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.

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It was an exciting and successful Saturday at McEachern H.S. for the Bands of America Powder Springs Regional! Music for All would like to thank all of McEachern High School volunteers, and band staff for letting us use their facility, as well as Ken Stanton Music, our official music store of the Regional.

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It was a great day with thirteen bands representing six states.. Each band performed in finals and put on an incredible show for our audience.

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We would like to congratulate and recognize some of the overall top performing bands this past Saturday. Milton H.S. from Georgia came in 3rd Place, Mill Creek H.S. from Georgia placed in 2nd with the overall Outstanding Visual Performance, and the Harrison H.S. Marching Band from Kennesaw, Georgia winning the overall Music Performance, General Effect, and being crowned the 2017 BOA Powder Springs Regional Champion.

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Music for All has wrapped up its first weekend of Bands of America Regional Championships! The Northeast Ohio Regional Championship took place at the brand-new Tom Benson Stadium at the Pro-Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Firestone High School and Canton McKinley High School hosted the regional, with 14 bands participating in the Preliminary competition. Thirteen bands went through Finals.

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At the conclusion of the Prelims, Canton McKinley H.S. Marching Band performed their show in Exhibition “24K Gold” by Bruno Mars. 

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At the conclusion of the Prelims, Canton McKinley H.S. Marching Band performed their show in Exhibition “24K Gold” by Bruno Mars. 

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Avon H.S., IN was crowned the regional champion with Lockport Township H.S., IL placing 2nd and Dublin Coffman placing 3rd.  Avon H.S. also took home caption awards for Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance, and Outstanding General Effect. A great time was had by all. Thank you to our hosts, Firestone H.S. and Canton McKinely H.S., our event staff, and volunteers who made this event possible!

Check out the awards photos from the 2017 Bands of America Northeast Ohio Regional Championship!

High resolution awards photos (as well as additional action photos of each band) can be viewed and purchased on the Jolesch Enterprises website: http://www.bandgroupphotography.com/BOA/Index.html

Check out the awards photos from the 2017 Bands of America Powder Springs Regional Championship!

High resolution awards photos (as well as additional action photos of each band) can be viewed and purchased on the Jolesch Enterprises website: http://www.bandgroupphotography.com/BOA/Index.html

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Music for All is excited to announce confirmation of the stadium at Warren High School in Downey, California as site of the 2017 Bands of America Southern California Regional Championship, presented by Yamaha.

The Southern California Regional Championship will be held Saturday, October 28. 

Seventeen bands from California, Indiana, Arizona, Texas, and Nevada are currently enrolled. Space is still available, with preliminary performance times available on a first-come, first-served basis. Join us for our Bands of America “SoCal” Regional Championship!   

This is the nineteenth installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Name/Job TitleName/Job Title: Sam Cantor, Events Coordinator

Hometown: North Canton, OH

How long have you been with Music for All? 
I started as an intern in the Fall of 2014 

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why? 
I think the fall regional championships are my favorite. Getting to travel the country and take in the nuances that make each region’s marching bands unique. 

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All? 
Just knowing the impact we have on the students on a daily basis. From reading their survey responses after our events, to the look on their faces after a culminating performance, it’s pretty special! 

Do you have a favorite memory of working an event with Music for All? 
There are so many! They all seem to have to do with weather though. Whenever mother nature throws us a curveball, we go into our best mode of problem-solving and making sure everyone still has a positively life-changing experience! If I have to narrow it down, it’s a toss up between San Antonio, 2015, and Austin 2016 regionals. 

What is your musical background? 
I started playing trombone my freshman year of high school in North Canton. (Go Vikes!) I continued to play in the marching band and concert ensemble at the University of Toledo. Along the way I learned baritone, euphonium, and most recently Tuba. Currently I play in the Pride of Indy community bands. 

One thing you couldn’t live without? 
Other people! I cannot stand sitting around by myself. Some people find it relaxing, but for me it’s a no go! 

What kind of music do you listen to? 
Everything! Some of my absolute favorites though are Neil Diamond, Journey, Simple Plan, and of course anything from a Broadway Show! 

What do you like to do in your free time? 
Being a social creature, I hang out with friends a lot. I play A LOT of darts, and other community sports. Recently, my team won a softball championship! 

What are you currently reading? 
Fall Final Packets haha

Do you have a favorite quote? 
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. - JFK

What's a show you've binge watched recently? 
Atypical, and Shameless

Favorite movie not many people have seen? 
To Wong Fu: Thanks for everything! Julie Newmar

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The 2017 Indiana State Fair has just come to an end and now we reflect on the Music for All Indiana State Fair Band Day presented by Music Travel Consultants, which took place on Saturday, August 5. This is the final contest of the Central Indiana Track Show Association’s (CITSA) season, where “track-style” marching bands perform and are judged by a panel of educators. CITSA has had an active season with five contests prior to State Fair Band Day that includes, Drums at Winchester, Noblesville Black & Gold Marching Invitational, Muncie Central Spirit of Muncie Contest, Jay County Fair Lions Contest, and Centerville Archway Classic.

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 In 2015 Music for All and Music Travel Consultants began a relationship with CITSA to have a five-year shared partnership of State Fair Band Day, which has been taking place since the 1940s. With our mission being “to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all” this special partnership is significant, as it will provide student musicians more access and opportunity.

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The grand-stands were filled with many excited spectators, fans, and parents of the 49 participating bands, with 16 bands advancing to finals. Richmond High School who made their 58th appearance at the Indiana State Fair Band Day, earned a spot in finals. The final results were Noblesville High School placing first, Winchester Community High School placing second, and Jay County (Portland) High School placing third.

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The 2017 Fall season is approaching, with less than one month left and Music for All could not be more thrilled! There are 21 Bands of America regional championships across the country, including the Grand National Championships that will be taking place November 8-11 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. It’s a privilege to have positively life-changing events in world-class facilities across the country, where students get the opportunity to perform in good-natured competition and where people get to witness the showcase of some of the most talented students in the nation. 

This year Music for All is excited to be holding the Bands of America Northeast Ohio Regional Championship, presented by Yamaha at the new Tom Benson Stadium in the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 16. This event will bring the arts and sports together, and will give students, teachers, and spectators a unique experience. This Regional will be the first marching band competition to take place in this stadium! As Music for All’s partnership with the Pro Football Hall of Fame continues to grow, not only will students get the unique experience of performing in an incredible venue, they will get free admission to the Hall of Fame museum!  Spectators will also get to share in the excitement with 20% off admission for the museum! If you’re interested in attending the Northeast Ohio Regional be sure to check out the ticket options here: http://www.musicforall.org/what-we-do/boa-marching-championships/ticket-information

We hope both participants and fans will enjoy this unique and fun perk from the Pro Football Hall of Fame! We look forward to seeing everyone in Canton, Ohio very soon!

DCI Champs

With the marching band season approaching and summer ending, Music for All’s Strategic Partner Drum Corps International’s (DCI) 45th season came to an exciting conclusion on August 12 with the Blue Devils taking their 18th Champion title. 

As a Strategic Partner of DCI, and a fellow organization based in Indianapolis, Music for All took part in DCI World Championship week festivities. Music for All staff attended the DCI Hall of Fame event to kick off the week, participated in the Future Music Educators Experience, volunteered at events throughout the week, and hosted guests and VIPS during quarterfinals, semi-finals and finals. One-hundred and six shows took place across the country from June through August. Fans and spectators also got to enjoy the DCI Central Indiana show that took place at the Music for All Summer Symposium. DCI wrapped up their diamond anniversary with World Championships, from Thursday, August 10 through Saturday, August 12 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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(Members of the Music for All Summer Symposium Drum Major Institute stopped by the Music for All booth during DCI week at Lucas Oil Stadium.)

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(Various members of Music for All staff volunteer at DCI Showcase, August 9.) 

DCI kicked off their Championship’s Week with Open Class Prelims and Finals in Michigan City, IN on Monday, August 7. Vanguard Cadets who are celebrating their 50th anniversary placed first, with Blue Devils B placing second. Things kicked off in Indianapolis on Wednesday with the DCI Showcase at the Indiana Convention Center and Indianapolis Arts Garden. This is an event that takes place before the Preliminary, Semifinals, and Finals performances that gives corps members the opportunity to perform in a solo and ensemble setting outside of their regular corps repertoire, with vocal and woodwind categories included as well. Forty World and Open Class Corps performed in Prelims on Thursday, with 25 corps advancing to Semifinals performances on Friday, and with 12 corps moving on to Finals on Saturday. However, it was not just all corps performances. DrumLine Battle kicked off the final day of performances at the SoundSport International Music and Food Festival at the Pan Am Plaza with drumlines from high schools, colleges, and different corps performing.   

Blue Devils took the Drum Corps International World Championship title in front of a record-breaking crowd of 23,342. Santa Clara Vanguard who is celebrating their 50th anniversary placed second. The remaining top 12 corps in placement order include, Carolina Crown, The Cavaliers, Bluecoats, Boston Crusaders, The Cadets, Blue Knights, Phantom Regiment, Blue Stars, Crossmen, and Madison Scouts. Additionally, Blue Devils took two World Class Caption awards for Best General Effect and Best Visual Performance, with Santa Clara Vanguard taking Best Percussion Performance and Best Color Guard Award, and Carolina Crown took home the Best Brass Performance Award. 

Congratulations to all of the corps, the age-out performers, and to DCI on another fantastic season! We can hardly wait for the 2018 season!

This is the thirteenth installment of the Intern Spotlight series that will highlight the Music for All interns who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing summer interns, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All.

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What is your hometown? Altamont, MO

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?
South Harrison High School in Bethany, MO; graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in May 2017

What is your major/degree?
Music Education

What is your musical background? This could be instruments you play and involvement in musical activities such as choir, DCI, theatre, winter guard, etc. 
I grew up in a musical family with my mother as a guard instructor, and father and sister as band directors. Choir and band were a large part of my life during high school. I went on to study instrumental music education in Kansas City with my main instrument being tuba. College gave me an opportunity to play in chamber groups and solo competitions, as well as perform in the wind bands. I loved the variety of teaching experiences I received in the metro area as I worked with musicians ranging from young children to senior citizens learning how to play an instrument for the first time. During the summers, I got to be a member of the SWAG Team at the Music for All Summer Symposium for four years. 

What are you most looking forward to in your internship this spring?
I am looking forward to learning strategies that I can take back and implement in my community to create events that help facilitate more positively life-changing experiences through music education. 

What is an interesting fact about you?
I am learning to speak Italian with my roommate and fellow intern, Tori.

Who are your top three favorite artists? This could be any genre of music.
Sarah Vaughan, Michael Buble, and Ingrid Michaelson

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