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The Music for All Blog
Debbie Laferty Asbill
 

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Four years after the inception of Be Part of the Band, Be Part of the Orchestra and Be Part of the Music were launched in 2015. The newest part of the program is Stay In Music, aimed to speak to teens, their parents, and stakeholders.

Be Part of the Music is a K-12, cross-curricular band, choir, and orchestra recruitment and retention solution. There are currently 33 videos and 52 supporting documents on the site, which have been viewed in all 50 states and 10 countries. Flash drives with program resources are also available.

Stay In Music is the most recent launch. "We took the successes of our previous resources and gave them a powerful and sleek new look that’s sure to resonate with teenagers and their parents," said Scott Lang, creator of Be Part of the Music.

The Be Part of the Music project is made possible generous support of corporate partners Music for All, Yamaha Corporation of America, American String Teachers Association, Jupiter Instruments, NAfME, and St. Louis Music.

Learn more about Stay in Music.

MarinesLogo"The Commandant's Own," The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps stepped
into the New Year completing their annual Spring Tour and is excited to have
performed in exhibition at the 2016 WGI World Championships in April. The
2016 Music in Motion show, entitled "A Celebration of Heroes," is a source
of pride for the Marines and includes powerful selections from Ottorino
Respighi, Vienna Teng's moving ballad 'The Hymn of Axiom' and John Philip
Sousa's patriotic classic 'The Stars & Stripes Forever.'

The Marines continue their pursuit of musical and marching excellence,
performing more than 400 ceremonies and concerts while traveling over 40,000
miles annually. Notable performances for the ensemble include concert
series' with the New York Philharmonic, a military tattoo for the Queen of
England, a performance for the Sultan of Oman, and ceremonies for the
President of the United States and American Ambassador in Paris, France.

This year the Drum & Bugle Corps is excited to continue valued partnerships
with Drum Corps International and Winter Guard International at select
Regional and Finals events, in addition to a growing partnership with Music
for All. The Marines of "The Commandant's Own" look forward to seeing you at
upcoming performances this summer and fall and should you find yourself in
the National Capitol Region over the summer months, we invite you take in a
Tuesday Sunset Parade at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, VA or a
Friday Evening Parade at historic Marine Barracks in Washington, DC.

Semper Fidelis
"Always Faithful"

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1. Our goal is to provide a positively life-changing experience for you and your students.

2. Bands of America Championships emphasize the pursuit of performance excellence and the educational experience of participation.

3. Participation offers students the chance to be placed on the nation’s highest pedestals, alongside their peers. Bands of America’s national promotional and social media programs shine a spotlight on your program and students to be recognized by band programs nationwide.

4. You’ll receive written and recorded evaluation from the Bands of America adjudication panel of respected music educators and marching experts.

5. All bands receive a Bands of America award, all students receive a recognition package of personalized certificate and participation patch.

BONUS REASON! Sunday morning clinic for directors and staff of participating bands – meet with members of the adjudication panel for private feedback on your BOA performance. Space for these optional, add-on clinics is limited, spots offer on a first-come, first-served basis. Watch this video to hear directors and judges talked about the clinics.

See the full schedule here.

Then when you're ready to sign up, enroll online and secure your spot before the end of the school year.

Special note for Tacoma, WA Regional area bands: If considering, be sure to enroll by May 15. That is the date MFA will assess enrollment, and if minimum necessary enrollment is not met, must forfeit the stadium and cancel the Regional.

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Director of Bands, John Hersey H.S., Arlington Heights, IL
and Music for All Educational Consultant

The Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, is the most prestigious festival of its kind in the United States and it continues to improve and grow each and every year.

As a conductor that has had four ensembles perform at the National Concert Band Festival since it's inception in 1992, I can safely say that the experience changed our band program positively each time we performed. In the 24 years of the festival's existence, I have attended all but two of the festivals. Recently, it has been a privilege and honor to be a part of the National Festival and contribute to its growth and impact on scholastic music-making.

Here is "top-ten" list of reasons to consider applying to the National Festival:

10. Your application recording will receive written and recorded feedback from leaders in our profession. Regardless of whether your ensemble is accepted into the National Festival, your application recording will receive taped and written feedback from the best in our business.

9. Indianapolis "rolls out the red carpet" for participating bands. The Music for All National Festival takes over downtown Indianapolis during the week of the event. Several hotels are utilized and music students, as well as their family and friends, fill the beautiful and safe downtown area.

8. A world-class recording of your performance will be provided. Professional recording engineers and producers work tirelessly to produce beautiful keepsakes of this memorable event. The highest quality professional equipment is used to produce these items that are included in your entry fee.

7. This festival is non-competitive once you are accepted. When you arrive in Indianapolis for the National Festival, the atmosphere is immediately supportive of students, conductors and the music-making of each performing ensemble. The competition is to be accepted and that is where the competition ends. There are no ratings or rankings.

6. Master classes with the best performers in the United States are a highlight of the festival. Every student participating in the festival will receive a master class from a world-class performer on their instrument with all of the other students that play their instrument in the festival.

5. All of the performance spaces are world class. Clowes Memorial Hall, Schrott Performing Arts Center, Hilbert Circle Theatre, Warren Center for the Performing Arts, and the Glick Indiana History Center are acoustically wonderful and beautiful spaces for the ensembles that perform.

4. The Opening Session and the Closing Gala Banquet are events that your students will never forget. Sharing the National Festival experience with the best scholastic performing ensembles in the United States will instill a sense of pride and confidence in your students like no other event. All students and directors in the festival, as well as the evaluators and clinicians, come together in one enormous banquet hall for these two events and the energy created in this room is palpable.

3. All of the ensemble evaluators and clinicians are the absolute best in our business. The panel of conductors and educators that contribute to this event are a veritable "who's who" of the music world. They are carefully chosen for their expertise and ability to connect with students and conductors. They travel from all over the United States to be a part of this event. The list of past clinicians and evaluators are indicated on the application.

2. This festival is all about your STUDENTS. The National Festival is 100% focused on creating an environment that inspires your students to love the art of music and to continue music-making when they leave your program. This is not a convention of band directors, orchestra directors, percussionists, etc. It's not a theme-park trip either. This is an event totally devoted and focused on student growth and the development of musical maturity. A secondary (and VERY important) focus of the festival is the growth of directors/conductors through the one-on-one mentoring session following your performance, the Meet the Masters dinner, director social events, and many other opportunities.

1. Your journey to perform the greatest music written will create a musically artistic experience like no other. That's what this festival is about. Enabling your students to create an amazing artistic performance that they will remember for a lifetime with other like-minded students and directors in a nurturing and supportive environment. There is no other event like this in the United States.

If you are interested, go here for more information and the application.

The application deadline for the 2017 Music for All National Festival is June 6, 2016.

We hope that you are interested in becoming a part of the living legacy of the Music for All National Festival.

Feel free to call the Music for All office with any questions regarding this application or event at 800.848.2263.

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Music for All is thrilled to share exciting staffing news for three Director-level positions.

Cam Stasa, Bands of America Hall of Fame member who served BOA and Music for All on staff from 1989 to 2010, will return to Music for All as Director of Participant Relations and Special Projects, effective mid-May, 2016. Stasa most recently served as Associate Director of Admissions at Vandercook College of Music in Chicago.


Laura Blake has been promoted to Director of Events, having served as Events Manager since 2013. Blake has been with Music for All in the Indianapolis office since 2005.

Ashlee Walls has been promoted to Director of Advancement and will oversee sponsorships and partnerships, as well as fund development. Walls joined the Music for All staff as Corporate Relations Manager in October 2014.

Music for All will publish a press release soon with more details. Please join us in congratulating these Music for All team members.

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Registration is now live for the Festival Directors’ Academy at the 2016 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, March 10-12, in Indianapolis.

Read on for more details, or, if you're ready, you can register now.

This incredible opportunity for current and future music educators offers connection with iconic music educators, and observation of many of the nation’s most outstanding concert ensembles. Directors will have small-group instruction with:

Gary Green
Gary Hill
James Keene
H. Robert Reynolds
Scott Weiss

…as well as networking time with Festival evaluators and performing ensemble directors during special sessions and social events.

You’ll find the link to register today, plus a reminder of the details of this new program and the incredible roster of presenters, on the Festival Directors’ Academy page. The deadline to register is February 15, 2016.

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Music for All National Festival, and the inaugural Festival Directors’ Academy. We hope to see you there! If you have further questions, please call Music for All's Education department staff at 800.848.2263.

Music for All is diligently working to secure the proper license agreements before we can Live Webcast from St. Louis October 16-17, and before we can start taking orders for Live Webcasts.

As of 11:00 a.m. ET Friday we have not yet received the required authorization and cannot yet begin taking orders.

To our guests who are waiting to order and watch the Live Webcast, we understand your frustration. We are working on it continuously and are hopeful we will be able to launch the Live Webcast today as anticipated, but at this time, we do not have word on when we will be able to begin accepting orders, nor if authorization will be received in time to being streaming by the start of today's preliminary performances.

As soon as ordering is live, we will announce on Facebook, Twitter, and musicforall.org with a link.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Powder Springs Finals Cancelled

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.

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.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

McAllen Prelims Resuming at 7:45 p.m.

Prelims performance for the last six bands will resume at 7:45 p.m. this evening at the Bands of America Regional in McAllen. Our hope is to get all six bands' prelims performances in this evening, weather permitting.

The order of performance for the final six bands, starting at 7:45 p.m. are:

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Southwest H.S., TX
Roma H.S., TX
Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX
Nikki Rowe H.S., TX
Edinburg H.S., TX
Sandra Day O'Connor H.S., TX

Followed by an awards ceremony.

Music for All puts the safety of the students and audience first. We will proceed with the final six performance as weather permits.

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