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Debbie Laferty Asbill
 

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2018 was a year of firsts for the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. The highly-anticipated premiere of the National Choir Festival took place with 12 choral ensembles performing at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, a breathtaking performance by the Aeolians of Oakwood University, and the Music for All National Choir Concert featuring all choral students of the National Choir Festival.

The National Choir Festival performing choirs included:

Conner H.S. Chamber Choir – Hebron, KY; John DeFerraro, director
Dobyns-Bennett H.S. Varsity Choir – Kingsport, TN; Jenny Rogers, director
Herricks H.S. Chamber Choir – New Hyde Park, NY; Louise O'Hanlon, director
Kings H.S. Chamber Choir – Kings Mills, OH; Hope Milthaler, director
Lafayette H.S. Madrigal Singers – Lexington, KY; Ryan Marsh, director
Liberty H.S. Chamber Singers – Colorado Springs, CO; A. J. Wulf, director
Little Miami H.S. Select Women's Chorale – Morrow, OH; Sarah J. Baker, director
Logan H.S. Chamber Singers – Logan, OH; John McClain, director
McMeans Junior H.S. Varsity Choir – Katy, TX; Steve Kalke, director
Miami Union Academy Concert Choir – North Miami, FL; Jeremy Sovoy Jordan, director
Oakwood Adventist Academy Choir  – Huntsville, AL; Justin Jordan , director
Takoma Academy Chorale – Takoma Park, MD; Lulu Mwangi Mupfumbu, director

Many people were moved to tears by these talented musicians. The church was the perfect venue to display the variety of voices. Later on in the evening, the Aeolians of Oakwood University performed a beautiful 90-minute performance, under the direction of Jason Max Ferdinand. Their repertoire included: Lift Every Voice, If I Can Help, How Great Thou Art, Jubilate Deo, Keramos, Psalm 67, Joshua, Ezekiel, True Religion, Take it to the Lord in Prayer by Nolan Williams, Holy City, and Someday

To close out the National Choir Festival, the Music for All National Choir Concert took place at Hilbert Circle Theatre on Saturday afternoon. The concert was bookended by the national Treble Choir and Music for All National Choir, featuring 500 voices from 12 high schools from New York, Maryland, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Colorado, as well as one Junior High School Choir from Texas, and two youth choirs from Indianapolis Children’s Choir: Bel Canto and Bella Voce. This impressive concert was under the direction of Music for All Choral Artistic Director, Henry Leck, founder and conductor laureate of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir and Guest Conductor, Dr. Rollo Dilworth, Professor of Choral Music Education at Temple University.

The choir performed new choral works written specifically for the Premiere National Choir Festival. The concert began with conductor Richard Saucedo’s Music for All 2018 National Fanfare, followed by Saucedo’s arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner, newly-arranged for choir and orchestra for the Music for All Premiere National Choir Festival. The National Treble Choir performed Great Camp Meeting, and I Sing Because I’m Happy composed by Rollo Dilworth, and two original compositions by Jim Papoulis. Next, a special guest choir NOTUS, from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, performed three contemporary musical selections under the direction of Dr. Dominick DiOrio. NOTUS is committed to championing living composers through the commissioning, programming, and recording of new works. The National Festival Mixed Choir then performed Freedom’s Plow by Rollo Dilworth, Jubilate Deo, (Movements 6 and 7) by Dan Forrest. The concert came to a spectacular close with Henry Leck’s We Believe in Music – written in honor of the premiere National Choir Festival. The choir was accompanied by members of the Ball State University Symphony Orchestra, directed by Douglas Droste. NOTUS of Indiana University and The Aeolians of Oakwood University also joined in the finale of the concert, filling Hilbert Circle Theatre with more than 500 voices raised in joyful song.

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Alicia Piper of Cypress Ranch High School in Cypress, Texas was awarded The Revelli Scholarship on Saturday, March 17 during the Gala Awards Banquet at the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, in Indianapolis.

The Revelli Scholarship is a $1,000 award given annually to a senior who will be attending college as a music major and who is participating in the Music for All National Festival. The scholarship honors the legacy and memory of Dr. William D. Revelli and his vision for music education.

In addition to being a 6A Texas All-State Band member for two years, Alicia has performed with her Region Band Wind Ensemble for four years and her Region Orchestra for three years. As a drum major in the marching band and a first chair in wind ensemble, Alicia decided she wants to become a music educator and can’t wait to stand in front of her own ensemble one day.

Congratulations to the 2018 Revelli Scholarship recipient, Alicia Piper.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

2018 Hall of Fame Members Inducted

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The four newest members of Music for All's Bands of America Hall of Fame were inducted Saturday night, March 17, at the Gala Awards Banquet of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, in Indianapolis, IN.

Kevin Ford, Randy Greenwell, Matt James, and Dean Westman were inducted during a ceremony at the 2,800+ guest Festival Banquet in the JW Marriott Grand Ballroom.

Learn more about our four newest Hall of Fame Members from the announcement of the class of 2018, and the Festival Ceremony Hall of Fame videos.

For over a year, viewers have been tuned in to professionally recorded live broadcasts of Bands of America events on FloMarching. This is a fantastic virtual option for all of us to experience life-changing performances.

Music for All has additional plans to meet our growing audience interest and to bring life to timeless past performances.

SPIN Logo Horizontal 01Music for All has contracted with the Scholastic Performance Network (The “SPiN Network”) to provide Music for All students, parents, and fans access to on-demand videos of scholastic music performances at a reasonable cost, including archival Music for All and Bands of America performances 2015 and prior.

Students, parents, and fans may access the Network by purchasing SPiN subscriptions for $25 per year. This fee provides access to all channels on the SPiN Network, which will soon include the Music for All channel.

SPiN has agreed to fund the restoration and digitization of Music for All video archives (including Bands of America performances) to allow them to be enjoyed by students and parents, and used by instructors for educational purposes.

Music for All will soon begin uploading its archives onto its SPiN Channel.

"For many years, we have collected a considerable library of content and this new service will allow subscribers to stream and enjoy programming whenever they want and wherever they are," said Eric L. Martin, Music for All’s President and CEO. “Music for All is grateful to the SPiN Network for the time and effort its team expended to make this service possible and its generous support for our legacy and content preservation initiatives. We believe that affordable access to recordings of student performances is central to promoting music education and raising the quality of scholastic music performances. I encourage every teacher, administrator, and school district to take a look at SPiN’s offering and consider the benefits and peace of mind that comes with participation.”

Read Music for All CEO Eric Martin’s letter to The SPiN Network about the Music for All channel.

To learn more about the Scholastic Performance Network and to subscribe, visit thespinnetwork.com.

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Music for All is excited to announce the release of “One Journey, One Vision,” a full-length documentary about the Bands of America in the 2017 Rose Parade.

A film crew was embedded with the 2017 BOA Honor Band in the Rose Parade during their time in Southern California and Pasadena, capturing the behind-the-scenes moments, performances, interviews with students and faculty, and telling the story from arrival to the Parade itself...and beyond.

Music for All is making this film available at no cost to stream online:

Stream "One Journey, One Vision" Now

It is also available for download for $6.99.

I hope you enjoy the film, and share it so others can see what an amazing group of young people and teachers were part of the 2017 Bands of America Honor Band!

Music for All and FloVoice are pleased to announce that, for the first time, all of the ensemble concerts of the 2018 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, will be live streamed, March 15-17, from Indianapolis, Indiana.

Live streamed performances will be available on the FloVoice online channel, to subscribers of FloVoice and any of the FloSports family of channels.

Venues and concerts that will be live streamed include all 2018 Festival school choirs, concert bands, orchestras, percussion ensembles, and chamber ensembles, as well as the honors concerts: the Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, Jazz Band of America, and the Mass Choir with the Ball State University Orchestra and special guests.

“We are thrilled to be able to make these live streams available to family, friends, and supporters who cannot make the trip to Indianapolis, as well as music-lovers who can enjoy these three days of outstanding music-making,” says Debbie Laferty Asbill, Vice President of Marketing and Communication of Music for All. “Music for All enjoys our partnership with FloMarching with Live Streams of our Bands of America Championships for marching bands in the fall, and we’re excited to bring these Festival performances to the world through FloVoice.”

FloVoice will be the home channel of all 2018 Festival concerts, in celebration of the premiere this March of the National Choir Festival as part of the Music for All National Festival.

Subscribe here to watch live at FloVoice.

See the schedule of 2018 Festival performances.

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Finals Results

97.500 - Carmel H.S., IN
96.925 - Broken Arrow H.S., OK
96.475 - Avon H.S., IN
95.700 - Marcus H.S., TX
95.625 - Flower Mound H.S., TX
92.725 - Dobyns-Bennett H.S., TN
91.825 - The Woodlands H.S., TX
91.200 - Castle H.S., IN
91.175 - Blue Springs H.S., MO
91.025 - Union H.S., OK
89.800 - Marian Catholic H.S., IL
89.625 - Round Rock H.S., TX

Outstanding Music Performance - Carmel H.S., IN & Broken Arrow H.S., OK
Outstanding Visual Performance - Carmel H.S., IN
Outstanding General Effect - Carmel H.S., IN

Al Castronovo Memorial Esprit de Corps Award - Mililani H.S., HI
Invitation to the 2019 Rose Parade® - Flower Mound H.S., TX

Prelims Results

Class A
1st - Adair County H.S., KY
2nd - Norton H.S., OH
3rd - Beechwood H.S., KY

Outstanding Music Performance - Adair County H.S., KY
Outstanding Visual Performance - Norton H.S., OH & Adair County H.S., KY
Outstanding General Effect - Adair County H.S., KY

Class AA
1st - Marian Catholic H.S., IL
2nd - North Hardin H.S., KY
3rd - Bassett H.S., VA

Outstanding Music Performance - Marian Catholic H.S., IL
Outstanding Visual Performance - Marian Catholic H.S., IL
Outstanding General Effect - Marian Catholic H.S., IL

Class AAA
1st - Castle H.S., IN
2nd - Dobyns-Bennett H.S., TN
3rd - Fort Mill H.S., SC

Outstanding Music Performance - Castle H.S., IN
Outstanding Visual Performance - Castle H.S., IN
Outstanding General Effect - Castle H.S., IN

Class AAAA
1st - Carmel H.S., IN
2nd - Broken Arrow H.S., OK
3rd - Avon H.S., IN

Outstanding Music Performance - Broken Arrow H.S., OK
Outstanding Visual Performance - Carmel H.S., IN
Outstanding General Effect - Carmel H.S., IN

Saturday, November 04, 2017

St. George, UT 2017 Results

Finals Results

89.250 - American Fork H.S., UT
86.650 - Clovis H.S., NM
86.075 - Foothill H.S., NV
84.050 - Davis H.S., UT
83.450 - Etiwanda H.S., CA
83.150 - Loveland H.S., CO
82.350 - La Cueva H.S., NM
81.500 - Westlake H.S., UT
81.400 - Clovis West H.S., CA
80.350 - Green Canyon H.S., UT

Outstanding Music Performance - American Fork H.S., UT
Outstanding Visual Performance - American Fork H.S., UT
Outstanding General Effect - American Fork H.S., UT

Prelims Results

Class A
1st - Montezuma-Cortez H.S., CO
2nd - Juan Diego Catholic H.S., UT

Outstanding Music Performance - Montezuma-Cortez H.S., CO
Outstanding Visual Performance - Juan Diego Catholic H.S., UT
Outstanding General Effect - Montezuma-Cortez H.S., CO

Class AA
1st - Loveland H.S., CO
2nd - Green Canyon H.S., UT
3rd - Covina H.S., CA

Outstanding Music Performance - Green Canyon H.S., UT
Outstanding Visual Performance - Loveland H.S., CO
Outstanding General Effect - Loveland H.S., CO

Class AAA
1st - Clovis H.S., NM
2nd - La Cueva H.S., NM
3rd - Clovis West H.S., CA

Outstanding Music Performance - Clovis H.S., NM
Outstanding Visual Performance - Clovis H.S., NM
Outstanding General Effect - La Cueva H.S., NM

Class AAAA
1st - American Fork H.S., UT
2nd - Foothill H.S., NV
3rd - Etiwanda H.S., CA

Outstanding Music Performance - American Fork H.S., UT
Outstanding Visual Performance - American Fork H.S., UT
Outstanding General Effect - American Fork H.S., UT

Saturday, November 04, 2017

San Antonio Super Regional 2017 Results

Finals Results

96.625 - Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX
95.600 - Hebron H.S., TX
95.575 - Vandegrift H.S., TX
95.375 - Avon H.S., IN
94.875 - Ronald Reagan H.S., TX
94.550 - Flower Mound H.S., TX
93.475 - Marcus H.S., TX
92.275 - Cedar Park H.S., TX
91.975 - Keller H.S., TX
90.875 - Hendrickson H.S., TX
90.700 - The Woodlands H.S., TX
89.875 - Cedar Ridge H.S., TX
89.150 - James Bowie H.S., TX
89.025 - Leander H.S., TX

Outstanding Music Performance - Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX
Outstanding Visual Performance - Avon H.S., IN
Outstanding General Effect - Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX

Prelims Results

Class A
1st - Weiss H.S., TX
2nd - The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, TX
3rd - Jourdanton H.S., TX

Outstanding Music Performance - The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, TX
Outstanding Visual Performance - Weiss H.S., TX
Outstanding General Effect - Weiss H.S., TX

Class AA
1st - Southwest H.S., TX
2nd - Hidalgo Early College H.S., TX
3rd - Tom Glenn H.S., TX

Outstanding Music Performance - Southwest H.S., TX
Outstanding Visual Performance - Southwest H.S., TX
Outstanding General Effect - Southwest H.S., TX

Class AAA
1st - Cedar Park H.S., TX
2nd - Leander H.S., TX
3rd - Clear Brook H.S., TX

Outstanding Music Performance - Leander H.S., TX
Outstanding Visual Performance - Cedar Park H.S., TX
Outstanding General Effect - Cedar Park H.S., TX

Class AAAA
1st - Hebron H.S., TX
2nd - Vandegrift H.S., TX
3rd - Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX

Outstanding Music Performance - Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX
Outstanding Visual Performance - Avon H.S., IN
Outstanding General Effect - Hebron H.S., TX

Finals Results

83.400 - West Salem H.S., OR
79.650 - Lynbrook H.S., CA
79.350 - Clovis West H.S., CA
78.750 - Central Valley H.S., WA
78.750 - Homestead H.S., CA
73.450 - Live Oak H.S., CA
72.000 - Saratoga H.S., CA
71.050 - Buchanan H.S., CA
70.100 - Rancho H.S., NV
69.550 - Amador Valley H.S., CA

Outstanding Music Performance - West Salem H.S., OR
Outstanding Visual Performance - Central Valley H.S., WA
Outstanding General Effect - West Salem H.S., OR

In the event of a tie for placement score with no penalties, the band with the higher General Effect score is awarded the higher placing.

Prelims Results

Class A
1st - The King's Academy, CA

Outstanding Music Performance - The King's Academy, CA
Outstanding Visual Performance - The King's Academy, CA
Outstanding General Effect - The King's Academy, CA

Class AA
1st - Saratoga H.S., CA
2nd - Live Oak H.S., CA

Outstanding Music Performance - Saratoga H.S., CA
Outstanding Visual Performance - Live Oak H.S., CA
Outstanding General Effect - Saratoga H.S., CA

Class AAA
1st - West Salem H.S., OR
2nd - Clovis West H.S., CA
3rd - Central Valley H.S., WA

Outstanding Music Performance - West Salem H.S., OR
Outstanding Visual Performance - West Salem H.S., OR
Outstanding General Effect - West Salem H.S., OR

Class AAAA
1st - Homestead H.S., CA
2nd - Amador Valley H.S., CA
3rd - Buchanan H.S., CA

Outstanding Music Performance - Homestead H.S., CA
Outstanding Visual Performance - Homestead H.S., CA
Outstanding General Effect - Homestead H.S., CA

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