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Debbie Laferty Asbill
 

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.

MusicforAll SY14IndyStar adUse the links to the left to enroll online and to learn more about every division of the Music for All Summer Symposium for high school band and orchestra students, and high school and middle school band directors, percussion instructors and color guard instructors.

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.

2018 & 2019 Affiliate Regional Music Festivals

Southern Invitational Choir Festival & Competition
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA
October 18-19, 2018

Cincinnati Regional Concert Band Festival
William Mason High School
Mason, OH
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Festival Contact: Ed Protzman, 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, 2019

Western Regional Concert Band Festival
Site TBA

Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, 2019
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 4, 2019
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 8, 2019
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
Wednesday-Thursday, March 27-28, 2019
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, 2018 Application Deadline

Southern Regional Concert Festival at Russellville Center for the Arts
Arkansas Tech University
Russellville, Arkansas
March 27-29, 2019
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: www.atu.edu/bands

Metropolitan Wind Band Invitational
Roxbury High School
Succasunna, New Jersey
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Festival Contact: Jeff Conrad, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
February 1, 2019 Application Deadline

Chicagoland Invitational Concert Band Festival
John Hersey High School
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Saturday, April 6, 2019
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 2018 Application Deadline

Louisiana Concert Band Invitational
East Bayou Baptist Church
Lafayette, Louisiana
Saturday, April 6, 2019
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 2018 Application Deadline

San Joaquin Valley Concert Band Invitational
Clovis North High School
Fresno, CA
Friday, April 12, 2019
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.

Northwest Regional Concert Band Festival
Mountain View High School
Vancouver, Washington
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Festival Contact: Sam Ormson, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Festival Website: nwrcbfest.weebly.com

University of Kentucky "Windfest" Concert Band Festival
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
Saturday, April 13, 2019
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)

 

 

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.
 
 
Friday, December 13, 2013

Chamber Music National Festival

Chamber Music National Festival part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha

March 14-16, 2019, Indianapolis, IN

Made possible by the commitment and generous lead donor support of Vandoren.

2019 Music for All National Festival Application

Designed to offer new educational growth and performance opportunities for individual students and scholastic music programs, the Chamber Music National Festival will offer wind and string musicians the opportunity to perform on a national stage, experience professional coaching, and instrument specific master classes in the extraordinary, student-focused environment that is the Music for All National Festival.

The Chamber Music National Festival stands alongside Music for All’s other offerings which are designed to advance student excellence and support and advocate scholastic music and arts education.

 

What is the Chamber Music National Festival?

The Chamber Music National Festival is a non-competitive experience produced and surrounded by an atmosphere of national celebration, mutual support, and a shared commitment to excellence. There are no ratings or rankings. Participants and their directors and coaches are encouraged to reach and stretch, strive for innovation and growth, and share and develop an expanded awareness of the possibilities of chamber experiences in successful, well-rounded scholastic music programs. Participating students will experience an atmosphere of personal growth and mutual respect, all while working, performing and celebrating in an environment that is world-class, educational, and fun.

About the experience

From the Opening Ceremony to the culminating Gala Awards Banquet – convening more than 3,000 students, teachers, and parents from across the nation – you and your students will be engaged in a whirlwind of preparation, performance, growth, and celebration that includes:

  • A 20-minute performance followed by 25-minute ensemble post-performance clinic.
  • Recorded and written evaluation commentary from a panel of professionals.
  • Concerts and immersive learning opportunities with world-class professional artists.
  • Scheduled observation of concerts which ensure a knowledgeable audience.
  • Ensemble and individual instrument master classes and additional coaching opportunities.
  • Student leadership workshops.
  • Collegiate and professional audition preparation workshop.
  • Nightly concerts featuring professional chamber groups, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Honor Orchestra of America, Jazz Band of America, and Honor Band of America.
  • Social events for students and teachers and Gala Awards Banquet honoring all ensembles.
  • World-class facilities, from where you sleep to Indianapolis’ finest concert venues.

About the application and audition process

Participation will be by application and recorded audition. Wind and/or string chamber ensembles ranging from trios to a maximum of 16 members are invited to apply. Each applicant will receive written and recorded comments from the audition. Up to 15 ensembles will be accepted. Multiple ensembles from a single school may audition, with a maximum of four ensembles from a single school accepted.

The Application Fee is $100 for the first ensemble from a single school or individual, and $75 for each additional ensemble, capped at $500 for up to eight applications from a single school.

Invited chamber ensembles are obligated to stay at the Festival hotel and participate in the Festival Packages. The cost of attendance will vary depending on the per-person Festival Package selected (see Festival Package sheet for participation package costs and inclusions).

Because of the major commitment to programming and providing resources to support a complete chamber music experience, chamber ensemble musicians should not be members of ensembles accepted for the Festival’s other Featured ensembles or honor ensembles.

The Chamber Music National Festival will offer chamber ensembles a culminating performance experience that is worthy of personal and professional aspiration. Music for All National Festival stages are recognized and respected for their excellence – operationally, experientially, and educationally. Participating will provide a worthy goal that will encourage student and program growth and achievement. We invite you to be a part of this recently launched program and the tradition that is the rich history of the Music for All National Festival.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

2013 Grand National Championship Results

 

Finals Results


96.80 - The Woodlands H.S., TX
95.45 - Carmel H.S., IN
94.85 - Avon H.S., IN
93.95 - Round Rock H.S., TX
93.25 - Marcus H.S., TX
92.90 - William Mason H.S., OH
91.85 - Harrison H.S., GA
89.95 - Lawrence Central H.S., IN
89.55 - Marian Catholic H.S., IL
89.20 - L.D. Bell H.S., TX
88.90 - Cedar Ridge H.S., TX
85.95 - Ayala H.S., CA

Outstanding Music Performance - The Woodlands H.S., TX
Outstanding Visual Performance - Carmel H.S., IN
Outstanding General Effect - The Woodlands H.S., TX

 

Semi-Finals/Class Results

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

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

Class AA
1st - Marian Catholic H.S., IL
2nd - North Hardin H.S., KY
3rd - Reeths-Puffer H.S., MI

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 - Harrison H.S., GA
2nd - Franklin H.S., TN
3rd - Dobyns-Bennett H.S., TN

Outstanding Music Performance - Harrison H.S., GA
Outstanding Visual Performance - Harrison H.S., GA
Outstanding General Effect - Harrison H.S., GA

Class AAAA
1st - The Woodlands H.S., TX
2nd - Carmel H.S., IN
3rd - Avon H.S., IN

Outstanding Music Performance - Round Rock H.S., TX
Outstanding Visual Performance - Avon H.S., IN
Outstanding General Effect - The Woodlands H.S., TX

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Web site issues: Oct. 19 p.m.

We are aware and sorry to know that some of you are having issues loading musicforall.org or streaming the Live Webcast. There seem to be issues that are localized to specific areas of the country; while most are loading the site and streaming the webcasts successfully, we know that some are unable to. We are doing all we can to work with technical experts to help those having trouble, but it is possible that the issues cannot be fixed tonight. If you can login to musicforall.org and get to a video page with the "Live Chat" button, that is your fastest path to help, with support staffing that chat line. If you unable to load or login into musicforall.org at all, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a description of your issue so we can get back to you with a resolution as soon as we have more information, which may be early next week.

We apologize for the problems and share your frustration!

[Editor's note: This post of ticketing policy details is more current than any previous post on the day of the Muncie Regional.]

Bands of America is grateful that “Mother Nature” allowed completion of the entirety of the Preliminary Competition at the Muncie Regional. We were not as fortunate during Finals. Due to extreme weather conditions, Finals were cancelled before the performances commenced. By rule the preliminary results became the final results of the competition. 

The overriding ticketing policy for Music for All/Bands of America events is that tickets are “non-refundable.” Nevertheless, where extraordinary circumstances, like severe weather, cause the cancellation of all or a substantial portion of an event, Music for All has established refund polices for that event and offered full or partial refunds as appropriate.

Following are Music for All’s policies concerning ticket refunds for the Muncie Regional:

Cooperative Tickets (issued to bands) - No refund

Day-Pass - $9 refund

Adult Finals Ticket - $18 refund

Military or Senior Finals Ticket - $15 refund

Student Finals Ticket - $11 refund

Since 2013 has proven to be an extremely "weather challenged" fall and the fiscal impact on Music for All so far (from Monroeville, Austin and Muncie) has been cumulative and substantial.We request that our patrons note that the costs of these events (stadium rentals, stadium personnel, judges’ fees and other expenses, etc.) were still incurred and paid by Music for All and will negatively impact MFA and its ability to sustain support for a number of educational outreach and advocacy initiatives.  As such, we invite you to consider foregoing any refund and donate the value of the refund to Music for All. If you choose to donate your refund, Music for All can provide you with an acknowledgement of your charitable contribution for your tax records. Bands of America fall program results are the principal driver for MFA's teacher and student training initiatives and advocacy programs supporting music in our schools.

To request a refund, please send your name, address, and copy of your ticket to:

                  Music for All, Inc.

                  39 W. Jackson Place, Suite 150

                  Indianapolis, IN  46225

Alternatively, you may fax your request to 317.524.6200 or e-mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you choose to donate the value of your ticket refund, please indicate this in your request. Refund requests must be received by November 30, 2013 and will be processed by December 9, 2013.  

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding our refund policies for the Muncie Regional event, please do not hesitate to contact us at 800.848.2263.

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