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Matt Mackowiak

Matt Mackowiak is the Marketing Assistant at Music for All. Matt has been involved in the performing arts since a young age as a percussionist, and throughout his life has performed on the field as a snare drummer, at the podium as a drum major and in the gym as a winter guard member. He graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations. Before Music for All, Matt worked as a staff member for several marching band and color guard programs across Indiana.

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October 14, 2017

Location

Grande Communications Stadium
801 North Loop 250 West 
Midland, TX 79703

 
 
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Finals Schedule

7:45 p.m. - Permian H.S., TX
8:00 p.m. - L.V. Berkner H.S., TX
8:15 p.m. - McNeil H.S., TX
8:30 p.m. - Lewisville H.S., TX
8:45 p.m. - Del Rio H.S., TX
9:00 p.m. - Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX
9:15 p.m. - Timber Creek H.S., TX
9:30 p.m. - Bellevue West H.S., NE
9:45 p.m. - Clovis H.S., NM
10:00 p.m. - Sherman H.S., TX
10:15 p.m. - Class AA: Plainview H.S., TX

2017 Schedule

8:15 a.m.   -  Box Office Opens
8:45 a.m.   -  Stadium Gates Open

9:15 a.m.   -  Bellvue West H.S., NE
9:30 a.m.   -  Monterey H.S., TX
9:45 a.m.   -  San Angelo Central H.S., TX
10:00 a.m  -  Estacado H.S., TX
10:15 a.m. -  Pecos H.S., TX
10:30 a.m. -  Del Rio H.S., TX
10:45 a.m. -  Coronado H.S., TX
LUNCH
11:45 a.m. -  Sherman H.S., TX
12:00 p.m. -  Lake View H.S., TX
12:15 p.m. -  Frenship H.S., TX
12:30 p.m. -  Midland Lee H.S., TX
12:45 p.m. -  L.V. Berkner H.S., TX
1:00 p.m.   -  Seguin H.S., TX
1:15 p.m.   -  Lubbock H.S., TX
1:30 p.m.   -  Permian H.S., TX
BREAK
2:15 p.m.   -  Lubbock-Cooper H.S., TX
2:30 p.m.   -  Lewisville H.S., TX
2:45 p.m.   -  Clovis H.S., NM
3:00 p.m.   -  Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX
3:15 p.m.   -  McNeil H.S., TX
3:30 p.m.   -  Timber Creek H.S., TX
3:45 p.m.   -  Plainview H.S., TX
4:00 p.m.   -  Keller Fossil Ridge H.S., TX
4:15 p.m.   -  Preliminary Competition Ends
4:30 p.m.   -  Presentation of Awards

6:45 p.m.   -  Gates Open
7:45 p.m.   -  First Performing Finalist Band
10:15 p.m. -  Finals Competition Ends
10:30 p.m. -  Finale - Presentation of Awards

Sunday Director's Clinic Participants

Clovis H.S., NM
Lake View H.S., TX
Plainview H.S., TX

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Ticket Information

Tickets can be purchased on-site at the ticket window. More ticket information and pricing can be found here.

Same day, on-site ticket deals are available for children 10 and under, youth 11-18, college students, seniors and active duty military. These ticket discounts are only available at the ticket window on the day of the event at all BOA Regionals and Super Regional Championships.

Read Music for All's Ticket Policy here. 

Local Time

At the time of the Regional, Midland will be on Central Time. Please plan your travel and arrival time accordingly.

Spectator Parking

  • The spectator lot is located in the southwest corner of the property, off of Tradewinds Ave. See maps below for further information.
  • There is no charge for spectator parking.
  • Outside food and beverage is NOT allowed in the Stadium.

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Bands of America Photography and Video Recording Policy

Videotaping is not permitted without the expressed, written consent of Music for All.

Still cameras (digital or film, professional, or otherwise) are allowed into the stadium and may be used from stadium seating, but not on the field. Only Jolesch Enterprise photographers (the official photography company of Music for All) and news media with Bands of America-issued media credentials are allowed to photograph from the field.

Tripods, or other similar equipment that may obstruct the view or path of travel of others, are not allowed. The issuance of a “Field Pass” or other non-media Bands of America credential does not include the right to use a camera on the field. Pass holders must go into stadium spectator seating to use their cameras.

Group Photos

Jolesch Enterprises will be on-site to take a group picture of each band after they exit the performance area. They will also be taking action photos on the field level.

Ordering information will be available onsite.

Safety

Music for All is committed to providing safe and secure events. It's easy to take for granted the routine moments in our everyday lives—going to work or school, the grocery store or the gas station. However, your everyday is different than your neighbor’s—filled with the moments that make it uniquely yours. So if you see something you know shouldn't be there—or someone's behavior that doesn't seem quite right—say something.  Informed, alert communities play a critical role in keeping our nation safe. 

To report suspicious activity, immediately contact Music for All event staff at the event. Music for All will contact local law enforcement agency. Describe specifically what you observed, including:

  • Who or what you saw;
  • When you saw it;
  • Where it occurred;
  • and Why it's suspicious.
NASSP17 18The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2017-2018.

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Date

September 16, 2017

Location

Canton, OH 44708

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Finals Schedule

7:15 p.m. - Firestone H.S., OH
7:30 p.m. - North East H.S., PA
7:45 p.m. - Gateway H.S., PA
8:00 p.m. - New Philadelphia H.S., OH
BREAK
8:30 p.m. - Nordonia H.S., IL
8:45 p.m. - Licking Valley H.S., OH
9:00 p.m. - Hilliard Bradley H.S., OH
9:15 p.m. - Turpin H.S., OH
9:30 p.m. - Avon H.S., IN
9:45 p.m. - Lockport Township H.S., IL
10:00 p.m. - Central Crossing H.S., OH
10:15 p.m. - Moon Area H.S., PA
10:30 p.m. - Dublin Coffman H.S., OH

Bands of America has invited all bands from prelims to perform in tonight’s Finals at the Regional in Canton, and receive a second set of evaluation and input from our adjudication panel. 

2017 Schedule

As of: September 5, 2017

10:45 a.m. -  Box Office Opens
11:15 a.m. - Stadium Gates Open

12:00 p.m. -  Firestone H.S., OH
12:15 p.m. -  Lancaster H.S., NY
12:30 p.m. -  Turpin H.S., OH
12:45 p.m. -  Hilliard Bradely H.S., OH
1:00 p.m.   -  Gateway H.S., PA
1:15 p.m.   -  Moon Area H.S., PA
1:30 p.m.   -  North East H.S., PA
1:45 p.m.   -  Lockport Township H.S., IL
BREAK
2:30 p.m.   -  Nordonia H.S., OH
2:45 p.m.   -  New Philadelphia H.S., OH
3:00 p.m    -  Licking Valley H.S., OH
3:15 p.m.   -  Dublin Coffman H.S., OH
3:30 p.m.   -  Central Crossing H.S., OH
3:45 p.m.   -  Avon H.S., IN
4:00 p.m.   -  Preliminary Competition Ends
                      Exhibition: Canton McKinley H.S.
4:15 p.m.  -   Presentation of Awards

6:15 p.m.   -    GATES OPEN
6:45 p.m.    -   National Anthem/Introduction of Judges and Government Officials
7:15 p.m.   -    First Performing Finalist Band
10:45 p.m. -    Finals Competition Ends 
11:00 p.m. -    Finale - Presentation of Awards

 

Spectator Guide

Ticket Information

Tickets can be purchased on-site at the ticket window. More ticket information and pricing can be found here.

Same day, on-site ticket deals are available for children 10 and under, youth 11-18, college students, seniors and active duty military. These ticket discounts are only available at the ticket window on the day of the event at all BOA Regionals and Super Regional Championships.

Read Music for All's Ticket Policy here. 

Local Time

At the time of the Regional, Canton, Ohio is in Eastern Standard Time.  Please plan your travel and arrival time accordingly.

Spectator Parking

  • The spectator lot is located south of the stadium and east off of Blake Ave. See maps below for further information.
  • There is a $10 charge for spectator parking
  • Outside food and beverage is NOT allowed in the Stadium. 

 Maps

Bands of America Photography and Video Recording Policy

Videotaping is not permitted without the expressed, written consent of Music for All.

Still cameras (digital or film, professional, or otherwise) are allowed into the stadium and may be used from stadium seating, but not on the field. Only Jolesch Enterprise photographers (the official photography company of Music for All) and news media with Bands of America-issued media credentials are allowed to photograph from the field.

Tripods, or other similar equipment that may obstruct the view or path of travel of others, are not allowed. The issuance of a “Field Pass” or other non-media Bands of America credential does not include the right to use a camera on the field. Pass holders must go into stadium spectator seating to use their cameras.

Group Photos

Jolesch Enterprises will be on-site to take a group picture of each band after they exit the performance area. They will also be taking action photos on the field level.

Ordering information will be available onsite.

 

Safety

Music for All is committed to providing safe and secure events. It's easy to take for granted the routine moments in our everyday lives—going to work or school, the grocery store or the gas station. However, your everyday is different than your neighbor’s—filled with the moments that make it uniquely yours. So if you see something you know shouldn't be there—or someone's behavior that doesn't seem quite right—say something.  Informed, alert communities play a critical role in keeping our nation safe. 

To report suspicious activity, immediately contact Music for All event staff at the event. Music for All will contact local law enforcement agency. Describe specifically what you observed, including:

  • Who or what you saw;
  • When you saw it;
  • Where it occurred;
  • and Why it's suspicious.

 

NASSP17 18The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2017-2018.

March Madness just wrapped up with the men’s and women’s title games. Congratulations to Villanova and UConn. It is a national phenomenon that grabs hold of sports fans as they try to determine who is win and who is out, filling out the perfect bracket, and of course always cheering for the underdog.

There is always a sense of hype and buildup for the NCAA brackets to be announced. The same could be said when we (Music for All) release the Bands of America Marching Championships band lists.

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People begin to talk of who is attending what show. How many Texas bands are coming to Grand Nationals? What new schools have signed up that have never participated in Bands of America? Is there a Midwest band making the trip down south to Atlanta or San Antonio? Will there be another Hawaii band attending a Bands of America show? So many questions, but never any answers. Until now…

We are ready to announce the bands that have applied to be a part of the 2016 Bands of America Marching Championships. But remember, these are lists of ALL bands that have sent in applications, some shows may be over enrolled and include bands that will be waitlisted. 

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Let the debates begin, throw a dart in the dark on predictions, and most of all get excited for another fun-filled season of marching band. #boa2016 is right around the corner!


View the full fall schedule here.

 

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The Bands of America Marching Championships is known year in and year out for having talented students perform at Regionals, Super Regionals, and Grand Nationals. At those events we also have special exhibition performances by university marching bands. Over the years BOA Grand Nationals week has seen the best of the best perform in exhibition including: West Carolina University, Riverside Community College, Jacksonville State University, and many others! 2016 Grand Nationals will be no different as we continue the tradition of iconic collegiate programs.

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Music for All is proud to announce that The Ohio State University Marching Band will perform at the 2016 Grand National Championships. From their signature pre-show formation and tradition of Script Ohio, the playing of “Buckeye Battle Cry” and “Across the Field” (OSU’s fight songs), and their creative drill design, such as their Michael Jackson and Star Wars shows, we are ecstatic to have one of the most publicized marching band programs in mainstream media. Make sure to mark your calendar for November 12th, 2016, as The Ohio State Marching Band will be concluding our Semi-Final performances.

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Make sure to follow The Ohio State University Marching Band on their social media platforms below to stay in the loop on upcoming performances, new videos, and news.

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Website: tbdbitl.osu.edu
Youtube: The Ohio State University
Facebook: @The Ohio State University Marching Band
Twitter: @TBDBITL
Instagram: @TBDBITL

Clips of The Ohio State University Marching Band:

The Midwest Clinic, starting today, marks a busy time for everyone here at Music for All as we prepare for our upcoming events. It has been an annual tradition to announce our upcoming Fall Championship schedule on the first day. We look forward to yet another sensational season as we gear up for 2016! 

Since moving to Indianapolis in 2004, Music for All has started a tradition of hanging a photo of our most recent Bands of America Grand Champion on our “Fall Championship Wall”. The wall has everything from the humble beginning when Bands of America was our Summer National Championships, to all of the stadiums we hosted Grand Nationals in, to the faces over the years, and of course our Champions. Lawrence Central H.S., IN was honorable number one in 2004 with their 2004 “La Rosa” (fun fact, Lawrence Central won Grand Nationals without winning a single caption!).

Fall Wall

With our 40th anniversary and 2015 Grand Nationals in the book, it is time for the annual tradition and changing of the guard. We salute our 2014 Grand National Champion, Tarpon Springs H.S., FL, as they had the honor and prestige of hanging up in the office for a year. Now we make room for our 2015 Grand National Champion, Broken Arrow H.S., OK. 

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Don’t worry; those photos don’t go to waste, as we still recognize all Champions on our “Wall of Champions”. Every year we look forward to adding to our collection of memories and building on the rich tradition and history that is the Bands of America Grand National Championships.

Wall of Champions

Will we see you this upcoming fall for a BOA Regional, Super Regional, or our Grand National Championships? We want you and your school to be a part of our history. You never know - your school might be the next band featured in the office as the 2016 Grand National Champion!

Stadiums

Today’s Throwback Thursday will be dedicated to the stadiums where we have held our culmination event of the Bands of America Marching Championships over the past 40 years.

It all started out back in 1975 at the Summer National Championships in Whitewater, Wisconsin. This birthplace, Perkins Stadium, is not only the premier location for Bands of America, but also Drum Corps International, as it hosted both organizations’ first championships.

As the marching arts evolved, the Summer National Championships morphed into Bands of America Grand National Championships with the first championship being held in Jacksonville, Florida at the Gator Bowl in 1980. That same year we had our first Florida-based ensemble, Tate H.S, take home the title of Grand National Champions. It wouldn’t be until 2015 that another Florida ensemble would reclaim this title.

After Florida, Grand National Championships was relocated to Eastern Tennessee State University, which had an indoor football stadium. Grand National Championships was held in Johnson City, Tennessee at ETSU from 1981 to 1983. In the three short years at ETSU, we saw the first champion from Indiana, Chesterton H.S. as well as the rise of Norwin H.S., PA and Rocky Mount H.S., NC.

In 1984, Grand National Championships was on the move once again, this time to a more familiar location, Indianapolis, IN. The Hoosier Dome (later changed to the RCA Dome in 1994) becomes the new iconic location for the event. From the memorable fireworks after the Finals Finale to the forever-remembered air lock, the Hoosier Dome will always be remembered.

Yet, the stay in the Hoosier Dome was short lived until Grand Nationals were moved to the Motor City and the Pontiac Silverdome from 1987 to 1988.

In 1989, Grand National Championships moved back to Indianapolis for good. Hundreds of unforgettable and cherished shows were performed in the Hoosier Dome/RCA Dome until 2007. L.D. Bell H.S., TX was the last band to win the title of Grand National Champions at the old stadium, because Lucas Oil Stadium was named the new location in 2008.

Lucas Oil Stadium is the current home of Bands of America Grand National Championships. The venue has hosted a wide assortment of events from the Super Bowl, the Final Four, DCI World Championships, concerts, and more. The energy in the stadium during Grand National Championships week is electric as bands from all over the country perform their hearts out. Looking up into the stands as you walk out of the tunnel onto the turf send chills down your spine. Lucas Oil Stadium has a certain "magical' vibe for everyone, whether they are a performer, spectator or even someone working the event.

Heading into our 40th season, we’d like to hear from everyone about their favorite memories at Bands of America Grand National Championships. Share your story here - http://www.musicforall.org/connect/share-your-story.

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Today’s Throwback Thursday post goes out to our most recent Grand National Champion, Tarpon Springs H.S. Last year, 2014, was a magical year for Tarpon Springs, as they won their first ever title. Their show titled, “Man vs. Machine” was full of energy, musicality and was visually engaging. While watching their Prelims, Semifinals and Finals performances, I was able to catch a new aspect within each run of the show.

Tarpon Springs H.S. has a rich history in attending Bands of America events. They first broke into Grand National Championships Finals in 1997 placing 4th and in 2000 when they placed 3rd

What I love most about this band is the interaction I’ve had with its student musicians last season. In uniform, they were all business, but underneath the shako, guard makeup, and uniforms were ordinary kids with extraordinary talents. They were humble and understood the joy they could experience performing with their friends. 

Good luck to all the bands performing at this year’s Bands of America Regional, Super Regional and Grand National Championships.

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While going through photos taken during the past 40 years of Music for All's programs, it is easy to see how our activity has evolved. One area where you can easily observe this is with the color guard. 

In the early years of Music for All/Bands of America, color guard uniforms were often identical or only a slight variation of the band uniform. However, in the late 1980's color guard uniforms became a more integral part of the visual show design. The story came to life with the uniforms, colors, flags, props, etc. This area of the marching arts has truly progressed over the years with unique and out of the box uniforms and flags. 

We dedicate this Throwback Thursday to the evolution of color guard.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

#TBT - Band Parents Edition

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Today’s Throwback Thursday goes out to all of the band parents who have dedicated (and continue to dedicate) their time during the week to rehearsals and weekends, to lugging props and pit equipment on and off the field and to encouraging their children to do their best. The tradition continues when band parents end up becoming extended family, just as students see fellow band members as siblings. You travel together, create and build memories together, experience the ups and the downs together, and most importantly become part of the amazing performances out on the field.

One of favorite aspects of working Bands of America Championships shows during the fall is hearing the parents’ stories. My most vivid memory was the 2014 Jacksonville Regional where not just one parent, but handful of parents, came up to me saying that Bands of America and Music for All had truly changed their kids and families lives. It truly warms my heart knowing that my job and something as seemingly little as marching band has impacted so many people.

As we begin the 2015 marching band season, I would like students, directors and staff from all bands to make sure to reach out to your parents, say thank you, give them hugs, and make sure they know how truly cherished they are. 

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The Thursday night concert at the Music for All Summer Symposium brought a special treat, the Ahn Trio. I have to say, I do have a soft spot for strings, but this group had a unique sound that created a powerful mood.

The Ahn Trio brought a different vibe to Emens Auditorium, as their music was expressive and animated. Sitting there it was easy to just close your eyes and let the music paint in your mind. Their use of different sounds and bowing created a clear muscial story, but one that was unique to each and every person. That’s one thing I love about string and non-lyrical pieces -- you get to interpret and decipher the piece in your own way. 

During the concert I hope the kids took time not only to listen to and create their own story in their head, but also reflect on everything they accomplished so far here at camp. For many, they get to take this excess of knowledge and share it with their peers. I know for a fact that all campers created new friends from different schools.

The music the Ahn Trio played at the concert felt like it was supposed to be the soundtrack to a giant slideshow of these kids memories of the 2015 Summer Symposium. 

After the concert, the three sisters of the trio met students in the lobby of Emens Auditorium to sign CDs and other memoribilia and answer questions about being a musician. They were lively with personality and gave advice that expanded on more than just music, but also on life. Those three phenomenally talented women put on a show that was not only musically inclined, but also emotionally. That is true art. 

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