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The first Live Webcast of the Bands of America 2011 Championship season is this weekend. The BOA Super Regional Championship at St. Louis, presented by Yamaha, will be Webcast live, Friday and Saturday, October 14-15 from Edward Jones Dome.

You can subscribe to get all four Super Regional and Grand National Championships Live Webcasts, plus video on demand, post-event, of all Regional Championship performances – this Plus Subscription is your best deal at only $59 (we held pricing flat for 2011 from 2010).

There is also a Pay-Per-View option if you want to only order one Live Webcast event.

If you cannot be there in person, watch it online! Subscribe at http://mfa.thefannetwork.org/.

Check out the preliminary performance schedules for both of this weekend's BOA Championships, St. Louis and Akron, Ohio.

 

I’ve been emotional this morning thinking about the passing of Steve Jobs. Part of it is a bit of fear – the reminder that life is short. No matter how visionary, successful, smart, creative, hard-working, kind or wealthy we are, our time is finite. The greater part of the emotion, though, is gratitude.

The “products” that rose from Steve Jobs' vision have shaped my life. I put products in quotes because they are more than just widgets, they enable a way of life, of communicating, connecting and creating.

Every printed piece – program book, newsletter, poster, flyer, ad, form – that Music for All/Bands of America has put out there since 1986 has been created on a Macintosh computer, whether by me or other talented MFA staff and outside designers. When I first came to Bands of America in 1985 our printed pieces were created the old-fashioned way. Text sent to typesetters. An Exacto knife, proportion wheel, pica ruler, spray mount were my tools. In 1986, I created the BOA newsletter on a Mac SE using Aldus Pagemaker 1.2 for the first time and there was no looking back.

My work history on Macs is like an Apple history lesson: Mac SE with two floppy drives, Mac II, Quadra 700, a Mac clone whose brand I cannot remember, then Macbook Pros of various sizes and configurations. My Macbook is more than a work tool, it’s a companion, a workplace colleague, an extension of myself.

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Jobs’ vision has shaped my personal life, too. My iPhone is with me every hour of the day and night. iTunes is open on my screen nearly all day. I read 90% of books these days (I’m a voracious reader) on my iPad. Thanks to Pixar, I actually don’t mind watching the same “kids” movies dozens (maybe even hundreds) of times – I am moved, amused and entertained every time.

This Saturday, I’ll be working at the Bands of America Regional Championship in Conroe, TX. I’ll have my Macbook Pro in the press box, my iPad on my shoulder and my iPhone in my pocket – and the knowledge that one person can make a profound difference in the world.

– Debbie Laferty Asbill, Director of Marketing and Communications, Music for All

 

If you haven't yet checked out the great podcasts from our friends over at Marching Roundtable, you should!

In Episode 30, posted: 28 Sep 2011 07:00 PM PDT, Joe Allison talks with Eric Martin, the President and CEO of Music for All and Bands of America. Eric shares his philosophy for participation and competition, and they discuss the Fall BOA Regional schedule, noting how any band, student, or family member can benefit from the competition experience.

You may have already noticed that the musicforall.org Web site is exhibiting some odd behavior today, with menus and links taking you to incorrect pages. We are working on this issue, as well as a resolution to the circumstances that cause the site to be alternately inaccessible and accessible-but-slow-to-load over the past few days.

We know that our fans and participants rely on the Web site for information, especially now that we've started the 2011 Bands of America Championship season. Please know that we're working on solutions and hope to have things ironed out soon.

- Deb Laferty Asbill, Director of Marketing and Communications

Music for All is pleased to announce the return of the BOA podcast, Bands of America's Break Ranks! with Dan Potter. Break Ranks features stories and interviews from the 2011 Bands of America Championships. Veteran journalist, radio personality, talk show host and Bands of America (and DCI) announce Dan Potter takes you behind-the-scenes.

You can listen to the first episode now, featuring an interview with Music for All's President and CEO Eric L. Martin.

A note: We're working to get Break Ranks live in iTunes so you can subscribe and download the episodes directly to your computer or mobile devices. The old, 2007-2005 version of Break Ranks currently comes up if you searc for Break Ranks in iTunes. When we get that resolved, I'll let you know so you can subscribe and get the weekly episodes via iTunes.

- Deb Laferty Asbill, Director of Marketing and Communications, Music for All

Music for All loves Time for Three! Zach DePue, Nick Kendall and Ranaan Meyer are not only amazing musicians, they are incredible people. We've had the pleasure of having Time for Three perform at our Music for All Summer Symposium, and, most recently, Nick and Ranaan were artists-in-residence at this past June's Summer Symposium String camp.

Now they are working on their first music video, with a top-shelf crew lead by the very experienced Brian Lazzaro who's directed music videos for Pink, Rilo Kiley, Rooney... and the list goes on.

But here's the deal: they can't begin shooting the video until they raise the funds for the project, by the start of the scheduled shoot in LA on August 26th.

The idea is very cool, online they say: "The music video we're making follows a young boy (age 10-14, we're still casting) who is passionate about playing the violin but is bullied at school for not fitting in. He goes to one of our concerts with other kids from the orchestra and is inspired by our show. A chance encounter with us backstage and a few encouraging words give him the confidence to sign up for the school talent competition. After overcoming his stage fright and channeling the support he received from his teachers and the band, he gives a performance of our song and brings the house down."

Let's help! Check out Time for Three's music video project page now, and see how you can play a part.

from Deb Laferty Asbill, Music for All

Congratulations to the ensembles that have been invited to perform at the 2012 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, March 15-17 in Indianapolis. Ensembles were invited following a recorded audition process, evaluated by a panel of music educators.

School and Ensemble, City, State, Director

  • American Youth Philharmonic Percussion Ensemble, Annandale, VA, Doug Wallace
  • Buchholz High School Wind Symphony, Gainesville, FL, Alexander Kaminsky
  • Carlton J. Kell High School Percussion Ensemble 1, Marietta, GA, Richard Dietrich
  • Carlton J. Kell High School Percussion Ensemble 2, Marietta, GA, Richard Dietrich
  • Charleston County School for the Arts Middle School Wind Ensemble, North Charleston, SC, Suzanne Reed
  • Conner Middle School Symphonic Band, Hebron, KY, Jim Daughters
  • Desert Vista High School Percussion Ensemble, Phoenix, AZ, Aaron Morales
  • Desert Vista High School Wind Ensemble, Phoenix, AZ, Joshua Thye
  • Fossil Ridge High School Wind Symphony, Fort Collins, CO, Daniel Berard
  • Freedom High School Wind Ensemble, Orlando, FL, Franklin Jennings
  • Freedom High School Percussion Ensemble, Orlando, FL, Franklin Jennings
  • Hill Country Middle School Symphonic Band, Austin, TX, Cheryl Floyd
  • Jefferson Forest High School Wind Symphony, Forest, VA, David Webb
  • Lugoff-Elgin High School Percussion Ensemble, Lugoff, SC, Glenn Price
  • Metamora High School Wind Ensemble, Metamora, IL, Dr. Wally Parks
  • Mt. Lebanon High School Percussion Ensemble, Pittsburgh, PA, Richard Minnotte
  • North Penn High School Wind Ensemble, Lansdale, PA, Michael Britcher
  • Roxbury High School Honors Wind Symphony, Succasunna, NJ, Todd Nichols
  • San Marcos High School Percussion Ensemble, San Marcos, CA, Matthew Armstrong
  • South Lakes High School Wind Ensemble, Reston, VA, Grayson Fore
  • Stephenson High School Wind Ensemble, Stone Mountain, GA, Quentin R. Goins
  • The Colony High School Percussion Ensemble, The Colony, TX, Michael Huestis
  • Union High School Wind Ensemble, Camas, WA, Lewis Norfleet
  • Wheaton North High School Wind Ensemble, Wheaton, IL, Jon Nowaryta
  • Wheeling High School Wind Symphony, Wheeling, IL, Brian Logan
  • Winter Park High School Wind Ensemble, Winter Park, FL, Francis Franqui

Obit_Chuck_Campbell_for_webI've tried for a couple of days to come up with the right words to express my sadness at the passing of Chuck Campbell. Mr. Campbell died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday, July 30, 2011, after a four month valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.

As a high school student at Rowan County High School in Morehead, Kentucky, I admired Mr. Campbell's work with the George Rogers Clark H.S. band (GRC!). I enjoyed getting to know and work with Chuck on a professional level when I came to Bands of America in 1985, and his work with the North Hardin bands and as an adjudicator and clinician across the nation.

There was no classier gentleman or more passionate music educator than Chuck. He will be greatly missed and my thoughts, as well as my Music for All colleagues' thoughts, are with his family and friends.

Here is a newspaper tribute to Mr. Campbell.

Thank you, Chuck, for your decades of creating positively life-changing experiences through your music and teaching.

- Debbie Laferty Asbill

SchoolJamUSAPlease see this information below from SchoolJam USA, brought to you by our friends at NAMM:

Third Annual SchoolJam USA Program to Award More Than $50,000 in Cash and Prizes to Teen Bands and Their Local School Music Programs

This battle of rising stars is produced by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), and its promotional sponsors NAfME: the National Association for Music EducationSchool of RockSchoolJam GermanyMusic for AllTakeLessons.comDrum Corps International, In Tune Monthly, the John Lennon Educational Tour BusVans Warped Tour and Channel One News. The competition highlights quality musical teen talent, gathers students to support music and the arts, provides funding for school music programs, and promotes active participation in school music programs.

Unsigned teen musicians between the ages of 13 and 19, with the majority of band members currently registered in a U.S. middle or high school, are eligible to participate and apply from Aug. 1 to Oct. 21, 2011. Bands can perform any genre of music but the song must be original content or designated as "public domain." To view full competition rules and regulations, and for information about how to apply, visit www.schooljamusa.com.

From Nov. 1 to Nov. 30, 2011, participating bands' submissions will be posted on the SchoolJam USA website, where online voting will be open to the public. Eight finalist bands will be chosen by a combination of the public vote and by a panel of musical professionals. On Jan. 21, during the weekend of the world-famous NAMM Show, the top-ranking eight finalists will take the big stage in the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, Calif., and perform live in front of a panel of professional judges and hundreds of fans for the chance to take the title of "Best Teen Band in the USA." The winning band will walk away with the grand prize trip of a lifetime to perform at the original SchoolJam festival in Frankfurt, Germany, as well as receive a private music video recording session on the John Lennon Educational Bus, $1,000 toward the purchase of new gear and $5,000 for their school music programs.

"NAMM is looking forward to crowning the next SchoolJam USA champion at our show in Anaheim," said Joe Lamond, president and CEO, NAMM. "So right now, we encourage all of the teen bands out there to take their shot at greatness by entering this competition and adding recognition to the list of benefits they get from playing music."

SchoolJam is an established music initiative, originally developed by MM MusikMedia Germany to promote popular and rock music in schools throughout Germany. The program has provided thousands of music-loving young adults with the opportunity to perform and network with their peers, increasing their love for playing music and encouraging them to become active musicians.

About NAMM

The National Association of Music Merchants, commonly called NAMM in reference to the organization's popular NAMM trade shows, is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $17 billion global musical instruments and products industry. NAMM is the sponsor of the Wanna Play? campaign, a public awareness initiative designed to get more people connected with the proven benefits of playing music. For more information about Wanna Play?, please visit www.wannaplaymusic.com. For more information about NAMM, please visit www.namm.org.

You can volunteer with our friends at DCI at the upcoming 2011 Drum Corps International World Championships!
Please see this information below from DCI:
"We  hope that you might be interested in helping at this year’s big event; August 11th – 13th at Lucas Oil Stadium.
DCI's updated registration system should make it easier than ever to find volunteer positions and availability needed. As an official volunteer, you’ll receive a uniform tee shirt, parking at Lucas Oil, food and beverage if shift allows, and access to watch the event!  You can peruse volunteer descriptions here:  www.dci.org/volunteer. Besides the competition, there are all sorts of accompanying areas and activities, from the Corps Warm Up Zone at Military Park, to the DCI Marketplace, the official Welcome/SuperFan Tent,  Event Kick Off Party at Union Station Grand Hall, a super-sized parade, and thousands of spectators! Indianapolis has hosted the World Championships for several years now; we want to assure the continuing success of this event in our city for many years to come so please consider joining the fun.

Celebrate Indy Arts! Parade
New to the 2011 Championships this year is the Celebrate Indy Arts! Parade. DCI has partnered with the local Arts Community to celebrate the local arts groups and marching music! Volunteers are needed to  assist the corps and arts organizations on the parade route. The parade is being staged by a professional parade producer, and they will provide all orientation the morning of the parade. The parade will kick off the 3rd day Finals of the Championships, the biggest ever, with corps from all over the country, plus Japan and the Netherlands! 

Save the date, Saturday August 13th, as the Celebrate Indy Arts! World Championships parade will march through downtown Indianapolis. Stepping off on the regular Indy parade route downtown, around 11:00 am, assist over 25 drum corps and various Indianapolis arts organizations, including Music for All, as they entertain the crowds, all leading to the Come Feel the Music Festival in anticipation of World Championship finals. All positions are listed at www.dci.org/volunteer.

Volunteer Orientation
DCI's volunteer orientation format this year will be more like an open house, to come and pick up passes and shirts, get detailed volunteer benefit information and meet the team at DCI Headquarters!  
·        Tuesday, August 2nd from 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
·        Wednesday, August 3rd from 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
DCI is located at 110 W. Washington St. Ste. C, Indianapolis, IN 46204
As always, thank you for your support  by volunteering. If you have questions, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call Patty Creech directly at 317.275.1232."
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