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.

2018 Bands of America Austin Regional Championship,
presented by Yamaha

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September 29, 2018

Location

Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex
10211 West Parmer Lane
Round Rock, TX 78717
 
 
 
 
 

This list of enrolled bands includes those currently with performance times. The preliminary performance schedule will be published approximately four weeks prior to the event. Enrolled bands have been sent their performance block and enrollment status.

If you are interested in performing, please call Music for All at 800.848.2263 to discuss options and shows with space available.

As of May 29, 2018

Belton H.S., TX*
Carroll Senior H.S., TX
Cedar Park H.S., TX*
Cedar Ridge H.S., TX
Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX*
Cuero H.S., TX
James Bowie H.S., TX*
John Paul Stevens H.S., TX
Lake Travis H.S., TX*
Leander H.S., TX*
New Braunfels H.S., TX
Pflugerville H.S., TX*
Robert E. Hendrickson H.S., TX*
Round Rock H.S., TX
Rouse H.S., TX
Sandra Day O'Connor H.S., TX
The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, TX
Vandegrift H.S., TX*
Veterans Memorial H.S., TX*
Vista Ridge H.S., TX
Wagner H.S., TX
Weiss H.S., TX*
Westwood H.S., TX*
Winston Churchill H.S., TX*
 
*Denotes a band registered for the Sunday Director Clinic

2018 Bands of America West Texas Regional Championship, presented by Yamaha

Grande Communication Stadium 2Date

September 22, 2018

Location

Grande Communications Stadium
801 North Loop 250 West 
Midland, TX 79703

 

 

This list of enrolled bands includes those currently with performance times. The preliminary performance schedule will be published approximately four weeks prior to the event. Enrolled bands have been sent their performance block and enrollment status.

If you are interested in performing, please call Music for All at 800.848.2263 to discuss options and shows with space available.

As of July 18, 2018

Birdville H.S., TX
Coppell H.S., TX
Coronado H.S., TX
Del Rio H.S., TX
Estacado Early College H.S., TX
Frenship H.S., TX*
Granbury H.S., TX
Hobbs H.S., NM
Lubbock-Cooper H.S., TX*
Lubbock H.S., TX
Midland H.S., TX
Midland Lee H.S., TX*
Monterey H.S., TX
Permian H.S., TX
Timber Creek H.S., TX
Wylie East H.S., TX

*Denotes a band registered for the Sunday Director Clinic

2018 Bands of America South Texas Regional Championship,
presented by Yamaha

UD StadiumDate

September 22, 2018

Location

Veterans Memorial Stadium
3001 N. 23rd Street
McAllen, TX 78501

 

 

This list of enrolled bands includes those currently with performance times. The preliminary performance schedule will be published approximately four weeks prior to the event. Enrolled bands have been sent their performance block and enrollment status.

If you are interested in performing, please call Music for All at 800.848.2263 to discuss options and shows with space available.

As of May 8, 2018

Brazoswood H.S., TX
Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX
Economedes H.S., TX
Edinburg H.S., TX*
Edinburg North H.S., TX*
Hidalgo Early College H.S., TX*
Homer Hanna H.S., TX
James Pace Early College H.S., TX
John B. Alexander H.S., TX
Juarez-Lincoln H.S., TX
Lehman H.S., TX
Lopez Early College H.S., TX
McAllen H.S., TX*
McAllen Memorial H.S., TX*
Mission H.S., TX
Nikki Rowe H.S., TX*
Palmview H.S., TX
Pioneer H.S., TX*
Robert Vela H.S., TX
Roma H.S., TX
San Benito H.S., TX
Seven Lakes H.S., TX*
Sharyland H.S., TX
United H.S., TX*
Valley View H.S., TX
Westfield H.S., TX*
Willis H.S., TX

*Denotes a band registered for the Sunday Director Clinic

2018 Bands of America Oxford Regional Championship,
presented by Yamaha

miamiuniversityDate

September 22, 2018

Location

Miami University
700 Weeb Ewbank Way
Oxford, OH 45056
 
 

 

This list of enrolled bands includes those currently with performance times, and those on a waitlist awaiting performance spots. The preliminary performance schedule will be published approximately four weeks prior to the event. Enrolled bands have been sent their performance block and enrollment status.

This show currently has a waitlist for performance times. If you are interested in performing, please call Music for All at 800.848.2263 to discuss options and shows with space available.

As of June 14, 2018

Beavercreek H.S., OH*
Bellbrook H.S., OH*
Bishop Fenwick H.S., OH
Bourbon County H.S., KY
Carmel H.S., IN
Carroll H.S., OH*
Centerville H.S., OH*
Christian Academy of Louisville, KY*
Concordia Lutheran H.S., IN
Decatur Central H.S., IN
East Clinton H.S., OH*
Eastern H.S., KY
Franklin Central H.S., IN
Greenfield Central H.S., IN
Hamilton Southeastern H.S., IN
Hilliard Bradley H.S., OH
John Hardin H.S., KY
Lake Central H.S., IN
Lakota West H.S., OH*
LaRue County H.S., KY
Lebanon H.S., OH*
Lemont H.S., IL
Loveland H.S., OH
Miamisburg H.S., OH*
Northmont H.S., OH
Russell County H.S., KY
South Oldham H.S., KY
The Olentangy H.S., OH
Troy H.S., OH*
Walter E. Stebbins H.S., OH*
Williamstown H.S., KY*

*Denotes a band registered for the Sunday Director Clinic

Music for All has elected two new members to its Board of Directors: John Pollard, Hurst, Texas and Kathy Pitts, Greenwood, Indiana.

John Pollard has been involved with Music for All programming for more than two decades, serving as an announcer for Bands of America Championships and for the Music for All National Festival. He also served as a drum line coordinator at the Music for All Summer Symposium, and as a percussion coordinator for the Honor Band of America at the Music for All National Festival and the inaugural Bands of America Honor Band in the 2005 Rose Parade®. From 1997-2005, John was an Associate Director of Bands at L.D. Bell High School, alongside Music for All’s current Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jeremy Earnhart.

“For over 30 years I have witnessed the profound and positively life-changing experiences created and provided by Music for All” says John Pollard. “I am humbled and honored by my election to the Board of Directors, and working to expand the reach of this amazing organization.”

Outside of his devotion to Music for All, John is the United States Director for Crafted By Infinity Diamonds of Antwerp, Belgium, a specialized producer of the world’s most high-performance diamonds. He oversees all United States operations and finances. He is also an announcer for Colorado’s State Marching Championships and various other pageantry events; and has written for Percussive Notes and Drum Corps World, and has a collection of percussion solos published through Row-Loff Productions.
Kathy Pitts is a certified public accountant, and previous employee for major corporations such as Shell Oil, General Motors, and Anthem. During her tenure with these companies, Kathy managed accounting and project teams, process
improvement plans, and acquisition consolidation plans. She worked in accounting firms, applying the strengths built in her previous work at these large corporations to provide management support and process improvement plans for her clients. Eventually, Kathy found her passion for non-profit management and joined her client GEO Foundation (located in Indianapolis) on a full-time basis, where she currently serves as the Chief Accounting Officer.

“I am honored and flattered to have the opportunity to serve Music for All and its incredibly valuable mission,” says Kathy Pitts. “It will be a pleasure to work with the impressive directors and staff. Having been the beneficiary of a strong music education environment in my youth, I recognize the important life lessons and bonds that are created by the music programs supported through Music for All.”

Kathy is a lifelong lover of music and had the privilege of playing the clarinet at Greenwood Community High School, under the direction of Herman Knoll. Kathy resides on the north side of Indianapolis with her husband, attorney Rick Pitts, and is a graduate of Butler University.

“I am pleased to welcome John Pollard and Kathy Pitts as the newest members of the Board of Directors for Music for All,” says Gayl Doster, Chairman of the Music for All Board of Directors. “Both bring a wealth of knowledge and experiences to Music for All that will be helpful to the future of the organization.”

Rodney Dorsey’s method of teaching includes building connections and meaningful relationships with his students, and being able to recognize music and people individually to see how they are bridged together.

Born and raised in Gainesville, FL, Rodney knew from a young age that he wanted to go into the education field. He realized the importance of teaching after witnessing the impact his mother, a Family and Consumer Science teacher, had on her students. Rodney then found his talent in music and began to play the clarinet.

“I think there was a subconscious message that teaching was important. I thought I wanted to play clarinet and I made a shift to teaching. I thought I wanted to be a band director and majored in Music Ed.”

He received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Florida State University. Following his graduation, Rodney began his first teaching job in Tallahassee at Rickards High School. Being so close to Florida State, he was able to expose his students to quality music-making, while still having a close, personal connection to his alma mater.

After teaching at Rickards for three years, Rodney received his Master’s degree in Conducting at Northwestern University. After graduation, he continued his teaching career in Georgia and in Florida.

Rodney eventually went back to Northwestern for his Doctorate in Conducting, and then taught at DePaul University in Chicago for five years. After another teaching opportunity in Michigan, he eventually ended up as the Director of Bands at the University of Oregon where he currently teaches.

He is passionate about the bridge between people and music, and when music transcends the group or instrument. Rodney is also very adamant about building connections with his students.

“I just don't think it works well if they are just a nameless face. There's a limit, but I think students in our classes need to know we care about them and care about what they do beyond band or orchestra.” He urges his students to listen to a variety of music, and pays great attention to the verbal and non-verbal cues of his students: “not just what they play, but what they’re saying to you.”

Rodney’s hope is for people to see past the music. “I think competition does this to us because we worry about the things that are objective, the things that are clearly definable, observable, quantifiable. Are the fronts of notes together? Are the backs of notes together? I think we forget to ask what does the music say or what does the music have the potential to say? It's that thing of a great musician, they're a great musician and they just happen to play trombone.”

Rodney attributes his successes to the support of his parents and uses that by being a role model that influences and supports his students.

Music for All is pleased to welcome Norman Lasiter as the newest addition to its staff. Lasiter joins the Music for All team as Office Manager and Executive Assistant, serving the organization’s executive leadership.

Lasiter has an extensive performing and arts administration background. He is a professional singer and entertainer with numerous credits in professional and community musical theater. He has also recorded and produced solo albums as a cabaret artist with Music Director, Christopher Marlowe, and recorded an original holiday song with Grammy-winning recording producer, Mike Berniker, recorded and distributed by Sony Music. Mr. Lasiter worked for more than a decade in various roles at Sony Music Entertainment Inc. as a paralegal in litigation/law, telecommunications, and human resources departments. For over 15 years, he also owned a custom art framing shop/gallery.

“We’re delighted to have Norman Lasiter join the Music for All team," said Eric Martin, President and CEO of Music for All. "Relying on broad background and passion for music and music making, Norman will contribute meaningfully to our organization and delivery of its mission.”

As Office Manager and Executive Assistant, Lasiter will assist and support Music for All’s Executive Leadership team and overall office administrative functions.

“I’m excited to have another “product” of band and scholastic music education join the team and bring his many years of performance, administration and entrepreneurial experience and drive to the cause of Music for All.”

In addition to his performance experience and credits, Lasiter earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music) from Butler University and did graduate study at The University of Tennessee. A native of Greenwood, IN, he was a proud member and President of the Greenwood Marching Woodmen under then director of Bands, Herman Knoll. Currently, a retired Senior Vice President – Hal Leonard Corporation, Knoll is a member of the Music for All Board of Directors.

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More than 3,000 musicians from across the country participated in the 2018 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Between March 14-17, these musicians graced Indianapolis’ finest concert halls with music varying from three national honor ensembles, concert band, orchestra, percussion, jazz, chamber, and for the first time this year, choir. These performances took place in Clowes Memorial Hall and Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University, Hilbert Circle Theatre, Warren Performing Arts Center, Indiana Historical Society, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, and the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center at the University of Indianapolis. Here’s the Festival by the numbers:

This year’s Festival had a total of 94 total ensembles which included:

  • 26 High School Concert Bands
  • 7 Orchestras
  • 7 Middle School Concert Bands
  • 10 Percussion Ensembles
  • 9 Chamber Ensembles
  • 12 Choirs
  • 19 instrumental and choral ensembles at the Indianapolis School Music Festival, with groups from Indianapolis Public Schools and Gary, IN
  • United Sound National Ensemble
  • 3 Honor Ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and Jazz Band of America)

The total number of attendees was approximately 3,800. Here’s the breakdown:

  • 3,038 Students
  • 340 chaperones/ Ensemble Adults
  • 70 Directors
  • 48 Guest Directors
  • 31 Event Staff
  • 150 clinicians, evaluators, sponsors, and volunteers
  • 49 Hosts
  • 26 Visiting Directors
  • 5 Directors’ Academy
  • 13 total Family and Friends/6 Hotel Only
  • Special Guests from: PAS, VanderCook College, and Midwest Clinic,
  • Guest performers: United States Army Brass Quintet, Yamaha Performing Artists Rex Richardson and Sean Jones, The Oakwood Aeolians, Vandoren Emerging Artist winners

Invited concert bands, orchestras, choirs, percussion ensembles, and honor ensemble members participating in the 2018 Festival come from 32 states including:

Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Invited concert bands, orchestras, choirs, percussion ensembles, and honor ensemble members participating in the 2018 Festival come from 193 Schools.

Check out more photos from Festival here: 

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Please join us in welcoming Sarah Loughery to Music for All!

Music for All has named Sarah Loughery Controller of the organization, based in its downtown Indianapolis headquarters.

As Controller, Loughery is responsible for the oversight and management of all finance and accounting functions, ensuring proper procedures and systems are in place to support effective planning, program implementation, audits, and internal controls that directly support Music for All’s programming.

“We are delighted to add Sarah to the Finance team at Music for All,” said Nancy Carlson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “She has exactly the combination of experience and knowledge of accounting that we need, as Music for All continues to expand our programs.”

Loughery is a Certified Public Accountant with a corporate accounting background spanning over 20 years. She has held positions such as Senior Controller, Controller, and Accounting Manager at the following organizations: mAccounting, Elements Financial Federal Credit Union (formerly Eli Lilly Federal Credit Union), MS Inspection & Logistics Inc., Milestone Advisors (currently mAccounting), and Mutual Hospital Services Inc. Loughery received her bachelor's degree in Accounting from Indiana University.

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Music for All has added the Music Production Boot Camp to the Music for All Summer Symposium starting this year. The Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha, is the largest national weeklong summer music camp for students and teachers. The 43rd annual Symposium will take place at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana from June 25-June 30 at Ball State University.

The Music for All Music Production Boot Camp curriculum is an immersive music production experience for high school students. Participants will study with award-winning recording engineers and producers in a state-of-the art facility. The Production Boot Camp experience is total immersive, hands-on production experience. Students get the opportunity to work with professional musicians and recording engineers as they record, mix, and master a production, as well as learn the music theory and hone in on their songwriting skills.

The Music Production division has a superb faculty that includes Chuck Ainlay – award-winning music producer, Yamaha Artist, and recording engineer-in-residence – and Dr. Christoph Nils Thompson, Division Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Music Media Production at Ball State University.

“At the Music Production Boot Camp, expert instruction meets state of the art technology,” says Dr. Christoph Nils Thompson, Division Coordinator. “This is a great opportunity for high school students with a strong interest in music production to totally immerse themselves for a week in the production process. All the strengths of the instructors and the facilities will come together for this division. As the director of the music production program at Ball State University, I am very excited to extend our knowledge and facilities to high school students. This brand new division is ideal to give students the boost they need to reach the next level in their production skills, regardless of style or area of expertise.”

More than 1,400 high school and middle school band and orchestra students and 300 high school and middle school band directors are expected at this year’s Symposium.

The Symposium brings together student musicians and educators from across the country. Students learn from top music educators in divisions that include concert band, marching band, jazz band, orchestra, percussion, color guard, drum major, peer teaching, and in its third year, the middle school concert band camp. High school and middle school band directors and instructors can choose from several educators’ tracks that hone their professional skills. Student leadership training is a theme that runs throughout all divisions of the Symposium.

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