The 2014 Bands of America Grand National Championships kicked off in beautiful Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis this evening with the annual Indianapolis Marching Band Tournament. The event has become a full-scale community gala, with students and boosters cheering on their hometown favorites.
The fans play an important role in the competition, as they are judged on their enthusiasm by a panel of local celebrities in the quest to win the coveted Spirit Award, which provides the winning school with a $1,000.00 scholarship. This year there was a tie, so both Broad Ripple Magnet High School and Crispus Attucks High School will get scholarships.
Fans were treated to special exhibition performances by the Marian University and Tennessee State University Marching Bands. Theodore Roosevelt College and Career Academy from Gary, IN also joined us for an exhibition performance, becoming the first non-Indianapolis high school to perform at this event.
Crispus Attucks HS struck gold with the choreography of their dance line, sweeping all captions to take the Class A Championship with the chart topping sounds of Earth, Wind, and Fire. Giving off an aura of an uptown dance club, Class A Runner-up Northwest HS made us want to move to the rhythms of contemporary artists Pharrell, Daft Punk, and Macklemore.
Class B winner Arsenal Technical HS presented sounds of the heartland, playing music of Aaron Copland. The toe-tapping “Hoedown” made us feel like we were enjoying a good, old-fashioned barn dance. The martial pounding of war drums propelled Emmerich Manual HS to Class B 2nd place and the award for Best Music, playing selections from “World of Warcraft.”
Shortridge Magnet HS had us smiling with their fun rendition of the classic pop tune “Louie, Louie.” With only 10 winds, Washington Community HS challenged their students with mysterious harmonies from “Cirque du Soleil,” while Broad Ripple Magnet HS honored our 16th President with “A Lincoln Tribute.” Key Learning Center brought a sense of foreboding and danger with “World of Warcraft,” and John Marshall HS drew “oohs” and “aahs” from the crowd with a trio of high-stepping dancers.
Two action-filled days of preliminary performances by ninety-four of the finest Bands of America begin Thursday morning, with the highest scoring bands moving on to Saturday morning’s Semi Finals competition. The top 12 scoring bands will compete in Saturday night’s Grand National Finals, where the 2014 Bands of America Grand National Champion will take home the traveling Eagle trophy.
Tickets are still available for all performances. We invite you to join us in person at Lucas Oil Stadium, via the live webcast available at musicforall.org, or through our interactive blog covering all the action as it happens. Let’s break ranks and join together as we endeavor to bring these young Winners in Life to the next level! Go for it!
Check out the awards photos from the 2014 Bands of America Regional Championship at Long Beach!
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Check out the awards photos from the 2014 Texas Dairy Queen® Bands of America Super Regional Championship at San Antonio!
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Check out the awards photos from the 2014 Bands of America Super Regional Championship at Atlanta!
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Check out the awards photos fromthe 2014 Bands of America Super Regional Championship at Indianapolis!
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Check out the awards photos from the 2014 Bandsof America Regional Championship at Newark!
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Each year, the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) recognizes outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operations and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world, with the Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition.
President and CEO, Eric Martin and Director of Advocacy and Educational Resources, James Stephens were at IFEA's 59th Annual Convention and Expo in Kansas City, Missouri where Music for All was awarded 14 awards! We couldn't be more excited and appreciative.
“Music for All is thrilled to have been recognized by its festival and event peers again this year,” said Debbie Laferty Asbill, Music for All’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “These awards are a recognition of the talents, hard work and dedication of everyone who is a part of the Music for All family.”
Music for All also received 14 Pinnacle Awards – 5 Gold Pinnacles, 6 Silver, and 3 Bronze in various categories for events, multimedia and marketing. These winning entries involved projects involving many MFA staff members and collaborations with partners including Mr. Video Productions, Delivra and Hansen Multimedia.
Winning entries came from organizations as diverse as the 500 Festival, Indianapolis, IN; Kentucky Derby Festival, Louisville, KY; Des Moines Arts Festival, Des Moines, IA; Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Pasadena, CA. International contenders included such diverse event organizations as the Seoul Lantern Festival, Seoul, South Korea and the World Gourmet Summit, Singapore.
Music for All received the following IFEA/ Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards:
Gold Pinnacle Awards
• Best Event Video for sale (Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha)
• Best Event/Organization E-Newsletter (Summer Symposium Daily Buzz)
• Best Event/Organization Newsletter
• Best Cover Design (Orchestra America Newsletter)
• Best Educational Program (Marching Band Division at the Music for All Summer Symposium)
Silver Pinnacle Awards
• Best Miscellaneous Multimedia (Inside "Everything Beautiful" with Composer Samuel Hazo Video: http://bit.ly/everythingbeautiful)
• Best Cover Design (Music for All National Festival Program Book)
• Best Single Newspaper Display Ad (Music for All Summer Symposium Ad)
• Best Single Magazine Display Ad (Bands of America Championships Ad)
• Best Ad Series (Music for All “I Believe” Series)
• Best Event Within an Existing Festival (2013 Bands of America Grand National Championships Parent/Booster Award Ceremony)
Bronze Pinnacle Awards
• Best Organization E-Newsletter
• Best Miscellaneous Multimedia (2013 Grand Nationals Montage Video: http://bit.ly/1nVhXYD)
• Best Promotional Brochure (About MFA Brochure)
We are honored to have received these awards from the IFEA. You'll see from the list above that the awards recognize the group efforts of everyone at Music for All, as well as our friends and partners who work along side us. Thank you to all who have had a hand in these projects and programs.
Music for All is proud to be a member of the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA). The International Festivals and Events Association has more than 2,000 member festivals from around the world. Each year, the IFEA Pinnacle Awards competition honors the best special events, festival materials, promotions and ideas among the organization’s membership. For more information about IFEA and the Pinnacle Awards Competition you can check out their website or Facebook page.
Check out the awards photos from the 2014 Bands of America Super Regional Championship at St. Louis!
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Check out the awards photos from the 2014 Bands of America Regional Championship at Tacoma!
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Check out the awards photos from the 2014 Bands of America Regional Championship at Jacksonville, AL!
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Check out the awards photosfrom the 2014 Texas Dairy Queen® Bands of America Regional Championship at Conroe!
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Check out the awards photos from the 2014 Bands of America Regional Championship at Winston-Salem!
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Check out the awards photos from the 2014 Bands of America Regional Championship at Toledo!
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