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Music for All announced yesterday that the U.S. Army has partnered with Music for All (MFA)/Bands of America to educate young musicians, band directors, educators, parents and others about the unique opportunities to serve in the Army.

Saturday, September 20, members of the U.S. ARMY will be on site at the Bands of America Regional Championship at Papa John’s Stadium in Louisville. Students can participate in special U.S. Army challenges and activities created just for them at the BOA Louisville Championship. If you’re attending the event, please visit the area located at the northwest corner* of the stadium, just under the stands near the band entrance gate. See the locator map at the bottom of this page.

The U.S. ARMY Challenge area will be open throughout the event until the start of Finals, including the break between Prelims and Finals.

Be sure to visit to learn more about scholarships and hundreds of career opportunities available in the U.S. Army.

** Location pending, check on site for any location changes.

Louisville Army Challenge Locator


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

U.S. Army partners with Music for All

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U.S. Army partners with Music for All to encourage consideration of Army service
Pilot program engages musicians and educators to explore career and scholarship opportunities

As part of a new pilot program, the U.S. Army has partnered with Music for All (MFA)/Bands of America to educate young musicians, band directors, educators, parents and others about the unique opportunities to serve in the Army.

Through the partnership, the Army will support nine championship events across the country this marching band season, reaching approximately 75,000 competitors from 27 states and more than 170,000 event attendees. Each event will feature an interactive Army Strong Zone display where student band members and other attendees can test their mental agility, critical thinking skills, and knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Based on their performance, students are matched to potential Army careers where they can learn more about the Army and scholarship opportunities.

“The Army is proud to partner with this outstanding organization that shares our commitment to motivate, educate, train and develop today’s youth to be our future leaders, decision-makers and active citizens,” said Mark Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing. “As a former bandsman myself, I know the dedication, teamwork and technical expertise required for a successful band. These talented young musicians possess a similar set of strengths to Army Soldiers and embody the Army’s core values. They demonstrate a loyalty to each other and are willing to work hard memorizing music and drills, while balancing academics. We look forward to working together through this sponsorship.”

U.S. Army Soldiers and Army Band members will be on site to perform, interact with participants and present several awards at the following MFA/Bands of America events, culminating with the Bands of America Grand National Championship event in November.

•    Sept. 20: Bands of America Regional Championships (Louisville, Ky.)
•    Oct. 4: Bands of America Regional Championships (Denton, Texas)
•    Oct. 11: Bands of America Regional Championships (Jacksonville, Ala.)
•    Nov. 12-15: Bands of America Grand National Championships Expo (Indianapolis, Ind.)

“It is an honor to partner with the U.S. Army and is a positive way to expand our commitment to help educate, enlighten, and inspire the next generation of America’s leaders through music and the arts," said Eric L. Martin, president and chief executive officer of Music for All. “The Army recognizes the positive skills students gain from participating in music education, which translate into successful futures, whether they choose to pursue careers in music or not.”

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Download Official Press Release here.

Stephens JamesMusic for All has added a new professional, James P. Stephens, to its Indianapolis staff, as Director of Advocacy and Educational Resources. Stephens joins Music for All having most recently served as a music educator for one of the nation’s most respected scholastic music programs, at Broken Arrow High School in Oklahoma.

Music for All uniquely combines regional and national music-event programming with awareness and advocacy efforts aimed at expanding access to music in schools and communities, including Indianapolis.

The Director of Advocacy and Educational Resources is a new position created to meet key organizational objectives and initiatives. This high-level management position will develop and implement the organization’s existing and new scholastic music-related arts advocacy initiatives. The position will also work with and assist the organization’s educational team as it develops, recommends and crafts organizational initiatives, ensuring the organization’s events and programs support and reflect its high educational standards and commitment.

“As the Music for All vision continues to broaden, Mr. Stephens will be a wonderful and valued asset to the staff. Advocacy is paramount to music education and he will provide needed insight and direction,” stated Gary Markham, Senior Music for All Educational Consultant. “Additionally, he has the background, energy and experience to help facilitate and expand all of MFA’s educational initiatives. The Education Team and I are tremendously excited to work with him for a bright future.”

As an educator, Stephens worked closely and passionately with Music for All at various programs and events and has served on the faculty at the Music for All Summer Symposium.

Prior to joining Music for All, Stephens was the former Associate Director of Bands at Broken Arrow High School where he taught since 2006. Stephens’ teaching responsibilities included three concert bands, music theory and assistant marching band director for the Pride of Broken Arrow. While at Broken Arrow, the marching band was named the Bands of America Grand National Champion twice (in 2011 and 2006), was a seven-time national finalist at the Bands of America Grand National Championships, and was presented with the prestigious Sudler Shield of Excellence by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The marching band performed by invitation in the 2009 and 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

Under the direction of Stephens, the Broken Arrow Wind Bands have performed multiple times at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association state conventions and most recently in New York City's renowned Carnegie Hall.

Stephens brings both large and small band program experience, prior to his appointment at Broken Arrow, Stephens taught at Jamestown High School (NY), Marion Local High School (OH) and Mad River Middle School (OH). Bands under Stephens' direction have performed in venues across the United States and have consistently received superior ratings and have been awarded numerous honors in concert and marching venues.


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We are proud to announce that we have officially confirmed Veterans Memorial Stadium at Long Beach City College for the 2014 Bands of America Southern California Regional. 
The Regional Championship at Long Beach, CA will be on Saturday, November 8th.
Learn more about the stadium here.
This is the final stadium of the 2014 season to be confirmed! We hope to see you at the Regional Championship at Long Beach!

Chamber Music National FesitvalPhoto used by permission of University of South Carolina School of Music.

The application/audition packet for Music for All’s new Chamber Music National Festival, part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, is now available for download at

The 2015 festival will be March 12-14th in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Music for All is proud to be again expanding the MFA National Festival to provide performance opportunities for students in chamber ensembles. The Chamber Festival is made possible by the commitment and generous lead donor support of Vandoren.

The non-competitive Chamber Music National Festival will offer wind and string chamber ensemble players the opportunity to perform on a national stage and experience professional coaching and instrument-specific master classes.

Michael Skinner, President of DANSR, Inc. (Vandoren) says, “Having students perform in a smaller chamber music size group improves listening skills and the ability to balance and blend. The independence you develop by playing in groups of this size simply makes you a stronger musician. When you consider that some of the greatest works we have were written for chamber groups, then pedagogically it’s clear that adding a chamber music component to Music for All makes sense both educationally and artistically. We are excited to be part of it!”

“Yamaha is very excited to join Music for All and DANSR in the forming of Music for All’s Chamber Music Festival,” says John Wittmann, Director of Artist Relations, Yamaha Corporation of America. “This effort will serve such an important group of students who otherwise might never have gotten an opportunity to grow from this crucial and underserved genre of music. We at Yamaha are honored to be a part of this initiative!”

Ensembles from four to 16 member can apply/audition. The final deadline for chamber ensembles to apply is September 15, 2014. See the application packet for details on this memorable experience and audition requirements.

We hope to see you in Indianapolis in 2015 at the inaugural Chamber Music National Festival!

We are proud to announce that we have officially confirmed BB&T Field at Wake Forest University for the 2014 Bands of America Winston-Salem, NC Regional. 
The Regional Championship at Winston-Salem, NC will be on Saturday, October 11th.
Learn more about the stadium here.
We hope to see you at the Regional Championship at Winston-Salem, NC!
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Music for All Welcomes New Board Members

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The  Music for All family is proud to announce that two new members have been elected to the Music for All Board of Directors – Richard Floyd of Austin, Texas and Randall J. Gonzalez of Boone, North Carolina.

“These two individuals bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge in the areas of education and development to the Music for All Board of Directors. The diversity of their experience and geographic locations represents the breadth of the constituency of this national organization,” says Gayl Doster, Chairman of the Music for All Board of Directors. “Each director displays business and fiscal acumen and a love of music and the young people we serve. Each will help us expand opportunities for Music for All as we serve young musicians and their teachers and advocate for the inclusion of music education as part of a complete education for our young people.”

Richard Floyd (pictured above, right)  is presently in his 52nd year of active involvement as a conductor, music educator and administrator. He has enjoyed a distinguished career at virtually every level of wind band performance, from beginning band programs through high school and university wind ensembles as well as adult community bands. Floyd currently holds the title of Texas State Director of Music Emeritus, having served as director of University Interscholastic League music activities for Texas since 1984. He also holds the post of Musical Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphonic Band.

Mr. Floyd is a recognized authority on conducting, the art of wind band rehearsing, concert band repertoire and music advocacy. As such, he has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe as a clinician, adjudicator and conductor including appearances in 44 American states and in 9 other countries. In 2002 he was the recipient of the prestigious A.A. Harding Award presented by the American School Band Directors Association in recognition of his significant and lasting contributions to the school band movement. The Texas Bandmasters Association named him Texas Bandmaster of the Year in 2006 and in 2009 he was presented the Texas Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award. In March of 2011 he was inducted into Music For All’s Bands of America Hall of Fame and awarded the prestigious Midwest International Clinic Medal of Honor for his distinguished and unique contributions to educational bands and orchestras. In 2013 he was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame for his extraordinary contributions to high school music programs.

Randall J. Gonzalez (pictured above, left) is a native of Chicago, Illinois and attended the University of Florida and completed a Bachelor’s Degree in American History at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Randy and his wife Lori moved to Kentucky in 1991 and at the University of Kentucky (UK), Randy held administrative positions in the areas of development, institutional effectiveness, strategic planning, budgeting and student affairs. Randy earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Policy Studies while at UK, and in the fall of 2004 he was named Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Effectiveness at Lexington Community College. From 2007 to 2011 Randy served as Associate Dean for Administration and Finance at the University of Kentucky’s College of Dentistry.

Randy currently resides in Boone, North Carolina with Lori and their son Clay. In the same month that the family moved to North Carolina in the fall of 2011, Clay matriculated to the University of Michigan to study trombone performance and music composition. In the fall of 2012, Randy was named the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Appalachian State University. And through volunteer community and leadership service, Randy has over the last twenty years worked in communities and with organizations to enhance and expand opportunities for children to learn, perform and enjoy music.

Please help us in welcoming Richard and Randy to the Music for All Board of Directors! We are looking forward to their continued involvement.
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We are proud to announce that we have officially confirmed The Glass Bowl at The University of Toledo for the 2014 Bands of America SE Michigan/ NW Ohio Area Regional. 
The Regional Championship at Toledo, OH will be on Saturday, October 4th.
Learn more about the stadium here.
We hope to see you at the Regional Championship at Toledo, OH!
The missing Wylie H.S., TX student has been found safe.
"We are extremely grateful that Stephen Kenneth Colbert was located and reunited with his family today. Our thanks go out to the public and the media in helping spread the word, and to the Indianapolis and Butler University police departments for their role in finding Stephen."

Eric Martin, President and CEO of Music for All
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We are proud to announce that we have officially confirmed Delaware Stadium at The University of Delaware for the 2014 Bands of America Mid-Atlantic Regional. 
The Regional Championship at Newark, DE will be on Saturday, October 25th.
Learn more about the stadium here.
We hope to see you at the Regional Championship at Newark, DE!