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Opening Session at the MFA National Festival

Thursday, 15 March 2012 21:20 Written by Kristin Conrad

facebook photoIt’s been a busy but great day at the 2012 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha.

The High School and Middle School Opening Sessions offered participants the opportunity to gather as a group and listen to some truly inspiring speakers. Students, parents and directors had the opportunity to listen to Music for All President and CEO Eric Martin, Music for All Senior Educational Consultant Gary Markham and Music for All Educational Consultant David Starnes.

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser presented sessions to participants at both the High School and Middle School socials. Dr. Lautzenheiser is a well-known name in the music education world as a teacher, clinician, author, composer, consultant, adjudicator, and, above all, a trusted friend to anyone interested in working with young people in developing a desire for excellence.

This evening, participants are attending social events at the High School Social, Middle School Social, or the Directors’ Social. Tomorrow is another busy day with Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival concerts at Warren Performing Arts Center, National Concert Band Festival concerts at Clowes Memorial Hall, Honor ensemble rehearsals, and master classes. And, the Jazz Band of America concert and Honor Orchestra of America concerts are tomorrow evening as well. We’re ready for another day of fantastic music making!

If you can’t be here in person, you can still enjoy some of the most outstanding concert bands in America, Webcast live on musicforall.org. All concert band performances will be Webcast Live and available after the event as Video on Demand, including the Honor Ensembles. Percussion Ensemble performances will not be Webcast Live but will also be available as Video on Demand, post-event. Learn more here.

Also, keep up with Festival happenings by viewing photos on our Music for All Facebook page.

MFA National Festival is under way

Thursday, 15 March 2012 10:27 Written by Kristin Conrad

lowbrass hooa smallThe Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha is under way, and we've heard plenty of wonderful music already. The Honor ensemble students have been participating in rehearsals and sectionals at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis since Wednesday morning, and they continued bright and early this morning. 

Invited ensembles started arriving yesterday, and they will continue to arrive throughout the day today prior to the high school and middle school opening sessions this afternoon. The High School Opening Session begins today at 1:00 p.m., and the Middle School Opening Session is at 4:00 p.m. It's always exciting to see all festival participants gathered together in one place for this opening event. 

We'll also have a special session for Parents today at 2:45 p.m. to talk about their important role and what they can expect for their students throughout the week. 

This evening, National Concert Band Festival Concerts begin at Clowes Memorial Hall starting at 5:00 p.m. 

We're thrilled to have so many talented student musicians on site, and we look forward to the wonderful music we'll be hearing the rest of this week and weekend!

Live Webcast of Festival Concerts

Tuesday, 13 March 2012 19:43 Written by Debbie Laferty Asbill

The 2012 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, is under way as honor ensemble students started arriving in Indianapolis today. Honor ensemble rehearsals begin tomorrow, Wednesday, March 14, and the invited concert bands and percussion ensembles will begin to arrive prior to the official opening of the Festival on Thursday, March 15.

Music for All, with our video partner Mr. Video Productions, will be streaming Live Webcasts of all the 2012 Music for All National Festival concert band performances from Clowes Memorial Hall, as well as the concerts by the Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America and Jazz Band of America.

One low price gives you all-day access to concerts, webcast live on musicforall.org. You can also order a Festival Only Subscription to access Video on Demand, post-event, of all the 2012 Festival concerts, including the percussion ensembles.

See pricing, learn more and order online now and get ready for performances by some of the nation's finest concert ensembles!

2012 American Bandmasters Association Convention

Wednesday, 29 February 2012 14:22 Written by Ricci Emmons

The 2012 American Bandmasters Association Convention is now taking place in Indianapolis, Indiana, home of the Music for All offices. We want to let you know about some great performances that will be taking place February 29 - March 3. 

Here is some information about the concerts happening this week as part of the convention: 

 Wednesday, Feb. 29 - 8 p.m.

Purdue University Symphonic Band; Ball State University Wind Ensemble

Thursday, March 1 - 8 p.m.

Michigan State University Wind Symphony; Indiana University Wind Ensemble

 Friday March 2 - 8 p.m.

United States Army Field Band (The concert is free but tickets are required.*)

 Saturday, March 3 - 2 p.m.

Butler University Wind Ensemble

We welcome the national convention of the American Bandmasters Association to Indianapolis. Each concert will feature some of the country's finest wind bands under the batons of an array of the world's finest conductors. All concerts are free and open to the public.

*For Field Band tickets contact the Clowes Hall Box Office, purchase tickets online at ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-982-2787. For more information visit cloweshall.org.

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Download Butler University's American Bandmasters Association Flyer - click here.

 

Download the United States Army Field Band Poster - click here.

 

 Visit americanbandmasters.org for more information about the convention. Don't miss out on this opportunity to see and hear some great performances!

Woodforest Bank Stadium Confirmed

Thursday, 23 February 2012 16:47 Written by Ricci Emmons

Woodforest Bank Stadium was confirmed this week as the venue for the Conroe, Texas Regional Championship on October 6, 2012.

 

To view the 2012 full fall schedule, click here.

 

Check back often for additional 2012 fall schedule updates and information.

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Super Bowl week in Indianapolis, Indiana was an exciting time for the Music for All (MFA) staff. The MFA office is headquartered in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, placing staff just a block away from the Super Bowl festivities. Music for All is proud to be headquartered in Indianapolis, alongside our partners Drum Corps International and the Percussive Arts Society.

Indianapolis is no stranger to national and world championships. Lucas Oil Stadium has hosted many championship events, including MFA’s Bands of America Grand National Championships and Indianapolis Super Regional Championship as well as several other musical events, including the Indiana State Marching Band Finals and the Drum Corps International World Championships. Lucas Oil Stadium is the only professional stadium designed specifically with marching performance events, like Grand National Championships and DCI’s World Championships, in mind.

Music for All staff are always looking for ways to improve our patrons’ experience at events, and with an event as large and complex as the Super Bowl right in town, the opportunities for brainstorming and idea gathering were endless.

Music for All staff members not only observed Super Bowl festivities, but a couple had the chance to experience the Super Bowl from a behind-the-scenes, volunteer perspective. We're proud of our own staff volunteers. Music for All's own Natalie Mince and Laura Blake were official volunteers during the event.

Natalie Mince, Music for All’s Director of Events, was a member of the Super Bowl Equipment, Logistics and Warehousing Committee, a committee she has been involved with since January 2011. The purpose of this committee was to determine the need for storage and warehousing facilities for the large number of items being brought into town for the Super Bowl. This committee did not have responsibilities on site, but Mince wanted to be actively involved in the Super Bowl events so she also became a “Fans First” Supervisor.

“Fans First” was a new program implemented by the NFL, and the Super Bowl in Indianapolis was the pilot event for this program. Mince says “Fans First” volunteers were stationed on busy streets downtown and surrounding the Stadium to help answer questions, direct guests to the appropriate gates and keep an eye on crowd levels. As a Supervisor, Mince managed a team of volunteers and was in communication with a manager stationed inside the Stadium, to ensure things outside the building were running smoothly.

“I really enjoyed being a part of an event that showcased the entire city, not just the event itself,” Mince says. “The Host Committee did a fantastic job of building excitement for the local crowd in addition to the visitors. Seeing the Super Bowl transform our entire city was exciting, and the wide-range of activities was really phenomenal.”  

Through her volunteer experience, Mince had a chance to interact with both the local community and out-of-town visitors as they experienced the event.

“Downtown felt alive, and the number of locals who visited the Super Bowl Village and other downtown activities prior to most of the visitors arriving to Indianapolis was really amazing,” Mince says. “There was a sense of pride in our community, and everyone I spoke with was so happy and complimentary of Indianapolis. I enjoyed just being a part of the Super Bowl experience, and having a hand in contributing to something on such a large scale.”

As Director of Events for Music for All, Mince was also observing and thinking about the Super Bowl from an event production and volunteer coordination perspective. She was impressed with the use of technology in order to keep volunteers informed throughout their shifts. Mince received multiple text messages throughout the weekend alerting her of the weather, road closures, crowd sizes in Super Bowl Village and other important tips. Visitors could also sign up for text message alerts as well.

“The texts were very helpful and allowed me to be ‘in the know’ even when I was not on shift,” Mince says.

Mince also observed the Host Committee very closely; studying their processes and thinking about ways MFA could improve its volunteer management program.

“I thought the Host Committee did an excellent job of making tweaks throughout the week to improve the visitor experience,” Mince says. “When Friday was jam packed in Super Bowl Village, changes were quickly implemented on Saturday to improve foot traffic and prevent bottlenecking. The Super Service online training that was required by every volunteer was a really great tool that got everyone on the same page about basic customer service and extending Hoosier Hospitality to everyone we come in contact with. The fact that 8,000+ people were trained in customer service prior to an event was pretty impressive.”

Mince also took away ideas about volunteer uniforms and other volunteer perks, the usage of signage and banners, and ways to use Georgia Street as an auxiliary event area during Music for All events.

Laura Blake, Music for All’s Senior Event Coordinator, volunteered as well and worked Low and Medium Intensity volunteer positions at the NFL Experience at the Indiana Convention Center. Low Intensity work involved having patrons sign liability waivers and giving them wristbands that allowed them to play games. Blake also answered patrons’ questions. 

“Medium Intensity was amazing!” Blake says. “I worked in the kid zone area. I worked a game where kids could hike or throw a ball through NFL player cut outs. I've never been so tired and had so much fun…watching tiny kids throw the ball and get so excited when they made it!” 

Similar to Mince, Blake was very impressed with the production and volunteer coordination aspects she witnessed while volunteering. She felt volunteer uniform and credential pick up were exceptionally smooth.

“Thousands of people were coming through, and they had minor snags, but the stations they had made sense,” Blake says. “I enjoyed the daily newsletter, which I thought was a unique thing that sort of helped keep the event on your mind even if you weren't working that day.” 

Blake was impressed with the online volunteer training, the perks provided to volunteers and the logistics on site. She also gained ideas that apply well to her work at Music for All.

“Getting to see a world class event in our city was amazing. It also made me feel good about what we do. We aren't so far off the mark with our [MFA’s] volunteer program,” Blake says. “I learned a lot and had a great time.”

 “I am really honored to have been a part of the Super Bowl, and I'm so proud of Indianapolis and the Host Committee,” Mince says.

MFANF11programbook roundedMusic for All is offering space in our Music for All National Festival keepsake program book for you to honor your student, ensemble or director! It’s a great way to acknowledge the dedication, passion and experience of participation in Music for All programs while supporting Music for All’s annual fund.
 
Ideas for Celebration:

• Honor your student, ensemble or director.
• Congratulate a senior for his or her dedication.
• Tell someone how proud you are of him or her.
• Honor a director or parent volunteer.

To learn more and place your order by February 10, 2012, click here.

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The William D. Revelli Scholarship was established in 1993 in honor of the late Dr. Revelli, for his contributions to music education. This $1,000, one-time scholarship honors a graduating senior who is performing at the 2012 Music for All National Festival and is nominated by his or her director. Recipients must intend to pursue a degree in music education. The scholarship will be awarded during the banquet at the National Festival in Indianapolis on March 17, 2012.

Click here to learn more and complete your application. Completed applications are due February 24, 2012.

Impact2011 roundedImpact, Music for All’s annual report and resource for education, advocacy and performance information for fiscal year 2011 (March 1, 2010 - February 28, 2011), is now available for download here.

As the current fiscal year comes to a close, Music for All has much for which we can be thankful. Most of all, we are thankful for friends and supporters like you who embrace and support our mission to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all.

In 2011, we took Music for All, Bands of America and Orchestra America programs to 11 states and drew participants from 30 other states and three foreign countries. Almost 3,000 students and teachers participated in the Music for All Summer Symposium and Music for All National Festival, and another 70,000+ students participated in Bands of America events before more than a quarter million fans, families and supporters. We provided counsel as well as access to our advocacy tools and resources for hundreds of teachers, parents and students who saw their access and opportunities to participate in music education and performance threatened by educational budget cuts.

We know that you believe in our ideals and programs, and we ask and hope we can continue to have, deserve and count on your support. As we approach the end of the year (February 29, 2012), Music for All has reached 97% of our fundraising goal, and we need your help to continue to strengthen our programs and educational experiences.  A gift from you will give us the significant boost we need to reach our goal of influencing students and educators through our programs and providing Positively Life-Changing experiences through music for all. More importantly, your gift provides leadership and inspires others – individuals, corporations and foundations alike – to join in and support our cause.

Support you provide now will help ensure that we can continue to serve at a high level and execute key objectives for 2012 and beyond. To donate to Music for All, donate online, or send your donation to:

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

Thank you for supporting Music for All’s positively life-changing programs and experiences!

Update to Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship

Monday, 30 January 2012 15:38 Written by Ricci Emmons

Previously, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship was tentatively listed for October 20, 2012 and the site was to be determined. This week, Towson University (MD) was set as a tentative site for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship. Also note: the date of this Regional has changed from October 20 to October 27, 2012.

To view the 2012 full fall schedule, click here.

Check back often for additional 2012 fall schedule updates and information.

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