The only professional drum and bugle corps in the United States Armed Forces has partnered with Music for All, a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, to spread awareness on the importance of arts education, leadership and careers in music.
The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps has partnered with Music for All and will offer support for all its events including Bands of America Regional and Super Regional Marching Championships, Bands of America Grand National Championships, Music for All National Festival, Music for All National Chamber Festival, and Music for All Summer Symposium.
While Music for All focuses on how teens and young adults can use music to gain confidence, build a network of motivated peers and learn valuable lessons on perseverance and dedication, “The Commandant’s Own” shows them how they can use these skills to create a career path within music and the military.
“The Commandant's Own” is excited to announce our partnership with Music for All. Music for All provides a diverse and expansive platform to fulfill our commitment to motivate, entertain and inspire,” said Major Christopher Hall, Director of The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps.
“The “Commandant’s Own” has been serving the United States for more than 80 years, performing at over 500 parades, ceremonies, and other celebrations annually. Originally formed as an augment to the US Marine Band, the unit provides musical support to ceremonies in the nation’s capital and around the world.
“Music for all could not be prouder during its 40th Anniversary than to have The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps join our family of partners,” said Erin L. Martin, President and CEO of Music for All. “The United States Marines and its Drum & Bugle Corps are the epitome of excellence, service and leadership. They compliment Music for All’s commitment to instilling these values in the next generation of America’s leaders through our programming. “
For more information on The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, please visit http://www.drumcorps.marines.mil or on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @usmcdrumcorps.
Music for All is diligently working to secure the proper license agreements before we can Live Webcast from St. Louis October 16-17, and before we can start taking orders for Live Webcasts.
As of 11:00 a.m. ET Friday we have not yet received the required authorization and cannot yet begin taking orders.
To our guests who are waiting to order and watch the Live Webcast, we understand your frustration. We are working on it continuously and are hopeful we will be able to launch the Live Webcast today as anticipated, but at this time, we do not have word on when we will be able to begin accepting orders, nor if authorization will be received in time to being streaming by the start of today's preliminary performances.
As soon as ordering is live, we will announce on Facebook, Twitter, and musicforall.org with a link.
From the President and CEO, Eric L. Martin
We are pleased to be able to offer Live Streaming Webcasts of 2015 Bands of America Super Regional (St. Louis, Atlanta, Indianapolis, and San Antonio) and Grand National Championships.
Many of you are aware of the changing environment concerning the production and offering of commemorative videos of student performances and Music for All/Bands of America events.
We are happy to be able to offer this service and opportunity for parents and boosters who cannot make the trip to still be part of the experience.
Prices and package options for BOA live streams are below. Pricing offered has been established to make the offering feasible and as affordable as possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we try to develop methods to create ways to extend and make available the experience.
All Live Webcasts are available live, as they happen only. It is an “in-stadium” experience, but on your screen.
How to Order: Music for All is working to finalize the online ordering system, to be available this week in time to order for the St. Louis Super Regional Live Webcast. An announcement will be made on this blog and on Facebook and Twitter when ordering is live. You can plan your purchase using the pricing below.
St. Louis Super Regional (Includes Prelims and Finals) – $24.95
Friday-Saturday, October 16-17, Live from the Edward Jones Dome
Indianapolis Super Regional (Includes Prelims and Finals) – $24.95
Friday-Saturday, October 23-24, Live from Lucas Oil Stadium
Atlanta Super Regional (Includes Prelims and Finals) – $24.95
Friday-Saturday, October 30-31, Live from the Georgia Dome
San Antonio Super Regional (Includes Prelims and Finals) – $24.95
Friday-Saturday, October 30-31, Live from the Alamodome
Grand National Thursday Prelims – $24.95
Grand National Friday Prelims – $24.95
Grand National Semifinals – $34.95
Grand National Finals – $49.95
Grand National "All Access" Webcast Pass (Prelims, Semis, and Finals Bundle) – $68.95
That's just 49 cents per performance!
"All Access" Webcast Season Pass (St. Louis, Indianapolis, Atlanta, and San Antonio Super Regionals, plus all of Grand Nationals – Prelims, Semi-Finals, and Finals) – $98.95
That's just 22 cents per performance!
Note: Only Super Regionals and Grand Nationals will be Live Webcast.
In hopes of making video recordings of 2015 BOA performances available in some format (e.g. streaming video on demand and/or digital downloads) at some point in the future, Music for All has invested in and retained the ongoing services of Mr. Video, our past videographer to capture and edit high and multi-camera versions of all 2015 Bands of America fall performances. We are delivering a copy to each director for archival and teaching purposes, but cannot legally release additional copies at this time.
Please know that offering traditional DVDs, post-event steaming video on demand, or digital downloads in a legally compliant, timely and affordable fashion to students, teachers, students, fans and supporters is and remains a priority for us and others involved and engaged in presenting and supporting the pageantry arts.
Requirements and processes established in the past are no longer feasible or acceptable to rights holders. To date, we have not found common ground that will allow recording, licensing, and distribution in cost or time effective manners acceptable to rights holders, or affordable to Music for All or you – our participants and fans.
DVD Products Discontinued
We do not expect to offer DVD products as we have in the past. We are hopeful (late season or early next year) we will have processes that will allow licensing of streaming and/or downloadable commemorative videos of individual shows. If and when a system allowing them exists, we will inform you.
Music for All is working to prepare communications to past online video customers with these details; if you are a past customer, we appreciate your patience as we prepare those communications.
Parts of the U.S. have been hit hard with rain and flooding in recent days. We hope you and yours are safe.
Due to extreme weather conditions, finals were canceled for the shows in McAllen, TX on September 26; Dayton, OH and Powder Springs, GA on October 3.
The overriding ticketing policy for Music for All/Bands of America events is that tickets are “non-refundable.” Nevertheless, where extraordinary circumstances, like severe weather, cause the cancellation of all or a substantial portion of an event, Music for All has established refund polices for that event and offered full or partial refunds as appropriate.
Click on the links below to see Music for All’s policies concerning ticket refunds for the affected shows.
As of 6:30 p.m. local time – Finals has been cancelled due to weather at the Bands of America Regional at Powder Springs, in the interest for the safety and well-being of the participants and spectators.
Note that this is in addition to cancellation of Finals at the BOA Dayton show, also due to weather.
Posted Saturday, Oct. 3, 6:20 p.m. local time – Due to ongoing inclement weather Music for All has cancelled Finals for the 2015 Bands of America Regional at Dayton.
The decision was made at the Finalist Directors Meeting, after discussing options with the Finalist Band Directors, and for the safety and well-being of the participants and spectators.
Prelims performance for the last six bands will resume at 7:45 p.m. this evening at the Bands of America Regional in McAllen. Our hope is to get all six bands' prelims performances in this evening, weather permitting.
The order of performance for the final six bands, starting at 7:45 p.m. are:
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Southwest H.S., TX
Roma H.S., TX
Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX
Nikki Rowe H.S., TX
Edinburg H.S., TX
Sandra Day O'Connor H.S., TX
Followed by an awards ceremony.
Music for All puts the safety of the students and audience first. We will proceed with the final six performance as weather permits.
Music for All continues to monitor the weather at the Bands of America Regional in McAllen. MFA officials have met with the band directors of the six bands who did not yet perform in Prelims to discuss options.
At the discretion of the affected directors, MFA will further delay the show, but continue to monitor whether in hopes of resuming Prelims performances this evening. The final call whether or not to resume performance is expected to be made at 8:15 p.m.
If it is determined the final six bands can safely perform, an updated performance schedule will be posted here and on Facebook.com/bandsofamerica.
Clinics will be held as scheduled on Sunday at McAllen Memorial H.S.
Due to inclement weather, we are asking all patrons and participants of the Texas Dairy Queen® Bands of America Regional Championship at McAllen to proceed indoors or into the stadium concourse. We hope to resume when it is safe for all attendees. Please stay tuned for updates!
Music for All is a proud sponsor of the Be Part of the Music series, and we are excited to share the latest news coming from Be Part of the Music: the release of Be Part of the Orchestra!
In February we shared the announcement that nearly four years after it’s first inception, Be Part of the Band came full circle to become Be Part of the Music, a K-12, cross-curricular (band/choir/orchestra) recruitment and retention solution. The complete roll out will take a few years, but we are excited to share that Be Part of the Ochestra has been rolled out, just in time for the new school year!
As with Be Part of the Band, the Be Part of the Orchestra materials will be available FREE of charge and available to download on the web. As a part of these materials you will receive nine videos, all shot in HD and using state of the art 3D motion graphics, including a:
In addition to the video resources, you will have access to:
We hope that you will join in our excitement about these incredible tools, whether you teach band or orchestra. Click here to learn more about both projects on the Be Part of the Music website.
The following update concering MFA Video On-line Streaming and Unshipped 2014 Fall DVD Products was sent to all current Music for All Video Subscribers
Dear Supporter and Valued Customer:
This communication is intended to update and provide you with the latest information concerning the provision and delivery of Bands of America commemorative videos. First, the latest change…
Music for All Video (On-line streaming video subscriptions)
Unshipped Fall 2014 DVD Products
Fall 2015 Offerings
We continue to seek agreements and a structure by which we can continue to offer video commemoratives of Bands of America events. To date, we can report:
Music for All has consistently sought to operate in compliance with U.S. Copyright laws and the rights and wishes of composers and rights holders, to offer commemoratives in the best and most desirable formats available to participants, families and fans. It has done so using a model that offers this content at the lowest possible costs to those we serve with little to no residual direct, net economic return to MFA. It is a service we provide and have provided to further our mission to “create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all.”
We are now aware that some of our current and recent past initiatives are not acceptable to or consistent with the understanding and expectations of certain rights holders. It is our duty in practice and by law to reconcile our practices with these expectations. Our mission and core values require it.
The remaining work necessary to recreate a working model for delivery of commemorative products is not and will not be simple. Please know that Music for All, and all the parties involved are working diligently and in good faith to reconcile differences and develop suitable, sustainable, and legally and contractually compliant solutions for offer commemorative recordings of performances.
Congratulations to the master educators who have been selected to serve on the staff of the Bands of America Honor Band that will march in the 2017 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. Auditions open online on July 1, 2015. Learn more about the experience – December 28, 2016 through January 4, 2017 for accepted members – and the audition process on our Roses page.
2017 Staff Bands of America Honor Band in the Rose Parade
Bob Buckner, Band Director
David Starnes, Program Director
Bob Barfield, White Knoll HS (SC)
Greg Bimm, Marian Catholic HS (IL)
Matt Harloff, Avon HS (IN)
Jerell Horton, Vestavia Hills HS (AL)
David Lesser, Clovis North HS (CA)
Jarrett Lipman, Claudia Taylor Johnson HS (TX)
John Miller, American Fork HS (UT)
Mark Stone, Ayala HS (CA)
Frank Troyka, Berkner HS (TX) – Ret.
Drum Major Staff
Bobby Lambert, Wando HS (SC)
Matt Henley, Western Carolina University (NC)
Jon Henson, Western Carolina University (NC)
Colorguard and Dance Staff
Susie Harloff, MFA Summer Symposium Director (IN)
Betsy Heathcock, Dance Specialist (TX)
Scott Beck, Colorguard Specialist (GA)
Rhea Jeanne Starnes, Colorguard Specialist (GA)
Thom Hannum, University of Massachusetts (MA)
Michael Klesch, Freelance Composer (MA)
Well-known music educator and retired band director of Rocky Mount Senior High School, J.C. Sykes, passed away on Friday, June 5, 2015.
Sykes led the Rocky Mount Senior High School to become Bands of America Grand Championships winners for three consecutive years in 1983, 1984, and 1986. Even after he was no longer the active director, Sykes went on to give lessons to a number of other band directors who went on to successfully participate in Bands of America events.
In addition to the marching band, Sykes taught junior high and high school bands for over 30 years. His ensembles were highly dedicated and talented, performing throughout the years at Orange Bowls,Tournament of Roses Rose Parades, Carnegie Hall and even for Ronald Reagan, former president of the United States.
Sykes was inducted into the Twin Counties Hall of Fame in 2009 and in 2012 he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by East Carolina University.
Music for All is thankful for Mr. Sykes’ commitment to music education and the marching arts. His bands’ performances and continuous example of diversity and excellence will be remembered with great fondness for many years to come.
Please join us in sending condolences to his wife, Priscilla Kathryn Wheless Sykes, and son, John Collins Sykes, III.
Do you want to make a difference this summer? Music for All is looking for a nurse to be part of the medical team for the 2015 Summer Symposium at Ball State University June 19th - 28th. The medical team is on campus during the week to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff attending the Summer Symposium.
The medial team will work in conjunction with Music for All staff to assist in creating positively life-changing experiences for all throughout the week.
Duties include: administering medications, assessing students that are requiring medical attention, responding to medical calls in a timely fashion, working with the medical team to ensure coverage, and communicating regularly with the head of the medical team.
Requirements: must have obtained nursing degree, nursing license is preferred (by the time of camp), but will consider new graduate awaiting licensure. If you are interested, but not taking your boards until after our June event please still reach out!