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Instrumental and choral ensembles from the Indianapolis Public Schools will participate in Music for All’s 2nd annual Indianapolis School Music Festival at Broad Ripple Magnet High School March 8, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

After the success of the inaugural Indianapolis School Music Festival in 2016, that featured instrumental ensembles, choral music will be introduced for the 2017 Festival with six choral ensemble performances.

The 2017 Festival will include 22 instrumental and choral ensembles representing six middle schools, and five high schools from Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS). The ensembles will be evaluated by renowned music educators provided by Music for All, and will receive educational feedback at clinics following their performances.

The Indianapolis School Music Festival strives to give every student the opportunity to showcase his or her musical talents. “We are delighted to continue and expand our commitment to IPS, providing even more opportunities to both students and teachers in Music for All’s programming,” says Eric Martin, President and CEO of Music for All. “The Indianapolis School Music Festival is intended to allow students the opportunity to grow and shine, and for IPS teachers and their students to receive critically important educational feedback. The Festival is a celebration and an opportunity for students, teachers, parents, and members of our community to hear and support scholastic music-making, observing firsthand the positive benefits that come from access and opportunity to engage in active music-making in our schools.”

Music for All is excited to continue this flourishing partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools. “On behalf of Indianapolis Public Schools, the continuing partnership between our organization and Music for All is truly a valued relationship,” says David Newman, Fine Arts Coach of Indianapolis Public Schools. “The Indianapolis School Music Festival is yet another example of Music for All's commitment to providing stellar educational events for our students, with access to nationally known clinicians in a professional concert environment. Music for All provides our students a positively life-changing experience through this festival and clinic. We are truly blessed to have Music for All in our city, and so involved with and committed to our students' artistic achievement."

The Indianapolis School Music Festival is partnered with the Indiana Music Education Association (IMEA), a demonstration of their commitment to providing music opportunities to everyone in the Indianapolis community.

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Schedule of Performances

The Indianapolis School Music Festival is free of admission. Listed below are the scheduled instrumental and choral performances.

Instrumental Ensembles
Broad Ripple H.S., Poston Auditorium

Crispus Attucks Advanced Band 12:20 p.m.
Crispus Attucks Orchestra 12:40 p.m.
CFI Beginning Band 1:00 p.m.
Broad Ripple M.S. Intermediate Band 1:20 p.m.
Broad Ripple H.S. Intermediate Band 1:40 p.m.
CFI Intermediate Band 2:00 p.m.
Broad Ripple Advanced Band 2:20 p.m.
Harshman M.S. Band 2:40 p.m.
CFI Beginning Orchestra 3:00 p.m.
Edison Orchestra 3:20 p.m.
CFI Intermediate Orchestra 5:00 p.m.
Northwest Advanced Band 5:20 p.m.
Broad Ripple Orchestra 5:40 p.m.
CFI Advanced Orchestra 6:00 p.m.
Arsenal Tech Advanced Band 6:20 p.m.

Choral Ensembles
Broad Ripple H.S., Mini Auditorium

Broad Ripple M.S. Choir 1:40 p.m.
Broad Ripple Advanced Choir 2:20 p.m.
Arlington Advanced Choir 3:00 p.m.
Arsenal Tech Advanced Choir 3:40 p.m.
Arlington M.S. Choir 4:20 p.m.
Edison M.S. Choir 5:00 p.m.

The Indianapolis School Music Festival kicks off the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, which then continues through Saturday, March 11. The national festival will bring 59 outstanding school music ensembles and student musicians from throughout the U.S. to Indianapolis for concert performances and clinics at Butler University, Hilbert Circle Theatre, Warren Performing Arts Center, and Indiana Historical Society. Visit musicforall.org/festival for a full schedule of Festival performances.

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New Commercials from Be Part of the Music

Sunday, 26 February 2017 15:48

Music for All is a proud sponsor of Be Part of the Music and we are incredibly excited to share this great news below about new advocacy tools!

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Since the inception of Be Part of the Music, we've always dreamed of creating a series of commercials for and about music education. Time, money, and other more pressing projects delayed it, but did not deter us!

TODAY WE ARE ANNOUNCING THAT WE HAVE CREATED 20 MUSIC EDUCATION ADVOCACY COMMERCIALS!

These FREE videos communicate the importance of music education in a concise and impactful way. Each video lasts only 15 seconds but speaks volumes about the power of music in a child's life.

The videos are shot in HD and are social media compliant. You can share them directly from our site or download them and share them yourself. All we ask is that you tag Be Part of the Music when sharing.

Our first two commercials are below. We will be releasing additional videos every other week for the next several months so that you always have something new to share! If you have an idea, theme or "tag" for a commercial, we would love to hear it. In the mean time, enjoy our first offerings!

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Learn more about the Be Part of the Music tools and resources here.

 

February Advancement Blog: Brackets for Good

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 16:48 Written by Elise Middleton

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Have you ever wondered what the Advancement team at Music for All is up to? Wanted inside information about exciting projects we are working on? Well wonder no longer because the Advancement team is starting a monthly blog! Each, month, we will share information about interesting Advancement projects, upcoming events, stories of impact, and exciting news from our department. My name is Elise Middleton, and I am the Music for All Advancement Coordinator, as well as the author of these blogs. I started here at Music for All in October, and I love being a part of this impactful, passionate organization. One project that I can’t wait to tell you about is Brackets for Good!

We are thrilled to be a part of the Indianapolis Brackets for Good (BFG) tournament for the second year in a row. Inspired by March Madness, Brackets for Good hosts single-elimination, bracket-style fundraising tournaments across the country that raise much-needed funds and awareness for nonprofit organizations of all sizes. Charities advance through the weekly rounds, by rallying enthusiastic donors and online followers to score more points than their opponent. Every $1 donated through https://bfg.org/ equals 1 point scored for the chosen charity. At the end of each round, the nonprofit with the most points in the individual match-up advances to the next round, the points are reset, and the fundraising continues until a champion is crowned. All nonprofits retain the donations they raise, and the tournament champion will receive a grand prize donation of $10,000 from the title sponsor. Exciting, am I right?!

The competition kicks-off February 24, 2017! This tournament is a fun-filled competitive activity that the entire Music for All staff loves to take on. Last year, we raised just over $5,000, so of course, we want to beat that total this year. The dollars raised will help support our advocacy efforts, professional development opportunities for directors in underserved communities, scholarships for students and directors to attend Summer Symposium, and much more.

This competition is fast approaching, with February 24 being the kick-off day! Please keep a lookout on Music for All social media channels for more. We hope you will join us, and show your support for Music for All and the power of music during this fun and rewarding competition, by donating and encouraging others to participate!

To learn more about Brackets for Good, check out the homepage at https://bfg.org. Music for All also has an informational page at https://indianapolis.bfg.org/matchup/music-for-all-inc.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Advancement Department or the BFG competition, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (317) 524-6233.

BOA Updates: Newark Stadium Confirmed

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:38 Written by Lucy Wotell

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Newark Regional Announcement:

We are proud to announce that we have officially confirmed Delaware Stadium at the University of Delaware for the 2017 Fall Marching Band Championship season.

The Regional Championship will be on Saturday, October 7th.

We hope to see you there for the always-competitive Newark Regional!

Don't Miss These Sessions at TMEA This Week

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 10:22 Written by Erin Fortune

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If you're heading to San Antonio for TMEA this week, we hope you'll stop by the Music for All booth #5077. We will have the 2017 Bands of America Championship Schedule and Application, 2017 Music for All Summer Symposium promotional materials, and application packets for the 2018 Music for All National Festival! (and of course a lot of smiles and hellos for all of our friends!)

In addition to stopping by to see us, we hope you'll catch some of these great clinics and presentations that are happening throughout the week. We've compiled a list below of sessions that are being presented by friends of Music for All!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Collegiate Texas Music Educators (CTME) Leadership Summit
6:00 p.m. - 9:00p.m. 
Marriott RW Salon ABC
Tim Lautzenheiser

Thursday, February 9, 2017

KEYNOTE: The Dreams of Our Founding Fathers and What They Mean for Music Education
8:30 a.m.
Lila Cockrell Theater
Bob Morrison

Q&A with Bob Morrison
10:00a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
CC 305
Bob Morrison

If I Knew Then What I Know Now
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
CC Stars at Night Ballroom 1-2
Tim Lautzenheiser

Marketing Your Music Program
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
CC 224
James Stephens

Using EEi for Student Self-Evaluation and Accountability
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Product Showcase #3
Steve Smith and Richard Saucedo

Friday, February 10, 2017

Recruit, Retain, and Train Your Low Brass
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
CC 221
Thomas Bough

Warm-up and Ensemble Development Exercises That Work
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Product Showcase #1
Peter Boonshaft

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Passion in Music Education: Teaching to the Goosebumps!
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Grand Hyatt Texas Ballroom
Richard Saucedo

25 Things You Can Do Tomorrow to Improve Your Ensemble
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Grand Hyatt Texas Ballroom
Peter Boonshaft

We hope you'll check out one of the above sessions, and many of the other sessions and incredible concerts during TMEA. For a full schedule visit www.tmea.org/conventions/2017. Clinic times may change from when we gathered the information listed above, so make sure that you check the official schedule before you head to a session.

This is the thirty-fourth installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!

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Name: Derek Douglas

Hometown: Sumrall, MS

School Name: Sumrall High School

Instrument: Trombone

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Orchestra of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
After making my All-State band, I didn't know what to do with my life so the question of "What's next?" came to mind. After state level came national level so a quick Google of "All American Honor Band" brought me to Music for All.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
1) Doing the bare minimum is never enough. Practice outside of your school band class - and lots of it - is absolutely essential to achieving anything worthwhile. 
2) Run to your set. Discipline is far more than doing what you're told to do, but also the haste with which you do it.
3) "Level up" was our marching chant with the All State Band and while it started as us making fun of our marching director, it quickly became a reminder to never settle with where you are at. Greatness is always around the corner, it just takes a few more reps to get there.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
Getting a group of people to "dab" along the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
Our archery team, Drama and Beta Club, and First Priority.

What book have you read that you would recommend?
Inner Game of Music by Barry Green

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Rimsky's Concerto for Trombone is my favorite solo I've prepared.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies and Cream

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
Reading

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
Find something you're passionate about and give 110%.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
Dual major in Music Education and Music Performance.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
No

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I spend all my free time at school in the band hall helping with our middle school bands.

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This is the thirty-third installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!

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Name: Glen Johnson

Hometown: Mableton, GA

School Name: Kennesaw Mountain High School

Instrument: Tuba

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Band of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
To challenge myself with something musically prestigious and out of state.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
1. To tell stories with your music
2. To be expressive
3. To play as a section rather than as an individual in a band

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
Watching my section grow as a team and family.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
Marching Band, Pond Club, and Christmas shopping with a Mustang.

What book have you read that you would recommend?
Of Mice and Men

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Flight by Eric Ewazen

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
Football, video games, editing, and music production.

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
Do what you love and what makes you happy.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
To study Music Performance at a college or university.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
BOA Regionals, Super Regionals, and Grand Nationals with the Kennesaw Mountain H.S. Marching Band.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I'm a big snacker and can do handstands for a long time.

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This is the thirty-second installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!

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Name: Robert Brown

Hometown: Wylie, TX

School Name: Wylie High School

Instrument: Alto Saxophone

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Band of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
My freshman year, my band went to the Music for All National Festival and I got to witness the Honor Band of America play music with the most extreme precision. I knew, right then and there, that I wanted to be a part of that group. Now, as a senior in high school, I feel honored to be a part of the Honor Band of America.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
To be early is to be on time.
To be on time is to be late.
To be late is unacceptable.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
I cannot single out just one because I have so many wonderful memories with my band program, Music for All, and various region/state ensembles.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
I am involved in the National Honor Society and the Society of World Languages. I am really involved in academics and enjoy learning as much as I can.

What book have you read that you would recommend?
The Stand by Stephen King

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Whichever piece of music I am currently working on.

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
Reading. I love to read, especially the works of Stephen King. When I'm not practicing or doing homework, I'm usually sitting with a book in my hands.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I want to pursue music and physics. I love the field of physics, yet I also am passionate about music. I'm currently trying to find the best option for me, where I can follow both dreams.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Yes. My high school band went to the Music for All National Festival in 2014 and I was also part of the Honor Band of America my sophomore year in 2015.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I also play piano. I mainly focus on jazz piano, but I also learn at least one classical piece per semester just to keep my technique in line.

This is the thirty-first installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles! 

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Name: Demeatry Brooks

Hometown: Belleville, MI

School Name: Belleville High School

Instrument: Trumpet

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Band of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
My band directors motivated me to apply for one of the most prestigious ensembles in America.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
1. Do NOT take anything for granted.
2. Work hard for what you desire.
3. Leave any program better than you found it.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
My most memorable moment in Symphony Band was when I performed at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
National Honor Society, Interact Club, Debate Club(Vice President), Student Council (President of the Class of 2017), Science Olympiad, BHS Productions, Choir Club, Ambassador Chorale, Varsity Tennis, and the Student Leadership Team.

What book have you read that you would recommend?
To Kill a Mockingbird

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Mussorgsky-Pictures at an Exhibition

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Strawberry/Cookies and Cream

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
I enjoy acting in plays/musicals and being involved in several extracurricular activities within Belleville High School.

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
Don't give up. Keep fighting for what you truly desire because in the end, hard work does pay off.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan to become a music teacher after receiving my bachelor's degree in Music Education.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
No

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
At Belleville High School, I am the Principal Trumpet Player in four ensembles.

 

This is the thirtieth installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!

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Name: Madi Childs

Hometown: Yorkville, IL

School Name: Yorkville High School

Instrument: Clarinet

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Band of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
My lesson teacher participated in it when he was in high school and it sounded like an awesome experience. My friend and I decided to both apply, and we are both excited to be there this March!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
1. Making music is something like no other and is truly a special gift.
2. Sounding amazing does not come easily, you have to work extra hard and love it.
3. It is a serious commitment, but has been by far the most fun and rewarding thing I have ever done.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
The entirety of my time at the Illinois All State Music Conference. Playing in the All-State Honors Band was an amazing experience. Also, my band, the Yorkville High School Wind Ensemble, was selected to play at the State Conference.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
I used to be in competitive dance and also theatre. I do not have time for those anymore due to my immense commitment to music. This includes marching band section leader, jazz band, clarinet choir, pit orchestra, and other chamber practices.

What book have you read that you would recommend?
"The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
"The Planets Suite" by Gustav Holst and George Gerwshin pieces such as "Rhapsody in Blue" and "An American in Paris".

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Anything with a lot of chocolate.

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
Hanging out with friends or family, and playing video games.

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
Wherever your passion lies, put your heart and soul into it. If you want to improve, you must have patience because it takes a lot of hard work.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
After high school I plan on studying Clarinet Performance. I would like to play for orchestras and teach. Also, I will continue to compose music.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have not participated before.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I love to compose and arrange music in my free time. I write music for just about any type or size of instrumental group you could think of.

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