intend to pursue a degree in music education and demonstrate outstanding musicianship, leadership skills and work ethic.

To apply for this year’s scholarship, download the application here.
The deadline for submitting your application for the Revelli Scholarship is February 22, 2013.

Please share this information with any students  (and directors of students) who might be interested in this scholarship opportunity. We know continuing education can be expensive and every little bit helps these students to become amazing music educators!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Flyers, Brochures and Posters

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Full Camp Brochure
Drum Major Institute

Color Guard

Jazz Band

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Marching Band

Concert Band 


Directors' Academy 


Percussion Specialist Academy
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Color Guard Instructor Academy
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Parent/Booster Institute

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Drum Major Institute Faculty

Drum Major Institute Faculty Will Include:


Bobby Lambert
Institute Coordinator
Director of Bands, Wando H.S., SC
Former Drum Major, Western Carolina University 

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Maurice Burgess
Director of Choral and Drama Activities
Broome H.S., SC
Former Drum Major, Western Carolina University


Andrew Craft
Director of Bands, Ronald Reagan H.S., NC
Former Drum Major, Western Carolina Universiity “Pride of the Mountains”

stephanie Stephanie Grote
Associate Director of Bands, Vandegrift H.S., TX
Former Drum Major, Santa Clara Vanguard
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Assisant Director, Lassiter H.S., GA

Former Drum Major, Phantom Regiment
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Director of Bands, James Bowie H.S., TX

Former Drum Major, The University of Texas at Austin “Showband of the Southwest”

What You Can Expect from the Bands of America Drum Major Institute

The Best Educators and Leaders:

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.

A Sound and Modern Curriculum:

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:

  • Conducting techniques and score study basics
  • Marching fundamentals and teaching methods
  • Rehearsal and teaching techniques
  • Student leadership and effective communication

 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.

DMI Program Philosophy:

DMI QuoteThe 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.

It’s Bands of America. It’s excellence.

simpleBOAlogoFor 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.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Bus Captain

Join Us in 2016

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 Free: Extended discounts for Bus Captains

As a bus captain, you'll organize a bus with your students and promote the bus with Music for All's help and marketing assistance to students from other schools.

As a bus captain, you will:

  • 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.)

Each year the generosity of individual and corporate donors allows MFA to extend the opportunity to attend MFA’s Summer Symposium to IPS students through full scholarships.

Any student who applies for the IPS Summer Symposium Scholarships must:

  • Currently be active in an IPS-sponsored high school music ensemble
  • Complete volunteer hours approved by a supervisor OR submit a $50.00 non-refundable deposit
  • Attend the current year’s Summer Symposium
  • Write a thank you letter to donors for providing the experience
  • Participate in the current year’s IPS Summer Band Camp
  • Participate in an IPS-sponsored music ensemble during the subsequent academic year
IPS students who attend the MFA Summer Symposium are expected to be role models for all students in IPS music education programs and to strive to help others receive positively life-changing experiences through music.

Recipients are chosen by the staff and faculty of IPS Instrumental Music Programs.  Contact David Newman, Indianapolis Public Schools, for more information.