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Debbie Laferty Asbill
 

 

Here are details on the Visitation and Celebration Services for Tommy Smith of Houston, Texas, beloved Bands of America volunteer.

Visitation Service :
Monday Dec. 5 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. 
Settegast-Kopf Funeral Home
15015 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land TX 77478

Celebration Service:
Tuesday Dec. 6
12 p.m.-1 p.m. Visitation
1 p.m. Celebration Service

Living Word Lutheran Church
3700 South Mason Road
Katy, TX 77450

Reception to follow.

From the family: In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the programs that were most important to Tommy:

Bands Of America
Houston Golf Association
First Tee of Houston
The ARC of Fort Bend County
Carolina Crown
Houston Rodeo Association
Wakeland High School Band

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 Tommy Smith, back row, left, with some of his fellow 2016 Bands of America Grand National Volunteers.

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Band people often talk about their “band family.” In the days following the 2016 Bands of America Grand Nationals it became clear that “family” extends beyond one’s own band and school to all of us who are alumni, band parents, and boosters.

Just hours after Sophie Rinehart’s standout feature performance with the Castle Marching Knights of Newburgh, Indiana in their first BOA Grand Nationals Finals appearance, her life was taken in a tragic car crash, along with her father and grandmother. Her older sister was injured.

Sophie’s vocal solo and flute duet during Castle’s 2016 show had moved audiences all fall. Grand Nationals was no exception. It seemed everyone, from the 100 participating bands and their supporters to those watching online and fans in the stands, was talking about “the singer with Castle.”

When news spread online Sunday that Sophie had passed away just hours after her Finals performance and celebrating Castle’s 10th place accomplishment with her fellow band members, the band world expressed its shock and sadness.

Condolences began pouring in from band parents, students, teachers, and fans from the Grand National bands and fans from across the country and around the world. Sophie’s vocal solo performance was of Sara Bareilles’ Gravity; Sara herself sent an email offering condolences to the Castle band.

Personally, after sharing the sad news and Music for All staff’s own sadness on the Bands of America Facebook page on Sunday, I was riveted to my computer screen the rest of that evening, finding some small comfort in the thousands of shares and comments from band programs nationwide. #weareallcastle became a way to share the pain and honor Sophie, her family, the Castle band, and the Newburgh community.

Bands of America interviewed many band directors and students during Grand Nationals. When we asked Castle band director Tom Dean to select a student representative for us to interview, he brought Sophie to the set. To honor her memory, and share her special gifts with the world, we are offering this video with portions of that interview and her final performance.

Special thanks to Tresona Multimedia for helping us to secure the rights to allow us to include a portion of the performance, and to Hansen Multimedia for donating the production of this video.

We remember Sophie and her unforgettable performance in Lucas Oil Stadium.

#weareallcastle

Adapted to an indoor performance and clinic experience

Due to extreme weather conditions from Typhoon Songda, the Bands of America Regional Championship at Hillsboro on Saturday, October 15 has been adapted to an immersion experience indoors, where bands will perform for each other, receive independent clinics with all judges, and enjoy a Bands of America Leadership Experience with John Pollard and Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser.

The event will be held inside at:

Prairie High School
11311 NE 119th St.
Vancouver, Washington

The Eastside Catholic H.S. and Mead H.S. Marching Bands will present standstill performances of their shows and participate in an immersive clinic and leadership experience.

Parents and fans are welcome to attend the performances and observe the clinics. Spectators will be admitted free of charge - first-come, first-served - on a “space available” basis. Bands of America’s Official Merchandise Company, PepWear, will be onsite with commemorative souvenirs.

Schedule:

11:30 AM - Doors Open

12:00 PM - Eastside Catholic H.S. Marching Band, WA
12:30-1:30 PM - Clinic

2:45 PM - Mead H.S. Marching Band, WA
3:15-4:15 PM - Clinic

Awards Ceremony

4:30-5:30 PM - The Bands of America Leadership Experience with John Pollard and Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

Other bands scheduled to perform were unable to attend due to disallowed school travel, due to the extreme weather.

There will be no live stream of this indoor event.

Music for All thanks Barbara Kujava and Prairie High School for their cooperation and help to move the event. Thanks also to the bands, teachers, staff, parents, and boosters of the bands enrolled in the Bands of America Regional at Hillsboro for their support.

Music pumps us up, and winds us down.
It’s the rhythm we set as we plod through a hard run,
And the tinkling laughter of our loved ones.

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Whether your students aspire to a musical career, or they simply love music and the camaraderie it brings, Ball State University has what they need.

Music for All is proud to have Ball State University as a Corporate Sponsor, and host of our Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha, each June.

Consider the 65-member Ball State Symphony Orchestra, which routinely sends members to play with the local, professional Muncie Symphony Orchestra. Or if your students prefer a raucous route, the “Pride of Mid-America” Marching Band and Ball State Basketball Band are among beloved options that will get their blood pumping.

Students can audition for a spot with the Ball State University Singers, Indiana’s Official Goodwill Ambassadors, so named by the Indiana General Assembly. Or join the Statesmen or Women’s Chorus, open to any singer, no audition required.

In all, there are more than a dozen performance groups for Ball State students.

For students who see a career in music as their life’s chosen path, the School of Music offers five majors and eight minors for undergraduates, plus two master’s degrees, a doctor of arts, and an artist diploma. Bachelor’s degree programs require auditions, in addition to applying to the university. Students have until January 6, 2017, to reserve an audition and can find guidelines at bsu.edu/music/auditions.

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

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

Monday, September 19, 2016

Music Education: It's a Win-Win-Win

Music education is a win-win-win: for students, teachers, and system. If you believe that all students deserve to have access and opportunity to active music-making in his or her scholastic environment, then watch this short animated video to hear more about the many benefits of music education.

Presentation References

Music for All thanks to Dr. Jeremy L. Earnhart, Director of Fine Arts, Arlington I.S.D. Arlington, Texas for permission to use portions of his research and presentations.

BroaderMinded.com and National Association for Music Education, www.nafme.org.

Benham, J. L. (2011). Music Advocacy. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education.

Jensen, E. (2001). Arts With the Brain in Mind. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Jensen, E. (2009). Teaching With Poverty in Mind. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Kraus N., Slater J., Thompson E., Hornickel J., Strait D., Nicol T., & White-Schwoch T. (2014). Music enrichment programs improve the neural encoding of speech in at risk children. Journal of Neuroscience. 34(36): 11913-11918.

Pink, D. H. (2006). A Whole New Mind. New York: Riverhead Books

Pink, D. H. (2010). Drive. New York: Riverhead Books

Pink, D. H. (2012). To Sell is Human. New York: Riverhead Books.

Robinson, K. (2009). The Element. New York: Penguin Group.

Texas Music Educators Association. (2013). Students enrolled in fine arts courses score higher on the SAT than those with no fine arts coursework [Data file]. Accessed October 9, 2014, from Texas Music Educators Association Web site: http://www.tmea.org/assets/pdf/National_SAT_Score_Comparison.pdf

Texas Music Educators Association. (July 25, 2014). Fine arts participation data [PowerPoint presentation]. Available July 25, 2014, tmea.org Web site: http://www.tmea.org/ resources/advocacy/materials

White-Schwoch, T., Carr, K., Anderson, S., Strait, D. L., & Kraus, N. (2013). Older Adults Benefit from Music Training Early in Life: Biological Evidence for Long-Term Training-Driven Plasticity. Journal of Neuroscience, 33(45), 17667-17674.

Lyons, L. (2003). Americans want music students to play on [Online article]. Retrieved from the Gallup Organization website: http://www.gallup.com/poll/8434/Americans-Want-Music-Students-Play.aspx

Harris Poll. (2007, November 12). Those with more education and higher household incomes are more likely to have had music education [Press release]. Retrieved from harrisinteractive.com website: http://www.harrisinteractive.com/vault/Harris-Interactive-Poll-Research-Music-Education-2007-11.pdf

Harris Poll. (2014, July 24). The Glee Effect? More Americans Say Music Education Prepares People for Their Careers and Problem Solving Than in 2007 [Press release]. Retrieved from harrisinteractive.com Web site: http://www.harrisinteractive.com/vault/Harris%20Poll%2072%20-%20Music%20education_7.24.2014.pdf

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Music for All is proud to announce its partnership with FloSports and the launch of FloMarching, a new site dedicated to covering the world of competitive marching bands and the marching arts.

Beginning this fall, FloMarching will live stream all 21 Bands of America marching band championships, including all Regionals, Super Regionals, and Grand Nationals, America’s the largest and most prestigious national high school marching band event. In addition to live streaming and event coverage, FloMarching will produce an educational series designed to enhance and compliment Music for All's educational programming.

The live streams will be available to FloPRO monthly or yearly subscribers.

"We are delighted to partner with FloSports, a leader in live sports production and storytelling, to further our vision of affording every child across America the access and opportunity to engage in active music-making in an educational environment,” Music for All President and CEO Eric Martin said. “This endeavor combines Music for All's decades-long leading-position in school music education and performance opportunities with FloSports' pioneering approach in media. Our partnership will allow us to tell our participants’ stories and expand our vision to a vastly larger and broader audience.”

“We’re proud to launch FloMarching and announce our partnership with an outstanding organization in Music for All,” FloSports co-founder and CEO Martin Floreani said. “There's a massive, passionate community that already exists here. We’re excited to help grow their sport and feed their passion with a level of coverage that’s simply unprecedented in marching arts.”

In addition to its event coverage, FloMarching will produce original documentaries on the marching arts elite ensembles, designers, educators and performers, as well as technique videos from expert instrumentalists and marching instructors.

VFEditorialMFA 72dpiMusic education surely is a demanding career. Do we need any obstacles to make it harder? How about if I told you that there is significant data and articles supporting the argument that marching band causes hearing loss? Does that seem too strong of a claim? The fact is, those claims are being made and that really is something we all ought to be seriously concerned about!

As musicians, there may not be anything more important than our hearing. At Vic Firth we have long believed that hearing protection is of crucial importance to musicians of all ages and disciplines. We have a responsibility to the musicians we serve – whether they are behind a drum set, on a football field, or in a concert hall.

Expanding upon our highly successful line of isolation headphones, we have now designed new High-Fidelity Earplugs in collaboration with Etymotic Research; some of the brightest minds in the field of professional hearing protection. With the portability of this product, it is very easy to use for all participants in marching band, drum corps and indoor marching percussion to practice and perform, safely. With such a product, we are able to better promote the importance of hearing protection among young musicians and music educators.

Learn more at vicfirth.com.

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"The VAE Rehearsal System is outstanding – my students can actually experience playing in a performance environment: maintaining rhythm, tuning and pitch across the band," explains Joel Ashbrook, Band Director at Central High School in San Angelo, Texas.

Ashbrook chooses different acoustic settings to work on improving balance and precision with his students. He believes the VAE technology is a great teaching tool.

Before Central's band room was renovated, Ashbrook found it challenging to instruct students effectively about attacks, releases and articulation. Like most school rehearsal rooms, Central's was acoustically dry, lacking any resonance or ambiance. The VAE Technology now provides alternatives.

"If I know our marching band is playing at a large football stadium, I'll select the sports arena setting," Ashbrook states. "It improves precision, balance and blend issues, such as from the percussion battery to the upper brass."

The custom setting enables Ashbrook's groups to play every day in a hall that sounds like the stage they'll compete on. "That can't help but give us an advantage," he notes.

Ashbrook considers the VAE technology's record-playback function extremely beneficial to learning. "It's been an eye-opener for my students. I might explain something a thousand times, but hearing it makes the light bulb go on.

"The VAE Rehearsal System really helps my day-to-day teaching," explains Ashbrook. "Initially I thought the system was just a way to show students how they would sound onstage. But as soon as I was given a demo, I realized how I could use it as a teaching tool."

Visit Wenger at wengercorp.com.

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Yamaha is pleased to announce the sale of a custom drumline to the public. Drumlines used by The Colts, The Cavaliers, USC, and Infinity Percussion are all available now. The colors, sizes and series will vary and are listed below.
Yamaha goes to great lengths to ensure that all drumlines receive a thorough cleaning, inspection and repair. Refurbishment includes, and is not limited to, the following:

  • Cleaning of drum shells
  • Cleaning of the drum hardware
  • Replacement missing, broken or damaged hardware
  • Replacement of all drumheads

Drumline Details

Purple Sparkle Fade - (9) 9200 Series snares drums, (5) Sets of 8200 Series multi-toms (680234), (5) 8200 Series bass drums (sizes - 16,18,20,24,28).

White Sparkle - (9) 9200 Series snares, (5) 8200 Series multi-toms (60234), (6) 8200 Series bass drums (sizes - 16,18,20,24,28,32). This set was used by The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps.

Natural Gloss - (10) 9200 Series snares, (4) 8200 Series multi-toms (680234), (6) 8200 Series bass drums (sizes - 18,20,24,28,30,32). This set was used by The Colts Drum & Bugle Corps.

Cherry Wood Custom Finish - (9) 9200 Series snares, (6) 8200 Series multi-toms (68024), (10) 8200 Series bass drums (sizes - 18,20,22,24,26,28,30,32).

For additional information on how to obtain a price, go here or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The United Sound National Ensemble, comprised of 98 students from across the U.S. who are involved in their school's United Sound program, performed at the 25th Annual Music for All National Festival during the Honor Band of America concert on March 12 in Indianapolis.

video unitedsound thumbMusic for All is a proud sponsor of United Sound. United Sound operates as a mentorship program that pairs New Musicians (those with special needs) with Peer Mentors to learn to play an instrument of their choice and perform together in concert once a semester. The organization is also dedicated to providing educators with the tools for creating their own United Sound ensembles through training, support, and organizational resources.

The United Sound National Ensemble performed the world premiere of Richard Saucedo's new composition, "A Celebration for My Three Best Friends," commissioned in honor of the ensemble and their first performance at the Music for All National Festival.

"The opportunity for United Sound students to perform on the national stage with some of our country's finest music educators and student musicians is truly an honor, " said United Sound Founder and Executive Director, Julie Duty. "As we work together to include all children in music, we believe that performances like this are the first step in truly making music for all. "

"Music for All was thrilled to include this ensemble on the National Festival stage," said James Stephens, Director of Advocacy and Educational Resources. "It was an incredible and memorable experience for performance and audience members alike."

Music for All is a proud sponsor of United Sound.

Watch the video feature on the United Sound National Ensemble from the Music for All National Festival.

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