December 1, 2015 is #GivingTuesday…a global movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy.
Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday connects individuals, communities, and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.
As you plan YOUR charitable year-end giving, please consider including Music for All!
Your gift will strengthen our ability to deliver our nationally recognized programs that support the efforts of music teachers on the high school and middle school levels, as well as provide positively life-changing experiences for students.
On #GivingTuesday please help us ensure that every child across America has access and opportunity to participate in active music making in his or her scholastic environment by making a gift to Music for All!
The 2015 Bands of America Grand National Championships got started in a big way Wednesday evening with the annual Indianapolis Marching Band Tournament. This community-wide celebration of pageantry is the kickoff event for the nation’s most prestigious marching band competition.
One of the unique aspects of this event is the Spirit Award, which includes a $1,000.00 check presented to the school whose fans display the most enthusiasm and sportsmanship. This is one contest where cheering for your favorite band can provide the students much more than just moral support. Crispus Attucks High School was named the Spirit Award winner with a very large and supportive throng of boosters cheering them on.
Sweeping all captions in the Corps-style division, Arsenal Technical HS brought the pomp and festivity of a Chinese New Year’s parade, complete with a dragon of band members snaking across the field. Second place Emmerich Manual HS gave us a thrilling high-seas adventure set to music of “Pirates of the Caribbean,” with the chills and thrills of the iconic movie franchise on a football field.
Show-style winner Broad Ripple Magnet HS came through at crunch time with “The Wide World of Sports,” which paid tribute to the most popular types of sports in our country. With “Hip Hop Through Time,” runner-up Crispus Attucks Magnet HS took us on a journey through the evolution of their favorite type of music.
Other bands included Arlington Community HS, who rejoined us after an absence of several years. John Marshall Community HS played contemporary chart-toppers, and Northwest Community HS closed with a red hot version of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.” Shortridge HS pounded out challenging cadences with their ten-member drumline. George Washington Community HS showed us what could be done with only four wind players, and Key Learning Community treated us to the sounds of Bruno Mars.
The quest for the Eagle starts in earnest on Thursday, as ninety-five outstanding bands from coast to coast in the continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii will compete in Prelims. The highest placing bands will advance to Saturday morning’s Semi Finals competition, with the top 12 bands coming back to the main event, Saturday night’s spectacular Grand National Finals.
Tickets are still available for all performances. We invite you to join us in person at Lucas Oil Stadium, via the live webcast available at musicforall.org, or through our interactive blog covering the action as it happens. Let’s rise together and support these future leaders as they give it their all over the next three days. Go for it! Break ranks!
Check out the awards photos from the 2015 Bands of America Regional Championship at American Canyon, CA
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What’s the Future Music Educators’ Experience? Well, I’m glad you asked! Music for All has partnered with DCI, Fran Kick, NAfME, NAMM, and WGI to bring a one-of-a-kind opportunity to undergraduate and graduate music education students.
The Future Music Educators’ Experience includes a complimentary ticket to see Bands of America Grand National Championships Semifinals, an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Lucas Oil Stadium, and the opportunity to meet one-on-one with highly regarded band directors and industry leaders from the scholastic music community.
So why should you go?
1. It’s FREE!
That’s right college students, FREE!!! Your ticket to the Bands of America Grand National Championships Semifinals performances and the workshops are complimentary.
2. You get to learn from the best in their field! You'll have the opportunity to meet with and talk to nearly 30 industry leaders and learn how to be a successful music educator.
Presenters will include . . .
These guest presenters, as well as many other successful band directors from across the nation, will all be focusing on what you need to know as a beginning music educator. In addition, you’ll also gain helpful tips and tricks from industry leaders on resources available to you and how to utilize them. When else are you going to have so many influential people in one place dedicated to your career achievement?
3. If you think you’re motivated now, just wait until you hear from Fran Kick!
Are you feeling like the semester will never end? Wishing you could just watch Netflix and
hibernate until winter break? Well you won’t feel that way after you hear Fran Kick KICK IT IN!
When asked about the role and benefits of the Future Music Educator’s Experience, Fran said, “Our goal is to really reach future music educators with a message and a method that inspires them to professionally pay attention to what’s possible in today’s marching music genre . . . If we want music education to improve, music educators need to improve, and one of the places where many music educators learn the most about how to be a better music educator is during college . . . This experience offers students currently majoring in music education a behind-the-scenes, insiders-look into what marching music ultimately can be.”
4. You get to meet and hang out with music education majors from across the nation!
What’s more fun than making friends and seeing a great show? Hundreds of students and faculty agree that the Future Music Educators’ Experience is a can’t-miss opportunity to expand your knowledge and connections in the marching community.
“The Grand Nationals Future Music Educator’s Experience was probably the most exciting and educational day of my college career to date. All the speakers were great and very motivational. Getting to know other music education majors was also another aspect I enjoyed. It was an overall fantastic experience.” – Jessica Metzger, Music Education Major
5. If you want to bring a band someday, then you need to come to the Future Music Educators’ Experience.
The bands performing at the Bands of America Grand National Championships represent some of the finest music education programs in the country, and you have a chance to hear from the band directors themselves about what got them to this stage. Fran Kick is right, “You can’t learn everything you need to know from one semester of a marching band methods class.” So if you want to learn from the best . . . if you want to make an impact right away . . . if you want to be the best music educator you can be… come to the Future Music Educators’ Experience.
Visit http://www.musicforall.org/futuremusiced to register online. Space is limited so don’t wait to reserve your spot for the Future Music Educators’ Experience on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN!
Check out the awards photos from the 2015 Texas Dairy Queen® Bands of America Super Regional Championship at San Antonio
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Check out the awards photos from the 2015 Bands of America Super Regional Championship at Atlanta
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