Lucy Wotell
Lucy Wotell

Lucy Wotell has been a Marketing Coordinator and media contact for Music for All, since August 2016. She focuses on social media, media relations, and web content management. She is a graduate of the University of North Florida, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

BOA Updates: Newark Stadium Confirmed

University of Delaware

Newark Regional Announcement:

We are proud to announce that we have officially confirmed Delaware Stadium at the University of Delaware for the 2017 Fall Marching Band Championship season.

The Regional Championship will be on Saturday, October 7th.

We hope to see you there for the always-competitive Newark Regional!

Friday, February 03, 2017

2017 Festival Performance Schedule

Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
Performance Schedule

Thursday, March 9

National Concert Band Festival Performances
Clowes Memorial Hall – Featured Ensembles
HOW TO ORDER TICKETS

5:00 p.m.     Southside High School Wind Symphony; Fort Smith, AR
6:00 p.m.     Heritage High School Wind Ensemble; Ringgold, GA
7:00 p.m.     Centerville High School Wind Symphony; Centerville, OH
8:00 p.m.     Willis High School Wind Ensemble; Willis, TX

National Concert Band Festival Performances
Schrott Center for the Performing Arts – Invited Ensembles
FREE EVENT

5:00 p.m.      West Orange High School Wind Ensemble; West Orange, NJ
6:15 p.m.      Belleville High School Symphony Band; Belleville, MI
7:30 p.m.      Morton High School Wind Ensemble; Morton, IL

Orchestra America National Festival Performances
Hilbert Circle Theatre
FREE EVENT

6:00 p.m.      Oscar F. Smith High School Chamber Orchestra; Chesapeake, VA
7:00 p.m.      Nashville School of the Arts String Orchestra; Nashville, TN
8:00 p.m.      North Cobb High School Chamber Orchestra; Kennesaw, GA
9:00 p.m.      Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School Symphony Orchestra;Bridgewater, NJ

Friday, March 10

National Concert Band Festival Performances
Clowes Memorial Hall – Featured Ensembles
HOW TO ORDER TICKETS

8:00 a.m.      Victor J. Andrew High School Wind Symphony; Tinley Park, IL
9:00 a.m.      Oakton High School Symphonic Band; Vienna, VA
10:00 a.m.    Hoover High School Symphonic Winds; Hoover, AL
11:00 a.m.    Liberty High School Wind Ensemble; Colorado Springs, CO
12:30 p.m.    Stadium High School Wind Ensemble; Tacoma, WA

1:30 p.m.      Thomas Jefferson High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble; Alexandria, VA
2:30 p.m.      Kalani High School Wind Ensemble; Honolulu, HI

National Concert Band Festival Performances
Schrott Center for the Performing Arts – Invited Ensembles
FREE EVENT

8:30 a.m.      John Champe High School Wind Ensemble; Aldie, VA
9:45 a.m.      Westfield High School Wind Symphony; Chantilly, VA
11:00 a.m.    J.E.B. Stuart High School Wind Ensemble; Falls Church, VA

1:00 p.m.      Langley High School Wind Symphony; McLean, VA
2:15 p.m.      Lewis-Palmer High School Wind Symphony; Monument, CO
3:30 p.m.      Nashville School of the Arts Wind Ensemble; Nashville, TN
4:45 p.m.      Mt. Lebanon High School Wind Ensemble; Pittsburgh, PA

Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival Performances
Warren Performing Arts Center
FREE EVENT

9:00 a.m.     Mt. Lebanon High School Percussion Ensemble; Pittsburgh, PA
10:00 a.m.   Richland High School Percussion Ensemble; North Richland Hills, TX
11:00 a.m.   Langham Creek High School Percussion Ensemble; Houston, TX
12:00 p.m.   Legacy High School Percussion Ensemble; Broomfield, CO

1:30 p.m.     Sherman High School Percussion Ensemble; Sherman, TX
2:30 p.m.     Kiski Area High School Percussion Ensemble; Vandergrift, PA
3:30 p.m.     Cook Middle School Percussion Ensemble; Houston, TX
4:30 p.m.     Duitt Middle School Percussion Ensemble; Spring, TX

Chamber Music National Festival Performances
Indiana Historical Society
FREE EVENT

9:00 a.m.     Langham Creek High School Woodwind Quintet; Houston, TX
9:45 a.m.     Franklin High School Saxophone Quartet; Franklin, TN
10:30 a.m.   Normal West High School Woodwind Quintet; Normal, IL
11:15 a.m.   Norman High School Brass Quintet; Norman, OK
12:00 p.m.   John Hersey High School Woodwind Quintet; Arlington Heights, IL
1:30 p.m.     John Hersey High School Saxophone Quintet; Arlington Heights, IL
2:15 p.m.     Bellbrook Middle School Bassoon Quartet; Bellbrook, OH
3:00 p.m.     North Hardin High School Woodwind Quintet; Radcliff, KY
3:45 p.m.     Willis High School Wind Ensemble Sax Quartet; Willis, TX
4:30 p.m.     H.B. Plant High School Trumpet Ensemble; Tampa, FL

Honor Orchestra of America & Jazz Band Of America Concert 
Clowes Memorial Hall
HOW TO ORDER TICKETS

8:00 p.m.     Honor Orchestra of America & Jazz Band Of America Concert
                   

Saturday, March 11

National Concert Band Festival Performances
Clowes Memorial Hall – Featured Ensembles
HOW TO ORDER TICKETS

8:00 a.m.      H.B. Plant High School Wind Ensemble; Tampa, FL
9:00 a.m.      Bridewater-Raritan Regional High School Wind Ensemble; Bridgewater, NJ
10:00 a.m.    Legacy High School Wind Ensemble; Broomfield, CO
11:00 a.m.    Naperville North High School Symphonic Winds; Naperville, IL
12:00 p.m.    Richland High School Honors Band; North Richland Hills, TX

Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival Performances
Warren Performing Arts Center
FREE EVENT

8:30 a.m.     Franklin High School Percussion Ensemble; Franklin, TN
9:30 a.m.     Randolph High School Percussion Ensemble; Randolph, NY
10:30 a.m.   Mt. Lebanon High School Percussion Orchestra; Pittsburgh, PA
11:30 a.m.   Langley High School Percussion Ensemble; McLean, VA

Middle School National Music Festival Performances
Schrott Center for the Performing Arts
FREE EVENT

8:00 a.m.     Dueitt Middle School Symphonic Band; Spring TX
8:45 a.m.     Salyards Middle School Symphonic Winds; Cypress, TX
9:30 a.m.     Doerre Intermediate School Symphonic Band; Klein, TX
10:15 a.m.   McAdams Junior High Honors Band; Dickinson, TX
11:30 a.m.   Indian Springs Middle School Wind Ensemble; Keller, TX
12:15 p.m.   Running Brushy Middle School Honors Band; Cedar Park, TX
1:00 p.m.     Cook Middle School Symphonic Winds; Houston, TX

Honor Band of America Concert
Clowes Memorial Hall
HOW TO ORDER TICKETS

8:00 p.m.     Honor Band of America Concert

Chamber Music & Honor Orchestra of America Concert
Schrott Center for the Performing Arts
HOW TO ORDER TICKETS

8:00 p.m.      Chamber Music & Honor Orchestra of America Concert

This is the thirtieth installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!

MadiC 

Name: Madi Childs

Hometown: Yorkville, IL

School Name: Yorkville High School

Instrument: Clarinet

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Band of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
My lesson teacher participated in it when he was in high school and it sounded like an awesome experience. My friend and I decided to both apply, and we are both excited to be there this March!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
1. Making music is something like no other and is truly a special gift.
2. Sounding amazing does not come easily, you have to work extra hard and love it.
3. It is a serious commitment, but has been by far the most fun and rewarding thing I have ever done.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
The entirety of my time at the Illinois All State Music Conference. Playing in the All-State Honors Band was an amazing experience. Also, my band, the Yorkville High School Wind Ensemble, was selected to play at the State Conference.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
I used to be in competitive dance and also theatre. I do not have time for those anymore due to my immense commitment to music. This includes marching band section leader, jazz band, clarinet choir, pit orchestra, and other chamber practices.

What book have you read that you would recommend?
"The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
"The Planets Suite" by Gustav Holst and George Gerwshin pieces such as "Rhapsody in Blue" and "An American in Paris".

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Anything with a lot of chocolate.

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
Hanging out with friends or family, and playing video games.

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
Wherever your passion lies, put your heart and soul into it. If you want to improve, you must have patience because it takes a lot of hard work.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
After high school I plan on studying Clarinet Performance. I would like to play for orchestras and teach. Also, I will continue to compose music.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have not participated before.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I love to compose and arrange music in my free time. I write music for just about any type or size of instrumental group you could think of.

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Glass Bowl

Toledo Regional Announcement:

We are proud to announce that we have officially confirmed The Glass Bowl at the University of Toledo for the 2017 Fall Marching Band Championship season.

The Regional Championship will be on Saturday, September 23rd.

We hope to see you there for the always-competitive Regional Championship at Toledo!

BBT Field

Winston-Salem Announcement: 

We are proud to announce we have officially confirmed BB&T Stadium at Wake Forest University, This will mark the fourth year being at this phenomenal stadium.

The Regional Championship will be on Saturday October 14th.

Mark your calendars and we hope to see you at the Regional Championship at Winston-Salem!


Band Directors: There's still time to enroll for these two regionals (as well as others, check out the Full Schedule here).

REGISTER NOW!


Two stadiums will be a familiar site as Music for All confirms The Glass Bowl (Toledo Regional) and BB&T Field (Winston-Salem Regional) for the 2017 Fall Bands of America Championships. Mark your calendars and we will see you this Fall! #boa2017

This is the twenty-ninth installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!

CatherineS

Name: Catherine Sager

Hometown: Sebring, FL

School Name: Homeschool

Instrument: Violin

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Orchestra of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
At first I really didn't want to audition, but my sister talked me into it.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
I learned that it is important to listen to the other players. I also learned how to mesh with the other players to become one big instrument. I've also learned to help others who are having trouble.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
My most memorable moment in orchestra was performing at the Grand Ole Opry with Josh Turner and the Annie Moses Band.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
I enjoy literature and science.

What book have you read that you would recommend?
The Nancy Drew Series

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Czardas by Monti and Canon in D by Pachelbel

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
I enjoy reading, coloring, fishing with my dad, and cooking with my mom.

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
Nothing is IMPOSSIBLE with God. The word "impossible" itself says, "I'm possible."

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
After high school I would like to attend the Great Commission Bible Institute.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
No

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I'm a country girl at heart. I love fishing and four-wheeler riding in the mud.

This is the twenty-eighth installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!

 PhebeS

Name: Phebe Sager

Hometown: Sebring, FL

School Name: Homeschool

Instrument: Cello

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Orchestra of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
Some of my friends have participated before and told me wonderful things about the program.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
One thing that I have learned is that the key to making exquisite music is to listen to the other players in the ensemble. I've also learned how to work with people with all different kinds of personalities. Finally, I have learned that each conductor has their own style of conducting.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
My most memorable moment in orchestra was backing Josh Turner at the Grand Ole Opry with the Fine Arts Summer Academy.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
I enjoy reading, crafting, photography, and writing.

What book have you read that you would recommend?
I would recommend the Kingdom Quest Series, the Viking Quest series, Pride and Prejudice, and the Zion Chronicles.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
Crafting and Blogging

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
Whatever you do, do it as unto the Lord.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I would like to major in Music Performance and Music Education. I would also like to attend the Great Commission Bible Institute.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
No

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I am an excellent marksman.

This is the twenty-seventh installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!

JoshuaH

Name: Joshua Hernandez

Hometown: El Paso, TX

School Name: J.M. Hanks High School

Instrument: Bass Trombone

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Jazz Band of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
The unique opportunity to play with the best jazz musicians in the country.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
Being involved with band has not only taught me about music, but how to be a responsible young adult and care for others.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
Getting to tour Japan with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
I play baseball whenever I need a break from my instrument.

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
"What we think, we become". If you have a dream infused with ambition and dedication, work hard and everything will fall into place.

 

This is the twenty-fifth installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!

EvanC 

Name: Evan Curatolo

Hometown: Frankfort, IL

School Name: Lincoln-Way East High School

Instrument: Flute

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Band of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
I've always strived to be the best musician I could be, and high school band is very limiting in the sense that not everyone is at the same talent level. In the honor ensembles, everybody performs at an extremely high level and that is why I chose to apply for these ensembles.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
Three things I've learned is that there are always people who are going to be more talented than you, so you just have to embrace that fact and try to be the best you can be. Another is that music is all about collaboration with other musicians. Being a part of a bigger unit helps you to become a more humble musician. Something else I've learned is that there is always more to learn, and that you will always have something to improve upon.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
My most memorable moment in band was when I walked onto the Lucas Oil Stadium field with my home marching band in the Bands of America Grand National Championships.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
I am not involved in any other activities in school besides music department activities.

What book have you read that you would recommend?
While I don't particularly read all the time, I would recommend any book about music, because music is something that anyone can relate to, whether you love to play or just listen to it.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite piece of music is Beethoven's 6th Symphony because it was used in my sophomore year marching band show and it is very special to me.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Birthday Cake

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
Music has always been my favorite hobby/past time, so I don't necessarily have any others.

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
There are always going to be hard obstacles and you will definitely not win everything you try, but if you give up, there is no chance of you ever getting better. Keep on trying, because all anyone ever asks of you is for you to try your best.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I would like to major in Flute Performance at a music conservatory and either perform in a symphony orchestra or become a solo flute performer.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have participated in the Honor Band of America 2016, and I have also participated in Bands of America Super Regionals and Grand National Championships 2016.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I have only been playing flute for three and a half years. I did not begin playing on an actual flute. Instead, I started on a PVC pipe with holes cut in it to simulate a flute. Soon after, I started playing on a real flute and I fell in love with playing instantly.

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This is the twenty-sixth installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!

JasonF

Name: Jason Frazier

Hometown: Fairview, TN

School Name: Franklin High School

Instrument: Alto Saxophone

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Band of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
I had multiple upperclassmen that attended Honor Band of America my freshman year, and the way they described this experience made me want to have it as well. Also, I watched a lot of videos of Honor Band of America and it was such an amazing ensemble, that I decided I couldn't not be in it at least once.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
1. Everyone matters. Every single player in an ensemble is responsible for that group's performance.
2. Hard work pays off. I worked incredibly hard for this audition and it most definitely payed off.
3. It's okay and important to feel emotions. These are emotions that you can pour into a performance and make it that much more enjoyable.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
Too many to count, but my top two are performing Give Us This Day by David Maslanka at the Tennessee Governor's School For The Arts and walking off of the field in Lucas Oil after Grand National Semifinals my freshman year. Those are my two favorite performances that I've ever given.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
Playing saxophone and flute consume a large portion of my time, but other than that I'm in the IB program at my school, which consumes even more of my time. It's fine.

What book have you read that you would recommend?
All of the Harry Potter series. Also East of Eden by John Steinbeck.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
This one's tough, but at the moment it's a multi-way tie between Shostakovich 5, Tchaikovsky 6, Shostakovich 10, Prélude Cadence et Finale by Alfred Desenclos, Medea's Dance of Vengeance, and Give Us This Day.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Ben and Jerry's Phish Food. Absolutely mouthwatering.

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
Mostly memes.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan on attending undergrad at either IU or MTSU for Music Education, then I'll get my master's at either IU or UMich for Music Performance. After that I'll either go into teaching/performing/conducting or get my DMA.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
2014: BOA Louisville, BOA Indy Super Regional, Grand Nationals
2015: BOA Clarksville, BOA Indy Super Regional, Grand Nationals
2015: BOA Clarksville, BOA Atlanta Super Regional, Grand Nationals

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I have perfect pitch.

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This is the twenty-fourth installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!

JennaM 

Name: Jenna Montes

Hometown: Mason, OH

School Name: William Mason High School

Instrument: French Horn

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Band of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
I attended the National Festival with my high school band in 2014 and I loved the atmosphere of the event. Last year, I decided to go back and experience that firsthand by participating in Honor Band of America. Since participating last year, I've developed great friendships with some of the musicians and I may even be attending college with some of them. The Honor Band of America made me into a better player and person, and there's nothing like being at a Music For All event.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
Band has taught me that if you don't believe in your own talent and ability, you will never be able to achieve your goals. It has also taught me that music is one of the most powerful gifts to receive and to give. Orchestra has made me appreciate the beauty that comes from the unity of many different people seeking the same goal: excellence and growth.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
The most memorable moment of my musical career so far was in July 2016. I traveled to Sydney, Australia with the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble for the International Music Festival and performed at the Sydney Opera House. I will never forget what it felt like to stand on stage after the concert, accepting the applause and reveling in how far I had come as a musician.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
I am involved in marching band, Student Government, and Spanish National Honor Society.

What book have you read that you would recommend?
"A Visit From the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Hammersmith by Gustav Holst

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Black Raspberry Chip

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
I am a staff member for the iBelieve Foundation, which is a leadership program for high school students in West Virginia and Ohio.

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
There's always someone that is willing to get you out of a rough place; you're never alone. Just because today was a bad day, doesn't mean all days are bad.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I am planning on attending a university somewhere in the Midwest/Eastern region for French Horn Performance.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
National Festival 2014 and 2016, BOA Grand Nationals 2013-2016, ATL Super Regional 2014, and Ohio Regional BOA Competitions 2013-2016

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
When I was in Australia, I got to feed kangaroos!

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