Today's guest post is written by Bobby Lambert, the Bands of America Drum Major Institute Coordinator and Assistant Director at Marian Catholic H.S. in Chicago Heights, Illinois.
I am delighted to represent the staff of the brand new Bands of America Drum Major Institute. This weekend in fact, I spent time with James Stephens, Assistant Band Director from Broken Arrow High School, planning some of the activities and lessons for our camp. It is an exciting venture into a new world of taking drum major instruction, something that has been around for many years, and putting it into 21st century technology and understanding.
For example, we are looking at Disney and their approach to entertainment and using that as a lens over our approach toward education. Simply put, we want to exceed the expectations of those coming to our camp not only this year, but for many years to come. The exciting part of coming to this first camp will be helping to engineer future camps with student input and experience. These “pioneers” will, in essence, help design the future of what we hope will become a new standard in summer music education.
While we want to move toward the future, we must begin with strong foundations—Leadership at its Core. The BOA Drum Major Institute will create opportunities that promote honorable Character, comprehensive Content, effective Communication and, the final ingredient for ensemble cohesion and individual enrichment, Chemistry.
Beginning with self-analysis, students learn their strengths and weaknesses, wants and needs and ﬁnally, the paths they wish to explore. We work to create leaders for whom leadership is not an exercise or task, it is a natural extension of their being.
The musical and visual knowledge possessed by the most effective drum majors is extensive. From score study and concise conducting patterns to visual acuity and showmanship, our program will provide instruction, challenges and growth.
Our program will help develop communication skills by examining the words we speak, the signals we give, the message that is received and the actions that occur as a result. Drum Major Institute participants will examine each aspect and work to find his/her own unique style.
In the most embracing and encouraging community in America, participants will examine with us this vital, often intangible portion of a successful ensemble. With the building blocks provided in this camp, we will explore the importance of group dynamics, define the variables that affect it and incorporate ways to influence the elements that matter most.
Look for more information as we continue to build this experience. We believe this will be something very special. Join us and help us create the firstever BOA Drum Major Institute!
“Tentative” Sites: Bands of America 2013 Fall Regional Schedule Update As is typical, several of our Fall 2013 dates and locations were announced as “Site Tentative.” Most “Site Tentative” location designations resulted from a tremendous amount of NCAA conference realignment in recent years, delaying the release of many 2013 college football schedules. Music for All works to inform everyone as schedules and locations are confirmed, however, we do encourage directors to register for all BOA Fall events by the January 31, 2013 Postmark Date to ensure scheduling priority.
Music for All works hard to announce our Fall schedule where only the venue, and not the date, is “tentative.” This allows current and future participants to feel confident that a show will occur in the announced region, on the announced date.
This year, we have an exception as detailed below:
The Winston-Salem Regional date has changed to October 19, 2013! Location remains at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC (site tentative). This year, we have added a Regional in the North Carolina area. As it turns out, we will now have to change the date proposed for this new show. BOA/MFA has always sought to be a “positive and collaborative” participant in scholastic music education. After originally choosing October 12, we learned that the date would be in conflict with a long-standing, major show in North Carolina. In order to avoid the conflict and allow bands to potentially participate in both opportunities, we have changed the show date to October 19 for the Bands of America regional in North Carolina.
Winston-Salem, NC and Wake Forest University is still the first preference (pending announcement of the 2013 ACC football schedule). However, we are looking diligently at other suitable performance venues within a 150-mile radius of Winston-Salem. Our commitment to this region is genuine and sincere as we strive to create “positively life-changing experiences” for students, directors, volunteers, parents and fans at this event.
We apologize for any inconvenience to area bands contemplating that show on the originally published date and we invite you consider our other shows if this date move puts the NC event out of reach of your schedule.
As we continue our search, we welcome venue input and ideas from others. Bands already registered for the October 12th Winston-Salem event are entitled to either a full refund or a transfer of their registration to any other Bands of America Fall event. All postmarks will be protected and honored and a new “Postmark Date” established for this event when the date and venue are locked.
Thank you so much for your patience, understanding and assistance. We will update you as quickly as we have new information. If you have any further questions about this show or other Music for All premier programs, feel free to contact us at 800-848-2263.
Music for All’s efforts to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences includes awarding a number of scholarships.
Each year, Music for All awards the William D. Revelli Scholarship at the Music for All National Festival. This scholarship honors a graduating senior who plans to pursue a degree in music education. The Revelli Scholarship is awarded in memory of Dr. William D. Revelli, one of America’s foremost band conductors, and the icon for whom the Revelli Foundation was created and named in 1994. The Revelli Scholarship honors Dr. Revelli’s vision for music education.
Last year’s recipient, Kyle Norris from Union High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is attending Oklahoma State University this year.
“I'm so glad that I get to go to school every day and learn how to become the best music teacher I can be so that when I am teaching students someday, I can hopefully affect them in the same positive way my teachers have affected me,” said Norris. Thanks Music for All and the Revelli Scholarship for helping me get here!”
The $1,000 William D. Revelli Scholarship is a one-time scholarship for a graduating senior who is performing at the 2013 Music for Al National Festival and is nominated by his or her director. Recipients must intend to pursue a degree in music education and demonstrate outstanding musicianship, leadership skills and work ethic.
To apply for this year’s scholarship, download the application here. The deadline for submitting your application for the Revelli Scholarship is February 22, 2013. Please share this information with any students (and directors of students) who might be interested in this scholarship opportunity. We know continuing education can be expensive and every little bit helps these students to become amazing music educators!
In partnership with the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Music for All is proud to launch two projects on the new power2give site. The power2give site is an online cultural marketplace designed to connect donors with projects for which they are passionate. Music for All will utilize power2give to offer our supporters opportunities to make direct impact on our world-class programming.
Chase Bank will be donating $0.50 for every $1.00 donated to the, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”-IPS Rose Parade Sponsorship. Music for All would like to thank Chase Bank for its support of the arts in our community.
How does it work? Music for All and other 501(c)(3) organizations in Central Indiana will submit projects in need of funding to the power2give website. After approval from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the project will be posted to the website for up to 90 days, where you can select an amount to donate toward the project. The minimum donation is just $1. For every dollar raised, 12 cents goes to cover administrative costs and credit card fees.
What happens if the project I donate to isn’t fully funded? If you give to a Music for All project that isn’t fully funded, a representative of our Development Department will contact you to notify you how the project will be adapted to utilize your generous gift.
What are the donor benefits? Music for All has developed incentives for donors to ensure that they are closely connected to the project. After the project is funded or has expired, Music for All will distribute the donor benefits listed on the power2give give project page. Is my gift tax deductible? Yes, because power2give is a program of the Arts Council of Indianapolis, a 501(c)(3) organization and the donor benefits listed do not have tax implications, your gift is fully tax deductible.
I’m not going to try to hide it. I am completely fascinated with quotes. I love beautiful words. Add some wonderful graphic to those beautiful words and I’m in heaven. Thank you Pinterest for deepening this love for me.
Last Friday I wanted to do something fun on the Music for All Facebook page so I asked our Facebook fans what THEIR favorite quote about music was. I was surprised by the number of quotes I had never heard before and decided to ask some of my coworkers what THEIR favorite music quotes were! I found out that I’m not alone in my love for a beautiful quote, so I thought I’d share some of them with you.
Here is what some members of the Music for All staff said:
· Nancy Carlson, EVP and Chief Financial Officer: “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible in music”- Aldous Huxley
· Mike Pyron, Marketing Intern: ”It’s funny how a melody sounds like a memory”- lyrics from an Eric Church/ Springsteen song
· Seth Williams, Development Coordinator: “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music”- Aldous Huxley
· Rachel McFadden, Participant Relations Coordinator: “You are the music while the music lasts.” –T.S. Eliot
· Zachary Modjeski, Participant Relations Intern: “Music without passion is just noise”
· Kyle Courtney, Events Coordinator: “Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same.”
· Julie Rapp, Accounting Specialist: “Music is what feelings sound like.”- Author Unknown and “A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence”- Leopold Stokowski
Here are some of the favorite quotes that our Facebook Fans posted:
· “You can take me out of the music, but you can never take the music out of me” · “Music for All is a wonderful organization and doing wonderful things!” (Sorry couldn’t resist sharing these very kind words from the Musicians of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra!) · “I believe in music the way people believe in fairy tales.” – August Rush · “Music is Art Painted on Silence” · “When words fail, Music speaks” · “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”- Albert Einstein · “Being in the band is one of the greatest things you can do, and don’t let anyone ever tell you any differently!” · “La musica es el idioma universal” translation “Music is the universal language” · “If it sounds good, it is good” · “Without music, life would be a mistake”- Nietzsche · “Music is what feelings sound like” · “Even if the whole world has forgotten, the song remembers when”- Hugh Prestwood, sung by Trisha Yearwood · “Music will save the world”- Pablo Casals · “God gave us music so we could pray without words” · “To all those who enter, you are subject to the relentless refining process of music, through uncompromising standards”- Bruce Dinkins · “Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us”- Martin Luther · “If Music is Love, Love is Music, then Love is everywhere” · “It’s all about music. Everything else is second” · “Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn”- Charlie Parker · “Life without art is stupid” · “The great thing about music: when it hits you, you feel no pain”
While it is extremely hard to pick a favorite, especially after reading all of these wonderful quotes, my personal favorite music quote is:
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”
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.
The award is named in honor of Patrick John Hughes, the father of Patrick Henry Hughes. Patrick Henry is a remarkable young man who, despite physical challenges that would seem overwhelming to many, has excelled as a musician and student, singing and playing piano and trumpet with the Louisville Marching and Pep Bands, with the help of his father, who tirelessly maneuvers his son’s wheelchair through the formations with the other 220+ members of the Cardinal Marching Band
On Friday night during Grand Nationals the 2012 Patrick John Hughes Parent Booster award was awarded to PJ Littleton, of Tennessee.
Eric Martin-President and CEO of Music for All, David McCullough-Director of Bands at Butler University, Webb Littleton, Casey Littleton, PJ Littleton, Susan Littleton, Cameron Gish- Director at Hillsboro M.S.
PJ Littleton is an active volunteer and arts supporter with the new band program at Hillsboro Middle School in Franklin, Tennessee.
As a youth, PJ Littleton represented his home state of West Virginia in the McDonalds’s All American Band, performed in the All-American Jazz Band, minored in music at West Virginia University, studied at the Berkley College of Music and worked in the music industry for over 10 years before moving to Franklin to raise a family.
In 2011 Hillsboro Middle School was the only middle school in Williamson County in Tennessee without an established band program- and the school that Mr. Littleton’s 6th grader would be attending. Mr. Littleton an avid supporter of music and music education attended every district roundtable discussion, every zoning meeting and every PTO meeting, fighting tirelessly for district support of a new band program.
When others said that the school’s small enrollment (275 middle school students) would not have enough interest for a band, Mr. Littleton pushed on with his belief that each student at Hillsboro deserved the right to perform in a band program similar to any other school in the county. After weeks of discussion the Board of Education agreed to hire a band director for Hillsboro. PJ Littleton is more than a proud parent and a dedicated band booster president. PJ Littleton is a true music advocate who saw a need for a music program and didn’t stop until the students of Hillsboro Middle School had access to music.
While administration was busy hiring new leadership for the school and building new classrooms for the influx of new students, a group of parents began meeting to discuss other academic, athletic, and arts-related needs of the group. This group of parents eventually formed a 501(c)(3) organization called Hillsboro Tomorrow, an organization that has funded over $300,000 in improvements to the school. PJ Littleton has been an active member of this organization since its conception, and worked with board members to allocate $45,000 of funds raised to support the new band program. Mr. Littleton was however responsible for finding the donors and business supporters to raise his requested amount of money.
“PJ has been a cornerstone of our band program, even before most knew we were going to have a band program. He has given of himself tirelessly with his time, his passion, and his resources. As someone who has worked alongside of him and has a child benefitting from his efforts, I can’t say enough wonderful things about PJ Littleton. We have worked together for the benefit of Hillsboro for nearly two year now, and the only complain I have heard him utter during this time is that he has not been able to do more” – Rhonda Kollenborn, President, Hillsboro Tomorrow.
Not only was PJ Littleton instrumental in making sure this school had a band program, but he was also instrumental in recruitment of band members. Even before the band director was hired, PJ was working with the community and creating a campaign “Catch the Dream, Build the Band,” that would spread awareness. The campaign was not only a tool for fundraising, but created a buzz about the band to incoming students.
Throughout the summer before the first year of the band Mr. Littleton raised over $35,000 in private donations that were used to purchase new chairs, stands, equipment ad a stock of school-owned instruments.
He not only gave of his time to fund raise but also gave of his time to help the new band director to prepare the new band room (a former storage room/ computer room) by spending hours painting and readying the room for use.
Throughout the 2011-2012 school year, Mr. Littleton served as the Band Booster President and continued to raise funds, help spread the accomplishments of the students to fellow parents and district administrators, volunteered at concerts and school events, attended PTO meetings, created band traditions, coordinated a year-end banquet, and even taught trumpet sectionals for the inaugural jazz band.
Thanks to PJ Littleton’s efforts, the new band program included nearly 60 students in its first year (20% of the student body). Enrollment soared to 90 students (30% of the student body) the next year. Mr. Littleton was there once again to help raise funds needed for new instruments to meet the increased enrollment.
PJ Littleton has no doubt been instrumental in raising much-needed funds for the new Hillsboro Middle School Band program, but his impact is much larger than that. “His impact reaches further than dollars and cents. His innovative ideas have transformed the way we think about band at Hillsboro School, and within our own county. I am constantly inspired by his selfless attitude, his contagious energy, his tireless pursuit of excellence, and is unmatched passion for public school music education. Through his efforts, we are becoming a comprehensive band program with a large stock of high-quality instruments, appropriate equipment, and an outstanding parent support system. But more importantly, he is helping to provide outstanding and memorable experiences for our students and their families, in a way that Hillsboro School has never achieved prior to this endeavor.” – Cameron Gish, Band Director, Hillsboro Middle School
Subscribe to watch Grand National Finals performances now at Music for All Video online. For the first time, Grand National Finals performances are being made available this year immediately after the event.
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SupportMusic invites you toRSVP and SAVE THE DATE for the November 8 Coalition Webinar / Teleconference"LIVE" from Music For All's Bands of America Grand National Championships, Indianapolis, Indiana. Featuring "Strike Up The Band: Parents in Advocacy Forum". The Webinar starts at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST.
Guest Moderators Dee Jones, Committee Chair, National PTA Diversity Committee; Mark Despotakis, Director of Market Development, Progressive Music
Welcome and Interview Dr. Tim Lautzenheizer, Attitude Concepts for Today, Inc; Eric Martin, Executive Director, Music For All; Michael Butera, Executive Director, NAfME and Greg Ballard, Mayor of Indianapolis
2013 Best Communities for Music Education Survey Eric Martin announces the launch of the 2013 Best Communities for Music Education Survey which acknowledges schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment to and support of music education. Joining Eric will be Becky Eason, Associate Director of the Institute for Educational Research & Public Service of Kansas University that hosts the survey and has updated and refined processes for assessment of community selection.
Patrick John Hughes Parent Booster Award Nominees Interview with the 2012 Parent Booster Nominees highlighting the importance of parental involvement with their school music programs. Learn more about the Patrick John Hughes Parent Booster Award.
Several bands from the most severely affected regions of Hurricane Sandy’s path, including Bridgewater-Raritan High School and Hillsborough High School from New Jersey, Annapolis Area Christian School from Maryland, and Cape Fear High School and Panther Creek High School from North Carolina, have found a way to make it to Indianapolis, Indiana for the Bands of America Grand National Championships presented by Yamaha as scheduled despite the difficulties these bands have faced over the last few weeks. Music for All is proud to have these bands here in Indianapolis this weekend and is asking for help in embracing and supporting their participation.
In addition Music for All is asking its participating bands and their fans to join in supporting ALL of the victims of Hurricane Sandy by making a donation in the name of ALL of the bands (and music students) in America to the American Red Cross. “At Music for All we want to teach students about more than just music. We are committed to helping to prepare students to be great citizens and professionals. One of Music for All’s core values is Leadership. We lead through positive action and are committed to serving others for the greater good of society. While the devastation of Hurricane Sandy is terrible, it is an opportunity for our students and communities to practice real leadership and engage in doing so” says Eric Martin, President and CEO of Music for All.
The Hurricane Relief initiative has started with a $100 donation from Music for All’s President and CEO, Eric Martin. Additional funds (cash or checks) are being accepted at the Music for All Information & Awareness Booth on the North Concourse of Lucas Oil Stadium from Wednesday November 7 through Saturday November 10th. Additionally on Saturday, volunteers including members of the Avon High School and Carmel High School Orchestras from Indiana will come through the stands with buckets to accept donations. ALL of the funds will be delivered to the Indianapolis office of the American Red Cross in honor of Music for All and ALL of the band and music students and boosters in America.
If anyone wishes to join in the relief efforts they can also send a check made out to the “American Red Cross” to the Music for All office at 39 W. Jackson Place, Suite 150, Indianapolis, IN 46225 or make a donation to the America Red Cross directly at www.redcross.org.
Music for All has already seen support for the Hurricane Relief initiative from its partners as well as the Indianapolis area community. Pepwear has provided t-shirts that will be the uniforms of the volunteers on Saturday, Sharp Business Systems has donated printing services and the Home Depot has donated the collection buckets. Avon High School has also graciously opened its doors to the Bridgewater-Raritan High School band to rehearse, which will be their first rehearsal since the super storm hit.
Music for All hopes that this Grand National’s initiative becomes a catalyst to inspire a “student participant lead and driven commitment to create, determine and support a special Bands of America project benefiting others at each Grand Nationals, beginning November 2013.”
Shaun Canon to perform at the finals of Music for All’s Bands of America Grand National Championships
Music for All is pleased to welcome international singer-songwriter Shaun Canon to the 2012 Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha, taking place November 7-10, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Shaun will perform live as part of the championships’ Grand Finale on Saturday evening, November 10. Surrounded by the 2,000 student members of the Grand National Finalist bands on the field, Shaun plans to perform his hit song, “Live for Music,” which gained international attention earlier this year. Shaun’s “Live for Music” videos (featuring marching arts performances, including of bands performing in Bands of America Championships,) have been viewed more than 700,000 times on YouTube.
Formerly known as Shaun Barrowes (a top contestant on American Idol Season 7) has built an impressive resume since leaving the popular show. With a potent combination of tenacious work ethic built upon a familiar and comfortable pop/rock sound, Shaun has deftly navigated the often-tumultuous dynamics of a competitive music industry with a mixture of innate artistic talent, entrepreneurial sensibilities and good old-fashioned grit.
Shaun’s “Live For Music 50/50 tour” has traveled to over 50 locations and supports “Save the Music Programs” in the school systems and has received great reviews from students as well as teacher and parents. Shaun has been positioned as the spoke person to lead the charge to save and bring attention to the decline of funding for music and art programs in schools. This is a cause that he is very passionate about and he supports with his strongest tool, his voice and his lyrics.
“We are thrilled that Mr. Canon will be joining us at Grand Nationals,” said Eric L. Martin, President and CEO of Music for All. “His commitment to music education makes his performance during the Finale a meaningful celebration for every student, director, parent and supporter of music who steps into Lucas Oil Stadium during the four day showcase of marching excellence.”
After what seems like a lifetime of paying dues at the indie level, Shaun has finally come into this own as a major player and is now set to break out nationally with his third tour , the “We Are Music tour”, scheduled for early January 2013.