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Live Webcasts Announcement

Monday, 12 October 2015 17:41 Written by Erin Fortune

From the President and CEO, Eric L. Martin

We are pleased to be able to offer Live Streaming Webcasts of 2015 Bands of America Super Regional (St. Louis, Atlanta, Indianapolis, and San Antonio) and Grand National Championships.

Many of you are aware of the changing environment concerning the production and offering of commemorative videos of student performances and Music for All/Bands of America events.

We are happy to be able to offer this service and opportunity for parents and boosters who cannot make the trip to still be part of the experience.

Live Webcast Pricing and Order Information

Prices and package options for BOA live streams are below. Pricing offered has been established to make the offering feasible and as affordable as possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we try to develop methods to create ways to extend and make available the experience.

All Live Webcasts are available live, as they happen only. It is an “in-stadium” experience, but on your screen.

How to Order: Music for All is working to finalize the online ordering system, to be available this week in time to order for the St. Louis Super Regional Live Webcast. An announcement will be made on this blog and on Facebook and Twitter when ordering is live. You can plan your purchase using the pricing below.

Individual Super Regionals

St. Louis Super Regional (Includes Prelims and Finals) – $24.95
Friday-Saturday, October 16-17, Live from the Edward Jones Dome

Indianapolis Super Regional (Includes Prelims and Finals) – $24.95
Friday-Saturday, October 23-24, Live from Lucas Oil Stadium

Atlanta Super Regional (Includes Prelims and Finals) – $24.95
Friday-Saturday, October 30-31, Live from the Georgia Dome

San Antonio Super Regional (Includes Prelims and Finals) – $24.95
Friday-Saturday, October 30-31, Live from the Alamodome

Grand National Championships

Grand National Thursday Prelims – $24.95
Grand National Friday Prelims – $24.95
Grand National Semifinals – $34.95
Grand National Finals – $49.95

Grand National "All Access" Webcast Pass (Prelims, Semis, and Finals Bundle) – $68.95
That's just 49 cents per performance!

2015 Live Webcast Season Pass

"All Access" Webcast Season Pass (St. Louis, Indianapolis, Atlanta, and San Antonio Super Regionals, plus all of Grand Nationals – Prelims, Semi-Finals, and Finals) – $98.95
That's just 22 cents per performance!

Note: Only Super Regionals and Grand Nationals will be Live Webcast.

More About Capturing and Providing Recordings

In hopes of making video recordings of 2015 BOA performances available in some format (e.g. streaming video on demand and/or digital downloads) at some point in the future, Music for All has invested in and retained the ongoing services of Mr. Video, our past videographer to capture and edit high and multi-camera versions of all 2015 Bands of America fall performances. We are delivering a copy to each director for archival and teaching purposes, but cannot legally release additional copies at this time.

Please know that offering traditional DVDs, post-event steaming video on demand, or digital downloads in a legally compliant, timely and affordable fashion to students, teachers, students, fans and supporters is and remains a priority for us and others involved and engaged in presenting and supporting the pageantry arts.

Requirements and processes established in the past are no longer feasible or acceptable to rights holders. To date, we have not found common ground that will allow recording, licensing, and distribution in cost or time effective manners acceptable to rights holders, or affordable to Music for All or you – our participants and fans.

DVD Products Discontinued

We do not expect to offer DVD products as we have in the past. We are hopeful (late season or early next year) we will have processes that will allow licensing of streaming and/or downloadable commemorative videos of individual shows. If and when a system allowing them exists, we will inform you.

Music for All is working to prepare communications to past online video customers with these details; if you are a past customer, we appreciate your patience as we prepare those communications.

In celebration of Music for All’s 40th Anniversary in 2015, we are featuring profiles of music educators who have made a difference in Music for All and in band and orchestra education. In this post we feature a band director who currently participates in all of Music for All’s programs and makes it his personal mission to help educate other directors about them as well.

40 for 40 David Aydelott

David Aydelott is the Director of Bands at Franklin High School in the Williamson County Tennessee School District. During his tenure at those schools, students distinguished themselves on the marching field, the concert stage, and in individual and chamber settings. A recipient of the National Band Association’s Certificate of Merit and the Citation of Excellence, Aydelott is President of the Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, past Band Chair for the Tennessee Music Education Association and has served two terms on the Executive Board of the MTSBOA. Mr. Aydelott is an elected member of Phi Beta Mu International School Bandmaster Fraternity and holds membership in MTSBOA, Tennessee Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, Tennessee Bandmasters Association, and Professional Educators of Tennessee.  In December of 2014, Aydelott was presented as a John Philip Sousa Foundation Laureate of the Bandworld “Legion of Honor.”  

How long have you been teaching?
This is my 24th year.

Where do you teach now?
I’m the band director at Franklin High School in the Williamson County, Tennessee District.

Where have you taught in the past?
I taught four years at Lexington High School, six years with Jo Ann Hood at John Overton High School, five years at Ravenwood High School (the first five years of the school's existence), and this is my ninth year at Franklin.

Where did you go to college? What degrees do you earn?
I have a BM in Instrumental Music Education from Middle Tennessee State University.

What is one thing you'd say to a new band director who asks you "what is the one thing you wish someone had told you just starting out?"
Impossible to list only one, so I'll list 5.

1. Focus on the experience of the kids, not your own career. When you're starting out, you want to prove to your friends and mentors that you know what you're doing, and you tend to be focused on yourself. But the way to do a good job is to take the focus off your own goals, accomplishments and actions, and look at what your students are doing. It's not about how good of a time you're having, but what your students do in rehearsal, how they feel about your program, and if their experience is worth what you ask of them. When the students are learning and happy, all the other elements take care of themselves.

2. Surround yourself with people that lift you up, not drag you down. Choose the right people to spend your life with, those who value this strange profession that we're engaged in. That doesn't mean that these people should always agree with you, in fact, it's good when they don't.  But as long as they share your vision of what music education can be, it works out. I'm lucky enough to have found my wife Renee early in my career, and she has been a true blessing!

3. Seek national level professional development​. This sounds a little campy, but my career changed in 2008 when I began attending the MFA Summer Symposium.  Being around the people in our profession who are the "guiding lights" gave me perspective and raised my own expectations that I could improve as a teacher.

4. To avoid burnout, keep music close to you. It's easy to get bogged down in all the administrative aspects of what we do, so go back to what your original "hook" was, your own musical experience. Go to concerts, listen to music that inspires you, and remember the joy that a musical life brings. One of my good friends and current band boosters always says regarding the superfluous, "It's in the noise." Don't let the urgent and non-musical issues affect your ability to pass on that "hook" to your students.

5. Have a plan. Don't just do "band things" without thought. Have a reason for what you do, whether it's how to construct your band budget or what's on the docket for this week's rehearsals. Get into the nitty-gritty, especially your values and score study, and make a plan for your students' success.

Tell us about your participation with Music for All and Bands of America.
Franklin is relatively new to Music for All events. The first event we participated in was the 2008 Summer Symposium.  Since then, we've been a participant in every program that Music for all/Bands of America offers. The best thing about these past seven years is the relationships that our Franklin students have forged with students from other bands across the nation.

What are some of the highlights and memorable moments from your experiences related to Music for All/Bands of America?

  • Shedding tears with our students
  • Being around such great people at Summer Symposium
  • Having three groups perform at the Music for All National Festival including our Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble in 2013 and a Chamber Group in 2015
  • Broken Arrow's band applauding us during our first performance at Grand National Championships
  • Seeing my oldest daughter Katherine perform in the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Honor Ensembles at the Music for All National Festival
  • Getting to medal my youngest daughter Meredith
  • Growing the Tennessee director contingent at Summer Sympsoium from one (me) to nearly 20 during this past year

What would you like to see MFA focus on or accomplish in the next 40 years?
I’m from a very small town in Tennessee, so the rural school initiative is very appealing to me. I hope that Music for All continues to find a way to reach students from rural and urban areas that may not be a part of a strong program.  Those kids deserve positively life-changing experiences, too.

Parts of the U.S. have been hit hard with rain and flooding in recent days. We hope you and yours are safe.

Due to extreme weather conditions, finals were cancelled for the shows in McAllen, TX on September 26; Dayton, OH and Powder Springs, GA on October 3.

The overriding ticketing policy for Music for All/Bands of America events is that tickets are “non-refundable.” Nevertheless, where extraordinary circumstances, like severe weather, cause the cancellation of all or a substantial portion of an event, Music for All has established refund polices for that event and offered full or partial refunds as appropriate.

Click on the links below to see Music for All’s policies concerning ticket refunds for the affected shows.

For McAllen, TX Regional Championship

For Dayton, OH Regional Championship

For Powder Springs, GA Regional Championship

Check out the awards photos from the 2015 Bands of America Regional Championship at Powder Springs, GA

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Check out the awards photos from the 2015 Bands of America Regional Championship at Dayton, OH

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Check out the awards photos from the 2015 Texas Dairy Queen® Bands of America Regional Championship at Conroe, TX

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Powder Springs Finals Cancelled

Saturday, 03 October 2015 18:36 Written by Debbie Laferty Asbill

As of 6:30 p.m. local time – Finals has been cancelled due to weather at the Bands of America Regional at Powder Springs, in the interest for the safety and well-being of the participants and spectators.

Note that this is in addition to cancellation of Finals at the BOA Dayton show, also due to weather.

Dayton: Finals Cancelled Due to Weather

Saturday, 03 October 2015 18:19 Written by Debbie Laferty Asbill

Posted Saturday, Oct. 3, 6:20 p.m. local time – Due to ongoing inclement weather Music for All has cancelled Finals for the 2015 Bands of America Regional at Dayton.

The decision was made at the Finalist Directors Meeting, after discussing options with the Finalist Band Directors, and for the safety and well-being of the participants and spectators.

Check out the awards photos from the 2015 Texas Dairy Queen® Bands of America Regional Championship at McAllen, TX

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Check out the awards photos from the 2015 Bands of America Regional Championship at Bowling Green, Ohio

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