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It was an exciting and successful Saturday at McEachern H.S. for the Bands of America Powder Springs Regional! Music for All would like to thank all of McEachern High School volunteers, and band staff for letting us use their facility, as well as Ken Stanton Music, our official music store of the Regional.

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It was a great day with thirteen bands representing six states.. Each band performed in finals and put on an incredible show for our audience.

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We would like to congratulate and recognize some of the overall top performing bands this past Saturday. Milton H.S. from Georgia came in 3rd Place, Mill Creek H.S. from Georgia placed in 2nd with the overall Outstanding Visual Performance, and the Harrison H.S. Marching Band from Kennesaw, Georgia winning the overall Music Performance, General Effect, and being crowned the 2017 BOA Powder Springs Regional Champion.

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Music for All has wrapped up its first weekend of Bands of America Regional Championships! The Northeast Ohio Regional Championship took place at the brand-new Tom Benson Stadium at the Pro-Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Firestone High School and Canton McKinley High School hosted the regional, with 14 bands participating in the Preliminary competition. Thirteen bands went through Finals.

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At the conclusion of the Prelims, Canton McKinley H.S. Marching Band performed their show in Exhibition “24K Gold” by Bruno Mars. 

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At the conclusion of the Prelims, Canton McKinley H.S. Marching Band performed their show in Exhibition “24K Gold” by Bruno Mars. 

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Avon H.S., IN was crowned the regional champion with Lockport Township H.S., IL placing 2nd and Dublin Coffman placing 3rd.  Avon H.S. also took home caption awards for Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance, and Outstanding General Effect. A great time was had by all. Thank you to our hosts, Firestone H.S. and Canton McKinely H.S., our event staff, and volunteers who made this event possible!

Check out the awards photos from the 2017 Bands of America Northeast Ohio Regional Championship!

High resolution awards photos (as well as additional action photos of each band) can be viewed and purchased on the Jolesch Enterprises website: http://www.bandgroupphotography.com/BOA/Index.html

Check out the awards photos from the 2017 Bands of America Powder Springs Regional Championship!

High resolution awards photos (as well as additional action photos of each band) can be viewed and purchased on the Jolesch Enterprises website: http://www.bandgroupphotography.com/BOA/Index.html

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J.W. Pepper & Son Inc., the largest sheet music retailer in the world, has partnered with Music for All for J.W. Pepper’s new online tool, Cut Time®, to be a presenting sponsor for Music for All’s Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha Semi-Finals competition on November 11. J.W. Pepper & Son Inc., the largest sheet music retailer in the world, has partnered with Music for All for J.W. Pepper’s new online tool, Cut Time®, to be a presenting sponsor for Music for All’s Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha Semi-Finals competition on November 11. 

With 140 years of service to music and music education, J.W. Pepper has launched Cut Time®, an online group management tool for music directors and parent booster groups. Cut Time® will help directors manage their music programs and minimize the time spent on administrative tasks. To add to its convenience, Cut Time® is fully mobile, with all the features of the desktop version available on the go with no app required. Core features of Cut Time® include a robust system to manage students, parents, staff, and volunteers; free and easy communication through text and email; event and calendar management; financial tracking; inventory tools; and much more.  

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“As an organization that is dedicated to music advocacy, Music for All is thrilled to have J.W. Pepper’s support and partnership supporting the Bands of America Grand National Championship Semi-Finals and its new Cut Time® product,” says Eric L. Martin, President and CEO of Music for All. “In a world where technology is integral to everyday life, we are excited to see Cut Time® integrate into music education, and anticipate its positive impact benefitting our students, directors, and music education generally.”

Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha, is America’s most prestigious marching band event and the culmination of the 21-event Bands of America season. It’s an educational performance opportunity open to all high school bands. With 100 marching bands in attendance, Grand Nationals is a three-day event that takes place in Lucas Oil Stadium, November 9-11 2017, including Preliminary, Semi-Finals, and Finals competition. The Semi-Finals portion of Grand Nationals will feature 30+ bands who advanced from the two days of preliminary competition. With over 1.5 million music students impacted by Music for All’s programs, Bands of America Championships are a celebration of music education at its finest, showcasing excellence, teamwork, and leadership.

According to Kathy Fernandes, Chief Marketing Officer of J.W. Pepper, “we recognize Bands of America Grand Nationals as a premiere event for high school band programs and are thrilled to introduce our Cut Time® platform to participants through sponsorship of the Semi-Final Championships.”

Learn more about the Cut Time® platform here.

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Music for All is excited to announce confirmation of the stadium at Warren High School in Downey, California as site of the 2017 Bands of America Southern California Regional Championship, presented by Yamaha.

The Southern California Regional Championship will be held Saturday, October 28. 

Seventeen bands from California, Indiana, Arizona, Texas, and Nevada are currently enrolled. Space is still available, with preliminary performance times available on a first-come, first-served basis. Join us for our Bands of America “SoCal” Regional Championship!   

Music for All Staff Spotlight: Sam Cantor

Sunday, 27 August 2017 19:23 Written by Lucy Wotell

This is the nineteenth 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 TitleName/Job Title: Sam Cantor, Events Coordinator

Hometown: North Canton, OH

How long have you been with Music for All? 
I started as an intern in the Fall of 2014 

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why? 
I think the fall regional championships are my favorite. Getting to travel the country and take in the nuances that make each region’s marching bands unique. 

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All? 
Just knowing the impact we have on the students on a daily basis. From reading their survey responses after our events, to the look on their faces after a culminating performance, it’s pretty special! 

Do you have a favorite memory of working an event with Music for All? 
There are so many! They all seem to have to do with weather though. Whenever mother nature throws us a curveball, we go into our best mode of problem-solving and making sure everyone still has a positively life-changing experience! If I have to narrow it down, it’s a toss up between San Antonio, 2015, and Austin 2016 regionals. 

What is your musical background? 
I started playing trombone my freshman year of high school in North Canton. (Go Vikes!) I continued to play in the marching band and concert ensemble at the University of Toledo. Along the way I learned baritone, euphonium, and most recently Tuba. Currently I play in the Pride of Indy community bands. 

One thing you couldn’t live without? 
Other people! I cannot stand sitting around by myself. Some people find it relaxing, but for me it’s a no go! 

What kind of music do you listen to? 
Everything! Some of my absolute favorites though are Neil Diamond, Journey, Simple Plan, and of course anything from a Broadway Show! 

What do you like to do in your free time? 
Being a social creature, I hang out with friends a lot. I play A LOT of darts, and other community sports. Recently, my team won a softball championship! 

What are you currently reading? 
Fall Final Packets haha

Do you have a favorite quote? 
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. - JFK

What's a show you've binge watched recently? 
Atypical, and Shameless

Favorite movie not many people have seen? 
To Wong Fu: Thanks for everything! Julie Newmar

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2017 March DSI MFA Newsletter adRifles and sabres are embedded in the history of color guard and the tradition of using them in performances is as old as the sport itself. However, due to events in recent years, many schools have banned all weapon-looking items from school grounds. This poses a new challenge for the color guard and their equipment.

DSI has introduced a new twirling prop called the Arc1 that spins and is balanced like a traditional rifle but doesn’t have the traditional rifle look. The Arc1 features no rifle bolt or strap and is contoured for a more unique look. 

The Arc1 is also accepted at all schools so you can feel comfortable that your students are compliant with school regulations.

Created by Director’s Showcase International (DSI) the Arc1 is available now through any authorized DSI retailer. For more information about the Arc1 or DSI please visit: http://dshowcase.com.

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In celebration of its 30-year anniversary, Music Travel (MTC) has created a brand-new, state-of-the-art travel design experience. Just as a Director assembles a “Design Team” to help create, score and coordinate a marching show for competition, MTC has assembled an industry leading “Travel Design Team” to provide you a powerful, comprehensive and customized travel experience like never before.Our new Design Studio is home to the MTC Design Team, comprised of Travel Designers who are musicians and teachers, intimately familiar with the intricacies of music group travel. MTC’s Travel Designers are travel industry experts, committed to

Our new Design Studio is home to the MTC Design Team, comprised of Travel Designers who are musicians and teachers, intimately familiar with the intricacies of music group travel. MTC’s Travel Designers are travel industry experts, committed to fast turn-around in sharing their expertise and designs with you.

Be a part of the Music Travel Consultants Travel Design Experience. Click on www.musictravel.com to reach our new Design Studio, to begin collaboration between your team and the MTC Design Team, and to create the perfect trip for your performing group!

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If your students love music, encourage them to discover the world-class education available at Ball State University.

Recognized for its national leadership and innovative programming at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, Ball State’s School of Music can make students real-world ready for a wide range of careers. Students are challenged academically as well as musically, mentored by faculty while they develop their skills, deepen their artistry, and experience all the School of Music has to offer.

Students also can perform with award-winning ensembles, develop recording engineering and songwriting skills, compose music for a variety of performers and media, or prepare to teach in today's music classrooms.

More than a dozen performance groups are open to Ball State students, including the 65-member Ball State Symphony Orchestra, the “Pride of Mid-America” Marching Band, and Ball State Basketball Band. Students can audition for a spot with the Ball State University Singers, or join the Statesmen or Women’s Chorus, open to any singer, no audition required. 

The School of Music offers five majors and eight minors for undergraduates; two master’s degrees; a doctor of arts; an artist diploma; and an undergraduate certificate, graduate certificate, and doctoral secondary area of study in entrepreneurial music.

At Ball State, students can get involved, feed their spirit, ignite their imagination, and set that journey to music. 

Take a virtual tour of the campus.

Learn more by visiting bsu.edu/music or calling 765-285-5400.

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