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Sunday, September 28, 2014

BOA Regional at Austin Awards Photos

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Check out the awards photos from the 2014 Texas Dairy Queen® Bands of America Regional Championship at Austin!

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

BOA Regional at Dayton Awards Photos

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Check out the awards photos from the 2014 Bands of America Regional Championship at Dayton!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOA Regional at Monroeville Awards Photos

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Check out the awards photos from the 2014 Bands of America Regional Championship at Monroeville!

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Monday, September 22, 2014

BOA Regional at Louisville Awards Photos

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Check out the awards photos from the 2014 Bands of America Regional Championship at Louisville!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

MFA Staff Profiles – Ashley Peterson

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Ashley-PetersonName:  Ashley Peterson
Position:  Accounting Assistant
Hometown:  Born and raised in Lexington and Richmond, Kentucky, but have lived in Greenfield, IN for the past 11 years.

How long have you been with MFA?
Almost 8 whole months! I began at the end of January.
What is your educational background?  Where did you go to school, and what did you study?
I received my Associates degree for accounting from Ivy Tech, and I am currently studying for my Bachelors at Indiana Wesleyan University.
What is your musical background?  (What instruments have you played? Played in groups or bands? Just enjoy music in general?)
Since I was about 8 years old, I’ve played piano. I’ve gotten rusty over the years, but I still get excited when a piano is in front of me and I have the opportunity to play, or just mess around. I’ve also played acoustic guitar (although I’m not very good at it) and I was in choir in high school. I still enjoy singing, but it seems to only happen when I’m in the car or hanging out with friends now!
What kind of music do you like to listen to?
I enjoy a wide variety of music. I’ll listen to anything and give it a chance. I mainly listen to the top 40 pop/rock type stations, and country.  But I have to admit, if I had to choose one artist or band to call my favorite, it would definitely be the Backstreet Boys! I’ve been a huge fan since they started out, and always will be. I actually finally got the chance to go to a sound check and meet them in August. Best day of my life!!
Why is music important to you?
Music is my therapy. No matter what mood I’m in, excited or upset, I can always find something to listen to that will either keep that great feeling going, or cheer me up.
Why do you believe in music education?
I truly believe that anyone and everyone deserves the opportunity to have music in their lives.  Whether you are playing an instrument, or just someone in the audience enjoying listening, music education makes this possible.
What sort of things do you do in your free time (hobbies)?
I usually just enjoy hanging out with friends, even if we’re just sitting around chatting.  Besides that, I love swimming and doing jigsaw puzzles. I also like to do crafty things, but they never turn out the way I had hoped!
What led you to Music for All?
Well, I had been working temporary positions for nearly a year, and I feel like I just kind of got lucky. When I heard about it, I was thrilled with the idea of working for such an amazing organization, and now here I am!
What do you enjoy the most about working for Music for All?
I enjoy being able to work with a group of people who are so dedicated to what the organization stands for. It makes for such a great work environment when everyone loves his or her job, coworkers, etc. You don’t see that often.
What is your favorite Music for All event, and why?
The only events I have worked so far is National Festival and Summer Symposium.  It was overwhelming, but I loved it.  It makes you feel good inside when you see all those students having such a great time. I look forward to experiencing the fall events.
What’s one interesting thing about yourself that some on staff may not be aware of?
Since I’ve only been around a few months, I’ll give a few little facts.
I am the oldest of 7 kids (and 2 cousins lived with us growing up, as well). Also, my mom was 1 of 10, and just on her side of the family, I have around 40 cousins. Things at home/family get togethers are never boring! I love animals, specifically dogs. But the most interesting pets I’ve ever owned were sugar gliders.
Check out the photos from the sixth and final day of the full-week Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha! 
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Saturday, June 28, 2014

MFA Summer Symposium Photo Stream: Day 5

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Check out the photos from the fifth day of the full-week Summer Symposium! 
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Friday, June 27, 2014

Inside the Circle with Carolina Crown

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The Music for All Summer Symposium provides many amazing opportunities for students. One of these experiences is definitely found in the Marching Band Division. The Marching Band students had the unique opportunity to rehearse and perform with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps at the DCI Central Indiana show. They also will be playing the national anthem at the start of the show tonight.
Yesterday, the Marching Division had the chance to have a clinic with Crown where they experienced what most marching band division students would say was "one of the coolest things ever." The students actually got to sit inside the Carolina Crown horn line circle.
We have heard from so many different students, that hearing the horn line like that is simply incredible (and dare we say, possibly life-changing!) 
The students also had the chance to interact with Carolina Crown members and were even instructed by Matt Harloff, Brass Caption Head of Carolina Crown, to take 30 seconds to "take a selfie" with Crown members!
Even better than all of that, the script was flipped, and the students played for members of Carolina Crown who were then sitting inside the circle of Marching Band Division members!
Yesterday was definitely an incredible experience for these students and we know tonight's performance in front of a full crowd at the DCI Central Indiana show will also be a moment these students will never forget.
On Thursday night Christian Howes and Southern Exposure joined us at Emens Auditorium for the fourth night in the Summer Symposium evening concert series. Christian Howes is a jazz violinist, educator, and producer from Columbus, OH. Christian Howes began working with Southern Exposure to create a style that combines modern jazz with Latin musical influences. This concert included a good mix of different types of music that surely did not disappoint.
The concert began with a more classical style mixed with jazz. Each instrumentalist had the opportunity to take a solo as Christian Howes played the melodies. One unique aspect to this group was the accordion player. This was definitely something that students had not been exposed to before and a great experience for them to have!

As the concert progressed, the group did something really unexpected. They went from a classical jazz ensemble to a rock band. Christian Howes whipped out his electric violin, changed some settings on his soundboard, and made the violin sound like an electric guitar! The students in the audience were in awe of this and immediately began cheering and clapping along. This sure was a unique aspect to the concert and something that many had never heard before.

About halfway through the concert, Christian Howes asked all the students to get out their phones and tweet about something in music that has inspired them. It was so amazing to see the different responses that the students came up with!
The final number of the concert featured some very special guest artists, the orchestra division students participating the Summer Symposium! Christian Howes wrote the piece for an orchestra accompaniment to play with the group. This sure was a once in a lifetime opportunity for these students.
Check out the photos from the the fourth day of the full-week Summer Symposium!
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