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Heartland Film Festival

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures will hold the 22nd Annual Heartland Film Festival on October 17-26 in Indianapolis. The Festival will showcase the very best in inspiring independent film from all over the world with screenings at AMC Showplace Traders Point 12, AMC Castleton Square 14 and the Wheeler Arts Community in Fountain Square.

Like Music for All, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit arts organization. Their mission is to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. We are excited to participate in the 2013 Heartland Film Festival $2BACK Program, which gives us $2 back for every ticket purchased online! Use the promo code “MUSIC4ALL.” This is an amazing opportunity to support both Heartland Truly Moving Pictures and Music for All!

You can click here to see the full schedule of films in the Heartland Film Festival, including Life Inside Out, a film that uses music to connect a struggling family: When a mother returned to her musical roots, she rediscovers the passion of her youth and finds a way to connect with her troubled teenage son.

If you are looking for something fun and entertaining to do in Indianapolis this month, why not support local arts organizations while enjoying new, award-winning films! When you purchase tickets online, be sure to enter the promo code “MUSIC4ALL” and support Music for All’s “I believe” campaign.

For more information about the Heartland Film Festival, check out their website: www.HeartlandFilmFestival.org;

Facebook: Heartland Truly Moving Pictures on Facebook

Twitter: @heartlandtmp

 

Bands of America is grateful that “Mother Nature” allowed completion of the entirety of the Preliminary Competition at the Austin Regional.  We were not as fortunate during Finals.  Due to extreme weather conditions, Finals were cancelled before the performances commenced.  By rule the preliminary results became the final results of the competition. 

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.

Following are Music for All’s policies concerning ticket refunds for the Austin Regional:

Cooperative Tickets (issued to bands) - No refund
Day-Pass - $9 refund
Adult Finals Ticket - $17 refund
Military or Senior Finals Ticket - $14 refund
Student Finals Ticket - $10 refund
 

We request that our patrons note that the costs of the event (stadium rental, stadium personnel, judges’ fees and other expenses, and the like) were still incurred and paid by Music for All.  We invite you to consider foregoing any refund.  If you require a refund, we ask that you consider donating the value of the refund to Music for All.  If you choose to donate your refund, Music for All will provide you with an acknowledgement of your charitable contribution for your tax records.

To request a refund, please send your name, address, and copy of your ticket to:

                  Music for All, Inc.
                  39 W. Jackson Place, Suite 150
                  Indianapolis, IN  46225
 

Alternatively, you may fax your request to 317.524.6200 or e-mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you choose to donate the value of your ticket refund, please indicate this in your request.  Refund requests must be received by November 30, 2013 and will be processed by December 7, 2013

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding our refund policies for the Austin Regional event, please do not hesitate to contact us at 800.848.2263.

BOA Austin, TX Finals Cancelled Due to Weather

Saturday, 28 September 2013 17:57 Written by Debbie Laferty Asbill

Due to weather concerns and for the safety of all participants, this evening’s Finals at the BOA Regional at Austin, Texas has been cancelled.

Tickets for Bands of America events are non-refundable. There are no refunds on site. If extraordinary circumstances cause the cancellation of an event, Music for All may offer full or partial refunds as appropriate after the event. Keep your ticket stub and visit musicforall.org after OCTOBER 2, 2013 for posted information about possible refunds. Again, refunds are not possible on site at the event. Information about possible refunds after the event will be posted online at musicforall.org, next week, after October 2.

Music for All thanks all of the directors, students, parents, fans, volunteers and staff who were part of our first BOA show in Austin. Please travel home safely!

Austin BOA Prelims will resume after weather delay with Vista Ridge H.S. at 3:30 p.m. CT. [Updated Saturday, September 28, 3:48 p.m. Central Time.]

Revised prelims schedule:

3:45 p.m. - McCallum H.S.
4:00 p.m. - Birdville H.S.
4:15 p.m. - Cedar Ridge H.S.
4:30 p.m. - Lake Travis H.S.
4:45 p.m. - Hidalgo H.S.
5:00 p.m. - Westwood H.S.
5:15 p.m. - Round Rock H.S.
5:30 p.m. - Westlake H.S.
5:45 p.m. - Presentation of Awards

Updates regarding Finals will be posted as soon as information is available.

See Austin original prelims schedule here.

NEWS: Monroeville BOA Prelims Moves Inside

Saturday, 21 September 2013 12:25 Written by Debbie Laferty Asbill

Due to inclement weather, Prelims of the BOA Regional at Monroeville, Pennsylvania today – Saturday, September 21 – will be held in the Gateway High School gymnasium. These will be standstill exhibition performances.

Prelims will be open to spectators and not ticketed. Seating is limited, please be prepared to leave the gym after your band’s performance to allow for each band’s parents and followers the opportunity to watch their performance.

Finals is planned to take place on field, in the stadium. Class and Finals Awards will be presented based on tonight’s performances. All 13 bands will perform in this evening’s Finals at Monroeville. Finals will be a ticketed event, you must have a valid Finals ticket to enter the stadium for Finals.

Further updates will be posted here as available. Good luck to all of the bands today!

Be Part of the Band

Music for All is proud to announce that we have joined the “Be Part of the Band” project as a title sponsor.

“Music for All is excited and grateful to have this opportunity to extend our commitment to music education into the elementary school realm,” said Eric L. Martin, President and CEO of Music for All. "‘Be In The Band’ provides a substantial resource in building active music makers and will connect with a natural tool for music education advocacy: parents. We are grateful Scott had the idea and that we can be a part of it.”

Learn more about the project here:



At Music for All, we know that involvement in music education creates better students and better people. We are excited to be a part of this project to introduce 250,000 new students to “positively life-changing experiences.”

Want to learn more about movement and help kids “Be Part of the Band?”

Learn more here.

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Music for All is proud to share the news that one of our dedicated volunteers, Christopher Protho, has been named the 2013 International Festivals & Events Association Volunteer of the Year!

As the winner of this award, Chris will be the guest of the IFEA and Zambelli Fireworks at the IFEA’s 58th Annual Convention & Expo, September 16-18, 2013 in Pittsburgh, PA where he will be recognized and presented with his award during the IFEA Awards Luncheon on Monday, September 16, 2013.

Chris' name might sound familiar to you because Chris has been in the Music for All family for 23 years, you've probably seen him at a Music for All event! Chris was nominated for this award because of his incredible dedication to Music for All's mission. His Music for All story is truly incredible, and we would like to share that with you:

Chris’s journey with Music for All began in 1990 when he was a freshman at West Virginia University. A member of their acclaimed Marching Band, Chris was required to volunteer at Music for All’s Bands of America Eastern Regional Marching Band Competition for high school students. He was a parking lot attendant. Despite the lackluster volunteer assignment, this first exposure to Music for All made a lasting impression on the young man who grew up outside of Pittsburgh, PA. So impressionable, that he continued to volunteer for Music for All for the next 23 years. Following his debut as a parking lot attendant, Chris traveled the following summer to Wisconsin to be a camp counselor for Bands of America’s Summer Camp for high school marching band students. By then, he was hooked.

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Within those 23 years, Chris experienced nearly every volunteer opportunity available at Music for All, from a parking lot attendant in 1990 to the Contest Director for the Grand National Marching Band Championships in 2009, Chris’s progression is a result of his commitment to the organization at all levels. This is no small feat as Music for All is a multifaceted organization that: provides music education for middle and high school students in marching bands, concert bands, orchestras, music ensembles or as individuals; offers professional development for instrumental music teachers; organizes a series of regional and national performance events that are culminating experiences for schools and student musicians; and serves as an advocate for scholastic music programs across the country.

During his tenure with Music for All, Chris provided logistics support and event management at: 81 Bands of America Regional Marching Band Championships; 20 Grand National Championships; four Summer Symposiums; three Music for All National Festivals; and one Regional Concert Band Festival, which occurred during his honeymoon. His volunteer assignments at these events have included (but not limited to): event management, field manager, field operations, announcer, parking manager, ticketing, concessions, tabulator, timing and penalties judge, loading dock monitor and shuttle driver. Chris has logged 39,000 miles in personal vehicles to these events, and dedicated more than 7,000 services hours to Music for All. After 23 years of volunteering, working a full-time job, earning a Master's Degree, getting married, having children and pursuing a doctorate degree, Chris’s dedication to Music for All has not waned.

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Chris’s expertise in events management has evolved with the organization, and he has more institutional knowledge than many of the paid staff. Chris’s hands-on experience is greatly enhanced by his academic and career pursuits. Chris holds a Bachelor of Music from West Virginia University, a Master of Education from California University of Pennsylvania, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Instructional Management and Leadership from Robert Morris University. Since 1999 he has been a Music Teacher and the Band Director at Mars Area Middle School. In addition, Chris is deeply involved with scholastic music programs in his home state, most recently serving on Pennsylvania’s Department of Education’s Standards and Practices Commission, a position appointed by the governor.

Chris’s extraordinary dedication to working on the front-lines at the many Music for All events earned him the distinguished role of Contest Director for Grand National Championships three years in a row from 2009 to 2011. This is the highest volunteer position available at Music for All, responsible for delivering an event that is consistent with Music for All’s mission, vision and core values. A demanding, complex and highly specialized volunteer position, the Contest Director makes the event—held in Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium—an unforgettable experience for 75,000 people, including the students, teachers, band directors and spectators.

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Chris considers Music for All a part of his family. This deep commitment, coupled with Chris’s positive attitude, is a rare asset to any organization. To Chris, scouting locations for Music for All events while on his honeymoon in Florida was part of life. Driving to various cities for events after Friday night football games was commonplace for Chris. To Chris, this is an adventure, a dream come true, a chance to travel the country doing what he loves—supporting and recognizing students for their outstanding accomplishments in music. Chris is inspired by Music for All’s mission to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experience through music for all.

Chris’s impact extends far beyond a single event or series of events. Chris has been the bridge to Music for All’s future. He began volunteering when Music for All had a staff of nine, and now that staff has doubled. In many cases, he has helped train and orient new staff for Music for All events. His institutional knowledge is unmatched. Chris believed in the organization from the beginning. When it was a fledging organization striving to evolve and professionalize scholastic marching band events—Chris believed in the mission. When Bands of America and Music for All Foundation merged in 2006 resulting in many organizational pains—Chris believed in the mission. When Music for All faced devastating budget cuts in 2009 exacerbated by the recession, staff morale was low and Music for All considered closing its doors forever—Chris believed in the mission. Simply put, Chris was at his best, when the organization was not at its best. He has been an energizing force throughout Music for All’s evolution.

Today, Music for All is stronger and more stable than it has ever been, thanks to the dedication and commitment from Christopher Protho.

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Please join us in congratulating Chris on this well deserved award. We are all truly lucky to have Chris as a part of the Music for All family. We thank you Chris, for your friendship, your guidance throughout the years and for your dedication to music education.

Read more about the IFEA/Zambelli Fireworks Volunteer of the Year Award

2014 Jazz Band of America Conductor Announced

Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:49 Written by Erin Fortune

Music for All is proud to announce that Caleb Chapman will be the 2014 Jazz Band of America conductor! Caleb's incredibly unique combination of skills as a producer, educator, author, and performer have marked him as a rising star in the music industry. We are very excited that Caleb will be sharing his talents with the 2014 Jazz Band of America this March in Indianapolis.

Already know about Caleb Chapman and can't wait for the opportunity to work with him this March? Don't wait! Send your application in today to be a part of the 2014 Jazz Band of America. You can find the application and audition requirements here on the Music for All website.

Want to know more about Caleb? Read on!

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As the President of Caleb Chapman Music, Caleb oversees nearly 200 of Utah’s most talented musicians in thirteen elite ensembles, including the Crescent Super Band, which has frequently been hailed as one of the best professional bands in the world to be comprised entirely of young talent.
 
Caleb’s groups have been featured at many of the world’s most prestigious music festivals including appearances in The Netherlands, Mexico, Switzerland, France, Sweden, and Italy. Caleb’s bands are so well recognized, the Crescent Super Band easily filled the world's most famous concert venue - Carnegie Hall - in their debut performance there in May of 2013.  The bands have also performed with nearly 200 guest artists, including Grammy-winners David Sanborn, Randy Brecker, Joe Lovano, Peter Erskine, Kurt Elling, Gordon Goodwin, Wayne Bergeron, Dave Weckl, Nicholas Payton, Jeff Coffin, Eric Marienthal, Ernie Watts, and Bob Mintzer. They have been featured with musicians from such recognizable bands as Journey, Dave Matthews Band, the Neon Trees, Steve Miller Band, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Tower of Power, Genesis, the Saturday Night Live Band, and many others. Additionally, his bands have received national airplay on Sirius XM.
 
In the last 8 years Caleb’s bands have been honored with 22 DownBeat Awards.  The Crescent Super Band has also won eight consecutive “Best of State” awards for Utah and twice won the prestigious Best of State Statue Award identifying Caleb’s program as the top organization in Arts and Entertainment in Utah, beating out every other professional music, arts, and film organization in the state for the honor.
 
Utah Governor Gary Herbert presented Caleb with the prestigious 2013 “Governor’s Performing Artist Award”, given to one artist annually for significant contributions to art in Utah.
 
EDUCATOR
In 2011, Caleb was named the “John LaPorta International Jazz Educator of the Year”, one of the highest honors in music education. Age 37 at the time, he was by far the youngest to ever receive this honor.  Additionally, Caleb has been named Utah’s “Best Educator” (2011) and “Best Music Educator” (2012) by Utah Best of State.
 
Caleb is a finalist for the first ever "GRAMMY Music Educator Award" which will be presented in 2014.  In 2007 he was honored as the inaugural inductee into the Horne School of Music Hall of Fame and received the “Superior Accomplishment in Music Award” from the Utah Music Educators Association. He is the 2006 recipient of the KUER FM90 “Voice of Jazz Award”.  He currently serves as Vice President on the Board of the Jazz Education Network (JEN), the world's leading organization for jazz education and advocacy.
 
Caleb has been invited to direct several All State Jazz Bands and will be conducting the prestigious Jazz Band of America at the Music for All National Festival in March of 2014.  He has performed and presented at the famed Midwest Clinic.  He has presented clinics at music festivals accross the country and is in high demand as a guest speaker and presenter.
 
In addition to his position at Caleb Chapman Music, Caleb serves as Music Academy Director at the innovative Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts, one of the nation's leading charter schools dedicated to the arts.
 
AUTHOR
Caleb's book, "The Articulate Jazz Musician", written with Dave Matthews Band saxophonist and multi-GRAMMY winner, Jeff Coffin, was released by Alfred Publishing in January of 2013.  He has also written for Hal Leonard Publishing and JAZZed Magazine, and has a regular column, "Sound Thinking" which is published monthly by the Daily Herald newspaper.
 
PERFORMER
Caleb is an active saxophonist.  He is a fixture in the Utah scene and has appeared with artists as varied as GRAMMY-winning bassist, Christian McBride and Neon Trees frontman, Tyler Glenn.  He has performed the National Anthem on solo saxophone at NBA games for the Boston Celtics, the Miami Heat, the Denver Nuggets, and the Utah Jazz.  His playing is featured on recordings by dozens of artists, including the GRAMMY-winning DJ, Kaskade.  
 
Caleb is a featured clinician and sponsored performer for Yamaha Saxophones.

Check out this video where Caleb describes his style as a music educator and why he believes music education is important!

We look forward to working with Caleb in March and we hope that you will join us as well! Visit Caleb Chapman's website here: calebchapmanmusic.com and follow him on twitter: @calebchapman

Learn more about the Jazz Band of America here. The Jazz Band of America is one of three prestigious honor ensembles that are a part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. The 2014 festival will take place March 6-8 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

We appreciate everyone's patience these last few months while we worked diligently on confirming a venue for the scheduled regional in Southern California. We would like to thank Ayala High School for allowing us to keep their stadium as our back up location while we scouted out suitable venues. We are extremely excited to announce that the search is over and the Southern California Regional will be held at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Long Beach, California on November 9, 2013.

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Veterans Memorial Stadium is an 11,600-seat stadium located on the Long Beach City College campus. The stadium has artificial turf, ample parking and plenty of warm-up space. You can find more information about the stadium at: http://www.lasports.org/lafacilities/display.php?s=Stadium&id=56

The Southern California Regional also falls on the same date as the Western Band Association RCC Big Orange Classic, which takes place at Riverside Community College. Gary Locke and the RCC Marching Tigers are long-time friends and supporters of MFA and the BOA Regionals, as are we of their outstanding program. We encourage bands to participate in both shows if at all possible. 

We want as many students as possible to experience the positively life-changing experiences that we offer at our events. If you have any colleagues who might be interested in joining us at the Southern California regional – please tell them to contact us, or tell us who they are and we will get to them! We want, need and welcome their participation! We all want this Championship to be strong and there is nothing more effective than word-of-mouth about the event. If you have any questions you can always contact the Music for All office through email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or by phone at 800-848-2263

Ready to enroll? Click here!

We are looking forward to bringing postively life-changing experiences to Long Beach, California and we hope to see you all at this regional!

 

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Music for All is thrilled to welcome and announce one of our newest partnerships with Texas Dairy Queen®. The beloved burger and treat restaurant has recently embarked on a multi-year plan to support high school music education throughout the state of Texas through sponsorships, award recognition and a major channel for fundraising and advocacy awareness for high school music programs. Music for All is honored to have Texas Dairy Queen® join our family of sponsors as the title sponsor for the 2013 BOA Regional Championships in Austin, Conroe, Dallas-Ft. Worth area and San Antonio. Our Texas participants will learn more throughout the coming months of ways Texas Dairy Queen® will be supporting your music program—so if you are in the neighborhood of a Texas Dairy Queen®, stop in and tell them thank you for supporting and believing in music education, music in our schools and music for all! 

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