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Music for All and Music Travel Consultants have entered into a five year agreement to share sponsorship of the “Music for All Indiana State Fair Band Day, presented by Music Travel Consultants.”

The State Fair Band Day has been held every year since it began in the 1940s and was for decades considered Indiana’s state marching band finals. Music for All Indiana State Fair Band Day, presented by Music Travel Consultants, features more than 40 bands annually.

Participating bands are “track band” style marching bands, and are adjudicated by a panel of educators. Many of the bands that participate are part of the Central Indiana Track Show Association (CITSA), which presents several invitationals each summer for its member bands, leading up to State Fair Band Day.

“Music for All is thrilled to support the State Fair Band Day and the many bands for which it is the pinnacle of their summer performances,” says Eric L. Martin, President and CEO of Music for All.
“Music Travel Consultants is excited to join Music for All in presenting the 2015 Music For All Indiana State Fair Band day. We are proud to partner and support CITSA’s membership by providing new opportunities and resources for its students to pursue excellence in music", said Mark Harting, CEO of Music Travel Consultants.

The 2015 Music for All Indiana State Fair Band Day, presented by Music Travel Consultants, will be held Saturday, August 8, 2015 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.



Music for All is proud to announce it will launch a track for middle school band students at the 2016 Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha.

The Symposium already includes a track for Middle School Band Directors. The new track will offer a concert band experience for all middle school band students.

The division is being coordinated by two middle school band directors who currently teach in the Chicago suburbs: Keith Ozsvath, band director at Rotolo Middle School in Batavia, and Greg Scapillato, band director for Northbrook School District 28. Both Keith and Greg are deeply familiar with Music for All and the Summer Symposium, having attended the camp as high school students and having served as SWAG Team members (counselors and teaching assistants) as college students and young band directors.

“I am very excited that middle school band students will now be able to experience the same positive energy and amazing educational environment that the Summer Symposium is known for,” says Ozsvath. “These students will make music, new friends, and lasting memories while learning from outstanding educators.”

“This is a big win for middle school band programs everywhere!,” says Scapillato. “A natural ‘next step’ for the Symposium, this camp is uniquely positioned to foster both the growth of the young band student and their desire to continue performing. As an organization, MFA has excelled at shaping the band experience of countless high school students. Those of us living in the world of middle school band will benefit greatly from MFA’s positive influence.

“Simply put, the MFA Summer Symposium is the best place for a middle school band student, for all the reasons that matter to students, directors, and parents: engaging conductors and clinicians; exciting evening concerts; motivated peers with similar interests; a safe and welcoming environment for personal growth. Students will return to their band programs infused with positive energy and renewed motivation. I am genuinely excited to bring this new opportunity to the students in our band programs!”

“Music for All is excited to begin offering the MFA educational, positively-life changing experience of our summer camp to middle school band students,” says Deb Laferty Asbill, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Music for All. “We believe it will not only improve their immediate band experience and provide valuable skills they can take back to their own bands, but will also play a role in retention and in choosing to continue to participate in their high school music programs.”

Details and curriculum are in development. Registration information and applications will be available in December 2015, when the full 2015 camp registration goes live during the Midwest Clinic.

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We are proud to announce that we have officially confirmed Governors Stadium at Austin Peay State University for the 2015 Kentucky/Tennessee Area Regional.

The Regional Championship will be on Saturday, September 19th.

We hope to see you at the Clarksville, TN Regional Championship!

See the full 2015 schedule.

Enroll today.

BBT Field

We are proud to announce that we have officially confirmed BB&T Field at Wake Forest University for the 2015 Winston-Salem, NC Regional. The Regional Championship will be on Saturday, October 10th.

We hope to see you at the Winston-Salem, NC Regional Championship!

See the full 2015 schedule.

Enroll today.

Bowling Green

We are proud to announce that we have officially confirmed Doyt Perry Stadium at Bowling Green State University for the 2015 NW Ohio/ SE Michigan Regional.

The Regional Championship will be on Saturday, September 26th.

We hope to see you at the Bowling Green, Ohio Regional Championship!

See the full 2015 schedule.

Enroll today.


We are proud to announce that we have officially confirmed Maverick Stadium at the University of Texas-Arlington for the 2015 Bands of America Regional at Arlington, Texas.

The Regional Championship will be on Saturday, October 10th.

We hope to see you at the Arlington Regional Championship!

See the full 2015 schedule.

Enroll today.


Music for All has announced the industry leaders who will be inducted into the 2015 Bands of America Hall of Fame: Remo D. Belli, Richard Saucedo, Mark Jolesch, and Dr. Nicholas Valenziano.

The Bands of America Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have had a positively life-changing impact on Music for All’s Bands of America programs, participants, and music education. 2015 inductees were announced during the Finals of the 2014 Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha, Saturday, November 15th, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Remo D. Belli is the Founder of Remo Percussion Products and a long-time BOA supporter and sponsor. Belli founded Remo, Inc. in 1957 and continues to serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Remo, Inc. offers drumheads and related products. Its products include drum sets, world percussion, ergo-drum systems, educational products, kids’ instruments, sound shapes, crown percussion, and accessories. The company offers its products through dealers internationally. For over 50 years, Remo has constantly and consistently broken new ground when it comes to industry firsts.

Remo, Inc. and its founder and namesake have been a sponsors and supporter of Bands of America and music education for more than two decades. Beyond creation of the world’s finest drumheads and other percussion and rhythm accessories, Mr. Belli and his company to explore and lead the connection between human healing, wellness and therapeutic mind and body rhythm.

Richard L. Saucedo is Director of Bands and Department Chairman (Emeritus) at the William H. Duke Center for the Performing Arts at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana, having retired in 2013 after 31 years of public school teaching. Under his direction, Carmel bands received numerous state and national honors in the areas of concert band, jazz band and marching band. His Carmel Wind Symphony performed three times at Music for All’s National Concert Band Festival, performed at the Midwest Clinic, and was named an Indiana State Champion. Under his direction, the Carmel Marching Band finished in the top ten at the Bands of America Grand National Championship for 15 consecutive years and was named BOA National Champions in the 2005 and 2012. His marching bands were Indiana Class A State Champions four times and he was named Indiana Bandmasters Association’s “Bandmaster of the Year” for 1999 and “Outstanding Music Educator” for the state of Indiana, in 2010, by the Indiana Music Educators Association.

Mr. Saucedo remains active and engaged with Bands of America and Music for All serving as an Educational Consultant, Coordinator for MFA’s jazz programming and a Chief Judge for Bands of America fall programs.

Mark Jolesch revolutionized the art of group and candid event photography for scholastic marching bands. As founder of Jolesch Photography and its successor Jolesch Enterprises, Mark and his companies have been the official photography company of Bands of America events since 1982. During that time, Jolesch’s companies have captured more than a million group and candid images of Bands of America participants and events that literally “tell of story” of scholastic band in America. His success at Bands of America events was the springboard that launched Jolesch photography services to be leaders in photography for band contest and festival across the country and marching organizations including Drum Corps International. Jolesch images have been featured in newspapers, music and arts trade publications, and Bands of America marketing and promotional materials for more than three decades.

Jolesch’s contributions to Music for All go beyond the capturing and distribution of cherished photographic commemoratives. The Mark Jolesch Scholarship at Grand Nationals has meaningfully contributed to the education and training of young men and women who are today successful music educators. In addition to these contributions, Mark and his team have been fiscal, operational and strategic contributors to Music for All’s and Bands of America growth and development as an organization.

Dr. Nicholas Valenziano is the Former Executive Director and Director of Education for Marching Bands of America and was instrumental in developing Bands of America presence in its early years.

In 1978, Dr. Nicholas Valenziano succeeded Gary Beckner, becoming (Marching) Bands of America’s second Executive Director. Nick came to Marching Bands of America in 1975 as its first Educational Director and served in that role until his elevation to Executive Director, a position he held until 1981. A childhood friend and band mate of BOA founder Larry McCormick, Nick “bought into” Larry’s dream that is Bands of America. His presence and engagement provided leadership, legitimacy and character to the vision, without which foundation might call into question Bands of America’s and Music for All survival and evolution through the years.

Dr. Nick Valenziano received his Bachelor of Music degree from DePaul University, a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Missouri. In addition to his work at Bands of America, he spent more than 35 years as a music educator at the elementary, high school, and college levels and twelve years in the music industry, before he retired in 2001. A consummate musician, Nick remains active as a professional player and conductor in his “retirement” home of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Music for All will induct these newest members into the Bands of America Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 14, 2015 during the Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis. They will be permanently recognized in the Bands of America Hall of Fame at Music for All’s Indianapolis headquarters, along with all the BOA Hall of Fame members inducted since the first in 2003.


Bands of America Hall of Fame Members

Eugene Migliaro Corporon
Fred and Marlene Miller
Camilla M. Stasa

James Campbell
Bruce Dinkins
Vic Firth

Chuck Campbell
Chuck Henson
Stu and Sharon Holzer

Debbie Laferty Asbill
Richard Floyd
Michael Rubino

Anthony Maiello
L. Scott McCormick
H. Robert Reynolds

James F. Keene
Norman Ruebling

Marie Czapinski
Colonel Arnald Gabriel
Alfred Watkins

Gary Green
Michael Kumer
Wayne Markworth

Ray E. Cramer
Gary Markham
George N. Parks (1953-2010)

Greg Bimm
Bob Buckner
Richard and Gayle Crain

Tim Lautzenheiser
Tom McLeRoy (1929–2003)
Kenneth M. Snoeck

Col. Truman W. Crawford (1934–2003)
Frederick Fennell (1914–2004)
L.J. Hancock (1952–2002)
Larry McCormick
John P. Paynter (1929–1996)
Dr. William D. Revelli (1902–1994)


We are proud to announce that we have officially confirmed Burgess-Snow Field at Jacksonville State University for the 2015 Bands of America Regional at Jacksonville.

The Regional Championship will be on Saturday, October 10th.

We hope to see you at the Jacksonville Regional Championship!

See the full 2015 schedule.

Enroll today.Enroll today.

The Music for All Foundation awards several scholarships annually. During the Grand National Championships, Finals Opening Ceremonies several students were presented with college tuition scholarship awards. These scholarships were established to contribute to the future of music and music education by honoring the achievements of outstanding graduating seniors who intend to pursue collegiate study as a music major.

Congratulations to Craig Hatter, Lake Park High School in Roselle, Illinois who was awarded the $1,000 Yamaha Scholarship. The scholarship was presented by John Wittmann, Director of Artist Relations and Education at Yamaha Corporation of Ameria Band and Orchestra Division.

Yamaha Scholarship

Congratulations to Grace Schebler, Davenport Central High School in Davenport, Iowa who was awarded the $2,000 Fred J. Miller Memorial Music Education scholarship. The scholarship was presented by Marlene Miller, President and CEO of Fred J. Miller, Incorporated

FJM 2k Scholarship

Congratulations to Melissa O'Hara, Bellbrook High School in Dayton, Ohio who was awarded the $1,000 Fred J. Miller Family Scholarship. The scholarship was presented by Marlene Miller, President and CEO of Fred J. Miller, Incorporated

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Music for All’s efforts to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences include awarding a number of scholarships each year. For more information about MFA’s scholarships click here.

The Patrick John Hughes Parent/Booster Award annually recognizes the extraordinary commitment, dedication, support and sacrifice of music parents and boosters around the world by shining a spotlight on an individual who exemplifies these qualities.

The award is named in honor of Patrick John Hughes, the father of Patrick Henry Hughes. Patrick Henry is a remarkable young man who, despite physical challenges that would seem overwhelming to many, has excelled as a musician and student, singing and playing piano and trumpet with the Louisville Marching and Pep Bands, with the help of his father, who tirelessly maneuvers his son’s wheelchair through the formations with the other 220+ members of the Cardinal Marching Band

On Friday night during Grand Nationals the 2014 Patrick John Hughes Parent Booster award was awarded to Tom Meyer, of Blue Springs, Missouri.

Meyer Stephens JR1 4243 editedPictured left to right: James Stephens, Director of Advocacy and Educational Resources at Music for All; Mr. Tom Meyer, 2014 Parent/Booster Award Winner

Mr. Meyer’s affiliation with the Blue Springs, Missouri band program began as a student member in the 1980s. In 2000 he returned as a booster, beginning his extraordinary run as a fixture in the band and community.

“Tom Meyer wakes up in the morning pondering what he can do to help the band program,”said Dr. Tim J. Allhouse, the Blue Springs High School Director of Bands.

This devotion has included an incredible level of creativity and above and beyond gestures. He’s donated parking cones to increase the safety of the marching band’s parking lot rehearsal space. He’s provided transportation to the winter guard and assisted with all ensembles--not just those in which his daughters have been involved. And he even got up on a Saturday morning to pitch a tent on the roof of the school so the directors could have shade when observing the band at rehearsal.

His fundraising ideas, efforts, and execution have helped the program fundraise an incredible $50,000 in just one year. From raffles to trivia nights to transforming the marching band festival’s program from a four-page handout to an impressive 44 page professional publication with national sponsors, his ideas have made a direct, visible impact. One of those ideas, a “Drive for UR School”event with a local Ford Dealership, raised $6,000 in one day.

“Mr. Meyer has the ability to unify a group of people and to put teams together quickly to accomplish incredible projects,” said Dr. Allhouse. That ability has won him admiration with his fellow parents and boosters, who praise his enthusiasm and interest in nurturing music programs not just at the high school but the elementary and middle school levels, as well.

MeyerWifeDr.AllshousePictured left to right: Dr. Tim J. Allshouse, Blue Springs H.S. Director of Bands; Mrs. Susan Meyer and Mr. Tom Meyer

“He believes that this support encourages student participation in the arts and helps to make them more active and good at their craft by the time they are in high school,”said Lee Ann Rothmier, who coordinates the school’s annual marching band festival and has worked with Mr. Meyer as he chaired the festival’s fundraising committee.

Even more impressive than the countless hours he spends working with the band program is that he does it while juggling the family business, Meyer Music, a three-store chain his parents opened in Blue Springs in the 1960s that he now owns with his two siblings. He has utilized the music store as a way to further aid music students and families through Band of Angels, a program that refurbishes donated instruments and matches them with students in need who otherwise could not participate in band. In the program’s first year over 300 instruments were collected and matched, and applications continue to pour in from parents and band directors.

all winners mfa staffPictured left to right: Eric Martin, President and CEO of Music for All; Dr. Tim J. Allshouse, Blue Springs HS Director of Bands;  Charlie Broach, 2010 Parent/Booster Award Winner; Tom Meyer, 2014 Parent/Booster Award Recipient; Susan Meyer; Dick Zentner, 2013 Parent/Booster Award Winner; PJ Littleton, 2012 Parent/Booster Award Winner; James Stephens, Director of Advocacy and Educational Resources at Music for All

But it doesn’t stop there.“Not only has he helped to supply every brass member with a professional quality horn to use in the past 5 years, but he also helps the program by fixing them,”said fellow parent Matt McMahill.“He sacrifices time away from his business every week to selflessly help to keep the band going in the right direction. Plus, in spite of the many, many time consuming things he does for the band program he still keeps the right attitude.”
That attitude and drive is perhaps what individuals admire the most.“It is the extra effort provided by individuals such as Tom Meyer who separates our program from others,”said Mr.
Dave Adams, principal of the Blue Springs High School.“He is willing to do whatever job, no matter how big or small. He is vital as a main organizer of our Band of America Marching Band Festival that is one of the largest and most successful in this region. All this extra work and effort is done with such a positive attitude and goodness because he loves what our music program provides for our students. He believes fervently that the benefits of being involved are the best for our kids and he wants to provide an outstanding opportunity for everyone involved.”

“Tom Meyer is the real deal,”said Dr. Allhouse.“ He is one in a million, has a heart of gold and truly exemplifies the servant heart. The Blue Springs Golden Regiment is a better organization because of his influence and we will be forever grateful for all he has selflessly given to the band. Generations to come will benefit from Mr. Meyer’s kindness.”

 View Parent/Booster Ceremony Video

Read more about Patrick John Hughes and his family and the Parent/Booster Award and find out how to nominate the exceptional parent or booster in your music program here.