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saxophone mcIt's a beautiful day in Indianapolis, and we've enjoyed more wonderful music at the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival Concerts started this morning at 8:00 a.m. at Warren Performing Arts Center, and the final performance today is at 4:30 p.m. Simultaneously in Clowes Memorial Hall, National Concert Band Festival Concerts and Middle School National Music Festival Concerts are taking place. 

Students have also been participating in master classes today at the JW Marriott Hotel. You can view some photos from these master class sessions here. We'll be posting additional photos of the week and weekend events on our Music for All Facebook page.

This evening, two of the Honor ensembles have the opportunity to showcase all their hard work. We have two Honor ensemble concerts this evening. The Honor Orchestra of America performs at 7:00 p.m. tonight in a shared concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at Hilbert Circle Theatre. Larry Livingston will be conducting the Honor Orchestra in this evening's concert. Mr. Livingston is conductor of the Thornton Orchestras at the University of Southern California. If you can't make the Honor Orchestra concert this evening, they will also be performing tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. at Hilbert Circle Theatre.

The Jazz Band of America also performs this evening at 8:30 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall. Grammy-winning bassist/composer/conductor John Clayton will conduct the ensemble. John Clayton's talents are consistently requested by the movers and shakers in the jazz industry, such as Quincy Jones and Tommy Lipuma. As a testament to his immense talent and broad-ranging appeal, Mr. Clayton served as the Artistic Director of Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1999 through 2001.

We hope to see you this evening at the Honor Orchestra of America and Jazz Band of America concerts! And tomorrow night, we hope to see you at the Honor Orchestra of America or Honor Band of America concerts. However, if you can't be there in person, the Jazz Band of America concert will be webcast live on musicforall.org tonight. Learn more here. Tonight's Honor Orchestra concert will not be webcast live, but Saturday evening's Honor Orchestra and Honor Band of America concerts will be webcast live.

facebook photoIt’s been a busy but great day at the 2012 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha.

The High School and Middle School Opening Sessions offered participants the opportunity to gather as a group and listen to some truly inspiring speakers. Students, parents and directors had the opportunity to listen to Music for All President and CEO Eric Martin, Music for All Senior Educational Consultant Gary Markham and Music for All Educational Consultant David Starnes.

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser presented sessions to participants at both the High School and Middle School socials. Dr. Lautzenheiser is a well-known name in the music education world as a teacher, clinician, author, composer, consultant, adjudicator, and, above all, a trusted friend to anyone interested in working with young people in developing a desire for excellence.

This evening, participants are attending social events at the High School Social, Middle School Social, or the Directors’ Social. Tomorrow is another busy day with Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival concerts at Warren Performing Arts Center, National Concert Band Festival concerts at Clowes Memorial Hall, Honor ensemble rehearsals, and master classes. And, the Jazz Band of America concert and Honor Orchestra of America concerts are tomorrow evening as well. We’re ready for another day of fantastic music making!

If you can’t be here in person, you can still enjoy some of the most outstanding concert bands in America, Webcast live on musicforall.org. All concert band performances will be Webcast Live and available after the event as Video on Demand, including the Honor Ensembles. Percussion Ensemble performances will not be Webcast Live but will also be available as Video on Demand, post-event. Learn more here.

Also, keep up with Festival happenings by viewing photos on our Music for All Facebook page.

lowbrass hooa smallThe Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha is under way, and we've heard plenty of wonderful music already. The Honor ensemble students have been participating in rehearsals and sectionals at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis since Wednesday morning, and they continued bright and early this morning. 

Invited ensembles started arriving yesterday, and they will continue to arrive throughout the day today prior to the high school and middle school opening sessions this afternoon. The High School Opening Session begins today at 1:00 p.m., and the Middle School Opening Session is at 4:00 p.m. It's always exciting to see all festival participants gathered together in one place for this opening event. 

We'll also have a special session for Parents today at 2:45 p.m. to talk about their important role and what they can expect for their students throughout the week. 

This evening, National Concert Band Festival Concerts begin at Clowes Memorial Hall starting at 5:00 p.m. 

We're thrilled to have so many talented student musicians on site, and we look forward to the wonderful music we'll be hearing the rest of this week and weekend!

The 2012 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, is under way as honor ensemble students started arriving in Indianapolis today. Honor ensemble rehearsals begin tomorrow, Wednesday, March 14, and the invited concert bands and percussion ensembles will begin to arrive prior to the official opening of the Festival on Thursday, March 15.

Music for All, with our video partner Mr. Video Productions, will be streaming Live Webcasts of all the 2012 Music for All National Festival concert band performances from Clowes Memorial Hall, as well as the concerts by the Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America and Jazz Band of America.

One low price gives you all-day access to concerts, webcast live on musicforall.org. You can also order a Festival Only Subscription to access Video on Demand, post-event, of all the 2012 Festival concerts, including the percussion ensembles.

See pricing, learn more and order online now and get ready for performances by some of the nation's finest concert ensembles!

The 2012 American Bandmasters Association Convention is now taking place in Indianapolis, Indiana, home of the Music for All offices. We want to let you know about some great performances that will be taking place February 29 - March 3. 

Here is some information about the concerts happening this week as part of the convention: 

 Wednesday, Feb. 29 - 8 p.m.

Purdue University Symphonic Band; Ball State University Wind Ensemble

Thursday, March 1 - 8 p.m.

Michigan State University Wind Symphony; Indiana University Wind Ensemble

 Friday March 2 - 8 p.m.

United States Army Field Band (The concert is free but tickets are required.*)

 Saturday, March 3 - 2 p.m.

Butler University Wind Ensemble

We welcome the national convention of the American Bandmasters Association to Indianapolis. Each concert will feature some of the country's finest wind bands under the batons of an array of the world's finest conductors. All concerts are free and open to the public.

*For Field Band tickets contact the Clowes Hall Box Office, purchase tickets online at ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-982-2787. For more information visit cloweshall.org.

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Download Butler University's American Bandmasters Association Flyer - click here.

 

Download the United States Army Field Band Poster - click here.

 

 Visit americanbandmasters.org for more information about the convention. Don't miss out on this opportunity to see and hear some great performances!

Woodforest Bank Stadium was confirmed this week as the venue for the Conroe, Texas Regional Championship on October 6, 2012.

 

To view the 2012 full fall schedule, click here.

 

Check back often for additional 2012 fall schedule updates and information.

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Super Bowl week in Indianapolis, Indiana was an exciting time for the Music for All (MFA) staff. The MFA office is headquartered in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, placing staff just a block away from the Super Bowl festivities. Music for All is proud to be headquartered in Indianapolis, alongside our partners Drum Corps International and the Percussive Arts Society.

Indianapolis is no stranger to national and world championships. Lucas Oil Stadium has hosted many championship events, including MFA’s Bands of America Grand National Championships and Indianapolis Super Regional Championship as well as several other musical events, including the Indiana State Marching Band Finals and the Drum Corps International World Championships. Lucas Oil Stadium is the only professional stadium designed specifically with marching performance events, like Grand National Championships and DCI’s World Championships, in mind.

Music for All staff are always looking for ways to improve our patrons’ experience at events, and with an event as large and complex as the Super Bowl right in town, the opportunities for brainstorming and idea gathering were endless.

Music for All staff members not only observed Super Bowl festivities, but a couple had the chance to experience the Super Bowl from a behind-the-scenes, volunteer perspective. We're proud of our own staff volunteers. Music for All's own Natalie Mince and Laura Blake were official volunteers during the event.

Natalie Mince, Music for All’s Director of Events, was a member of the Super Bowl Equipment, Logistics and Warehousing Committee, a committee she has been involved with since January 2011. The purpose of this committee was to determine the need for storage and warehousing facilities for the large number of items being brought into town for the Super Bowl. This committee did not have responsibilities on site, but Mince wanted to be actively involved in the Super Bowl events so she also became a “Fans First” Supervisor.

“Fans First” was a new program implemented by the NFL, and the Super Bowl in Indianapolis was the pilot event for this program. Mince says “Fans First” volunteers were stationed on busy streets downtown and surrounding the Stadium to help answer questions, direct guests to the appropriate gates and keep an eye on crowd levels. As a Supervisor, Mince managed a team of volunteers and was in communication with a manager stationed inside the Stadium, to ensure things outside the building were running smoothly.

“I really enjoyed being a part of an event that showcased the entire city, not just the event itself,” Mince says. “The Host Committee did a fantastic job of building excitement for the local crowd in addition to the visitors. Seeing the Super Bowl transform our entire city was exciting, and the wide-range of activities was really phenomenal.”  

Through her volunteer experience, Mince had a chance to interact with both the local community and out-of-town visitors as they experienced the event.

“Downtown felt alive, and the number of locals who visited the Super Bowl Village and other downtown activities prior to most of the visitors arriving to Indianapolis was really amazing,” Mince says. “There was a sense of pride in our community, and everyone I spoke with was so happy and complimentary of Indianapolis. I enjoyed just being a part of the Super Bowl experience, and having a hand in contributing to something on such a large scale.”

As Director of Events for Music for All, Mince was also observing and thinking about the Super Bowl from an event production and volunteer coordination perspective. She was impressed with the use of technology in order to keep volunteers informed throughout their shifts. Mince received multiple text messages throughout the weekend alerting her of the weather, road closures, crowd sizes in Super Bowl Village and other important tips. Visitors could also sign up for text message alerts as well.

“The texts were very helpful and allowed me to be ‘in the know’ even when I was not on shift,” Mince says.

Mince also observed the Host Committee very closely; studying their processes and thinking about ways MFA could improve its volunteer management program.

“I thought the Host Committee did an excellent job of making tweaks throughout the week to improve the visitor experience,” Mince says. “When Friday was jam packed in Super Bowl Village, changes were quickly implemented on Saturday to improve foot traffic and prevent bottlenecking. The Super Service online training that was required by every volunteer was a really great tool that got everyone on the same page about basic customer service and extending Hoosier Hospitality to everyone we come in contact with. The fact that 8,000+ people were trained in customer service prior to an event was pretty impressive.”

Mince also took away ideas about volunteer uniforms and other volunteer perks, the usage of signage and banners, and ways to use Georgia Street as an auxiliary event area during Music for All events.

Laura Blake, Music for All’s Senior Event Coordinator, volunteered as well and worked Low and Medium Intensity volunteer positions at the NFL Experience at the Indiana Convention Center. Low Intensity work involved having patrons sign liability waivers and giving them wristbands that allowed them to play games. Blake also answered patrons’ questions. 

“Medium Intensity was amazing!” Blake says. “I worked in the kid zone area. I worked a game where kids could hike or throw a ball through NFL player cut outs. I've never been so tired and had so much fun…watching tiny kids throw the ball and get so excited when they made it!” 

Similar to Mince, Blake was very impressed with the production and volunteer coordination aspects she witnessed while volunteering. She felt volunteer uniform and credential pick up were exceptionally smooth.

“Thousands of people were coming through, and they had minor snags, but the stations they had made sense,” Blake says. “I enjoyed the daily newsletter, which I thought was a unique thing that sort of helped keep the event on your mind even if you weren't working that day.” 

Blake was impressed with the online volunteer training, the perks provided to volunteers and the logistics on site. She also gained ideas that apply well to her work at Music for All.

“Getting to see a world class event in our city was amazing. It also made me feel good about what we do. We aren't so far off the mark with our [MFA’s] volunteer program,” Blake says. “I learned a lot and had a great time.”

 “I am really honored to have been a part of the Super Bowl, and I'm so proud of Indianapolis and the Host Committee,” Mince says.

Previously, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship was tentatively listed for October 20, 2012 and the site was to be determined. This week, Towson University (MD) was set as a tentative site for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship. Also note: the date of this Regional has changed from October 20 to October 27, 2012.

To view the 2012 full fall schedule, click here.

Check back often for additional 2012 fall schedule updates and information.

 

Gateway High School was confirmed this week as the venue for the Monroeville, Pennsylvania Regional Championship on September 22, 2012. 

Chino Hills High School was confirmed this week as the venue for the Chino Hills, California Regional Championship on October 27, 2012.*

 

(*MFA is continuing to pursue other high profile stadiums in the area. For more information, contact Travis Tester, Manager of Participant Relations, 800.848.2263.)

To view the 2012 full fall schedule, click here.

Check back often for additional 2012 fall schedule updates and information.

 

Jacksonville State University was confirmed this week as the venue for the Jacksonville, Alabama Regional Championship on October 13, 2012. 

To view the 2012 full fall schedule, click here.

Check back often for additional 2012 fall schedule updates and information.

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