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February Advancement Blog: Brackets for Good

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 16:48 Written by Elise Middleton

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Have you ever wondered what the Advancement team at Music for All is up to? Wanted inside information about exciting projects we are working on? Well wonder no longer because the Advancement team is starting a monthly blog! Each, month, we will share information about interesting Advancement projects, upcoming events, stories of impact, and exciting news from our department. My name is Elise Middleton, and I am the Music for All Advancement Coordinator, as well as the author of these blogs. I started here at Music for All in October, and I love being a part of this impactful, passionate organization. One project that I can’t wait to tell you about is Brackets for Good!

We are thrilled to be a part of the Indianapolis Brackets for Good (BFG) tournament for the second year in a row. Inspired by March Madness, Brackets for Good hosts single-elimination, bracket-style fundraising tournaments across the country that raise much-needed funds and awareness for nonprofit organizations of all sizes. Charities advance through the weekly rounds, by rallying enthusiastic donors and online followers to score more points than their opponent. Every $1 donated through https://bfg.org/ equals 1 point scored for the chosen charity. At the end of each round, the nonprofit with the most points in the individual match-up advances to the next round, the points are reset, and the fundraising continues until a champion is crowned. All nonprofits retain the donations they raise, and the tournament champion will receive a grand prize donation of $10,000 from the title sponsor. Exciting, am I right?!

The competition kicks-off February 24, 2017! This tournament is a fun-filled competitive activity that the entire Music for All staff loves to take on. Last year, we raised just over $5,000, so of course, we want to beat that total this year. The dollars raised will help support our advocacy efforts, professional development opportunities for directors in underserved communities, scholarships for students and directors to attend Summer Symposium, and much more.

This competition is fast approaching, with February 24 being the kick-off day! Please keep a lookout on Music for All social media channels for more. We hope you will join us, and show your support for Music for All and the power of music during this fun and rewarding competition, by donating and encouraging others to participate!

To learn more about Brackets for Good, check out the homepage at https://bfg.org. Music for All also has an informational page at https://indianapolis.bfg.org/matchup/music-for-all-inc.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Advancement Department or the BFG competition, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (317) 524-6233.

BOA Updates: Newark Stadium Confirmed

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:38 Written by Lucy Wotell

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!

Don't Miss These Sessions at TMEA This Week

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 10:22 Written by Erin Fortune

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If you're heading to San Antonio for TMEA this week, we hope you'll stop by the Music for All booth #5077. We will have the 2017 Bands of America Championship Schedule and Application, 2017 Music for All Summer Symposium promotional materials, and application packets for the 2018 Music for All National Festival! (and of course a lot of smiles and hellos for all of our friends!)

In addition to stopping by to see us, we hope you'll catch some of these great clinics and presentations that are happening throughout the week. We've compiled a list below of sessions that are being presented by friends of Music for All!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Collegiate Texas Music Educators (CTME) Leadership Summit
6:00 p.m. - 9:00p.m. 
Marriott RW Salon ABC
Tim Lautzenheiser

Thursday, February 9, 2017

KEYNOTE: The Dreams of Our Founding Fathers and What They Mean for Music Education
8:30 a.m.
Lila Cockrell Theater
Bob Morrison

Q&A with Bob Morrison
10:00a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
CC 305
Bob Morrison

If I Knew Then What I Know Now
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
CC Stars at Night Ballroom 1-2
Tim Lautzenheiser

Marketing Your Music Program
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
CC 224
James Stephens

Using EEi for Student Self-Evaluation and Accountability
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Product Showcase #3
Steve Smith and Richard Saucedo

Friday, February 10, 2017

Recruit, Retain, and Train Your Low Brass
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
CC 221
Thomas Bough

Warm-up and Ensemble Development Exercises That Work
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Product Showcase #1
Peter Boonshaft

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Passion in Music Education: Teaching to the Goosebumps!
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Grand Hyatt Texas Ballroom
Richard Saucedo

25 Things You Can Do Tomorrow to Improve Your Ensemble
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Grand Hyatt Texas Ballroom
Peter Boonshaft

We hope you'll check out one of the above sessions, and many of the other sessions and incredible concerts during TMEA. For a full schedule visit www.tmea.org/conventions/2017. Clinic times may change from when we gathered the information listed above, so make sure that you check the official schedule before you head to a session.

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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