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In celebration of Music for All’s 40th Anniversary in 2015, we are featuring profiles of music educators who have made a difference in Music for All and in band and orchestra education. In this post we feature an accomplished director who learned about Bands of America as a student and later in life led his students to three Bands of America Grand National Champion titles.

40 for 40 Jay Webb

Jay Webb has been the Director of Bands at Avon High School in Avon, Indiana since 1993. During his years of leadership, the Avon Band has consistently been at the forefront of the the performing arts and has been recognized as one of the premier band programs in the Midwest. Webb brings a variety of experiences ranging with performances with the Bridgemen Drum and Bugle Corps from Bayonne, New Jersey to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He has memberships that include Pi Kappa Lambda, Indiana Bandmasters Association, Indiana Music Educators Association, and was the founding member of Indiana Percussion Association. 

How long have you been teaching?
I started teaching when I was 17 in 1979, but I’ve been a band director since 1991.

Where do you teach now and where have you taught in the past?
I currently teach at Avon High school in Avon Indiana. Previously I’ve taught at Cooper City High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Jonathan Dayton Regional High School in Springfield, New Jersey, Center Grove High School in Indiana and Sheridan Jr/Sr High School in Indiana.

Where did you go to college? What degrees do you earn?
I received my Bachelors of Music Education from Butler University. 

What is one thing you'd say to a new band director who asks you "what is the one thing you wish someone had told you just starting out?”
Be patient. Be more patient with the students, their parents, and especially with administrators.

Tell us about your participation with Music for All and Bands of America.
I saw a poster for a Bands of America (then Marching Bands of America) Championship when I was in high school in 1978 and I asked my band director why we don't do something like that. He replied, "That's way too much work!" I have never forgotten that. Later on I worked with the director at Center Grove in 1990, and gave them the opportunity to participate in a Bands of America Regional Competition. We all had a great experience. In 1995, when I finally had my own program, we were on a waiting list to participate in Grand National Championships, but performed in a Regional Championship and received a lot of positive feedback from judges and spectators. Since then, we have strived to continue to push ourselves, our kids, and our program to always be as good as we possibly could be and we finally made finals in 2001. The rest they say is history!

What are some of the highlights and memorable moments from your experiences related to Music for All/Bands of America?
The first thing that stands at the forefront of my mind is making finals the first time and all of the Carmel directors mauling us with high fives and hugs. That was awesome! The pride I felt during our 2009 performance - we were incredible that night! The  audience’s reaction during our Adagio/Ode mashup in 2010 was priceless. My band at Grand National Championship finals in 2012 is also at the top of the list - the emotions that the kids and staff shared in the parking lot is one of the highlights of my career. There are many more as well.

What would you like to see Music for All focus on or accomplish in the next 40 years?
To continue to be the standard bearer for excellence in music education! That bar of excellence perceived by a 17 year old, long haired freak sparked a career and a journey that still continues to this day!

#TBT - From the Field to the Office

Thursday, 27 August 2015 13:48 Written by John Thompson

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I recently started a huge and scary new chapter of my life, post-graduation (aka the real world). It’s filled with unknowns, car insurance payments, and long commutes to work on crowded interstates where people don’t know how to drive. Despite these challenges, I’m excited and eager to start this new chapter off well, and use the tools I’ve accumulated to do so in the best way I can.

Prior to joining Music for All as its newest Marketing Intern, I recently graduated from the University of Kentucky (go Cats!) with a bachelor’s degree in arts administration and a music performance minor. As I began getting familiar with my new place here, my Facebook feed was flooded with many first day of school pictures of my former classmates. My friends had just begun band camp and I remembered how carefree life was and how exciting a new school year felt. Though I felt a yearning to be there, I realized that even though I’m about to start a chapter of my life that doesn’t include a lot of performing, I wouldn’t be if I had not found my love for music in the first place. 

I tribute most of what I have accomplished in life to my experiences in band. Without it, I would have never fallen in love with music, attended University of Kentucky to study it, acquired a degree, been offered the opportunity to intern for Music for All, or to write this blog. Without band, my life would look very different. In fact, I remember when I first decided to be in my high school band…

It happened after seeing the movie Drumline. I know, it’s not an accurate depiction of the average experience in band, and the drum line isn’t extraordinarily talented, but it opened my eyes to what marching band was, and it was cool, so don’t judge.

Anyway, band in high school was the extra-curricular activity I needed. I wasn’t athletic enough to be on any of the sports teams, nor did I have an extremely competitive spirit. My marching band competed, but my directors did a great job of making it more about being as musical as possible and doing our personal best rather than winning (shout out to Mr. Charles Kunz, Michael “Carp” Carpenter, and “Coach” Chad Kohler). These men took me from a scrawny teenager who liked to drum to a taller, slightly less awkward scrawny teenager who was a musician. They taught me how to learn, how to teach and be taught, and how to perform my best consistently: things all band members are taught to do.

I graduated from Fishers High School with a lofty goal, to go to college, study music and become a professional musician. It turned out to be something that was a lot harder than anyone told me it was going to be. Luckily, I found that I really enjoyed the business side of the arts. For those of you who don’t know, arts administrators are those people who do the “behind the scenes” work. They are the directors, marketers, fundraisers, and logistical people who bring you your entertainment, while the performers get all the fame (which they deserve). No one ever told me how hard it would be to make it as a professional performer, but all that time spent practicing wasn’t for nothing. I spent hours upon hours only to end up somewhere in the crowded area of mediocre-O.K. However, I truly believe that because I studied music, I am capable of doing more things well and things that are completely non-music related well too. Even though I won’t be making a living with the specific useful skill of performing music, I believe studying music gave me so many transferrable skills that will make me a valued employee anywhere I work. Here’s just a short list of skills I didn’t learn in a classroom, but in a practice room.

  1. Time management
  2. The ability to follow directions to the letter or improvise, and knowing when it’s appropriate to do so
  3. How to listen (and I mean really listen)
  4. How to work closely with a team
  5. How to work alone
  6. Knowing what tool is appropriate to get a job done right
  7. How to be consistent
  8. What it means to be reliable
  9. Knowing what you can do to make other people better, or their jobs easier
  10. How to maintain long periods of extreme focus

Now, I’m not saying that all these skills can’t be acquired elsewhere, they absolutely can, but if I weren’t in band or studied music, I don’t know where I would have learned these things, if at all. So maybe I have a lot to learn still, but music helps me not worry about this new chapter of my life. The skills I’ve learned through music education have set me up to succeed.

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In celebration of Music for All’s 40th Anniversary in 2015, we are featuring profiles of music educators who have made a difference in Music for All and in band and orchestra education. In this post we feature a band director, clinician, and Bands of America Hall of Famer who has created a standard of excellence for student performers.

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Wayne was Director of Bands at Centerville High School in Ohio for 35 years. During his tenure, the Centerville Band program involved over 250 students including three concert bands, three jazz ensembles, marching band, and Winter Guard and Percussion. Wayne also directed the marching band, known as "The Centerville Jazz Band." They were finalists in Bands of America Regionals and Grand National Championships 57 times, with fourteen regional championships and were 1992 Grand National Champions.

He is an active clinician, adjudicator, arranger, trumpet performer, and President of the music & consulting business Shadow Lake Music. In 2007, he was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame. He is currently teaching part-time at Wright State University and is author of The Dynamic Marching Band, a textbook on marching band techniques. Wayne is the Director of the new WGI Winds Division.

How long have you been teaching?
46 years! 36 as a high school band director (one year at Madison HS, Middletown, OH and 35 years at Centerville High School) and 10 years since “retirement” consulting, working with bands, and part-time college teaching. As Adjunct Faculty at Wright State University I teach Marching Band and Jazz Ensemble Methods.

Where did you go to college? What degrees do you earn?
Indiana University - Bachelor of Music Education
Northwestern University - Master of Music

What is one thing you'd say to a new band director who asks you "what is the one thing you wish someone had told you just starting out?”
Band directing is something you will never master, so be a lifetime learner. Learn from every student, situation, colleague, convention, workshop, and master teacher.

Tell us about your participation with Music for All and Bands of America.
We began our involvement with Bands of America (Marching Bands of America at the time) in 1979 by participating in the Marching Bands of America Toledo Regional Championship. These competitions, and this organization, were very influential in our development as a band program. Our goal of “Be Your Best” was always motivated by seeing and competing with the best bands possible. The organization was always nurturing and encouraging and I will always appreciate that. In 1984 we adopted the name “The Centerville Jazz Band” and started our annual participation at Grand National Championships when the event moved to Indianapolis.

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What are some of the highlights and memorable moments from your experiences related to Music for All/Bands of America?
Participating in Music for All programs was always exciting because of the venues, crowds, participating bands, and positive atmosphere that the organization has created. Some of the memorable events for us were having our best possible performances, for where we were at the time. The best moments were coming off the field after a great show with kids hugging and crying because they knew they had done their best. There are great moments of course tied into making finals or winning a regional or Grand National Championships. I think the best part of that is getting a great crowd response and being able to do an “encore performance” after the awards ceremony.

What would you like to see Music for All focus on or accomplish in the next 40 years?
Music advocacy has never been more important than today. Secondly, helping the small band programs (which are the vast majority of programs in the country) is essential.

Be Part of the Orchestra is here!

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 13:50 Written by Erin Fortune

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Music for All is a proud sponsor of the Be Part of the Music series, and we are excited to share the latest news coming from Be Part of the Music: the release of Be Part of the Orchestra!

In February we shared the announcement that nearly four years after it’s first inception, Be Part of the Band came full circle to become Be Part of the Music, a K-12, cross-curricular (band/choir/orchestra) recruitment and retention solution. The complete roll out will take a few years, but we are excited to share that Be Part of the Ochestra has been rolled out, just in time for the new school year!

As with Be Part of the Band, the Be Part of the Orchestra materials will be available FREE of charge and available to download on the web. As a part of these materials you will receive nine videos, all shot in HD and using state of the art 3D motion graphics, including a:

  • a main assembly recruitment video
  • individual instrument demonstration
  • videos for violin, viola, cello and bass 
  • a computer animated "What is Orchestra" video 
  • a parent recruitment video
  • an administrator video

In addition to the video resources, you will have access to:

  • 17 downloadable recruitment documents in MS word
  • a message board to chat about recruitment strategies
  • special offers from Be Part of the Music sponsors
  • a chance to purchase "recruitment kits" at an introductory price

We hope that you will join in our excitement about these incredible tools, whether you teach band or orchestra. Click here to learn more about both projects on the Be Part of the Music website.

 

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.

It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to the newest members of our team, or Fall Event Interns!

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We are so excited to have both Katie Patterson and Nick Super joining the event department as we go into the 2015 Fall season. We thought it might be fun to get to know them better and ask the hard hitting questions that everyone wants to know. (After all, favorite ice cream flavor can tell you a lot about a person!)

Katie Patterson

KatieWhere do you go to school?
IUPUI (currently) & Carmel H.S., IN (graduate)

What are you going to school for?
Tourism, Conventions and Events Management

Musical background? (What instrument/choir/etc?)
Tenor Sax – 4 years in HS, Baritone Sax – in MS, professional shower singer

Top 3 favorite composers/musical artists/bands?
1) Garth Brooks
2) Scotty McCreery
3) Carrie Underwood

If you could march any past BOA show (besides your own if you march) would you want to preform?
Anything Broken Arrow

What are you most looking forward to this fall?
I can’t wait to travel all over and being able to experience all the other amazing bands across the country

Favorite ice cream?
Stone Cold Cotton Candy

Do you say soda or pop?
both

 

Nick Super

NickSuperWhere do you go to school?
UW-Stout (currently) & Irondale H.S., MN (graduate)

What are you going to school for?
Business Administration and a minor in Economics

Musical background? (What instrument/choir/etc?)
Alto sax, but can play all of them.

Top 3 favorite composers/musical artists/bands?
1) Jason Taurnis
2) Lake Street Dive
3) Kenny Chesney

If you could march any past BOA show (besides your own if you march) would you want to preform?
Pretty much any Tarpon Springs show

What are you most looking forward to this fall?
Being able to live and embrace the Music for All mission everyday. I get to be the mission in the office and at the shows.

Favorite ice cream?
Stone Ridge Mint Chocolate Chip and a proud ice creamaholic

Do you stay soda or pop?
Pop (as a true/proud Minnesotan)

If you see Katie or Nick at a Regional this Fall, make sure you stop and say hi! Maybe even ask them how their internship is going. If their photoshoot is any indication, we think they are going to have a blast all season long!

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The following update concering MFA Video On-line Streaming and Unshipped 2014 Fall DVD Products was sent to all current Music for All Video Subscribers

 

Dear Supporter and Valued Customer:

This communication is intended to update and provide you with the latest information concerning the provision and delivery of Bands of America commemorative videos. First, the latest change…

Music for All Video (On-line streaming video subscriptions)

  • Effective August 11, 2015 the Music for All subscription online video program is discontinued. New subscriptions will not be offered or sold until further notice. We are working to determine appropriate actions/next steps concerning unexpired subscriptions. Next steps will depend, in part, on the results of ongoing discussions with copyright holders to resolve past and present licensing issues and the negotiated terms and conditions for providing future video commemoratives/services. Persons who have time remaining on existing annual subscriptions (as of August 11th) will be contacted when MFA finalizes its plan and procedures.

Unshipped Fall 2014 DVD Products

  • Music for All (through its licensee Mr. Video) has not shipped orders for videos of some events occurring on or after October 18, 2014. We have and continue to be in negotiations with certain music rights holders for licensing necessary to complete Fall 2014 videos. Keeping in mind that the majority of music is licensed, efforts to license remaining titles continue. We have not been able to obtain some agreements for licenses that are economically feasible, suitable or sustainable in our current DVD and streaming product models. Persons with existing pre-paid orders will have their DVDs shipped with all unlicensed music muted. Email communication will be sent when your DVD has been shipped. Mr. Video expects to start shipping by the end of August. If and when we complete negotiations with rights holders to license the remaining music, we will ship replacement DVDs with this music un-muted.

Fall 2015 Offerings

We continue to seek agreements and a structure by which we can continue to offer video commemoratives of Bands of America events. To date, we can report:

  • Music for All will record and provide a high camera video recording of each performance at Bands of America events and deliver it to the respective director on-site (for evaluation and use in future instruction).
  • Music for All is working and expects (as in the past) to offer live, multi-camera streams of its Super Regional and Grand Nationals performances. At this time, we expect to offer such performances on an individual and/or season subscription basis for live viewing only. Please stay tuned for future announcements concerning this offering.
  • Music for All will continue to pursue strategies and terms that will allow us to record and offer to parents, students and fans video commemoratives consistent and in compliance with U.S. copyright laws and the requirements of music rights holders. We are working to provide such services in 2015 in collaboration with Tresona Music to create a platform that will, at a minimum allow Music for All/Bands of America to offer properly licensed post event streaming and downloads of performances at Bands of America events. Please stay tuned for future announcements concerning this potential offering.

Background/Overview

Music for All has consistently sought to operate in compliance with U.S. Copyright laws and the rights and wishes of composers and rights holders, to offer commemoratives in the best and most desirable formats available to participants, families and fans. It has done so using a model that offers this content at the lowest possible costs to those we serve with little to no residual direct, net economic return to MFA. It is a service we provide and have provided to further our mission to “create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all.”

We are now aware that some of our current and recent past initiatives are not acceptable to or consistent with the understanding and expectations of certain rights holders. It is our duty in practice and by law to reconcile our practices with these expectations. Our mission and core values require it.

The remaining work necessary to recreate a working model for delivery of commemorative products is not and will not be simple. Please know that Music for All, and all the parties involved are working diligently and in good faith to reconcile differences and develop suitable, sustainable, and legally and contractually compliant solutions for offer commemorative recordings of performances.

Questions/More Information

Should you have unanswered questions or concerns, please contact us at 800.636.2263 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

#TBT - Music for All Drum Corps Alumni

Thursday, 06 August 2015 09:23 Written by Kathryn Reinhardt

Today's Throwback Thursday post is dedicated to Drum Corps International (DCI) in celebration of the 2015 DCI World Championships this week! We’re so honored to have a partnership with such a prestigious organization, and instead of changing our Facebook profile picture, like many Drum Corp members and alumni have been doing this week, we’d like to highlight several current Music for All staff members who have been a part of a DCI Drum Corp in the past!

Matt Mackowiak, Marketing Assistant, was Drum Major of Revolution Drum & Bugle Corps in 2009 and Drum Major of Thunder Drum & Bugle Corps in 2010.

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Jerome Horne, Participant Relations Assistant, marched Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps from 2007 to 2009.

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David Foth, Event Coordinator, marched Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps from 2010 to 2012.

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Good luck all those who are performing in the 2015 DCI World Championships!

In celebration of Music for All’s 40th Anniversary in 2015, we are featuring profiles of music educators who have made a difference in Music for All and in band and orchestra education. In this post we feature a member of the Music for All Hall of Fame and respected high school band director.

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Greg Bimm is the Director of Bands at Marian Catholic High School. Under his direction, the Marian Catholic Band has grown from 70 members to over 280 and is recognized as one of the premier high school band programs in the United States. The Marian Catholic marching band has been named Bands of America Grand National Champion more times than any other band (a total of seven fall Grand National Championships). The symphonic band was one of only eight bands invited to perform at the first National Concert Band Festival in 1992.

Mr. Bimm has received numerous National Band Association Citations of Excellence and has been awarded with the ASBDA Stanbury award for young band directors, the Sudler Order of Merit from the John Philip Sousa Foundation, the Distinguished Service Award by the Archdiocese of Chicago, and the “Mary Hoffman” Award of Excellence by the Illinois Music Educator’s Association.

Bimm is a member of Music for All’s Bands of America Hall of Fame, Illinois State University College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame, and is a Lowell Mason Fellow of the National Association for Music Education. 

Mr. Bimm holds degrees from Illinois State and Western Illinois University and an honorary doctorate from Vandercook College of Music.  His professional affiliations include ABA, ASBDA, IMEA, MENC, NCBA, NBA, Phi Beta Mu, and Phi Mu Alpha.  

In addition to his role as director of bands, Bimm has performed as conductor, clinician, adjudicator, drill writer, or music arranger throughout the United States and Canada.

How long have you been teaching?

I’ve just completed my 40th year of teaching! I’ve been at Marian Catholic High School for 38 years, and before that I taught for two years at Yorkwood School District in Western Illinois. 

What advice do you have for a new director who asks you "what are some things you wish someone had told you just starting out?"

There are four things that pop in my head right away:

1) "Wear the seat of your pants out studying scores." (William Revelli told me this while I was attending Western Illinois University.)
2) Keep students at the center of your mission. Pursuit of quality music and excellence in that music is the key to that mission.
3) "Choose the hill you want to die on." Do not draw a line in the sand at every impasse, for there will be many. Choose when it is both correct and NECESSARY to dig in. There are many more times that a strategic retreat or compromise can actually build credibility and "move the ball" much closer to your long term goal.
4) Be prepared to work harder than you every imagined and to have it be more worthwhile and rewarding than you could have every imagined. 

What has been your experience with Music for All? What events have you attended and in what roles, and what benefits do you believe Music for All programs can provide?

Where do I even start? My first participation was as an audience member at the first few Summer Nationals. In 1981, Marian Catholic was asked to be the BOA Summer Workshop/Festival (now MFA Summer Symposium) "clinic band" and learn a full show during the week of camp. There I had the opportunity to meet and work with Bob Buckner, LJ Hancock, and Fred Sanford among others. 

In 1982, Marian began participating in Summer National Marching Band Competitions, winning for five consecutive year from 1984 to 1988.  Marian did not compete in the summer of 1989, but, instead, our Symphonic Band gave an exhibition performance as one of the evening concerts (boy, was that an incredibly hot gym)! When Bands of America moved the Grand National Championships to Indianapolis in 1984, we began participating in Regional Competitions and Grand National Championships and have been involved ever since. All in all, we’ve had a very good run.

In 1992, we performed in the first Music for All National Concert Band Festival.  I remember the panel was incredible, including Revelli, Fennell, Paynter, Corporon, Cramer, and Maiello, with Arnald Gabriel as our clinician. We continued to participate in subsequent National Concert Band Festivals.

I’ve also had the good fortune of being on the staff for all of the Bands of America Honor Bands that have participated in the Rose Parades. Working with George Parks and Bob Buckner, the incredible Music for All staff, and the amazing performers has been very rewarding. 

What are some of the highlights and memorable moments from your experiences related to Music for All/Bands of America?

There are many but most importantly I’d have to say friends and colleagues. I’ve made many incredible friends through participation and there is no way to place a value on how much my personal and professional lives have been enriched by those many people.

Others include: 

  • Being named to the Music for All/Bands of America Hall of Fame would have to be a highlight.
  • Having my band at Marian play at that first National Concert Band Festival with those incredible evaluators and the feeling of being a part of history.

  • Witnessing my band sharing the stage with Etiwanda H.S., Lassiter H.S. and Westfield H.S. the Saturday morning at our second National Concert Band Festival (and the incredible concerts from Woodson H.S. and Lake Braddock earlier in the festival).

  • A spontaneous applause from the people in the finalists meeting at Grand National Championships last year.

  • The week spent in 1981 at the Summer Symposium with Bob Buckner LJ Hancock and Fred Sanford.

  • Meeting Alfred Watkins at the Whitewater Summer Symposium in the 80's and talking about bands throughout the entire evening, only to be interrupted by sunrise.

  • A number of championship performances, especially the first at Summer Nationals and the first at Grand Nationals.

  • An even larger number of truly inspired performances by my wonderful students at Marian.

What do you like to see Music for All focus on or accomplish in the next 40 years?

I’d like the organization to certainly continue to work toward providing great opportunities for students in all areas and levels of music. Music for All and Bands of America has done so much, but there is still more to be done. In my specific area of interest, I hope Music for All continues to polish all aspects of the quality of its music experiences and helps advance our great band activity while always keeping quality music at its core.

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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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