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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

Time for Three's first music video!

Monday, 22 August 2011 11:51 Written by Debbie Laferty Asbill

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

Remembering Chuck Campbell

Tuesday, 02 August 2011 12:38 Written by Debbie Laferty Asbill

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."

SWAG scholarshipThe SWAG Team is a special group of volunteers who give their talent and time at the MFA Summer Symposium to ensure the best possible experience for students and directors. The Inaugural SWAG Scholarship was awarded at the 2011 Summer Symposium to Fiona McGowan, a senior music education and German major at the University of Dayton. McGowan has served as a SWAG for the last three years and was a student participant at the 2006 Symposium. Anmol Mehra, SWAG alumnus, created the $1,000 scholarship to support an exceptional SWAG with college tuition. The scholarship recipient was chosen based on exemplary leadership skills, academic excellence, service to others and a commitment and passion for music and arts education.

Congratulations, Fiona and thank you, Anmol!

Learn more about the SWAG Team.

drumlinelive_dm400pxMusic for All wants to help you put together the ultimate week of musical excitement in Indianapolis this November! We've partnered with DRUMLINE LIVE to offer advance group tickets at a discount to both the Bands of America Grand National Championships and DRUMLINE LIVE's November 9 and 10 shows at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre. This group discount offer is only available through Music for All through September 5.

Learn more about how to order and save with this exclusive, limited-time offer.

This story first appeared in the MFA eNewsletter. You can get the latest news and offers from MFA, too. Sign up now.

Friday, August 12 • 9:00 am - 11:00 pm

dci11musicEdflyerIf you're a college student currently majoring in music education (undergraduate or graduate level), you can attend the 2011 DCI World Championship Semifinals as our guest! You'll experience the event inside and out, beginning the day with a special educational workshop led by author and professional speaker Fran Kick. Following this workshop, you'll get a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium, experience drum corps in their warm-up setting and more, all before watching the Semifinals performances from reserved seating! This opportunity is also available to NAfME collegiate members and 2010 DCI alumni.

Space is limited and only offered on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP is required. Watch for information on MFA's Grand National Championships music education major event in upcoming MFA eNewsletters.

Download the flyer for more details and information on how to RSVP.

This story first appeared in the MFA eNewsletter. You can get the latest news and offers from MFA, too. Sign up now.

Nominations due Sept. 15

Patrick John Hughes

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. All current, active parents, boosters or supporters of any scholastic music education program are eligible for nomination (nominees do not have to be affiliated with Bands of America or Music for All participating bands). Former or inactive parents, boosters and supporters of Bands of America and Music for All participating programs may also be nominated. The 2011 recipient will be recognized during an awards ceremony at the BOA Grand National Championships in Indianapolis.

Learn more about the award and download the nomination form.

Watch video interview with the 2010 award recipient.

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