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Music for All Staff spotlight: Brock Eveland

Monday, 19 June 2017 11:20 Written by Lucy Wotell

This is the twelfth 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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Brock Eveland/Administrative Assistant (to the President and CEO)

Hometown: Vincennes, Indiana.

How long have you been with Music for All?
2 ½ years

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
I love spending time observing the Music for All National Festival. It’s a rewarding experience to wander the halls while different members of the Jazz Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and Honor Band of America form friendships and practice their music together.

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
Being able to see the impact that our programming has in the local Indianapolis community. Music for All's relationship with the many different school systems and arts organizations has helped me become more aware and engaged in my own community.

Do you have a favorite memory of working an event with Music for All?
My favorite memory would be driving through campus during Summer Symposium and seeing all of the different moving parts and instrument tracks working through their daily schedules.

One thing you couldn’t live without?
My trusty travel coffee tumbler

What do you like to do in your free time?
Downtown Indy is such a great area for long distance running. I love running and exploring along the different Indy Cultural Trail paths. I also love going to see bands at the different theatres and venues in Indy.

What are you currently reading?
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
The Keepers mystery docuseries on Netflix

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
Sing Street - A Coming of age tale about a teenager in 1980s Ireland

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Music for All Intern Spotlight: Cecily Yoakam

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 14:15 Written by Lucy Wotell

This is the eighth 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? City, State.
Midland, Michigan

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?
Union High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I am in my last semester at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. I will graduate in December 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.
Started playing the saxophone in 6th grade then switched to oboe in the 7th, haven’t looked back! Did a lot of Bands of America and Music for All events in high school, Drum Major for three years in high school, member of the UNT Green Brigade Marching band, Drum Major in Fall 2015, Spent a little time with DCI and the 2014 Blue Stars as a Conductor,and 2015 SWAG Team member I’ve been lucky enough to work with a few schools in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area in Texas; mostly with Liberty High School in Frisco, TX as a field technician for their marching band. Also I recently joined the Pride of Indy Community Band

What are you most looking forward to in your internship this summer?
The opportunity to absorb all of this great information about advocating for music and education for people from all walks of life; learning ways to promote music in the community and the opportunity to support and give back to this awesome organization which helps thousands of kids every year; and getting to work with the people I have looked up to and admired since I was 14.

What is an interesting fact about you?
I can speak Hungarian

Who are your top three favorite artists? This could be any genre of music.
Mumford and Sons
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This is the eleventh 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!

 Matt Markle Mackowiak

Name/Job Title
Matt Markle-Mackowiak/Marketing Coordinator

Hometown:
South Bend, Indiana

How long have you been with Music for All?
3 years

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
By far the fall season is my favorite Music for All event. Traveling during the fall I am not only able to see some of the best marching bands in the country, but I am able to see drum corps friends and family that teach at schools that participate in BOA. Every weekend tends to be a family reunion.

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
Being able to see the reactions of students, directors, parents, and spectators at our events is the best feeling anyone can imagine. For some, our events are the highlight of the year, if not, their life. The best is seeing the raw emotion left on the stage or football field and then seeing them beam with happiness and sometimes tears. I know after our events that I just made someone's day.

Do you have a favorite memory of working an event with Music for All?
My favorite memory is now becoming an annual tradition at the Jacksonville Regional. The Music for All staff always grabs dinner the night before the show at the best barbeque/southern style food you will ever have! It is nice to take time and spend time with one another before the craziness of a show day.

What is your musical background?
I come from a family of music let it be music education, playing in the church choir, etc. I have played everything from piano, trumpet, and percussion. In high school I marched on the snare line for two years and then was drum major for my last two seasons, but I also spun in the winterguard.

Post high school I marched two seasons of drum corps. In 2008, I was contracted as a guard member with the Blue Stars, but due to a serious hip injury I had to forgo the rigorous and demanding choreography of Michael Shapiro. (2008 was by far one of my favorite Blue Stars shows!) However, in 2009 I was the drum major for Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps and in 2010 I was drum major for Spokane Thunder Drum & Bugle Corps.

One thing you couldn’t live without?
COFFEE!

What kind of music do you listen to?
I love me some Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, and Malher.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I am doing either one of two things in my free time. It is either playing with my corgi, Elizabeth, or traveling the world with my husband.

Do you have a favorite quote?
The world is a book, and those who do not travel only read one page. – St. Augustine

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
The Handmaid’s Tale

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Fall 2017 stadium confirmation

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:24 Written by Lucy Wotell

School is out, but the Music for All office is still preparing for the 2017 Bands of America season. We are excited to announce confirmation of two more stadiums. We will be at CEFCU Stadium at San Jose State University on October 28 and then at Desert Hills H.S. in St. George, Utah on November 4.

Mark your calendar as Music for All heads West for these two amazing Regionals!

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Music for All Staff Spotlight: Sarah McKinley

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 09:26 Written by Lucy Wotell

This is the tenth 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 Title: Sarah McKinley – Accounting Assistant

Hometown: Loogootee, IN

How long have you been with Music for All?
Fall help for three years, and full-time for one and a half years.

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
Grand Nationals. The excitement on the kids faces is priceless when they get to play in Lucas Oil Stadium.

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
The reason why we do what we do. Some kids wait years to be able to attend our events and it’s a memory of a lifetime.

What is your musical background?
None

One thing you couldn’t live without?
My family

What kind of music do you listen to?
Country and old rock

What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to go camping and boating.

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
All the Real Housewives shows

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
“She’s Having a Baby” with Kevin Bacon. I love Kevin Bacon!

 

Music for All Staff Spotlight: Nancy Carlson

Monday, 29 May 2017 12:25 Written by Lucy Wotell

This is the ninth 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 Title: Nancy Carlson, Executive VP & Chief Financial Officer

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

How long have you been with Music for All?
9 years

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
I love Summer Symposium because I know how important summer camp was for me growing up, and it’s amazing to help create similar experiences for a new group of students every year. Summer camp and I go way back – from being a camper, to a camp counselor, to one especially fun summer as an intern with the camp drama troupe.

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
When my kids were growing up, I loved volunteering to help with their band, orchestra, and choir programs at school. Now that they are all grown up, working at Music for All gives me a chance to keep being a music booster for life. Better yet, I get to work every day with an incredibly dedicated group of colleagues who believe in the power of music to change lives for the better.

Do you have a favorite memory of working an event with Music for All?
I’ll never forget the year we had a special fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy victims during Grand Nationals. The students who volunteered to go through the stands to collect donations were so excited to help – they came back and begged to go out for a second round. The willingness of these volunteers and all the folks in the crowd to give back to those in need really reminded me of why we do what we do.

What is your musical background?
I was in choir in school and also struggled through five years of piano lessons. I can still play a little, at least with my right hand…

What do you like to do in your free time?
Long hikes, reading, yoga, attending concerts, plays, movies, and cooking.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.” Albus Dumbledore

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
“Mozart in the Jungle”, “The Great British Baking Show”, and “Call the Midwife”.

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
“De-Lovely”, a biopic about Cole Porter, starring Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd.

This is the eighth 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 Title: Patrick Rutledge, Advocacy and Educational Resources Coordinator

Hometown: Greenwood, IN

How long have you been with Music for All?
7 months

What is your musical background?
High School: concert, marching, jazz, and pep band at Greenwood Community H.S.
College: Music Education major at DePauw

One thing you couldn’t live without?
Baja Blast

What kind of music do you listen to?
Indie Rock, EDM, and Funk

What do you like to do in your free time?
Visiting parks, thrift shopping, and board games

What are you currently reading?
The Joy of Music - Leonard Bernstein

Do you have a favorite quote?
“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” - Walt Disney

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
Teachers (on TVLand) - Seriously one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
Meet the Robinsons - #keepmovingforward

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junoreedsVandoren has been the preferred reed of professionals since 1905. However, during much of this time beginning students have often had to resort to inexpensive, lower quality reeds to save money. With Vandoren's introduction of JUNO reeds in recent years, beginning students are finally able to enjoy that trademark, unparalleled Vandoren quality from their first note at an affordable student price.

Designed specifically for beginners, Vandoren JUNO reeds provide young players with everything they need to hit the ground running – immediate response, easy articulation, and a warm, round sound that is easy to control right from the start. Instead of fighting against their reeds, JUNO allows kids to do what they want to do most – PLAY!

"I asked my students to close their eyes while I changed their reed back and forth from JUNO to our former student reed. Not only could I tell a huge sound difference with JUNO, but my students could hear it and preferred them too! Their sound is so much clearer and cleaner with JUNO!" – Ashley Mayer, Beginning and Middle School Band Director.

Vandoren is keenly aware of musical needs ranging from beginners through professionals and for that reason is extremely proud to offer a full product line. Most students will begin with JUNO and move to professional Vandoren reeds as they develop. JUNO reeds are available for Bb and bass clarinets as well as alto and tenor saxophones.

Learn more at junoreeds.com.

Indy ZooWhether you venture to Indy for Super Regionals or Grand Nationals, here are five new things in store for you and your family in the Circle City.

Magnificent Macaws at The Indianapolis Zoo
A brand new 40,000 sq. ft. Bicentennial Pavilion will become the new home of these brilliant birds. Uncaged, the macaws will dance colorfully through the sky with free reign. During Super Regionals, bring your kids' costumes and trick-or-treat during Halloween ZooBoo.

Circus: Starring You! at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
This colorful, highly interactive exhibit opens up the three rings and the big top to kids of all ages. During Super Regionals, add on a visit to the Children's Museum Guild's Haunted House.

Presidential Pets at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
Celebrate America's favorite first pets of the past 200 years, from cats to elephants, at the pristinely restored home of our nation's 23rd president.

Chemistry of Color at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
On a beautiful fall day, stroll the colorful foliage decorating the 152 acres of gardens and grounds. Step inside for an incredible collection spanning 5,000 years of history. This temporary exhibit explores how chemistry and art have developed the artist's palette over these five millennia.

Science at Play and The Power of Poison at the Indiana State Museum
Explore how more than 250 chemistry sets and science toys appeal to kids and parents alike, before discovering how toxic species in a remote Colombian forest fight for survival. Two levels of Core Galleries have also been completely revamped to engage visitors like never before.

When are our Bands of America Championships in Indy? See the fall events schedule here.

Music for All Staff Spotlight: Tonya Bullock

Monday, 15 May 2017 15:30 Written by Lucy Wotell

This is the seventh 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 Title: Accounting Manager

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

How long have you been with Music for All?
About 7 and a half years

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
Fall Regionals, I like traveling to different locations and the fast pace environment at the Regionals. And I like working the box office, so I can interact with proud family members and friends of those performing.

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
Every day is different. I like working on all shows at various times throughout the year. I also enjoy being the ticketing manager. I enjoy making people happy with tickets to our events.

Do you have a favorite memory of working an event with Music for All?
My fondest memories are seeing the lines forming before finals at any of our shows. Everyone is so excited to get into the stadium

One thing you couldn’t live without?
My cats.

What kind of music do you listen to?
Heavy Metal

What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to spend time with my family & friends, and work in my yard.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“Everything happens for a reason.”

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
I binge watch Law & Order all the time, all versions.

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
Smokey & the Bandit

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