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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Trivia Tuesday: Texas

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Bands of America has a long history of marching band events in Texas. What year and at which location was the first BOA event held in the Lone Star state?

Answer: 1980 Southwestern Regional Championship, East Texas State University, Commerce, TX

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1980 was an important year for Bands of America, then Marching Bands of America(MBA). MBA launched the first ever Grand National Championships later that fall in Jacksonville, Florida and also expanded the Regional Championship format to 8 Regionals across the country. The Southwestern Regional Championship was held November 8, 1980 at East Texas State University, now Texas A&M University—Commerce.

Our host for this weekend’s Texas Dairy Queen® Bands of America Regional Championship at Dallas-Fort Worth, the Allen Eagle Escadrille, even performed in BOA’s first Texas event! Be sure to check out the 800-member Escadrille and 22 other bands from across the Lone Star state at the beautiful new Allen Eagle Stadium on October 12. Click here for the schedule and additional show information.

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The Music for All Summer Symposium brings students from all over the nation to participate in a weeklong band camp for band and orchestra students. One division of the Summer Symposium is the Color Guard. Developed for students who love to perform and want to perform at a high-level, students work with some of the best educators in the world in a curriculum that includes advance extensive and intensive color guard instruction and technique.

Not only does this program provide an amazing experience because of the quality curriculum but also because of the energetic and dedicated instructors that make the camp fun. Displaying their love of performance during the 2013 Summer Symposium, the color guard faculty put together a flash mob in the unique "scramble light" intersection on the Ball State campus.

The next Summer Symposium is June 23-28, 2014 at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Learn more: Color Guard at the MFA Summer Symposium 


Do you have a favorite flash mob featuring a band or color guard video? Share it with us in the comments!

 

-Cristina

 

Cristina Talucci is a marketing media and administrative assistant for the fall season at Music for All. Graduating from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business through the marketing, entrepreneurship, and Kelley Honors programs in 2012, Cristina has always been heavily involved in nonprofit. She has previously interned at the Monroe County Humane Association and the Institute of International Education and was president of Phi Chi Theta, Zeta Eta. She played flute in all of the North Plainfield High School bands and the Indiana University Concert Band and participated in the North Plainfield High School Winter Guard.

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Congratulations to all of the bands who participated in the 2013 Texas Dairy Queen® Bands of America Regional Championship at Conroe, presented by Yamaha!

Here are some photos from both the Prelims and Finals awards ceremony. Looking for more action photos of your band? Jolesch Enterprises will have photos available on their website coming soon - so make sure you check here  for group photos as well as action shots that they took at the event.


Can't view the slide show? Click here.

Looking for Results and Scores from the event? You can find those here. Congratulations to the 2013 Conroe Regional Champions: The Woodlands H.S., TX!

Monday, October 07, 2013

BOA Regional Championship at Muncie

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Congratulations to all of the bands who participated in the Bands of America Regional Championship at Muncie, presented by Yamaha! We know the rain put a damper on the day, but we thank everyone for being patient through delays and cancellations and for staying positive. The students definitely put on some amazing shows despite the less than ideal weather!

Here are some photos from the awards ceremony. Looking for more action photos of your band? Jolesch Enterprises will have photos available on their website coming soon - so make sure you check here for group photos as well as action shots that they took at the event.


Can't view the slide show? Click here.

Looking for Results and Scores from the event? You can find those here. Congratulations to the 2013 Muncie Regional Champions: Carmel H.S., IN!


Thursday, October 03, 2013

Throwback Thursday: 1996

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This Throwback Thursday, we're going back to 1996! The 1996 Grand National Championships marked an important change for the Bands of America event: the Championship expanded to a three-day format, featuring 80 marching bands at the RCA Dome. For the first time, Grand Nationals included three rounds of competition: prelims, semi-finals and finals.

1996 Grand National Finale

 

At the Grand National Finale on Saturday evening, a new Grand National Champion was named: the Lake Park High School Marching Band from Roselle, Illinois! Under the direction of Bands of America Hall of Fame member Kenneth Snoeck, the Lake Park H.S. Band performed their show "Queen of Spades." Here are a few Lake Park band members, breaking ranks to celebrate their incredible achievement!

Lake Park Band

Do you have a Grand Nationals experience you would like to share? We'd love to hear it; share in the comments below!


--Seth

 

Seth Williams is the Development Coordinator at Music for All. Seth is no stranger to Music for All and Bands of America – first as a participant and as an intern in Development and Participant Relations. He is a graduate of Butler University and previously worked in the Broadway theatre industry in New York. A proud alumnus of “The Centerville Jazz Band,” Seth is likely the biggest band nerd he knows.

 

 

Today's guest post is from Fran Kick, professional speaker, author and division head of the Leadership Weekend Experience at the Music for All Summer Symposium presented by Yamaha. Fran Kick also co-presents the Future Music Educators' Experience during the Grand National Championships.

What to do when the performer next to you just doesn't care?

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 There's at least one in every band. The student who just seems to be going through the motions. Sometimes mumbling to his or her section “I’m just not into this today. Rehearsal sucks. It’s too hot today. It’s too cold today. Something’s wrong with my instrument” (and all the other variations on a theme of whining, griping, moaning, groaning, wondering why they’re having a terrible time). 

Notice how the entire focus of their complaining always seems to surround themselves. Or blaming other things for the fact that they’re not “into it.”

Rather than concentrating and paying attention, they’re complaining and perhaps attracting attention, certainly distracting others from paying attention, and in general making – and sometimes causing – more mistakes in rehearsal. 

What can you do to make a difference? Well short of kicking them out of band, which in truth isn’t a very good idea. Whether they’re the worst player or the best player, we need everyone in band. 

Besides, they might not always be this way. It’s just not their day. Think about it; They may have failed a test in class. Forgot their lunch, had to buy, and it was Sloppy Joe day in lunch lady land. Who knows, but we’ve all been there. Stuff happens outside of rehearsal that impacts even the best of us and especially the worst of us. 

Of course the trick is not letting it affect us. Allow band to be an escape from all THAT and focus on making music and movement that mentally brings us to a higher place above all the riff-raff, the hassles we have, the day to day thick of thin things. 

But what about that person next to you in your section who just doesn’t seem to care? How can you help?  Well here are three things you can do: 

#1 – Nothing! That’s right, ignore them. Don’t give them any attention. If we know that what gets attention gets repeated, then the last thing you want to do is pay them off with your attention. It only reinforces their negative behavior and you do NOT want them having “another bad day.”

 #2 – Ask them a performance related question. Say something like:

“Hey, I’m just checking – what count do our horns go to the press box?

When does that crescendo start? Where is our left hand when we finish that dance sequence.”

Now, you might already know the answer, but it’s a good way to distract them from their bad day and focus their thoughts on something rehearsal specific.

Do be careful when you ask them – while your director is talking would not be a good time – walking back to “do it again” would be better.

 #3 – Be sure to be the band member you’d want them to be. If actions speak louder than words, don’t get sucked into their negativity. Be the example, the role model, the leader who makes things happen and always KICKs IT IN!

 
 This post was originally released on the “Break Ranks” podcast with Dan Potter. The .mp3 audio file is available to hear, download, and share.

 

Fran Kick currently serves as division head of the Music for All Summer Symposium Leadership Weekend Experience. He is a nationally-recognized speaker and educational consultant who talks with students and the many people who work with them. You can find more information about his work with music-related organizations and events at http://www.kickitin.com/music/

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Congratulations to all of the bands who participated in the 2013 Texas Dairy Queen® Bands of America Regional Championship at Austin, presented by Yamaha! We know the rain put a slight damper on the day, but we thank everyone for being patient through delays and for staying positive. The students definitely put on some amazing shows despite the less than ideal weather!

Here are some photos from both the Prelims and Finals awards ceremony. Looking for more action photos of your band? Jolesch Enterprises will have photos available on their website coming soon - so make sure you check here  for group photos as well as action shots that they took at the event.

Can't view the slide show? Click here.

Looking for Results and Scores from the event? You can find those here. Congratulations to the 2013 Austin Regional Champions: James Bowie H.S., TX!

Monday, September 30, 2013

BOA Regional Championship at Toledo

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Congratulations to all of the bands who participated in the 2013 BOA Regional Championship at Toledo!

Here are some photos from both the Prelims and Finals awards ceremony. Looking for more action photos of your band? Jolesch Enterprises will have photos available on their website coming soon - so make sure you check here  for group photos as well as action shots that they took at the event.

Can't view the slide show? Click here.

Looking for Results and Scores from the event? You can find those here. Congratulations to the 2013 Toledo Regional Champions: Lake Central H.S. from Indiana!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Throwback Thursday: 1976

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It's everyone's favorite day of the week, Throwback Thursday! Today we are going back to the beginning. 1976 in Whitewater Wisconsin. If you are a true BOA historian you know that 1976 marked the first ever Bands of America marching band championship, the Grand National Championship in Whitewater, WI, part of the Summer Workshop/Festival!

76 Whitewater Throwback

We are particuarly fond of this photo that has William Revelli presenting an award to one of the Drum Majors from Jenison High School (MI)**

**Update: Facebook fans are weighing in that this is a Drum Major from Sturgis High School in Michigan, and not Jenison. I apologize for the error - that was noted incorrectly on the back on the photograph! But thank you for those who pointed it out so we can fix it!

Were you at the 1st Grand National Championship in Whitewater? We'd love to hear your stories, share them with us in the comments!

 

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Erin Fortune is the Marketing Coordinator focusing on digital marketing at Music for All, and has been working with Music for All for three years, first in the Participant Relations department and now in marketing. She is a graduate from the Music Industry Management program at Ferris State University in Michigan and is a former Percussive Arts Society Intern and a Yamaha Corporation of America, Band and Orchestral Division Intern.

Today's guest post is from our 2012 Patrick John Hughes Parent/Booster Award Winner - PJ Littleton from Franklin, Tennessee. Learn more about the Parent/Booster Award here.

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Everything I ever needed to know, I learned at Band Camp.

"Let me leave you with this piece of advice: Set your goals high because it is very likely that you will achieve them. Make sure that whatever you aspire to do with your life (and it won't be marching band) that it is noble and worthy of the time and investment that you will make in it. If you compromise this, I promise you that in the end you will feel empty and disappointed for not challenging yourself to be all that your potential would have allowed. Don't let this happen.  You are better than this. Give your life away for something good!"

I sat restlessly fidgeting in my seat in the Creative Arts Center Concert Hall at West Virginia University while these words were being spoken from the dimly lit stage by then Director of Bands, the legendary Don Wilcox. I just wanted to get outside, learn drill, play my horn. Hey, it was the first day of Band Camp. This was no time for a long lecture. Let's get on the field and do this!

Our "Chief" knew better.

Funny how thirty-four years later I have long since forgotten my dots in the drill, but these wise words still resonate deep within my core and have helped guide and shape me as a man, as a husband and as a father. This is just one of many lessons I learned while buzzing my pursed lips behind a mouthpiece.

Today you can find me in Franklin, Tennessee, straddling myself between two bands, The Hillsboro Middle School Band and The Franklin High School Band where I respectively serve as Band Booster President and VP of Fundraising. These days have become the days of my life as I aim to apply everything I learned from being in the band so long ago, now for the betterment of not only my two band kids but for the other 339 kids that I love.

Honestly, I'm tired. Really tired. I am sitting in the back row of the balcony of the fabulous restored Franklin Theatre right now, my face aglow from my iPad, listening to FHS alum and daughter of Vince Gill, Jenny Gill perform for a Franklin Football fundraising music event called "Punt, Pass and Pick.” Jenny just spoke of how much it meant to her attending Franklin High where she kept so busy with cheerleading et al that she was able to stay out of trouble and make great memories of her time in school. Some of our current Franklin Band set the tone tonight, kicking off the evening lining the aisles with spirited Rebel music to energize the crowd as they so ably do!

It's been mentioned more than once between songs how laudable it is that our Franklin parents care enough about their children to go to such great lengths to provide the very best experiences for them. We have been able to establish an inspirational and cooperative culture that will nourish not only the football program tonight but the equally admired (and respected) band program as well. This is a rare and wonderful thing--we are so blessed that we can boast of this.

The 45 graduated seniors from last season's BOA Jacksonville Regional Champions and Grand Nationals semi-finalist Franklin Band collectively received in excess of $5.6 million dollars in scholarship funds. This is an average of $125,000 per musician scholar! I contend that they too may have learned a few things at Band Camp as they now embark on the next season of their young lives.

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Core Value #1 at The Franklin Band is Community -- "The community in which we live and our own community within Franklin High School shape who we are and in return, we shape it." I witnessed community at its finest tonight as I sat next to a fellow band booster executive board member as he shared band challenges and victories with a football booster standing behind him, listening with mutual appreciation, admiration and respect.

These are some of the things that I learned about life at Band Camp and this is indeed all I ever needed to know. And you know Mr. Wilcox, as it turns out, it was all about marching band for me after all!

"The only ones among you that will really be happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve." -- Albert Schweitzer

 

- PJ Littleton

 

We thank PJ for his perspective, the Franklin community is lucky to have such a great advocate! To learn more about PJ, read his 2012 Parent/Booster award story. Know an amazing advocate of your music program? Learn more about the Patrick John Hughes Parent/Booster award and how to nominate someone here.

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