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.

This is the forty-second 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!

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Name: Kassi Hatakenaka

Hometown: Honolulu, HI

School Name: Kalani 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?
Since our school band will be participating in the festival, our band director mentioned that we could audition for this prestigious ensemble. The Honor Band of America would give me an opportunity to play with other skilled musicians from around the country.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
1) If you're willing to put in the effort, the results you get will be incredible.
2) Do not rely on others to always be there to play a difficult section of music. Always practice everything, so if something happens you'll be good to go.
3) Respect the people who helped you on your musical journey. In some way or another they helped to get you are where you are today.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
My most memorable moment was being in the Oahu Band Directors Association Middle School Select Band for the first time in 7th grade. Even though it was a long time ago, I still remember what an eye-opening experience it was to hear others from different schools.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
I did Judo last year, but learned that I should stick to music.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Lincolnshire Posy by Percy Aldridge Grainger.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
There may be something that's difficult for you to do, but if you're passionate about it and work hard, you can improve so much. When other people see that you care, you'll motivate them to do their best.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan to attend college and major in music education.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
My wrists are double jointed.

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This is the forty-first 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!

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Name: Hannah Small

Hometown: Mason, OH

School Name: 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?
A friend of mine explained their HBOA 2016 experience and told me how much of an amazing time they had, and that I should audition too.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
1) How to effectively work with a large group
2) Leadership skills
3) Time management

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
Going to the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, sight-seeing and traveling with a group I enjoy being with, and performing in front of hundreds of directors and musicians.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
My high school's marching band program, Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, and other art related classes.

What book have you read that you would recommend?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Angels in the Architecture, by Frank Ticheli

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Coffee

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
I enjoy pottery, ceramics, and sculpture.

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
Never stop doing your best just because you aren't getting credit because it will pay off in the end.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
Hopefully to get into a good music school, study horn performance, and music education.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
My high school marching band went to BOA Regionals in Toledo, and came in 1st. We also attended BOA Grand Nationals, and came 3rd in the nation.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I drove across the country, and stopped at all of the weird roadside tourist spots, from Ohio to Oklahoma.

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This is the fortieth 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!

 StevenL

Name: Steven Locastro

Hometown: Alabaster, AL

School Name: Thompson High School

Instrument: French Horn

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Orchestra of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
Last year I was in the Honor Band of America, so this year I decided to audition for both!!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
I learned how to be a leader, a teacher, and a great learner!!

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
Playing with the Honor Band of America!

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
Band is the only thing I do.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Don Juan

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
Special FX makeup.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
Go to school and major in performance. Then one day travel the world and play my horn everywhere I go!

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Yes! My band performed in 2015 and I was in the Honor Band of America in 2016!

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This is the thirty-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!

Honor Band of America members and friends, Brant Ford and Emily Cooper met at the University of Louisville Invitational Honor Band and participated in KMEA All-State together. These two friends have inspired each other over their passion for music. Learn more about Brant and Emily in their joint feature!

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Name: Brant Ford

Hometown: Henderson, KY

School Name: Henderson County High School

Instrument: Alto Saxophone

 

Name: Emily Cooper

Hometown: Lexington, KY

School Name: Paul Laurence Dunbar 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?
Brant: I've always enjoyed playing in and meeting people from honor bands, and this one seems to be consistently amazing. It will also be a great opportunity to make some connections from fellow musicians from around the country.

Emily: I learned about the ensemble my freshman year of high school because some other members in the band at my school attended that year. I love playing clarinet and the atmosphere of honor bands, so when my fellow band members talked about their great experience, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
B: 1. Practice is the best way to change (and hopefully improve) something. 2. More sound doesn't mean more music. 3. Nobody likes an ego!

E: I’ve definitely learned to be more aware of others. It started with listening for everyone’s part in the music and then it spread to other aspects of my life. I’ve also learned that you won’t get anywhere without the right attitude. You should always have respect for directors and other musicians, and also be willing to work hard and not give up. Lastly, I’ve learned to be resilient. Not everything is going to go exactly the way you want it to, and you have to be able keep going and not let it throw you off.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
B: Playing the finale of James Barnes' Third Symphony in rehearsal with my state's all state band. For about 30 seconds, it felt as though I was fully experiencing everything James Barnes intended to communicate through his piece. It was a beautiful feeling!

E: The most memorable moment I’ve had in band has to be the Europe Tour with the Kentucky Ambassadors of Music. Our last concert was in Germany in the town square of Rothenburg. After we performed all our pieces, we received a standing ovation and were asked for an encore. I think it’s amazing that even though the musicians may not speak the same language as the audience, everyone can understand music.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
B: I used to participate in my school's philosophy club, but this year I've focused all my attention to music.

E: I am in the Math, Science, and Technology Center (MSTC) program, my school’s magnet program. I am also in Spanish National Honors Society, Science National Honors Society, Dunbar’s Cultural Society, and the Band Outreach Program, where a group of high schoolers give free lessons to band students in a middle school that feeds into Dunbar.

What book have you read that you would recommend?
B: I'm not a big reader, but Cormac McCarthy's The Road is pretty great!

E: Two Across by Jeff Bartsch

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
B: My favorite piece is Walimai by Michael Djupstrom. I first heard it performed live and it made me fall in love with the saxophone.

E: Danzón No. 2 by Arturo Márquez or Waltz of the Flowers by Tchaikovsky

Favorite ice cream flavor?
B & E: Cookies and Cream

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
B: I enjoy taking naps and looking at memes.

E: I love traveling to new places, learning about the culture and bits of the language, and scrapbooking my trips.

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
B: I feel like motivation and inspiration are unreliable facilitators for achieving excellence. While it's true we get our best work done in a state of heightened motivation or inspiration, we have to rely on discipline to keep ourselves practicing and improving. You won't always want to work hard, and there will be days where you question if the end goal is even worth it. If we discipline ourselves to steadily practice, we will steadily improve even through periods of time where we don't have the desire to.

E: You can do anything you set your mind to. Always do your best and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
B: I plan to attend a university and major in saxophone performance.

E: After graduating high school, I plan on getting both my undergraduate degree and masters in clarinet performance.

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

E: I marched in the 2014 Super Regional Championships in St. Louis and the 2015 Regional Championships in Dayton.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
B: I love atonal music!

E: I helped hatch baby sea turtles and release them into the ocean on a beach in Mexico, and I marched in the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

 This is the thirty-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!

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Name: Ian Jef Bongalonta

Hometown: Goose Creek, SC

School Name: Goose Creek High School

Instrument: Bassoon

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Band of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
I have some good friends in my youth orchestra (Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra) and All-State Band who have played in the Music for All Honor Ensembles and enjoyed the experience. Participating in different ensembles and meeting people with the same love and passion for music as I is one of my favorite things about music!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
1) Balancing academics and ensembles is hard, but very rewarding.
2) Music is one of the best ways to express yourself and perform your emotions and ideas.
3) Performing with different people is one of the best ways to get best friends.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
When my friend and I approached Dale Clevenger (principal horn of the Chicago Symphony for 47 years!) after an orchestra clinic and he gave us a little private concert. That moment, one I'll never forget, inspired me to become a better musician!

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
I'm currently the Vice President of my school's Beta Club, and compete in academic competitions in English and Science.

What book have you read that you would recommend?
A Separate Peace by John Knowles

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Bassoon: Bonneau, Caprice en forme de valse
Band: Maslanka, Give us this Day
Orchestra: Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade
Musical: either How Far I'll Go from Moana or Don't Rain on my Parade from Funny Girl

Favorite ice cream flavor?
The type with the chunks of peanut butter in it.

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
As an amateur linguist, I am obsessed with learning foreign languages, especially by reading Classics in Latin. I also make the funniest Snapchats.

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
Enjoy everything you do, and everything comes naturally.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I want to do what I love and go into either Bassoon Performance/Music Education, or Linguistics.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
This is my first one!

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I have color synesthesia, which means that I perceive certain colors when reading specific letters. For example, the letter "t" is always dark red, "h" is always bright orange, and the number "7" is always yellow to me. Sometimes, colors also appear when I read music notes. I also have perfect pitch, and can understand three languages and read four.

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This is the thirty-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!

 SydneyL

Name: Sydney Linke

Hometown: Goose Creek, SC

School Name: Goose Creek H.S.

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 applied for this opportunity last year, but made an alternate spot. So I decided to try again! The reason why I wanted to apply is to have a music experience with others from other states. I will be able to learn and communicate in different ways because of the vast knowledge around me.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
The three things that I have learned in band and orchestra is that you have to listen to the whole ensemble, rather than just yourself or your section. I have also learned that you have to work together as a team. Each member has a part that they have to fulfill and then the team has to work together to put all the parts together. One more thing that I learned through band and orchestra is communication. When we play we communicate with each other, the conductor, and the audience. Through music, we can express multiple feelings so we can tell a story through the music.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
My most memorable moment in band is when I played in the honor band at the University of South Carolina band clinic. We played amazing music and everyone in the ensemble were amazing players. I learned a lot as a musician and as a person from this clinic. My most memorable moment in orchestra is when I played in the Gaillard for the first time with the orchestra I play in.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
In school I am involved in The National Honor Society, where we volunteer around the community while keeping up with an high academic status. We have recently adopted a military family and delivered cookies to nearby firemen.

What book have you read that you would recommend?
Tuesday with Morrie by Mitch Albom

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Some of my favorite pieces of music are:
The Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World", Op. 95 by Antonin Dvorak
Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky
Horn Concerto No.1, Op.11 by Richard Strauss
Horn Sonata by Paul Hindemith

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cotton Candy Expolsion

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
I love to dance, I  love watching movies and Grey's Anatomy, and I also like to hang out with friends and go to different places I have never been to before in my hometown.

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
The success that you will earn at the end is greater than the frustration you have at the beginning.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I will be going to a four-year University and will be majoring in Nursing. I will also like to earn a music performance certificate, so I can also continue on with music.

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

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I have two different colored eyes. One of my eyes is green and the other is brown. Another interesting fact about myself is that I own an Alphorn. 

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This is the thirty-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!

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Name: Phil Barrett

Hometown: Brentwood, TN

School Name: Ravenwood H.S.

Instrument: Percussion

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Band of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
Multiple people at my school have been in this ensemble in previous years.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
1. Time management
2. You must have a wide taste in music.
3. Band friends will be your lifetime friends.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
2016 Honor Band of America

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
Nothing

What book have you read that you would recommend?
Stick Control

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Clocks by Coldplay

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Vanilla

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
Meteorology

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
Don't quit.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
Double major in music education and performance.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
2016 Honor Band of America; 2016-16 Music for All Summer Symposium

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I'm the youngest of triplets and I'm an Eagle Scout.

This is the thirty-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!

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Name: Nicole Allen

Hometown: Olathe, KS

School Name: Olathe North H.S.

Instrument: Violin

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Orchestra of America

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
1. Being able to play in a group setting is just as important as being a soloist.
2. It's important to always play your part to the best of your ability- even (and especially) if you are seated near the back.
3. The bond created with those you share music with is one of the strongest there is.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
1. Every Thursday morning, I rehearse with my trio (comprised of two other HOOA members Shulammite Lim and Jack Viehweg) and I really cherish this time because sharing music with them always starts the day off right.
2. One of my favorite memories in Orchestra was the first day after our seating auditions my sophomore year when I was moved up to the first violin section and I had an immense sense of pride in having earned the chair in which I was sitting. I remember the first thing I played as a 1st violinist; it was an excerpt from the Little Mermaid and it was magical.
3. I also really loved playing the Bach Double with my friend and fellow HOOA member Shulammite Lim inside the Kennedy library in celebration of Kennedy's 99th birthday. It was definitely a dream come true for me and something I'll never forgot.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
Distinguished Scholars Political Science and National Honor Society

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I'll always have a special place in my heart for the Bach Double Violin Concerto because it was the first piece of music that I ever listened to obsessively and I still know it by heart to this day.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Peanut Butter

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
I've been really into American history since I was 7 or 8 and I even memorized every president one summer before 2nd grade! I have also watched every episode of The Office at least 12 or 13 times.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan on attending the University of Iowa to major in Violin Performance and History.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
1. I've played the violin for almost 15 years.
2. The soundtrack to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat melts my heart.
3. Spoons are my favorite utensil because they're like tiny bowls you put in your mouth.
4. I'm named after Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue.
5. I don't like the way candy canes taste and I don't really understand all the hype.

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Instrumental and choral ensembles from the Indianapolis Public Schools will participate in Music for All’s 2nd annual Indianapolis School Music Festival at Broad Ripple Magnet High School March 8, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

After the success of the inaugural Indianapolis School Music Festival in 2016, that featured instrumental ensembles, choral music will be introduced for the 2017 Festival with six choral ensemble performances.

The 2017 Festival will include 22 instrumental and choral ensembles representing six middle schools, and five high schools from Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS). The ensembles will be evaluated by renowned music educators provided by Music for All, and will receive educational feedback at clinics following their performances.

The Indianapolis School Music Festival strives to give every student the opportunity to showcase his or her musical talents. “We are delighted to continue and expand our commitment to IPS, providing even more opportunities to both students and teachers in Music for All’s programming,” says Eric Martin, President and CEO of Music for All. “The Indianapolis School Music Festival is intended to allow students the opportunity to grow and shine, and for IPS teachers and their students to receive critically important educational feedback. The Festival is a celebration and an opportunity for students, teachers, parents, and members of our community to hear and support scholastic music-making, observing firsthand the positive benefits that come from access and opportunity to engage in active music-making in our schools.”

Music for All is excited to continue this flourishing partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools. “On behalf of Indianapolis Public Schools, the continuing partnership between our organization and Music for All is truly a valued relationship,” says David Newman, Fine Arts Coach of Indianapolis Public Schools. “The Indianapolis School Music Festival is yet another example of Music for All's commitment to providing stellar educational events for our students, with access to nationally known clinicians in a professional concert environment. Music for All provides our students a positively life-changing experience through this festival and clinic. We are truly blessed to have Music for All in our city, and so involved with and committed to our students' artistic achievement."

The Indianapolis School Music Festival is partnered with the Indiana Music Education Association (IMEA), a demonstration of their commitment to providing music opportunities to everyone in the Indianapolis community.

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Schedule of Performances

The Indianapolis School Music Festival is free of admission. Listed below are the scheduled instrumental and choral performances.

Instrumental Ensembles
Broad Ripple H.S., Poston Auditorium

Crispus Attucks Advanced Band 12:20 p.m.
Crispus Attucks Orchestra 12:40 p.m.
CFI Beginning Band 1:00 p.m.
Broad Ripple M.S. Intermediate Band 1:20 p.m.
Broad Ripple H.S. Intermediate Band 1:40 p.m.
CFI Intermediate Band 2:00 p.m.
Broad Ripple Advanced Band 2:20 p.m.
Harshman M.S. Band 2:40 p.m.
CFI Beginning Orchestra 3:00 p.m.
Edison Orchestra 3:20 p.m.
CFI Intermediate Orchestra 5:00 p.m.
Northwest Advanced Band 5:20 p.m.
Broad Ripple Orchestra 5:40 p.m.
CFI Advanced Orchestra 6:00 p.m.
Arsenal Tech Advanced Band 6:20 p.m.

Choral Ensembles
Broad Ripple H.S., Mini Auditorium

Broad Ripple M.S. Choir 1:40 p.m.
Broad Ripple Advanced Choir 2:20 p.m.
Arlington Advanced Choir 3:00 p.m.
Arsenal Tech Advanced Choir 3:40 p.m.
Arlington M.S. Choir 4:20 p.m.
Edison M.S. Choir 5:00 p.m.

The Indianapolis School Music Festival kicks off the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, which then continues through Saturday, March 11. The national festival will bring 59 outstanding school music ensembles and student musicians from throughout the U.S. to Indianapolis for concert performances and clinics at Butler University, Hilbert Circle Theatre, Warren Performing Arts Center, and Indiana Historical Society. Visit musicforall.org/festival for a full schedule of Festival performances.

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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!

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