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Kristin Conrad
Monday, March 19, 2012

Chuck Henson

2012 hensonChuck Henson is recognized by hundreds of thousands of band members and fans as the “Voice” of Bands of America Championships, for which he has been announcing since 1987. His introduction to Bands of America began in 1984 as a color guard clinician at Music for All’s Summer Symposium. Chuck has also served on Music for All’s communications and sponsorship staff.

Today, Chuck is the Traffic and Transportation Reporter for Bay News 9 television in St. Petersburg, Florida. Considered an expert in his field, he has been reporting traffic and transportation in major metropolitan areas for 18 years, including in Chicago, Miami, Orlando and the Tampa Bay area. Originally from Florence, Kentucky, Chuck is an alumnus of the Boone County High School Band and the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism, and he has been recognized by the State of Kentucky as a “Kentucky Colonel.”

Chuck believes MFA and BOA are much more than the programs they provide – more than the certificates, awards and trophies.  All one need do is look into the eyes of the participants and families to see their joy.

As Chuck puts it:  “I believe who I am today is a direct result of my involvement in music and music education. Music for All embodies everything I find to be positive and uplifting in my life, and my desire for, and achievement of, excellence.”

Monday, March 19, 2012

Chuck Campbell

2012 campbellChuck Campbell’s first experience with Bands of America was also his last performance as the director of the George Rogers Clark High School band of Winchester, Kentucky in 1978 at the Summer National Championship. Chuck then entered the business world until his return to teaching in 1990 with the North Hardin High School band in Radcliff, Kentucky. The North Hardin Band received both the Sudler Shield and Flag of Honor from the John Philip Sousa Foundation. Both the George Rogers Clark and North Hardin Bands performed at the renowned Midwest Clinic under his direction.

Chuck was involved with Music for All as a clinician, a host at the National Festival and as a member of Bands of America’s advisory committee. His North Hardin marching band performed at many BOA Regional and Grand National Championships and was a Regional Champion. Although Chuck became known early in his career for his marching bands, his first love was concert music. The Music for All National Festival provided the perfect venue for Chuck’s desire to create life-changing experiences for students and directors. Under his direction, the North Hardin concert band and percussion ensemble were invited to perform at the National Concert Band Festival twice. In 2006, Chuck retired after 31 years as a public school band director.

Even though Chuck is no longer with us in body, his spirit, his laughter, and his ability to make an individual feel special remain. When he was diagnosed in April 2011 with pancreatic cancer, he expressed to his wife Judy that he had no bucket list and no regrets. The legacy of Chuck Campbell will always be with us – his passion, integrity and dedication to his students; his belief in life-long learning; his high expectations of his students; and the belief that everyone can achieve “The Impossible Dream” if one reaches for the stars.

jazz tromboneIt's the last day of the 2012 Music for All National Festival, and it's been a busy day of National Concert Band Festival concerts, Middle School National Music Festival concerts, master classes and rehearsals. We enjoyed listening to the Jazz Band of America concert and the Honor Orchestra of America concert last night. The students sounded great!

Tonight, participants will enjoy a very special High School and Middle School Gala Awards Banquet in the Grand Ballroom at the JW Marriott. Festival participants will enjoy a formal dinner. They'll also listen to guest speakers, and there will be special award presentations to students and ensembles. 

Tonight's Gala Awards Banquet will also feature a very special presentation. Four individuals will be inducted into Music for All’s Bands of America (BOA) Hall of Fame tonight. The 2012 inductees are Charles “Chuck” Campbell, Chuck Henson, and Stu and Sharon Holzer.

The Bands of America Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have greatly impacted Bands of America, which is a program of Music for All, as well as the nation’s band activity and music education. Hall of Fame members are recognized permanently in the Bands of America “Hall of Fame” in Music for All’s corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. Congratulations to all inductees!

The Honor Orchestra of America's second performance will take place tonight at Hilbert Circle Theatre at 7:00 p.m. And, the Honor Band of America will perform tonight at 8:00 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall. The Honor Band will be conducted by Col. Lowell Graham, Chairman of the Music Department at the University of Texas at El Paso. He has held numerous conducting positions, including that of the Commander and Conductor of the United States Air Force's premier musical organization in Washington, DC. The Honor Band will perform Overture to "Colas Breugnon" by Dmitri Kabalevsky, The Warriors by Percy Aldridge Grainger, Brooke's Chicago Marine Band March by Roland F. Seitz, Symphony on Themes of John Philip Sousa - II. after "The Thunderer" by Ira Hearshen, and Overture in Five Flat by Julie Giroux. 

We've enjoyed a great week and weekend of wonderful music making! We hope you enjoy this evening's concerts.

saxophone mcIt's a beautiful day in Indianapolis, and we've enjoyed more wonderful music at the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival Concerts started this morning at 8:00 a.m. at Warren Performing Arts Center, and the final performance today is at 4:30 p.m. Simultaneously in Clowes Memorial Hall, National Concert Band Festival Concerts and Middle School National Music Festival Concerts are taking place. 

Students have also been participating in master classes today at the JW Marriott Hotel. You can view some photos from these master class sessions here. We'll be posting additional photos of the week and weekend events on our Music for All Facebook page.

This evening, two of the Honor ensembles have the opportunity to showcase all their hard work. We have two Honor ensemble concerts this evening. The Honor Orchestra of America performs at 7:00 p.m. tonight in a shared concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at Hilbert Circle Theatre. Larry Livingston will be conducting the Honor Orchestra in this evening's concert. Mr. Livingston is conductor of the Thornton Orchestras at the University of Southern California. If you can't make the Honor Orchestra concert this evening, they will also be performing tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. at Hilbert Circle Theatre.

The Jazz Band of America also performs this evening at 8:30 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall. Grammy-winning bassist/composer/conductor John Clayton will conduct the ensemble. John Clayton's talents are consistently requested by the movers and shakers in the jazz industry, such as Quincy Jones and Tommy Lipuma. As a testament to his immense talent and broad-ranging appeal, Mr. Clayton served as the Artistic Director of Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1999 through 2001.

We hope to see you this evening at the Honor Orchestra of America and Jazz Band of America concerts! And tomorrow night, we hope to see you at the Honor Orchestra of America or Honor Band of America concerts. However, if you can't be there in person, the Jazz Band of America concert will be webcast live on tonight. Learn more here. Tonight's Honor Orchestra concert will not be webcast live, but Saturday evening's Honor Orchestra and Honor Band of America concerts will be webcast live.

facebook photoIt’s been a busy but great day at the 2012 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha.

The High School and Middle School Opening Sessions offered participants the opportunity to gather as a group and listen to some truly inspiring speakers. Students, parents and directors had the opportunity to listen to Music for All President and CEO Eric Martin, Music for All Senior Educational Consultant Gary Markham and Music for All Educational Consultant David Starnes.

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser presented sessions to participants at both the High School and Middle School socials. Dr. Lautzenheiser is a well-known name in the music education world as a teacher, clinician, author, composer, consultant, adjudicator, and, above all, a trusted friend to anyone interested in working with young people in developing a desire for excellence.

This evening, participants are attending social events at the High School Social, Middle School Social, or the Directors’ Social. Tomorrow is another busy day with Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival concerts at Warren Performing Arts Center, National Concert Band Festival concerts at Clowes Memorial Hall, Honor ensemble rehearsals, and master classes. And, the Jazz Band of America concert and Honor Orchestra of America concerts are tomorrow evening as well. We’re ready for another day of fantastic music making!

If you can’t be here in person, you can still enjoy some of the most outstanding concert bands in America, Webcast live on All concert band performances will be Webcast Live and available after the event as Video on Demand, including the Honor Ensembles. Percussion Ensemble performances will not be Webcast Live but will also be available as Video on Demand, post-event. Learn more here.

Also, keep up with Festival happenings by viewing photos on our Music for All Facebook page.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

MFA National Festival is under way

lowbrass hooa smallThe Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha is under way, and we've heard plenty of wonderful music already. The Honor ensemble students have been participating in rehearsals and sectionals at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis since Wednesday morning, and they continued bright and early this morning. 

Invited ensembles started arriving yesterday, and they will continue to arrive throughout the day today prior to the high school and middle school opening sessions this afternoon. The High School Opening Session begins today at 1:00 p.m., and the Middle School Opening Session is at 4:00 p.m. It's always exciting to see all festival participants gathered together in one place for this opening event. 

We'll also have a special session for Parents today at 2:45 p.m. to talk about their important role and what they can expect for their students throughout the week. 

This evening, National Concert Band Festival Concerts begin at Clowes Memorial Hall starting at 5:00 p.m. 

We're thrilled to have so many talented student musicians on site, and we look forward to the wonderful music we'll be hearing the rest of this week and weekend!

Articles and Stories

Beechwood Student Represents Kentuckyin Music for All's 2012 Honor Band of America Contributed by Beechwood Independent School District, (4/10/12)

2 MHS Seniors represent Ohio in 2012 Honor Band of America Contributed by Mason City Schools, (3/21/12) 

Review: 2012 Music for All National Festival Honor Ensemble Concerts by Michael Boo

Mason overcomes nerves, performs in national ensemble (Page 19 and Page 28) by Ettie Newlands, Carolina Forest Chronicle (3/22/12)

Steele student selected for national Honor Band by David DeKunder, San Antonio Express-News (3/13/12)

Keith student selected to play in national ensemble Staff Report, The Rock River Times (3/13/12)

Jefferson High School student to represent Iowa in National honor band Eastern Iowa Schools (3/13/12)

Carolina Spotlight: Honor Band of America by Mallory Nicholls, powered by WPDE News Channel 15 (3/12/12)

Local Students to Represent Indiana in Music for All's 2012 Honor Band of America by Jaylan Kavanaugh of Jeffersonville High School (3/12/12)

Kell Percussion Ensemble Heads to Indy Northeast Cobb Patch (3/11/12)

Music for All picks six Fayette County Public Schools students for 2012 honor ensembles (3/7/12)

CFHS student to represent state in honor band WMBF News (3/2/12)

2012 Bands of America Hall of Fame Announced School Band and Orchestra Magazine (2/15/12)

John Clayton Named Composer for 2012 Jazz Band of America by Cathy Passeri, JazzTimes (11/5/11)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Garrett Scharton


Garrett D. Scharton is Vice President of Business Development of PepWear, headquartered in Dallas, TX. Mr. Scharton is a graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington, where he studied Music Performance and Political Science. After a stint in politics and government affairs, Mr. Scharton spent four years as an Analyst for Indianapolis-based Centaur, Inc., then went on to successfully acquire, grow and sell a transportation/logistics company and a Marcellus shale investment.
Mr. Scharton is a four year alumnus of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, where he received the Zildjian Award for Excellence, and dedicates his free time to music education at Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps and other successful music performance programs.

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Super Bowl week in Indianapolis, Indiana was an exciting time for the Music for All (MFA) staff. The MFA office is headquartered in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, placing staff just a block away from the Super Bowl festivities. Music for All is proud to be headquartered in Indianapolis, alongside our partners Drum Corps International and the Percussive Arts Society.

Indianapolis is no stranger to national and world championships. Lucas Oil Stadium has hosted many championship events, including MFA’s Bands of America Grand National Championships and Indianapolis Super Regional Championship as well as several other musical events, including the Indiana State Marching Band Finals and the Drum Corps International World Championships. Lucas Oil Stadium is the only professional stadium designed specifically with marching performance events, like Grand National Championships and DCI’s World Championships, in mind.

Music for All staff are always looking for ways to improve our patrons’ experience at events, and with an event as large and complex as the Super Bowl right in town, the opportunities for brainstorming and idea gathering were endless.

Music for All staff members not only observed Super Bowl festivities, but a couple had the chance to experience the Super Bowl from a behind-the-scenes, volunteer perspective. We're proud of our own staff volunteers. Music for All's own Natalie Mince and Laura Blake were official volunteers during the event.

Natalie Mince, Music for All’s Director of Events, was a member of the Super Bowl Equipment, Logistics and Warehousing Committee, a committee she has been involved with since January 2011. The purpose of this committee was to determine the need for storage and warehousing facilities for the large number of items being brought into town for the Super Bowl. This committee did not have responsibilities on site, but Mince wanted to be actively involved in the Super Bowl events so she also became a “Fans First” Supervisor.

“Fans First” was a new program implemented by the NFL, and the Super Bowl in Indianapolis was the pilot event for this program. Mince says “Fans First” volunteers were stationed on busy streets downtown and surrounding the Stadium to help answer questions, direct guests to the appropriate gates and keep an eye on crowd levels. As a Supervisor, Mince managed a team of volunteers and was in communication with a manager stationed inside the Stadium, to ensure things outside the building were running smoothly.

“I really enjoyed being a part of an event that showcased the entire city, not just the event itself,” Mince says. “The Host Committee did a fantastic job of building excitement for the local crowd in addition to the visitors. Seeing the Super Bowl transform our entire city was exciting, and the wide-range of activities was really phenomenal.”  

Through her volunteer experience, Mince had a chance to interact with both the local community and out-of-town visitors as they experienced the event.

“Downtown felt alive, and the number of locals who visited the Super Bowl Village and other downtown activities prior to most of the visitors arriving to Indianapolis was really amazing,” Mince says. “There was a sense of pride in our community, and everyone I spoke with was so happy and complimentary of Indianapolis. I enjoyed just being a part of the Super Bowl experience, and having a hand in contributing to something on such a large scale.”

As Director of Events for Music for All, Mince was also observing and thinking about the Super Bowl from an event production and volunteer coordination perspective. She was impressed with the use of technology in order to keep volunteers informed throughout their shifts. Mince received multiple text messages throughout the weekend alerting her of the weather, road closures, crowd sizes in Super Bowl Village and other important tips. Visitors could also sign up for text message alerts as well.

“The texts were very helpful and allowed me to be ‘in the know’ even when I was not on shift,” Mince says.

Mince also observed the Host Committee very closely; studying their processes and thinking about ways MFA could improve its volunteer management program.

“I thought the Host Committee did an excellent job of making tweaks throughout the week to improve the visitor experience,” Mince says. “When Friday was jam packed in Super Bowl Village, changes were quickly implemented on Saturday to improve foot traffic and prevent bottlenecking. The Super Service online training that was required by every volunteer was a really great tool that got everyone on the same page about basic customer service and extending Hoosier Hospitality to everyone we come in contact with. The fact that 8,000+ people were trained in customer service prior to an event was pretty impressive.”

Mince also took away ideas about volunteer uniforms and other volunteer perks, the usage of signage and banners, and ways to use Georgia Street as an auxiliary event area during Music for All events.

Laura Blake, Music for All’s Senior Event Coordinator, volunteered as well and worked Low and Medium Intensity volunteer positions at the NFL Experience at the Indiana Convention Center. Low Intensity work involved having patrons sign liability waivers and giving them wristbands that allowed them to play games. Blake also answered patrons’ questions. 

“Medium Intensity was amazing!” Blake says. “I worked in the kid zone area. I worked a game where kids could hike or throw a ball through NFL player cut outs. I've never been so tired and had so much fun…watching tiny kids throw the ball and get so excited when they made it!” 

Similar to Mince, Blake was very impressed with the production and volunteer coordination aspects she witnessed while volunteering. She felt volunteer uniform and credential pick up were exceptionally smooth.

“Thousands of people were coming through, and they had minor snags, but the stations they had made sense,” Blake says. “I enjoyed the daily newsletter, which I thought was a unique thing that sort of helped keep the event on your mind even if you weren't working that day.” 

Blake was impressed with the online volunteer training, the perks provided to volunteers and the logistics on site. She also gained ideas that apply well to her work at Music for All.

“Getting to see a world class event in our city was amazing. It also made me feel good about what we do. We aren't so far off the mark with our [MFA’s] volunteer program,” Blake says. “I learned a lot and had a great time.”

 “I am really honored to have been a part of the Super Bowl, and I'm so proud of Indianapolis and the Host Committee,” Mince says.

MFANF11programbook roundedMusic for All is offering space in our Music for All National Festival keepsake program book for you to honor your student, ensemble or director! It’s a great way to acknowledge the dedication, passion and experience of participation in Music for All programs while supporting Music for All’s annual fund.
Ideas for Celebration:

• Honor your student, ensemble or director.
• Congratulate a senior for his or her dedication.
• Tell someone how proud you are of him or her.
• Honor a director or parent volunteer.

To learn more and place your order by February 10, 2012, click here.