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Alfred-WatkinsMr. Alfred L. Watkins has been part of the Music for All family in many capacities - on the advisory committee charged with designing the format of the National Concert Band Festival, as a Summer Symposium clinician and as a fall marching band adjudicator. As Director of Bands at Lassiter High School since 1982, he attended BOA's Weekend with the Experts series and his bands at Lassiter High School have performed at the Music for All National Festival and BOA Regional Championships and Grand National Championships, the latter of which they were named national champion in 1998 and 2002.

The Music for All Foundation is proud to be part of the Alfred L. Watkins Commissioning Project. The commissioned piece is being created to honor Mr. Watkins’ retirement as Director of Bands at Lassiter High School and celebrates the tremendous contributions of Mr. Watkins’ teaching, music making, leadership and passion for excellence.

We hope that you consider joining in the celebration of Mr. Watkins’ passion and life’s work, by honoring his dedication to music education by donating to the Alfred Watkins Commission Fund. The Fund will support the costs for the creation of a commissioned piece of work and will be showcased in May 2014 at the Cobb Wind Symphony Concert in Marietta, GA, where Watkins was a co-founder; as well as the 2015 Music for All National Festival Honor Band of America Concert.

All donations are needed to ensure this project comes to fruition to honor Mr. Watkins’ retirement as Director of Bands at Lassiter High School. The fund needs to raise more than $20,000 in order to reach its goal. Donors will receive donor benefits for their contributions, which include:

•    Donors who give $1,000+ will be listed in the score and in the commemorative program for the premier concert and will receive an autographed photo of the composer and Alfred.
•    Donors who give $500-$999, will be listed in the score and in the commemorative program for the premier concert.
•    Donors who give $499 or below, will be listed in the commemorative program for the premier concert.

To make a charitable gift to the Alfred Watkins Commission Fund, click the button below.

Watch the tribute video to Mr. Watkins:
Learn more about the Music for All Foundation and other specific initiatives and funds here.
Woodforest Bank Stadium
We are proud to announce that we have officially confirmed Woodforest Bank Stadium for the 2014 Texas Dairy Queen® Bands of America Regional Championship at Conroe.
The Regional Championship at Conroe will be on Saturday, October 11th.
Learn more about the stadium here.
We hope to see you at the Conroe Regional!
Emens Auditorium is extending a great offer on Joshua Bell tickets. $10 youth tickets (ages 18 and under), as well as a BOGO (Buy one get one free) for adult tickets in all price levels. Adults tickets are $45/$35. Patrons must use the offer code MUSIC FOR ALL when redeeming this buy one get one free offer at the Emens Box office or call (765) 285-1539 for more information.
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We are proud to announce that we have officially confirmed Papa John's Cardinal Stadium at the Univeristy of Louisville for the 2014 Bands of America Regional Championship at Louisville.
The Bands of America Regional Championship at Louisville will be on Saturday, September 20th.
Learn more about the stadium here.
We hope to see you at the Louisville Regional!
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My entire tenure with Music for All (2014 marks my 30th anniversary as MFA/BOA staff, yikes!) we have always weighed the cost of our presenting programs and the cost to the participants. While always a great value, we’ve continued to look for ways to make the Summer Symposium for band directors accessible to more. This year, after much consideration we’ve made the commitment to roll back Directors’ Academy fees so that directors now enroll for the same price as students!

Mark January 31 on your calendar: that’s the Super Saver deadline to enroll in the Summer Symposium (for directors and students). Directors – enroll by January 31 and you can attend this week-long professional development experience for as little as $102 a day – that’s tuition, meals, housing, materials and all of the evening concerts, events and socials.

How can we do this? Our new pricing model results from our organizational programming successes and growth in support from sponsors and donors. We’re passing these successes on to you by making attendance for you and your staff more accessible. Help us “pay it forward” by choosing to attend. Join us this summer and expand your knowledge base, build new relationships and collaborations, and learn and explore the latest in pedagogy, techniques and technology – all in an environment that fun and sure to recharge or reignite your passion for teaching.

The Music for All Summer Symposium Director’s and Instructor’s Tracks are recognized as some of the finest and most comprehensive professional development experiences available.

There are other ways to save, too…and even attend free! Bring 12 students from your school and earn a scholarship for one Director to attend camp for free. Bring six to 11 students and earn a scholarship for one Director to attend camp tuition free.
Deep discount for college students and teachers in their first three years of teaching: Research shows that three years is about the career life of most teachers. At Music for All we know that the most influential element in the success of students and music education in general are qualified, knowledgeable and well-prepared teachers. College students and teachers in their first three years of teaching can attend the Directors’ Academy for just $350! Includes tuition; housing and meals; concerts; and notebook of resources. That’s more than 30% off the regular price! Qualified participants can get that price by registering at any time before May 21.

That’s a lot of information and many words to basically say: “We want you to join us for the MFA Directors’ Academy and we’ve reduced prices to help you get there.”

Please join us, and if you do - be sure to come to headquarters and say hi, I'd love to hear about your camp experience!

Be sure to check our the 2013 Summer Symposium playlist on YouTube as well as learn more about the Director's Academy here!
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As some may already know, we have been in discussion with Jacksonville State University in recent weeks. We are proud to announce that we will be presenting a Bands of America Regional in Jacksonville in 2014! This is in addition to the schedule first published in December.
The Bands of America Regional Championship at Jacksonville will be on Saturday, October 11th.
The Regional will be held at Burgess-Snow Field, Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. Learn more about the stadium here.
The addition of the Jacksonvillle Regional brings us to 19 Bands of America Championships across the country in 2014. We hope to see you at one of these fine showcases of marching excellence!

bpotb discsMusic for All is proud to be a title sponsor of "Be Part of the Band: Elementary Style," a menu of high quality tools to help band directors attract as many students as possible to their program.

Student recruitment is one of the most critical, yet often overlooked, parts of a band director's job. With limited time and dwindling resources, it's getting harder to effectively and efficiently communicate to students and parents what we already know: Band Is A Life Changing Activity!

All of the videos and documents are available on the website, but you can also request a physical DVD/CD-ROM set. These resources are free, but there is a $10 charge for shipping/handling for a physical copy.

Please check out this fantastic program as we aim to get 350,000 kids started in band this year. Visit

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Giving Tuesday

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Giving Tuesday

Celebrate #GivingTuesday with Music for All!

Join others from around the world in a day of giving to kick-off the holiday season this year. Retailers have Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and we want you to help us support #GivingTuesday! #GivingTuesday was launched last year as a campaign to create a national day of giving to support charitable activities that support non-profit organizations like Music for All. Whether supporting Music for All with a donation or spreading the word about #GivingTuesday, you can make a difference for nonprofits across the world. Here's how you can make a difference:

 Support Music for All's Summer Symposium Scholarships

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This #GivingTuesday, you can provide positively life-changing experiences to high school students through the Music for All Scholarship Fund. The MFA Summer Symposium is a weeklong summer camp that provides world class music instruction, leadership training, immersive performance opportunities and nightly concerts. Students who attend the Summer Symposium become leaders in their band, school and community and aquire the skills necessary for success beyond high school. Camp scholarships provide valuable opportunties for underserved students and communities with limited access to high qality music and leadership training. By partnering with Music for All as a donor this #GivingTuesday, you are showing that you believe in music education, music in our schools and Music for All. Click here to make your donation today.

Spread the Word about #GivingTuesday

67c91a8d-7977-4b2b-90fe-83889ac564a3Even if you're unable to make a charitable gift today, you can support #GivingTuesday by spreading the word to support charitable activites all day. One unique way to support #GivingTuesday is the #unselfie. Show your support for #GivingTuesday and Music for All by uploading an #unselfie to your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages. Encourage your friends and followers to support #GivingTuesday as well. The holiday season is the perfect time to embrace giving, and what better way than with #GivingTuesday. You can visit for more #GivingTuesday social media resources. Don't forget to check out Music for All's social media pages all day for more #GivingTuesday information.

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