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The Music for All Blog
Kristin Conrad
Saturday, November 12, 2011

Semi-Finals are under way

It's Saturday, the last day of the 2011 Grand National Championships, and Semi-Finals performances are already under way this morning. You can find the Semi-Finals Performance Schedule here.

Congratulations to the Semi-Finalists and all 92 amazing bands that participated in preliminary competition. We saw such amazing performances Thursday and Friday during prelims, and we were so impressed by the outstanding performances and the dedication exhibited by all the bands.

You’ve likely seen bands in performance on the field, but have you ever wondered about the behind-the-scenes happenings at Grand Nationals? Check out this video to learn more and take a behind-the-scenes tour. And, view additional videos on Music for All’s YouTube channel.

You can also see behind-the-scenes photos here, on the BOA Facebook page.

We hope you enjoy today’s Semi-Finals performances!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Grand Nationals in the News

Place a special message to honor your student, band, director or booster program in the keepsake Grand Nationals program book.

• Congratulate a senior band member for his or her dedication.
• Tell someone how proud you are of him or her.
• Honor a band director or booster volunteer.

Learn more and place your order by October 7.

MillerKraft_sizedThe Music for All Marching Band Scholarship applications are due September 23. These scholarships honor graduating seniors who intend to major in music education in college. To be considered for a scholarship, the applicant must also be a member of a band performing at the Grand National Championships. The director of bands must nominate all applicants. These one-time awards are made possible through generous gifts from the following Music for All friends and sponsors:

• Mark Jolesch of Jolesch Photography ($2,000 Jolesch Scholarship)
• Fred J. Miller Family ($1,000 Fred J. Miller Family Scholarship)
• Yamaha Corporation of America ($1,000 Yamaha Scholarship)

To learn more about the scholarships or to apply, click here.

FranKick_sizedAttention NAfME Collegiate Members, students currently majoring in music education and 2011 DCI Alumni! Join us for a FREE Music Educators Experience Saturday, November 12, 2011 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Space is limited and only offered on a first-come, first-served basis so please contact MFA at 800-848-2263 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information:

• Your first and last name
• Your address
• Your phone number
• Your email address
• College you are attending
• Music Ed. faculty contact first and last name
• Music Ed. faculty contact email address
• Music Ed. faculty contact phone number

Learn more and download an informational flyer.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Sandra Kilpatrick Jordan

Sandra_JordanSandra Kilpatrick Jordan is an educator, advocate and entrepreneur now building bridges between business, media and education that enhance the greater good. A competitive musician in her Midwestern youth, she recalls being the youngest member of a marching band during the hottest summer on record. She spent more than a decade developing award-winning educational media for Sesame Workshop, makers of Sesame Street. While leading the Sesame Street Music Works public awareness initiative, she returned to her love of music, becoming an associate director of public affairs and government relations for NAMM, the trade association for the music global products industry. As the coordinator of the national music education coalition, now at SupportMusic.com, she grew its participation to 250+ organizations working around the world to keep quality music education in schools. Ms. Jordan offers a variety of innovative business development services to music and arts organizations; learn more at www.sandrakilpatrickjordan.com. Recent clients include the International Society for Music Education (ISME); M: Music and Musicians Magazine and the Ultimate Block Party: the Arts and Sciences of Play. Ms. Jordan holds a master's degree from Bank Street College of Education and a B.A. in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She divides her time between California, Wisconsin and New York.

yamaha_scholarshipThe Music for All Foundation is dedicated to creating, providing and expanding positively life-changing experiences through music for all. The Foundation, formerly known as The Revelli Foundation and established in honor of Dr. William D. Revelli, has a long-standing history of awarding scholarships. Revelli's legacy lives on through the many students who benefit from these one-time scholarship awards.

Students can be nominated by their school band director. Each band director can nominate two students from his/her band. Directors should complete the nomination form and return it with all required attachments to Music for All by September 23, 2011. Nomination forms can be found here.

Students who are nominated by their director must meet the following requirements:
• Plan to pursue a degree in music education
• Demonstrate outstanding musicianship, leadership skills and work ethic
• Plan to enroll in college within one year of graduating high school
• Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on other scales)
• Will perform with a band at the 2011 Grand National Championships

Three college scholarships are made possible by the generosity of The Yamaha Corporation of America ($1,000), Fred J. Miller Family ($1,000) and from Mark Jolesch of Jolesch Photography ($2,000).

These scholarships will be announced and presented Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the Grand National Finals Award Ceremony.

For more information about MFA's scholarships, visit the scholarship section of our website, call Dianne Elliott at 317-636-2263, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

parent_imageMusic for All is offering space in our Grand National Championships keepsake program book for you to honor your student, band, director or band booster. What a great way to acknowledge the dedication, passion and experience of participation in Music for All programs!

Ideas for Celebration:

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

Regardless of the occasion, your tribute provides a meaningful way to recognize someone special. It's so easy to do, and you'll help support Music for All's programs and initiatives that create positively life-changing experiences.

*To order and view samples of tributes, visit the MFA website starting September 9.

This opportunity is for schools, parents, students, alumni and band booster organizations to contribute your celebration message.

Please contact MFA at 800-848-2263 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Orders and payment must be received by Music for All on or before October 7, 2011. Space is limited.

Congratulations to the ensembles that have been invited to perform at the 2012 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, March 15-17 in Indianapolis. Ensembles were invited following a recorded audition process, evaluated by a panel of music educators.

School and Ensemble, City, State, Director

  • American Youth Philharmonic Percussion Ensemble, Annandale, VA, Doug Wallace
  • Buchholz High School Wind Symphony, Gainesville, FL, Alexander Kaminsky
  • Carlton J. Kell High School Percussion Ensemble 1, Marietta, GA, Richard Dietrich
  • Carlton J. Kell High School Percussion Ensemble 2, Marietta, GA, Richard Dietrich
  • Charleston County School for the Arts Middle School Wind Ensemble, North Charleston, SC, Suzanne Reed
  • Conner Middle School Symphonic Band, Hebron, KY, Jim Daughters
  • Desert Vista High School Percussion Ensemble, Phoenix, AZ, Aaron Morales
  • Desert Vista High School Wind Ensemble, Phoenix, AZ, Joshua Thye
  • Fossil Ridge High School Wind Symphony, Fort Collins, CO, Daniel Berard
  • Freedom High School Wind Ensemble, Orlando, FL, Franklin Jennings
  • Freedom High School Percussion Ensemble, Orlando, FL, Franklin Jennings
  • Hill Country Middle School Symphonic Band, Austin, TX, Cheryl Floyd
  • Jefferson Forest High School Wind Symphony, Forest, VA, David Webb
  • Lugoff-Elgin High School Percussion Ensemble, Lugoff, SC, Glenn Price
  • Metamora High School Wind Ensemble, Metamora, IL, Dr. Wally Parks
  • Mt. Lebanon High School Percussion Ensemble, Pittsburgh, PA, Richard Minnotte
  • North Penn High School Wind Ensemble, Lansdale, PA, Michael Britcher
  • Roxbury High School Honors Wind Symphony, Succasunna, NJ, Todd Nichols
  • San Marcos High School Percussion Ensemble, San Marcos, CA, Matthew Armstrong
  • South Lakes High School Wind Ensemble, Reston, VA, Grayson Fore
  • Stephenson High School Wind Ensemble, Stone Mountain, GA, Quentin R. Goins
  • The Colony High School Percussion Ensemble, The Colony, TX, Michael Huestis
  • Union High School Wind Ensemble, Camas, WA, Lewis Norfleet
  • Wheaton North High School Wind Ensemble, Wheaton, IL, Jon Nowaryta
  • Wheeling High School Wind Symphony, Wheeling, IL, Brian Logan
  • Winter Park High School Wind Ensemble, Winter Park, FL, Francis Franqui
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Mike Rubino

Rubino_MikeThe Live Oak High School marching band from Morgan Hill, California, under the direction of Mike Rubino, was the champion of the first Marching Bands of America National Championship in 1976. Now retired from Live Oak, Mr. Rubino is an adjudicator for Bands of America, as well as for Drum Corps International. 

In the area of education, Mr. Rubino's career has spanned from a start-up, award-winning high school music program to cultural music exchanges exposing over 800 students to diverse cultures, to elementary music education.

As a composer and arranger, Mr. Rubino has prepared more than 100 arrangements and original compositions. A tireless advocate for music education, Mr. Rubino has designed and implemented an elementary music program that has proven to be highly successful in teaching 4th through 6th grade students the basic elements of music. Currently, every elementary student in the Morgan Hill Unified School District is exposed to music through his efforts.

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