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We appreciate everyone's patience these last few months while we worked diligently on confirming a venue for the scheduled regional in Southern California. We would like to thank Ayala High School for allowing us to keep their stadium as our back up location while we scouted out suitable venues. We are extremely excited to announce that the search is over and the Southern California Regional will be held at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Long Beach, California on November 9, 2013.

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Veterans Memorial Stadium is an 11,600-seat stadium located on the Long Beach City College campus. The stadium has artificial turf, ample parking and plenty of warm-up space. You can find more information about the stadium at: http://www.lasports.org/lafacilities/display.php?s=Stadium&id=56

The Southern California Regional also falls on the same date as the Western Band Association RCC Big Orange Classic, which takes place at Riverside Community College. Gary Locke and the RCC Marching Tigers are long-time friends and supporters of MFA and the BOA Regionals, as are we of their outstanding program. We encourage bands to participate in both shows if at all possible. 

We want as many students as possible to experience the positively life-changing experiences that we offer at our events. If you have any colleagues who might be interested in joining us at the Southern California regional – please tell them to contact us, or tell us who they are and we will get to them! We want, need and welcome their participation! We all want this Championship to be strong and there is nothing more effective than word-of-mouth about the event. If you have any questions you can always contact the Music for All office through email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or by phone at 800-848-2263

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We are looking forward to bringing postively life-changing experiences to Long Beach, California and we hope to see you all at this regional!

 

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Music for All is thrilled to welcome and announce one of our newest partnerships with Texas Dairy Queen®. The beloved burger and treat restaurant has recently embarked on a multi-year plan to support high school music education throughout the state of Texas through sponsorships, award recognition and a major channel for fundraising and advocacy awareness for high school music programs. Music for All is honored to have Texas Dairy Queen® join our family of sponsors as the title sponsor for the 2013 BOA Regional Championships in Austin, Conroe, Dallas-Ft. Worth area and San Antonio. Our Texas participants will learn more throughout the coming months of ways Texas Dairy Queen® will be supporting your music program—so if you are in the neighborhood of a Texas Dairy Queen®, stop in and tell them thank you for supporting and believing in music education, music in our schools and music for all! 

Summer Symposium? There’s an app for that!!

Saturday, 22 June 2013 00:04 Written by Erin Fortune

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The Music for All Summer Symposium has gone mobile! Download the “Music for All Summer Symposium 2013, presented by Yamaha” Guidebook app today to serve as a guide and companion during your time at camp!

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FEATURES:

--Full event and track-specific schedule:  Access the Summer Symposium schedules, in digital form, all in one place. This is a comprehensive resource listing each class, workshop, meal time and performance with the date, time and location information, along with additional notes and shuttle information when applicable. Click the “Schedule Tracks” module to see your camp division’s specific schedule for the week.

Too many events to keep track of? Clicking the “Add To My Schedule” button at the bottom of each event will add it to your personal “My Schedule” module. This will be helpful when selecting from elective workshops, and is an especially useful tool for those enrolled in the Directors’ Academy. You can even set pre-event reminders!

--Maps:  Don’t know your way around? No worries! Click on the “Maps” module and find a Ball State University area map, a campus map (with labeled, track-specific zones), a Family Day map, and an area restaurants map.

--Camp Faculty List:  Learn more about your clinicians with quick access to our list of faculty and their professional biographies.

--To Do List:  Jot down notes or things you just don’t want to forget!


HOW TO DOWNLOAD:


You can get the app by:
•    Downloading “Guidebook” from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace
•    Visiting http://guidebook.com/getit from your phone's browser
•    Scanning the QR code below with your mobile phone (QR-Code reader required, e.g. 'Red Laser', 'Barcode Scanner')

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Once Guidebook is installed, open it and click the "Download Guide" button to search for the MFA app ("Music for All Summer Symposium 2013, presented by Yamaha" is the name).

We’re excited to have the Summer Symposium going mobile, and hope the app serves our campers well :)  Enjoy!!!

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Carolyn Tobin is the Marketing Intern at Music for All. Drawn to all that is digital media, she was an award-recipient of the NMU Tube Student Video Contest and was named the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the Communications and Performance Studies Department at Northern Michigan University. She is a devout runner, and has also enjoyed blogging about her adventures living in Spain and Argentina. Carolyn is a music, dance and color guard enthusiast, the former color guard section leader of Legends Drum & Bugle Corps from Kalamazoo, and she has served on the guard staff for Legends and for Marian University in Indianapolis.

If you are a band director, orchestra director or percussion ensemble director who is considering applying for the 2014 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, don't forget that applications and audition recordings must be received by June 5, 2013.

We hope by now you know everything you need to know about why you should apply to be a part of the Music for All National Festival, but if you don't, here are some highlights to consider:
 
What IS the Music for All National Festival?
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The MFA National Festival is an invigorating gathering of outstanding high school and middle school concert bands, orchestras and percussion ensembles from across America. Once invited, by recorded audition, the "competition" is completed – the Festival itself is non-competitive, with no rankings or ratings. Instead, the focus is on performing for peers and for the evaluator panel of esteemed conductors and clinicians.
 
What are the Highlights of the Music for All National Festival?
  • Recorded and Written evaluation: All who apply receive recorded and written evaluation from the listening panel, making the audition process itself an educational resource.

  • A national stage: High School and Middle Schools concert bands, orchestras and percussion ensembles from all over the country are invited to apply to be a part of the Festival.

  • Expanded opportunities for concert bands: The National Concert Band Festival will now include two stages (opportunities) for high school bands- "Featured Bands"" on the Honors Stage at Clowes and "Invited Bands" on the Festival Stage at the new Howard L. Schrott Center for the Performing Arts, both at Butler University. Read more about these NEW exciting opportunities here.
  • A non-competitive experience: without the worry of ratings or rankings, directors are free to explore and stretch themselves, and students can enjoy music-making without the pressure of competition.

  • Concert Performances and Clinics: Each ensemble performs a concert before a knowledgable audience, including the Festival evaluation panel, music educators and fellow band and orchestra members. Ensemble directors will receive recorded and written comments from evaluators and input on their conducting as well. Following the peformance, each ensemble will have a clinic providing even more educational opportunties.

  • Master Classes: All students participate in instrumental master classes, led by top applied faculty and professional musicians. 

  • Social Events for Students and Directors: The Festival social gives students the chance to relax, have fun and get to know students from other programs across the country. The director and evaluator reception and hospitality opportunities offer networking and informal interaction with colleagues, guest artists and icons of music education.

  • Gala Awards Banquet: The "black-tie-optional" banquet for students, directors, parents, staff and evaluators culminates the Festival with first-class standards that distinguish the Music for All National Festival. The formal banquet with over 2,000 guests is sure to be unforgettable for you, your students, parents and supporters.

  • Clowes-StageWorld-Class Venues and Facilities: Featured Bands perform at Clowes Memorial Hall and Invited Bands at the new Howard L. Schrott Center for the Performing Arts, both on the Butler University campus. Percussion ensembles perform at Warren Performing Arts Center and Orchestras at Hilbert Circle Theatre, home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
  • DVD & CD Package: Each student member and director gets a recording package of their concert, including professionaly-produced video on DVD and audio on CD.

  • Ensemble Hosts: Each invited ensemble will be assigned a "host" to help guide you through the Festival weekend and is committed to ensuring that you have the best possible experience before and during the Festival. Hosts are familiar with, and in most cases have had an ensemble perform at, the Festival.

  • Opportunities for Additional Ensembles: Many groups want to travel with all of the students in their school's band program and Music for All provides educational options to allow as many of your instrumental music students as possible to participate. Directors can choose to submit audition applications for multiple bands from one school for the Featured Band and/or Invited Band stages. Selected bands from both stages can choose to bring additional ensembles- concert bands, percussion ensembles, or orchestras- to participate in additional opportunities during the Festival.

 
Do you still feel like you don't have a complete picture of the Music for All National Festival? Watch the video below and hear from the directors and students from Vero Beach H.S. in Vero Beach, Flordia as they experienced the Music for All National Festival for the first time!
 
Don't miss this opportunity! The 2014 Festival will take place March 6-8 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Send your ensemble audition materials now!
 
 
 

Are you planning to apply for the 2014 Music for All National Festival?

Music for All is receiving applications and audition recordings now for the 2014 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, March 6-8 in Indianapolis, IN. Applications and audition recordings are due June 5, 2013. So that we can be sure to expect your application and prepare for the listening process, we invite you to submit this form indicating your intention to apply for the 2014 Festival.

All submissions are confidential and non-binding. This simply helps us to plan for the listening process and to ensure that we receive audition materials you might send (we'll be on the look out for your application).

The Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha celebrates outstanding music making by the nation's finest concert bands, orchestras and percussion ensembles. Learn more about the Festival here.

To celebrate the end of the 2012-13 school year and look forward toward next fall's marching band season, Music for All is making the entire Finals performance of the Carmel High School Marching Greyhounds, Carmel, Indiana, the 2012 Bands of America Grand National Champions, available for viewing FREE online through the end of June 2013.

You can watch that performance right here:

 

There are many more great full-length performances from the 2012 Bands of America Championships available for your viewing pleasure with a subscription to MFA Video. There are several different subscription plans to choose from to fit your needs!

Choose from:

Live Premium- one-year subscription that includes all Live Webcasts that will happen in the next year (including Grand Nationals 2013!) as well as all On-Demand, post-event video. (includes everything listed in MFA Encore subscription below)

MFA Encore- one-year subscription that includes all On-Demand, post-event video. MFA Encore allows you to view our entire archive of events at your convenience. See all Bands of America Championship shows, prelims and exhibitions since 2008, all Super Regional Final and Grand National Final performances since 2004 and other selected performances dating back to 1979. See all Music for All National Festival Performances from 2012 and 2013 (post-event).

Subscribe to MFA Video TODAY to watch all of the 2012 BOA performances online. The subscription if active for an entire year, so subscribing today will get you ready by reviewing the past year's championships as well as take you through the whole upcoming 2013 fall season!

Check out more details about subscribing to MFA Video here: http://www.musicforall.org/video/subscriptions

 

The Pizitz Middle School Band, Vestavia Hills, Alabama has been awarded the Sudler Cup by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.

Both the Pizitz Middle School Symphonic Band, under the direction of Kim Bain, and Concert Band, under the direction of Leah Seng, performed at the Middle School National Festival in March 2013 in Indianapolis as part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. The Vestavia Hills High School Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Jerell Horton, also performed at the Festival.

Congratulations to Ms. Bain, Ms. Seng and the students, administrators and boosters of the Pizitz Middle School Band Program!

Read the full story here.

For more information on the Sudler Cup, go to www.sousafoundation.net.

Winston-Salem Regional expanded to a two-day Super Regional

Music for All is excited to announce that this year's Winston-Salem Regional will be expanded to a two-day Super Regional format, to be held October 18-19 at Bowman Gray Stadium. The show is currently a 37-band show with 12 bands competing in Finals. One panel of judges will serve this event and show enrollment is limited to 50 bands.

We are still taking applications for Friday preliminary performance times until an enrollment of 50 is reached. Enroll online or call the Music for All office at 800­.848­.2263 if interested in participating in this newest Super Regional.

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New BOA Affiliate Regional Announced: Oregon

Music for All is pleased to announce a partnership with the West Salem High School Band Boosters and the Northwest Association of Performing Arts to bring a show to the Pacific Northwest. This Bands of America Northwest show will be hosted and operated by the West Salem Band Boosters at Hillsboro Stadium in Hillsboro, Oregon on October 12, 2013.

The show will use BOA field operation procedures and Adjudication Handbook and be judged by a Bands of America assigned panel using Bands of America sheets.

This 2013 offering is a precursor to the launch of a full-fledged BOA Pacific Northwest Regional in 2014. We hope you will support West Salem, NWAPA, and choose to participate. Click here to learn how to register for this new performance and BOA evaluation opportunity.

Calling all RNs, LPNs, Paramedics and/or EMTs!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013 11:41 Written by Erin Fortune

Come be a part of America's Camp this summer! Music for All is looking for two nurses to be a part of the Summer Symposium medical team. You would need to be in Muncie, Indiana from June 21st through June 30th.

What does a camp nurse do?

• Administer medication

• Ensure safety of the campers

• Asses injuries and make recommendations on course of action

Our head nurse, Erin, is looking for 2 more nurses to round out her team for summer 2013. Erin has been coming back to camp in this role for the last 11 years.

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"The camp medical team consists of nurses – RN or LPN, Paramedics and/or EMTs that are available on campus during the entire camp to ensure the safety and health of the students during their camp experience. The team is available to campers 24 hours a day. It is a week full of fun and developing friendships along with ensuring safety of students. The energy of the staff and students is rejuvenating and something to be experienced as it is nearly indescribable. That is what has kept me coming back to camp for the last 11 years." - Head Nurse Erin

Transportation, a stipend, housing in the on-campus dorms and meals are all provided.

Do you want to be a part of this positively life-changing experience this summer?

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 800-848-2263 for more details!

Music for All Announces Top-Level Staff Promotions

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:06 Written by Erin Fortune

 

Music for All is proud to announce that three employees have been promoted to executive and manager positions. 

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Debbie Laferty Asbill has been named Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Asbill joined the Music for All (MFA) staff in 1985, when the organization was known as Bands of America. She most recently served as MFA’s Director of Marketing and Communications. She has a degree in communications from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky and was inducted into Music for All’s Bands of America Hall of Fame in 2011.

 

laura blakeLaura Blake has been named Events Manager. Blake joined the Music for All (MFA) staff in May 2005 as Receptionist and quickly moved to an Event Coordinator position the next fall. Since then she has been heavily involved in the operations of all events, taking the lead on volunteer recruitment and management as well as equipment logistics. Laura, raised in Indianapolis, attended Butler University and is a former Bands of America participant. 

 

Tonya Bullock WEB copyTonya Bullock has been named Accounting Manager. Bullock joined the Music for All (MFA) staff in September 2009 as an Accounting Specialist.  Since then she has been heavily involved in the daily accounting functions as well as managing tickets and merchandise for all events. She has a degree in Accounting from Indiana University. 

 

Join us in congratulating Debbie, Laura and Tonya on their promotions as they continue to provide postively life-changing experiences for all!

Read the full news release here. 

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