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Thursday, September 13, 2018

New Music for All affiliate marching event

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Music for All is proud to announce our newest affiliate event – and the first Music for All affiliate marching event – the Power Band Classic Invitational Contest, a Music for All Affiliate Marching Band Regional Event in Percy, Arkansas, Saturday, October 13, at Lake Hamilton High School.

This new partnership with the Power Band Classic marks the first “Music for All” affiliate marching band contest. The partnership will enable both organizations to enrich the musical experience of students through the marching arts. Music for All President and CEO Eric Martin will be at the affiliate event, greeting participating bands “at the gate.”

For information about the Power Band Classic Invitational Content, an Affiliate Marching Band Regional of Music for All, please visit: http://www.powerbandofarkansas.org/

For more information about about Music for All schedule of Affiliate Regional Music Festivals, please visit us here.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

2018 Northern California Stadium Confirmed

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We are excited to confirm that the Bands of America Northern California Regional Championship will take place at Diablo Valley College!

For more information on tickets and how to live stream the event, please visit the Regional page.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Music for All Affiliate Choral Festival

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Music for All is proud to announce Georgia Southern University will host its 4th annual Southern Invitational High School Choral Competition and Festival in its second year of collaboration with Music for All.  After reviewing numerous applications and recordings, the music faculty of Georgia Southern will host 15 selected choirs from Georgia and South Carolina on October 18 and 19  in Statesboro, Georgia.

Over 400 students have the opportunity to receive evaluation from and work with master teachers Dr. Kent Hatteberg, Music for All Choral Artistic Committee Member and Director of Choral Activities at University of Louisville; Mr. Ryan Marsh, Music for All ENVOY member and Choral Director at Lafayette High School in Lexington, KY; and Dr. Sara Lynn Baird, Professor Department of Music, College of Liberal Arts, Auburn University.

Dr. Shannon Jeffreys, Director of Choral Activities, and Dr. David Langley, Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Georgia Southern will be joined by vocal/choral faculty to offer private voice instruction and many diverse sessions and activities. Georgia Southern University choral students will perform in concert for participating choirs as they continue to work hard to make memories for the high school students and directors. Dr. Jeffreys stated “We look forward to announcing all of our winners in mid-October and hope they will apply for the Music for All National Choir Festival in 2020!”

As a Music for All Affiliate Festival, each participating choir will receive a scholarship toward application for the 2020 National Choir Festival in Indianapolis where Artistic Director, Henry Leck will be joined by Guest Conductor, Elena Sharkova; Composer in Residence, Rosephanye Powell; Evaluator-Clinicians: Angela Broeker, Rollo Dilworth, Eric Stark, Ly Wilder, Brandon Boyd, Joseph Flummerfelt, Jason Max Ferdinand; and Guest Choir, the Oakwood Aeolians. Visit https://choir.musicforall.org/ for more information on the Music for All National Choir Festival.

Please join us in welcoming Jessica Morgan to the Marketing Department as a Marketing Coordinator!

As Marketing Coordinator, Morgan’s responsibilities include maintaining web, digital, and print materials, assisting with preparation for Music for All’s presence at national conventions, updating and maintaining Bands of America announcer scripts, design, and various marketing projects.

"We are very pleased to have Jessica join Music for All's marketing team," says Debbie Laferty Asbill, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. "Jessica gained experience helping and talking with our participants and supporters in her previous role with Music for All. As part of the marketing team, she now brings that spirit of service and background in marketing to our efforts to promote and share our programming and music education advocacy."

Jessica joined Music for All in February 2018 as the Administrative Assistant/Receptionist. She graduated from Indiana State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Music Business with a focus on Marketing and Product Merchandising. During her collegiate career Jessica served as President of Sigma Alpha Iota, as well as the manager of the ISU Flute Choir. Morgan is originally from Terre Haute, IN and is a proud alumna of Terre Haute North Vigo High School. While attending Terre Haute North, she was highly active in the Music and Theater departments. 

Join us in congratulating Jessica on this much deserved promotion. We are thrilled that she will continue to help support Music for All's mission to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through Music for All!

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Music for All has named Karissa Mills as Administrative Assistant/Receptionist.

Mills joins Music for All full-time after completing a six-month internship with the Advancement Department. During her internship, Mills projects included: sponsorship fulfillment support, donor relations support, grant research, and assisting with the coordination of the Yamaha Directors’ Academy Scholarship program for the 2018 Music for All Summer Symposium. As Administrative Assistant/Receptionist, Mills is the first point of contact for those who visit and call the office. Her responsibilities include general administrative tasks, preparing documents and correspondence, conducting data entry for applications that are received, being attuned of staff schedules, meetings, and travel, and general upkeep of the office.

“We are delighted to have Karissa Mills join the Music for All team,” said Norman Lasiter, Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the CEO and COO. “Relying on solid education and experience in music and business and her passion for the arts, Karissa will contribute meaningfully to our organization and the delivery of its mission. I’m excited to have another “product” of band join the team.”

Mills graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Music Business. She was also a part of the Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity for women, where she served as the Vice President of Ritual and Sergeant-at-Arms.

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Music for All welcomes Lucia Smith as Accounts Receivable Clerk!

As Accounts Receivable Clerk, Smith is responsible for assisting with the processing of summer camp and fall registrations, maintaining the integrity of all accounting records and files for vendors, customers, and participants; and assisting with other finance and administrative duties as needed and directed.

“We are thrilled to add Lucia to the Music for All Accounting Department,” said Tonya Bullock, Accounting Manager. “She is a wonderful asset to our staff and customers.”

Lucia graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Business, experience in Accounting and Customer Service. In the past Lucia has volunteered with various organizations including Children’s Bureau and Feed the Children.

Please join us in welcoming Lucia Smith to Music for All!

Drum Corps International has delayed the start time of the DCI Central Indiana show in Muncie, Indiana today, Friday, June 29, to 8 p.m. due to a Heat Advisory.

For more information on the show, visit https://www.dci.org/events/dci-central-indiana

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The 2018 Bands of America Southern California Regional Championship will take place at Monarch Stadium at L.A. Valley College in Van Nuys, California!

Stay tuned for ticket information coming soon. 

This summer, 1,700 student musicians and directors will travel from across the country to “America’s Camp,” the Music for All Summer Symposium presented by Yamaha. One road, in particular, will provide the path for select educators and students from urban city centers to experience the Symposium. Interstate-65, one of the major U.S. highways that travels right through the heart of Indianapolis, will bring together 34 students and 12 teachers from 9 districts along the corridor to take part in an exciting new initiative: the Interstate-65 Corridor Project.

Directors and students from the Corridor will have the opportunity to network, share ideas and resources, and participate in special workshops as part of this unique experience. The newly formed Music for All Urban Education Advisory committee has developed a specialized curriculum geared towards growth and opportunities for these participants, with topics such as team-building, collaboration, and strategic planning.

About the “I-65 Corridor Project”

Music for All, with the generous support of the Country Music Association Foundation, has launched this initiative as the first step towards serving urban music education on a national level. The goals for this initiative include increasing support and fostering positive opportunities for these programs, as well as decreasing barriers often present in core urban school communities like those found along the Corridor.

The I-65 Corridor was chosen for this initiative based on existing relationships with Indianapolis Public Schools, observed challenges and achievements in communities along the Corridor, and Music for All’s organizational capacity to effectively engage new communities in our programming. By providing guidance and ongoing professional development to these music programs, Music for All hopes to enhance musical instruction and performance-based achievement, which will help us realize our ultimate goal of helping build self-sustaining music programs in these communities.

About the Urban Education Advisory Committee

In order to ensure that the efforts of this initiative are relevant and engaging, Music for All has assembled an Urban Education Advisory Committee, a team dedicated to the strategic planning and facilitation of all efforts related to the I-65 Corridor Project. The Committee is composed of six distinguished music educators and industry leaders who not only have experience working with programs similar to those along the Corridor, but also have been recognized as competent music educators, innovative thinkers, and facilitators of comprehensive educational programming. The committee is excited to work with directors and students in the I-65 Corridor Project during the Summer Symposium and throughout the academic year. The team is comprised of the following music education consultants:

  • William J. Earvin, Baker HS, Director of Bands – Baker, LA
  • Zachary Harris, William-Carey University, Assistant Professor of Music Education – Hattiesburg, MS
  • Sybil James, Willowridge HS, Director of Bands – Houston, TX
  • Tim Linley, Dallas Independent School District, Director of Visual & Performing Arts – Dallas, TX
  • Myran Parker-Brass, Boston Public Schools, Executive Director for the Arts – Boston, MA
  • Ayatey Shabazz, Devmusic Publishing Company, LLC, Founder/President & CEO – Biloxi, MS

Copy of InternSpotlight Bailey 

What is your hometown? City, State.

New Palestine, IN

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?

New Palestine High School
Ball State University : Graduated December of 2017

What is your major/degree?
Major: Public Relations
Minor: Marketing

What is your musical background? 
I have been involved in choir as long as I can remember. At Ball State I was a four year member of the Ball State University Singers and served as the Company Manager this year.

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What has been your favorite part of this internship experience?

The favorite part of my internship was the opportunity to attend and work at the Music for All National Festival. I enjoyed listening to various ensembles and appreciate the many talented students who attended.

What is an interesting fact about you?

I am traveling to London, England on May 12!

Who are your top three favorite artists? This could be any genre of music.

One Republic, Ben Rector, and Keith Urban

One thing you couldn’t live without?

My family

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What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy hanging out with my friends, singing, and eating.

What are you currently reading?
101 Secrets For Your Twenties

Do you have a favorite quote?

“Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.” – Jim Rohn

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What's a show you've binge watched recently?

Parks and Rec, New Girl, and Westworld

Favorite movie not many people have seen?

She’s All That

 

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