The Music for All Blog
The Music for All Blog
Debbie Laferty Asbill
 

 

Music for All announced yesterday that the U.S. Army has partnered with Music for All (MFA)/Bands of America to educate young musicians, band directors, educators, parents and others about the unique opportunities to serve in the Army.

Saturday, September 20, members of the U.S. ARMY will be on site at the Bands of America Regional Championship at Papa John’s Stadium in Louisville. Students can participate in special U.S. Army challenges and activities created just for them at the BOA Louisville Championship. If you’re attending the event, please visit the area located at the northwest corner* of the stadium, just under the stands near the band entrance gate. See the locator map at the bottom of this page.

The U.S. ARMY Challenge area will be open throughout the event until the start of Finals, including the break between Prelims and Finals.

Be sure to visit goarmy.com to learn more about scholarships and hundreds of career opportunities available in the U.S. Army.

** Location pending, check on site for any location changes.

Louisville Army Challenge Locator

 

Past Festivals: 2017

Western Regional Concert Band Festival
University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

Saturday, March 4, 2017
Festival Contact: John Miller, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Metro East Concert Band Festival
O'Fallon Township High School, Milburn Campus
650 Milburn School Road
O'Fallon, Illinois
Monday, March 6, 2017
Festival Contact: Melissa Gustafson-Hinds, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cincinnati Regional Concert Band Festival
William Mason High School
Mason, Ohio
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Festival Contact: Micah Ewing, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Northwest Regional Concert Band Festival
Mountain View High School
Vancouver, Washington
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Festival Contact: Sam Ormson, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Southeastern Regional Concert Festival at Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Atlanta, Georgia
Orchestras: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Concert Bands: Wednesday-Thursday, March 22-23, 2017
Festival Contact: TC McConnell, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Registration Website: gsuconcertfestival.org

Louisiana Concert Band Invitational
East Bayou Baptist Church
Lafayette, Louisiana
Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25
Festival Contact: Scotty Walker, Director of Bands, Lafayette H.S., Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Southern Regional Concert Festival at Russellville Center for the Arts
Arkansas Tech University
Russellville, Arkansas
Friday, March 31 – Saturday, April 1
Festival Contact: Dan Belongia, Director of Bands, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Festival Website: http://www.atu.edu/bands/festival.php

Metropolitan Wind Band Invitational 
Roxbury High School
Roxbury, New Jersey
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Festival Contact: Todd Nichols, Director of Bands, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chicagoland Invitational Concert Band Festival
John Hersey High School
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Festival Contact: Scott Casagrande, Director of Bands, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Festival Website: herseyband.com/Fest

San Joaquin Valley Concert Band Invitational
Clovis North High School
Fresno, CA
Friday, April 21, 2017
Festival Contact: David Lesser, Director of Bands, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Past Festivals: 2016

Northwest Regional Concert Band Festival
Mountain View High School
Vancouver, Washington
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Festival Contact: Sam Ormson, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Southeastern Regional Concert Festival at Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA
Wednesday-Thursday, March 23-24, 2016
Festival Contact: TC McConnell, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Contact Festival Coordinator for Application Deadline information.

Southern Regional Concert Festival at Russellville Center for the Arts
Arkansas Tech University
Russellville, AR
Friday-Saturday, April 1-2, 2016
Festival Contact: Dan Belongia, Director of Bands, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Registration Website: http://www.atu.edu/bands/festival.php

Metropolitan Wind Band Invitational 
Roxbury High School
Roxbury, New Jersey
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Festival Contact: Todd Nichols, Director of Bands, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
March 15, 2016 Application Deadline

Louisiana Concert Band Invitational
East Bayou Baptist Church
Lafayette, LA
Friday-Saturday, April 15-16, 2016
Festival Contact: Scotty Walker, Director of Bands, Lafayette H.S., Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
December 2015 Application Deadline.

San Joaquin Valley Concert Band Invitational
Clovis North High School
Fresno, CA
Friday, April 15, 2016
Festival Contact: David Lesser, Director of Bands, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Contact Festival Coordinator for Application Deadline information.

Chicagoland Invitational Concert Band Festival
John Hersey High School
Arlington Heights, IL
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Festival Contact: Scott Casagrande, Director of Bands, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mid-November 2015 Appliation Deadline

 

Past Festivals: 2015

Southeastern Regional Concert Festival at Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA
Thursday and Friday, February 19-20, 2015
Festival Coordinator: TC McConnell

Concert Band Invitational
East Bayou Baptist Church
Lafayette, LA
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Festival Coordinator: Scotty Walker, Director of Bands, Lafayette H.S.

San Joaquin Valley Concert Band Invitational
Clovis North High School
Fresno, CA
Friday, April 17, 2015
Festival Coordinator: David Lesser, Director of Bands

Chicagoland Invitational Concert Band Festival
John Hersey High School
Arlington Heights, IL
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Festival Coordinator: Scott Casagrande, Director of Bands

Metropolitan Wind Band Invitational
Roxbury High School
Roxbury, New Jersey
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Festival Coordinator: George Wendt

 

Past Festivals: 2014

Metropolitan Wind Band Invitational 
Roxbury High School
Roxbury, New Jersey
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Festival Coordinator: Todd Nichols, Director of Bands
Music for All Festival Evaluator and Clinician:
James Keene, retired Director of Bands at University of Illinois

Chicagoland Invitational Concert Band Festival
John Hersey High School
Arlington Heights, IL
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Festival Coordinator: Scott Casagrande, Director of Bands
Music for All Festival Evaluator and Clinician:
Richard Floyd, State Director of Music at the University of Texas at Austin and Music Director of the Austin Symphonic Band

San Joaquin Valley Concert Band Invitational
Clovis North High School
Fresno, California
Friday, April 11, 2014
Festival Coordinator: David Lesser, Director of Bands
Music for All Festival Evaluator and Clinician:
Col. Arnald Gabriel, retired Commander/Conductor of the United States Air Force Band

Thursday, July 24, 2014

2015 Festival Ensembles

Congratulations to the ensembles invited to perform at the 2015 Music for All National Festival, and to their directors, students, parents, and administrators.

Featured Bands
Chiawana H.S. Wind Ensemble - Pasco, WA; Kevin Clayton
Concord-Carlisle H.S. Concert Band - Concord, MA; David Gresko
Cuthbertson H.S. Wind Ensemble - Waxhaw, NC; Todd Ebert
John P. Stevens H.S. Wind Ensemble - Edison, NJ; Andrew S. DeNicola
Lake Braddock Secondary School Symphonic Band; Burke, VA; Michael C. Luley
Lassiter H.S. Symphonic I Band - Marietta, GA; Ginny Markham
Liberty H.S. Wind Ensemble - Colorado Springs, CO; Genice Matzke
McLean H.S. Symphonic Band - McLean, VA; Chris Weise
Moanalua H.S. Symphonic Wind Ensemble - Honolulu, HI; Elden Seta
Oswego H.S. Wind Symphony - Oswego, IL; Stephanie San Roman
Palo Verde H.S. Wind Ensemble - Las Vegas, NV; David Irish
Pflugerville H.S. Wind Ensemble - Pflugerville, TX; O.D. Wilson
Seven Lakes H.S. Wind Symphony - Katy, TX; Damon Archer
Thompson H.S. Wind Ensemble - Alabaster, AL; Jon Bubbett
Wylie East H.S. Wind Symphony - Wylie, TX; Glenn Lambert

Invited Bands
Ballard H.S. Wind Ensemble - Louisville, KY; Paul Shepherd
Ben Davis H.S. Wind Symphony - Indianapolis, IN; Ken Karlin
DeLand H.S. Wind Ensemble - DeLand, FL; Daniel Cook
Lassiter H.S. Symphonic II Band - Marietta, GA; Jeff Harper
Olathe North H.S. Wind Ensemble - Olathe, KS; Justin W. Love
Windham H.S. Concert Band - Windham, NH; Jared Cassedy
Yorktown H.S. Symphonic Band - Arlington, VA; Brian Bersh

Percussion Ensembles
American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras Percussion Ensemble - Annandale, VA; Doug Wallace
Dobson H.S. Percussion Ensemble - Mesa, AZ; Joseph Anthony Goglia
Farmington Junior H.S. Percussion Ensemble - Farmington, UT; Heath Wolf
Grain Valley H.S. Percussion Ensemble - Grain Valley, MO; David Gronneberg
Lassiter H.S. Percussion Ensemble - Marietta, GA; Mike Lynch
Llano Junior H.S. Percussion Ensemble - Llano, TX; Keith Riley
McLean H.S. Percussion Ensemble - McLean, VA; Chris Weise
North Gwinnett M.S. Percussion Ensemble - Sugar Hill, GA; Travis Downs
Park City H.S. Percussion Studio - Park City, UT; Bret Hughes
Pflugerville H.S. Percussion Ensemble - Pflugerville, TX; Ryan Sirna
Yorktown H.S. Percussion Ensemble - Arlington, VA; Brian Bersh

Middle School Bands
Clay M.S. Wind Ensemble - Carmel, IN; Gretta Pote
Deerpark M.S. Band - Austin, TX; Rasheed Akande
Harpool M.S. Symphonic Band - Argyle, TX; Bryan Stone
Lamar M.S. and Fine Arts Academy Symphonic Winds - Austin, TX; James Hairston
North M.S. Symphonic Band - Radcliff, KY; Brittany Ford

Orchestra
Youth Performing Arts School Philharmonia - Louisville, KY; Daniel Whisler

Chamber Music National Festival Ensembles
Centennial H.S. String Trio, Frisco, TX
Centennial H.S. Chamber Ensemble, Frisco, TX
Franklin H.S. Winds, Nashville, TN
Penn H.S. Kingsmen Quintet, Mishawaka, IN
John Hersey H.S. Woodwind Quintet, Arlington Heights, IL
John Hersey H.S. Saxophone Quartet, Arlington Heights, IL

mfanf14eval group photo
 
Many of the evaluators, clinicians and presenters of the 2014 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, gathered for a group photo prior to the Festival Opening Session.
 
Pictured above, front row, left to right: Terry Langdon, Douglas Droste, Craig Kirchhoff, William Galvin, David Starnes, Richard Saucedo, Larry J. Livingston, Sey Ahn, Anthony Maiello.
 
Middle row, left to right: Andrea Brown, Thad Anderson, Andrew Bliss, John R. Beck, Tom Akins, Brian Miller, Scott Boerma, James Keene, Franz Krager.
 
Back row, left to right: Lori Baruth, Peter Boonshaft, H. Robert Reynolds, Caleb Chapman, Larry Williams, John Casagrande, Brian Blocker, Gary Green, Stan Schoonover, Eugene Migliaro Corporon, David Collier, Brian Worsdale, Mark Ford, Richard Floyd, Cheryl Floyd, Freddy Martin, John Pollard, Samuel Hazo, Harry Blake, David Shaffer, Gary Markham, Scott Casagrande.

Honor Band of America
Honor Orchestra of America
Jazz Band of America

We applaud you for choosing to apply for Music for All's 2016 Honor Ensembles! Use this online form to apply for the Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America or Jazz Band of America, part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, March 6-12, 2016 in Indianapolis Indiana.

Online application form: When you select your ensemble interest from the list further down the form you will see the audition recording requirements for that ensemble. Please note that details of audition requirements for the Honor Band of America will be posted soon.

If you're looking for details about the ensembles and 2016 conductors, please visit each Honor Ensemble page using the menu on the left.
 
If you are filling out the online application and not all parties are present (applicant, parent, or director) please print the below Honor Ensemble Signature Form and get all signatures required and mail the form to Music for All, 39 W. Jackson Place, Suite 150, Indianapolis, IN 46225 or fax to 317.524.6200.
 PLEASE NOTE: For your application to be processed and accepted, you must complete the online application in addition to submitting the Signature Form. 
 
 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Randall J. Gonzalez

Randy-Gonzalez 175pxwA native of Chicago, Illinois, Randy Gonzalez attended the University of Florida and completed a Bachelor’s Degree in American History at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Randy and his wife Lori moved to Kentucky in 1991 and at the University of Kentucky (UK) Randy held administrative positions in the areas of development, institutional effectiveness, strategic planning, budgeting, and student affairs. Randy earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Policy Studies while at the UK and in the fall of 2004 he was named Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Effectiveness at Lexington Community College. From 2007 to 2011 Randy served as Associate Dean for Administration and Finance at the University of Kentucky’s College of Dentistry.

Randy currently resides in Boone, North Carolina with his wife Lori and their son Clay. In the same month that the family moved to North Carolina in the fall of 2011, Clay matriculated to the University of Michigan to study trombone performance and music composition. In the fall of 2012, Randy was named the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Appalachian State University. And through volunteer community and leadership service, Randy has over the last twenty years worked in communities and with organizations to enhance and expand opportunities for children to learn, perform and enjoy music.

Thank you for visiting musicforall.org for information about the Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha.

Download the special $50 discount certificate for Indianapolis Star camp guide readers who saw our ad to save off of your MFA camp registration fee.

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Watch our camp DVD online at youtube.com/musicforalltv to see what it’s all about!

bpotb discsMusic for All is proud to be a title sponsor of "Be Part of the Band: Elementary Style," a menu of high quality tools to help band directors attract as many students as possible to their program.

Student recruitment is one of the most critical, yet often overlooked, parts of a band director's job. With limited time and dwindling resources, it's getting harder to effectively and efficiently communicate to students and parents what we already know: Band Is A Life Changing Activity!

All of the videos and documents are available on the website bepartoftheband.com, but you can also request a physical DVD/CD-ROM set. These resources are free, but there is a $10 charge for shipping/handling for a physical copy.

Please check out this fantastic program as we aim to get 350,000 kids started in band this year. Visit www.bepartoftheband.com.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Affiliate Regional Music Festivals

Music for All is proud to partner with instrumental and vocal festivals across the country to present Affiliate Regional Music Festivals.

Affiliate Regional Music Festivals are part of Music for All's ongoing support of the essential core of every music program: the concert idiom. Music for All will provide one Music for All National Festival evaluator to participate, as well as a student and teacher scholarship for each Festival to award to the Music for All Summer Symposium.

2017 and 2018 Affiliate Regional Music Festivals

Southern Invitation High School Choral Competition & Festival
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA
Thursday and Friday, October 26-27, 2017
Festival Contact: Shannon Jeffreys, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
August 1, 2017, Application Deadline

Kettering National A Cappella Festival
Kettering Fairmount High School
Kettering, OH
Friday and Saturday, November 10-11, 2017 
Festival Contact: Brody McDonald, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Application Deadline: October 6, 2017

Western Regional Concert Band Festival
University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

Friday and Saturday, March 2-3, 2018
Festival Contact: John Miller, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cincinnati Regional Concert Band Festival
William Mason High School
Mason, OH
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Festival Contact: Micah Ewing, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and learn more at www.cincinnatibandfestival.com
Application Deadline: January 15, 2018

Metro East Concert Band Festival
O'Fallon Township High School, Milburn Campus
650 Milburn School Road
O'Fallon, Illinois
Monday, March 5, 2018
Festival Contact: Melissa Gustafson-Hinds, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Pacific Coast Regional Wind Band Festival
California State University Long Beach
Friday, March 9, 2018
Festival Contact: Jermie Arnold, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Southeastern Regional Concert Festival at Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Atlanta, Georgia
Concert Bands: Wednesday-Thursday, March 21-22, 2018
Festival Contact: TC McConnell, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Registration Website: gsuconcertfestival.org
June 1, 2017 Application Deadline

Louisiana Concert Band Invitational
East Bayou Baptist Church
Lafayette, Louisiana
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Festival Contact: Scotty Walker, Director of Bands, Lafayette H.S., Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
December 2017 Application Deadline

Northwest Regional Concert Band Festival
Mountain View High School
Vancouver, Washington
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Festival Contact: Sam Ormson, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Southern Regional Concert Festival at Russellville Center for the Arts
Arkansas Tech University
Russellville, Arkansas
Tuesday-Thursday, March 27-29, 2018
Festival Contact: Dan Belongia, Director of Bands, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Festival Website: http://www.atu.edu/bands/festival.php

Chicagoland Invitational Concert Band Festival
John Hersey High School
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Festival Contact: Scott Casagrande, Director of Bands, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Festival Website: herseyband.com/Fest
Mid-November 2017 Application Deadline

San Joaquin Valley Concert Band Invitational
Clovis North High School
Fresno, CA
Friday, April 13, 2018
Festival Contact: David Lesser, Director of Bands, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Contact Festival Coordinator for Application Deadline information.

University of Kentucky "Windfest" Concert Band Festival
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Festival Contact: Cody Birdwell, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Application Deadline: Until Filled (up to 16 groups)

Metropolitan Wind Band Invitational 
Roxbury High School
Succasunna, New Jersey
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Festival Contact: Jeff Conrad, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
March 15, 2018 Application Deadline

 

See past years' Affiliate Regional Music Festivals

 

Select below all the programs, events and opportunities you're interested in and we'll provide more information about how you can be involved.
 
 
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