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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.

Spirit Award

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, 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!


The only professional drum and bugle corps in the United States Armed Forces has partnered with Music for All, a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, to spread awareness on the importance of arts education, leadership and careers in music.

The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps has partnered with Music for All and will offer support for all its events including Bands of America Regional and Super Regional Marching Championships, Bands of America Grand National Championships, Music for All National Festival, Music for All National Chamber Festival, and Music for All Summer Symposium.

While Music for All focuses on how teens and young adults can use music to gain confidence, build a network of motivated peers and learn valuable lessons on perseverance and dedication, “The Commandant’s Own” shows them how they can use these skills to create a career path within music and the military.

“The Commandant's Own” is excited to announce our partnership with Music for All. Music for All provides a diverse and expansive platform to fulfill our commitment to motivate, entertain and inspire,” said Major Christopher Hall, Director of The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps.

“The “Commandant’s Own” has been serving the United States for more than 80 years, performing at over 500 parades, ceremonies, and other celebrations annually. Originally formed as an augment to the US Marine Band, the unit provides musical support to ceremonies in the nation’s capital and around the world.  

“Music for all could not be prouder during its 40th Anniversary than to have The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps join our family of partners,” said Erin L. Martin, President and CEO of Music for All. “The United States Marines and its Drum & Bugle Corps are the epitome of excellence, service and leadership. They compliment Music for All’s commitment to instilling these values in the next generation of America’s leaders through our programming. “

For more information on The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, please visit or on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @usmcdrumcorps.

UPDATE: St. Louis Live Webcast Status

Friday, 16 October 2015 11:07 Written by Debbie Laferty Asbill

Music for All is diligently working to secure the proper license agreements before we can Live Webcast from St. Louis October 16-17, and before we can start taking orders for Live Webcasts.

As of 11:00 a.m. ET Friday we have not yet received the required authorization and cannot yet begin taking orders.

To our guests who are waiting to order and watch the Live Webcast, we understand your frustration. We are working on it continuously and are hopeful we will be able to launch the Live Webcast today as anticipated, but at this time, we do not have word on when we will be able to begin accepting orders, nor if authorization will be received in time to being streaming by the start of today's preliminary performances.

As soon as ordering is live, we will announce on Facebook, Twitter, and with a link.

Live Webcasts Announcement

Monday, 12 October 2015 17:41 Written by Erin Fortune

From the President and CEO, Eric L. Martin

We are pleased to be able to offer Live Streaming Webcasts of 2015 Bands of America Super Regional (St. Louis, Atlanta, Indianapolis, and San Antonio) and Grand National Championships.

Many of you are aware of the changing environment concerning the production and offering of commemorative videos of student performances and Music for All/Bands of America events.

We are happy to be able to offer this service and opportunity for parents and boosters who cannot make the trip to still be part of the experience.

Live Webcast Pricing and Order Information

Prices and package options for BOA live streams are below. Pricing offered has been established to make the offering feasible and as affordable as possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we try to develop methods to create ways to extend and make available the experience.

All Live Webcasts are available live, as they happen only. It is an “in-stadium” experience, but on your screen.

How to Order: Music for All is working to finalize the online ordering system, to be available this week in time to order for the St. Louis Super Regional Live Webcast. An announcement will be made on this blog and on Facebook and Twitter when ordering is live. You can plan your purchase using the pricing below.

Individual Super Regionals

St. Louis Super Regional (Includes Prelims and Finals) – $24.95
Friday-Saturday, October 16-17, Live from the Edward Jones Dome

Indianapolis Super Regional (Includes Prelims and Finals) – $24.95
Friday-Saturday, October 23-24, Live from Lucas Oil Stadium

Atlanta Super Regional (Includes Prelims and Finals) – $24.95
Friday-Saturday, October 30-31, Live from the Georgia Dome

San Antonio Super Regional (Includes Prelims and Finals) – $24.95
Friday-Saturday, October 30-31, Live from the Alamodome

Grand National Championships

Grand National Thursday Prelims – $24.95
Grand National Friday Prelims – $24.95
Grand National Semifinals – $34.95
Grand National Finals – $49.95

Grand National "All Access" Webcast Pass (Prelims, Semis, and Finals Bundle) – $68.95
That's just 49 cents per performance!

2015 Live Webcast Season Pass

"All Access" Webcast Season Pass (St. Louis, Indianapolis, Atlanta, and San Antonio Super Regionals, plus all of Grand Nationals – Prelims, Semi-Finals, and Finals) – $98.95
That's just 22 cents per performance!

Note: Only Super Regionals and Grand Nationals will be Live Webcast.

More About Capturing and Providing Recordings

In hopes of making video recordings of 2015 BOA performances available in some format (e.g. streaming video on demand and/or digital downloads) at some point in the future, Music for All has invested in and retained the ongoing services of Mr. Video, our past videographer to capture and edit high and multi-camera versions of all 2015 Bands of America fall performances. We are delivering a copy to each director for archival and teaching purposes, but cannot legally release additional copies at this time.

Please know that offering traditional DVDs, post-event steaming video on demand, or digital downloads in a legally compliant, timely and affordable fashion to students, teachers, students, fans and supporters is and remains a priority for us and others involved and engaged in presenting and supporting the pageantry arts.

Requirements and processes established in the past are no longer feasible or acceptable to rights holders. To date, we have not found common ground that will allow recording, licensing, and distribution in cost or time effective manners acceptable to rights holders, or affordable to Music for All or you – our participants and fans.

DVD Products Discontinued

We do not expect to offer DVD products as we have in the past. We are hopeful (late season or early next year) we will have processes that will allow licensing of streaming and/or downloadable commemorative videos of individual shows. If and when a system allowing them exists, we will inform you.

Music for All is working to prepare communications to past online video customers with these details; if you are a past customer, we appreciate your patience as we prepare those communications.

Parts of the U.S. have been hit hard with rain and flooding in recent days. We hope you and yours are safe.

Due to extreme weather conditions, finals were cancelled for the shows in McAllen, TX on September 26; Dayton, OH and Powder Springs, GA on October 3.

The overriding ticketing policy for Music for All/Bands of America events is that tickets are “non-refundable.” Nevertheless, where extraordinary circumstances, like severe weather, cause the cancellation of all or a substantial portion of an event, Music for All has established refund polices for that event and offered full or partial refunds as appropriate.

Click on the links below to see Music for All’s policies concerning ticket refunds for the affected shows.

For McAllen, TX Regional Championship

For Dayton, OH Regional Championship

For Powder Springs, GA Regional Championship

Powder Springs Finals Cancelled

Saturday, 03 October 2015 18:36 Written by Debbie Laferty Asbill

As of 6:30 p.m. local time – Finals has been cancelled due to weather at the Bands of America Regional at Powder Springs, in the interest for the safety and well-being of the participants and spectators.

Note that this is in addition to cancellation of Finals at the BOA Dayton show, also due to weather.

Dayton: Finals Cancelled Due to Weather

Saturday, 03 October 2015 18:19 Written by Debbie Laferty Asbill

Posted Saturday, Oct. 3, 6:20 p.m. local time – Due to ongoing inclement weather Music for All has cancelled Finals for the 2015 Bands of America Regional at Dayton.

The decision was made at the Finalist Directors Meeting, after discussing options with the Finalist Band Directors, and for the safety and well-being of the participants and spectators.

McAllen Prelims Resuming at 7:45 p.m.

Saturday, 26 September 2015 20:33 Written by Debbie Laferty Asbill

Prelims performance for the last six bands will resume at 7:45 p.m. this evening at the Bands of America Regional in McAllen. Our hope is to get all six bands' prelims performances in this evening, weather permitting.

The order of performance for the final six bands, starting at 7:45 p.m. are:

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Southwest H.S., TX
Roma H.S., TX
Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX
Nikki Rowe H.S., TX
Edinburg H.S., TX
Sandra Day O'Connor H.S., TX

Followed by an awards ceremony.

Music for All puts the safety of the students and audience first. We will proceed with the final six performance as weather permits.

UPDATE 6:50 p.m.: McAllen Weather Delay

Saturday, 26 September 2015 18:26 Written by Debbie Laferty Asbill

Music for All continues to monitor the weather at the Bands of America Regional in McAllen. MFA officials have met with the band directors of the six bands who did not yet perform in Prelims to discuss options.

At the discretion of the affected directors, MFA will further delay the show, but continue to monitor whether in hopes of resuming Prelims performances this evening. The final call whether or not to resume performance is expected to be made at 8:15 p.m.

If it is determined the final six bands can safely perform, an updated performance schedule will be posted here and on

Clinics will be held as scheduled on Sunday at McAllen Memorial H.S.

McAllen Regional Update: Weather Delay

Saturday, 26 September 2015 16:51 Written by Erin Fortune

Due to inclement weather, we are asking all patrons and participants of the Texas Dairy Queen® Bands of America Regional Championship at McAllen to proceed indoors or into the stadium concourse. We hope to resume when it is safe for all attendees. Please stay tuned for updates!

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