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For those attending the Bands of America Regional Championship in Denton, Texas, Saturday, September 29 at the University of North Texas, Apogee Stadium:

Spectators should allow plenty of extra time to arrive and get to stadium. In the event of rain, the largest spectator parking lot near stadium – which is a grass lot – will not be opened. Spectator parking will be limited around the stadium. Overflow parking will be free at Fouts Field, on north side of I-35. Please plan accordingly.

Google Map of Apogee Stadium Location

Bands of America events proceed rain or shine. In the event that the weather is deemed a danger to participants and spectators, and if a delay or other show adjustment is implemented, MFA will post details as soon as available on musicforall.org, Facebook and Twitter.
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Heartland Truly Moving Pictures
will hold the 21st Annual Heartland Film Festival on October 19-27 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The festival showcases inspiring independent films from all over the world and will hold screenings this year at AMC Showplace Traders Point 12 and AMC Castleton Square 14.

The Heartland Film Festival is a fellow nonprofit arts organization. Their mission is to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. We are excited to participate in the 2012 Heartland Film Festival $2BACK Program, which gives us $2 back for every ticket purchased online! Use the promo code Music4All. This is an amazing opportunity to support both Heartland Truly Moving Pictures and Music for All!

To top it off one of the films that is showcased during this festival is "Stronger," a story of an extraordinarily talented violinist deals with the problem of bullying at school, featuring our friends Time for Three! For any of our students who were at Summer Symposium this past year, the "Stronger" is what played at the beginning of the evening Time for Three concert! Any students who were a part of the Orchestra track at Symposium would also have fond memories of performing with Time for Three! You can see clips of that here and relieve the memories!

We definitly want to get as many people out to see and support Time for Three's film, it has such a powerful message! You can find more information about the film and show times here:

http://www.ticketinguide.com/Heartland2012/Stronger.html

Also, check out Time for Three on Facebook and Twitter if you get a chance!


So if you are looking for something fun to do in Indianapolis and want to get out and support the arts, we definitely recommend you check out Stronger, or any of the other films this festival has to offer!

And if you decide to purchase a ticket, why not use our promo code and help support Music for All's "I believe" campaign.

Just use the promo code: Music4All when purchasing your tickets online!

For more information about the Heartland Film Festival, check out their website . www.HeartlandFilmFestival.org or

Facebook: Heartland Truly Moving Pictures on Facebook

Twitter: @heartlandtmp

 
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Music for All is pleased to announce that Joseph Alessi, principal trombone with the New York Philharmonic, will perform with the 2013 Honor Band of America. The Honor Band of America is part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Jerry F. Junkin, Director of Bands at University of Texas at Austin will conduct the Honor Band at the 2013 Festival, to be held March 14-16 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Honor Band members meet on March 12 for orientation and to begin rehearsals. The band will perform in concert Saturday, March 16, in Clowes Memorial Hall on the Butler University campus.


Joseph Alessi was appointed Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic in the spring of 1985. He began musical studies in his native California with his father, Joseph Alessi, Sr. As a high school student in San Rafael, California, and was a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony before continuing his musical training at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music. Prior to joining the Philharmonic, Mr. Alessi was second trombone of The Philadelphia Orchestra for four seasons, and principal trombone of L’Orchestre symphonique de Montreal for one season. In addition, he has performed as guest principal trombonist with the London Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall led by Pierre Boulez.

If you missed the final Honor Ensemble application deadline (September 15), but are interested in applying, please call Music for All as soon as possible at 800.848.2263 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The audition recording deadline has been extended for winds for the Honor Band and Honor Orchestra of America until November 1, 2012.

Music for All has learned that I-264, the major westbound artery for Louisville, will be closed for repaving this weekend. Below is the official notice from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. We encourage you to take a look at your route to see how this will affect your travel time to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium for the Bands of America Regional in Louisville on Saturday, September 22. The westbound exit to Crittenden Dr. will be open. 

Go to Google Map of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

Westbound I-264 closed September 21-24 for pavement repairs

Additional ramp closure needed on eastbound I-264

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (September 20, 2012) –The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) reminds motorists that a portion of westbound Interstate 264 (the Watterson Expressway) will be closed this weekend for concrete pavement repairs.  Contract crews will be performing corrective work on a project that began last year.

The westbound lanes of I-264 will be closed between I-65 and Dixie Highway (mile points 12.0 and 7.4).  This road closure is scheduled from 10 p.m. EDT Friday, September 21, to 6 a.m., Monday, September 24.   

During this closure, motorists traveling westbound on I-264 will be detoured via northbound I-65 to westbound I-64 and then reconnected with I-264.

All entrance and exit ramps for westbound I-264 will be closed at the Taylor Boulevard and Third Street/Southern Parkway interchanges.  

In addition, the exit ramp from eastbound I-264 to Crittenden Drive will be closed this weekend for repairs.  This ramp closure will prevent access to the Louisville International Airport.  Motorists should follow the signed detour via eastbound I-264 to Poplar Level Road to westbound I-264.  Follow westbound I-264 to access Crittenden Drive and the airport.   

The eastbound lanes of I-264 between Dixie Highway and I-65 are scheduled for closure the weekend of September 28- October 1.

For construction and traffic updates, visit http://transportation.ky.gov/district-5/Pages/default.aspx .  Traffic information for all eight counties in District 5 is also available at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict5.  Dial 511 or log on to 511.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information across Kentucky. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

I Believe- A Day at the Penrod Art Fair

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Music for All staff were lucky enough to get the chance to exhibit at the Penrod Art Fair in Indianapolis this past weekend.

Penrod is an art fair who’s mission focuses on the cultivation, encouragement and development of public interest in and support of those arts, cultural and educational institutions located in and around Marion County, Indiana, its surrounding counties and the Central Indiana area in general.

We at Music for All love to see our community engaging and supporting public interest in the arts, so naturally this was a perfect fit for us! We joined over three hundred artists, six stages of entertainment and more than 50 arts-related non-profit organizations for what’s known as “Indiana’s Nicest Day.”

And what a gorgeous day it was!

Not only was the weather pretty much perfect, but everyone who stopped by to talk to us during the fair was incredible and had wonderful stories to share about their love of music.

For this particular exhibit our Development department wanted to do something extra special. They decided to create a fun and engaging activity that goes along with our “I Believe” campaign (if you are not familiar with the campaign, you should check it out here).

They created a tri-fold poster board with the heading “Tell us why you believe” and three panels that said: in music, in music in our schools, in Music for All.

The responses to the prompt were incredible. As someone who walked up to the booth toward the end of the day, I can tell you that the board had an incredible impact filled with the post-it note responses!

Here are some of the things that people wrote on the post-its.

In music in our schools:
  • Because music helps us learn to express ourselves
  • Because it installs creativity in students
  • Because it improves test scores!
  • Music in our schools is a safe haven for students to express themselves. It's crucial that all students have access to ALL music
  • Music makes kids smarter
  • It teaches students to work together toward a common goal
In music:
  • Music makes you smarter
  • Music moves you mind, body & soul
  • Music is always there for you
  • Music speaks across the universe
  • Because it is the window to the soul
  • Music takes you away (amen added by another!)
  • Expression and inspiration
  • It's my livelihood
  • Kids need exposure and education beyond the core subjects
  • It transformed my life
  • Because it heals the soul
  • It changes lives
  • It is essentially inexplicable
  • When words fail, music speaks
  • Music goes beyond facts and logic to the sublime!
  • So much expression- so much hope!
  • Music connects to everyone
  • Because music is my life
In Music for All
  • Every kid should be able to have good things about them and that means trying new things.
  • To find it!
  • Because music opens door of your soul to soar
  • Because helps the soul
  • Sounds are good
  • Because music is truly the universal language
  • Because music is for everyone
  • Music is reflection of the soul
  • Because it changes lives
  • Music is an art that you listen to and connect to
  • Music education develops the WHOLE person
  • Because music gives people a place to belong

 

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Penrod was on Saturday and I can tell you that I haven’t stopped thinking about these responses. I find it reassuring that there are so many people out there (and in my community!) that feel the same way about music as I do. I know that there are people across the country that feel this way as well.

Reading all of the responses encouraged me to come up with my own responses for why “I believe.”

So why do I believe?

  • I believe in music because music enriches my life and the lives of others.
  • I believe in music education because EVERY child deserves to be touched by music.
  • And I believe in Music for All because I believe in the power of music and the power of the positively life-changing experiences that Music for All brings to students across our country.

So today as you take a break from work, from school, from rehearsal, your busy life in general, read through the repsonses again on why people at the Penrod Art Fair in Indianapolis, Indiana believe.

And then? Tell me why you believe.

 
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Erin Fortune
Marketing Coordinator
Music for All

Music for All is moving to a new platform for it's online video streaming beginning this fall, including for the 2012 Bands of America Championships.

The new Music for All Video will be launched in early September and available directly on musicforall.org. The subscription and Pay Per View pricing is comparable to the former MFA Fan Network with $59 Premium and $39 subscription options, and pay per view options. Premium will include the full library available on-demand, plus live webcasts of the four BOA Super Regionals and Grand National Championships.


All subscriptions to the MFA Fan Network expired on August 31, 2012. The Fan Network, powered by DCI, has a set expiration date of all subscribers, regardless of when the subscription began. We coordinated the September launch of the new Music for All Video after all former MFA Fan Network subscriptions expired to eliminate crossover of subscriptions.

With this new video service your subscription will be for one year from your subscription date, regardless of when you subscribe.

When the new Music for All Video is launched in the coming days, all of the same library of archived Bands of America and Music for All videos that was previously available on the MFA Fan Network will be available on the new MFA Video.

The new network will be have a multi-bitrate delivery system that streams a bandwidth version that will best perform to your viewing device. For the desktop viewing experience the web-browser will utilize Flash for delivery. On tablets and smartphones, the system will automatically serve the video via the HTML 5 protocol.

The highest available bitrate will be similar to the YouTube 720p HD option. When viewing video at full-screen you will achieve the highest image quality. Viewing High Definition video content is a resource intensive process, regardless of platform.

Music for All will make an announcement online and by email to MFA Network web subscribers when the new MFA Video is launched on musicforall.org.

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More than 30 members of the Bands of America Honor Band, who will perform in the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade®, met for the first time in June during the Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha. The students were enrolled in various camp divisions and met for a special lunch gathering for TOR honor band members, as well as for students interested in applying for select open spots.

Speakers included Bob Buckner, director of the BOA Honor Band; David Starnes, program coordinator; Eric Martin, President and CEO of Music for All. Members had the opportunity to meet several other honor band and Music for All staff.

Honor band members gathered for the first official BOA Honor Band group photo after the luncheon. Shown above, seated in the front row: Bob Buckner, Donna Buckner, David Starnes, Susie Harloff (honor band auxiliary instructor), Debbie Laferty Asbill (MFA Director of Marketing and Communications), Travis Tester (MFA Participant Relations Manager), Eric Martin. Standing: Tonya Bullock (MFA Accounting Specialist, middle row, far left), Carolyn Ealy (MFA Executive Assistant, middle row, far right), and student members of the BOA Honor Band! Music for All is still accepting applications for limited spots in the BOA Honor Band on all instruments, except for piccolo, alto and bari saxophone. Learn more about the experience, and call 800.848.2263 if you have questions before you apply!

DMmarchoffwinnerSY12It’s hard to believe the 2012 Summer Symposium is now over. I’m now back at the Music for All office in Indianapolis and writing from a much quieter space. It’s good to be back home, and I’ve enjoyed a chance to rest and see family.

I’m sure many of our campers have also enjoyed a chance to rest and get reacquainted with family and friends. But, I’m also discovering that I really miss the wonderful, musical world that was created on the campus of Ball State University last week. It’s always so amazing to be surrounded by people who love music and care deeply about music education!

Even though this was my fourth time at the Music for All Summer Symposium, I’ve discovered each year (and this year was no different), that I always learn something new about myself or am able to take away new lessons. And, I always have a positively life-changing experience. I hope the week was equally life-changing for all participants as well.

The final performances on Saturday truly showed off all the hard work the students put in over the course of the week. I’m so proud of the students’ accomplishments!

Last night, I was feeling a bit nostalgic and sad that camp was over. I took a moment to watch some of the Symposium videos, and I found that really helped me reflect on the fun moments from last week. (You can find the webisode playlist here, if you haven’t had a chance to view Symposium videos yet.)

I hope you had a great week at the Music for All Summer Symposium! For me, the week was reenergizing and revitalizing. It truly reminded me why I believe in music education – and why I believe in Music for All.

I was so impressed with all the students at this year’s Symposium. I hope to see many back next year. We’re already starting to think about the 2013 Symposium. I hope to see you there.

Until then,

Kristin

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Last Day of the MFA Summer Symposium

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It's the last day of the Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha. It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the last day of camp – the week has really flown by!

Marching Band trackI want to back track for a moment and talk about last night’s Drum Corps International show and the marching band track students’ performance with Carolina Crown. The Summer Symposium offers marching band students the unique opportunity to rehearse and perform with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps at a major DCI show. Marching band students spent the week learning drill sets and music from Carolina Crown’s show, and performed with the corps last night at Scheumann Stadium. They sounded wonderful! Students also played the national anthem at the start of the show last night. What a cool experience – playing for that many spectators in the stands! I was really proud of the marching band students, and they had a truly amazing performance.

Today is a special day for each of our campers as final performances are taking place. Parents, friends and family arrived on campus this morning for the Parent Breakfast in the Atrium of the Arts and Journalism Building. Parents had the opportunity to learn more about what their students have been up to this week, and they had the opportunity to listen to Fran Kick, Leadership Division Coordinator, say a few words. Eric Martin, President and CEO of Music for All, spoke as well.

Final performances are under way now and will continue throughout the day. The Orchestra, Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble performances started at 9:00 a.m. and will continue through 11:30 this morning in Sursa Hall in the Music Instruction Building. And, the Drum Set Development Class and Jazz Bands have their performances in Pruis Hall starting at 10:00 a.m. and running through 11:30 a.m.

The Community Day Picnic will be happening from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. today. Families can enjoy a picnic in Worthen Arena with the full camp, faculty and staff. Then final performances continue starting at 1:30 p.m. with Color Guard, Marching Percussion, Marching Band and the Drum Major March Off.

After final performances, camp is officially over. What a week it has been! Enjoy the final performances!

Musically,
Kristin

Friday, June 29, 2012

Thursday at the Summer Symposium

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Today's blog is written by Erin Fortune, Music for All's Participant Relations Coordinator.

Visit the 2012 Music for All Summer Symposium online coverage page for more information and camp highlights.

It’s hard to believe that it is already Friday of camp week. What an exciting week it has been. We saw nearly 1,000 students and directors on the campus of Ball State – all eager to share ideas, learn and come together in support of music making. Today, as I cover the MFA Headquarters, answering questions and phone calls from directors, clinicians, students and parents; I think about how awesome it is to be here in Muncie, Indiana and a part of this camp.


phoca thumb l 28 Thursday June 28Yesterday was definitely a busy day for me but it was also one of the best. The morning was spent running around getting prepared for the Tournament of Roses® BOA Honor Band Luncheon, where we brought together currently accepted students and students who were interested in applying to be a part of the band. It was pretty amazing to see that we have 21 students at camp who will be joining us for the parade in January!

Some people don’t realize, but in addition to the 7 student tracks we have at camp we also offer a Directors’ Track and Color Guard Instructor Academy. Throughout the week, the directors can choose from different sessions to attend like “Competition and the Instrumental Program” by Joe Allison and Amanda Drinkwater, “iPad Apps for Band and Beyond!” by Robert W. Smith, and “Exploring Show Concepts in Design” by Michael Gray, Lee Carlson, Alfred Watkins, and David Vandewalker. One highlight of my day is the director and clinician lunch that I get to attend daily. I love talking with directors about the sessions they have been attending.

After lunch I was able to escape headquarters long enough to go check in on some student tracks. The color guard moved inside to escape the heat in the afternoon so they were doing some staging for their final show in the Sports Complex. The SWAGs in the color guard track have had “theme days,” and yesterday’s theme just happened to be Princess Day, which is my favorite day of the week! When I arrived, they already had a sash made for me that said “Princess Erin,” and they gave me a crown and a wand! They definitely have fun over in the color guard area of camp!

Later in the day I decided to go over to Emens Auditorium a little early to try to catch part of the Time for Three rehearsal. I’m going to forewarn you that I will absolutely GUSH about Time for Three. I think they are amazing! But on my way to check their rehearsal out, I got distracted by what I heard coming out of the University Theatre’s door that was ajar. I was really curious about what I was hearing so I wandered over to that stage and found out that the Directors’ Concert Band was rehearsing. It was pretty neat to see the directors in the seats where their students typically sit, and it was great to see them conducted by the one and only Alfred Watkins. They also sounded fantastic, and I ended up staying to watch longer than I had anticipated!

By the time I was done listening in on the director’s band, the Time for Three rehearsal was almost over. The Orchestra Track students were sitting in the audience, and you could tell they were very excited! Prior to this, the Orchestra Track had a few rehearsals with Time for Three’s Nick Kendall so they already knew a little bit of what was in store for them during the evening concert.

The evening concert opened with a wonderful tribute by Music for All’s CEO Eric Martin for Dr. Margot Lacy Eccles, a supporter and frequent patron of the arts, Time for Three, and Music for All. Dr. Eccles passed away earlier this week.  Mr. Martin reminded us that our life is the dash between birth and death, and that we should all strive to have the type of “dash” that Dr. Eccles had.

After this touching tribute, the Time for Three concert opened with the playing of their new music video, and anti-bullying message, “Stronger,” an arrangement of Kanye West's “Stronger” and Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” and “Nightvision.” Here is what Time for Three says about this music video on their YouTube channel:

“We are Time for Three, and this is our story -- the story of so many kids who every day face challenges to who they are and who they want to be: their dreams, their ambitions, their identity. This video is for you guys. Be strong. Stick with it. We did, and we are stronger for it. http://www.tf3.com

As someone who has seen the video several times I knew what to expect, but I have a feeling that the majority of the students in the audience had never seen the video before. It was shockingly quiet as the video played, which still astounds me because how do you get nearly 1,000 high school students in one room to be silent? But when the video comes to an end, and the student featured in the video is playing at his school’s talent show, every single student started clapping in unison with the audience in the video. You can find the music video for “Stronger” here.

Time for Three then came out and wowed the audience with their impressive style and passion for improvisation, composing and arranging – all prime elements of the ensemble’s playing. They transcend traditional classification, with elements of classical, country western, gypsy and jazz idioms forming a blend all its own. Time for Three is Zachary (Zach) De Pue, violin; Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violin; and Ranaan Meyer, double bass who met at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music.  

Time for Three played many selections, including arrangements of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek.” The energy in the auditorium was electric, as Nick Kendall from Time for Three mentioned on several occasions.

“It’s awesome to play for other musicians, no, performers, who really listen,” Kendall said. “We get our energy from the energy you are giving to us.”

Last night I was in awe watching Time for Three, as I usually am when I see them perform, but my favorite thing about Time for Three is their passion and dedication to music education and the next generation.

phoca thumb l 36 Thursday June 28 eveningTime for Three invited the 2012 Music for All Orchestra Track on stage with them to perform their last two pieces, “Hymn” (which Time for Three dedicated to Dr. Eccles) and “Orange Blossom Special.” The students received the music at the beginning of camp and have been working on these two, in addition to the pieces they will be performing during Saturday’s concert. Seeing their faces as they performed with Time for Three was awesome, and I’m sure the reaction from the audience made each and every one of those student’s nights. I know I was incredibly proud of them all.

After the concert I headed to the Vic Firth reception and got the chance to hear the Directors’ Jazz Band, and they were also incredible! It was awesome to see and talk with Vic Firth himself, who was in town for Summer Symposium.

As busy as yesterday was it ended in such a positive way that I couldn’t help but smile the whole way back to my dorm room as I thought about the day and all of the people I had the chance to talk with. Thank you to all of the students, SWAGs, directors, and fellow staff members that made my Thursday wonderful. Thank you to Time for Three, the Orchestra Track, and the directors’ bands for making me smile while watching their performances. I’m looking forward to joining the students and directors at the DCI show tonight and can’t wait for another awesome evening at camp!  

-Erin Fortune, Participant Relations Coordinator at Music for All

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