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Congratulations to Fall Scholarship Recipients

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 15:18 Written by Kristin Conrad

GroupThe Music for All Foundation presented three scholarship awards at this year’s Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha. The MFA Marching Band Scholarships were established to honor graduating seniors who plan to major in music education in college. These one-time awards are made possible through generous gifts from the Yamaha Corporation of America, Fred J. Miller Family and Jolesch Photography.

You can also create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all by donating to the Music for All scholarship fund today. A gift to the scholarship fund provides lifelong impact and is a wonderful way to show support of music and arts education. Learn more about Music for All’s scholarships, or click here to donate to the scholarship fund. 

Semi-Finals are under way

Saturday, 12 November 2011 09:09 Written by Kristin Conrad

It's Saturday, the last day of the 2011 Grand National Championships, and Semi-Finals performances are already under way this morning. You can find the Semi-Finals Performance Schedule here.

Congratulations to the Semi-Finalists and all 92 amazing bands that participated in preliminary competition. We saw such amazing performances Thursday and Friday during prelims, and we were so impressed by the outstanding performances and the dedication exhibited by all the bands.

You’ve likely seen bands in performance on the field, but have you ever wondered about the behind-the-scenes happenings at Grand Nationals? Check out this video to learn more and take a behind-the-scenes tour. And, view additional videos on Music for All’s YouTube channel.

You can also see behind-the-scenes photos here, on the BOA Facebook page.

We hope you enjoy today’s Semi-Finals performances!

First Live Webcast of 2011 is this weekend

Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:57 Written by Debbie Laferty Asbill

The first Live Webcast of the Bands of America 2011 Championship season is this weekend. The BOA Super Regional Championship at St. Louis, presented by Yamaha, will be Webcast live, Friday and Saturday, October 14-15 from Edward Jones Dome.

You can subscribe to get all four Super Regional and Grand National Championships Live Webcasts, plus video on demand, post-event, of all Regional Championship performances – this Plus Subscription is your best deal at only $59 (we held pricing flat for 2011 from 2010).

There is also a Pay-Per-View option if you want to only order one Live Webcast event.

If you cannot be there in person, watch it online! Subscribe at http://mfa.thefannetwork.org/.

Check out the preliminary performance schedules for both of this weekend's BOA Championships, St. Louis and Akron, Ohio.

 

I’ve been emotional this morning thinking about the passing of Steve Jobs. Part of it is a bit of fear – the reminder that life is short. No matter how visionary, successful, smart, creative, hard-working, kind or wealthy we are, our time is finite. The greater part of the emotion, though, is gratitude.

The “products” that rose from Steve Jobs' vision have shaped my life. I put products in quotes because they are more than just widgets, they enable a way of life, of communicating, connecting and creating.

Every printed piece – program book, newsletter, poster, flyer, ad, form – that Music for All/Bands of America has put out there since 1986 has been created on a Macintosh computer, whether by me or other talented MFA staff and outside designers. When I first came to Bands of America in 1985 our printed pieces were created the old-fashioned way. Text sent to typesetters. An Exacto knife, proportion wheel, pica ruler, spray mount were my tools. In 1986, I created the BOA newsletter on a Mac SE using Aldus Pagemaker 1.2 for the first time and there was no looking back.

My work history on Macs is like an Apple history lesson: Mac SE with two floppy drives, Mac II, Quadra 700, a Mac clone whose brand I cannot remember, then Macbook Pros of various sizes and configurations. My Macbook is more than a work tool, it’s a companion, a workplace colleague, an extension of myself.

My work life in Macs, 1986-2011

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Jobs’ vision has shaped my personal life, too. My iPhone is with me every hour of the day and night. iTunes is open on my screen nearly all day. I read 90% of books these days (I’m a voracious reader) on my iPad. Thanks to Pixar, I actually don’t mind watching the same “kids” movies dozens (maybe even hundreds) of times – I am moved, amused and entertained every time.

This Saturday, I’ll be working at the Bands of America Regional Championship in Conroe, TX. I’ll have my Macbook Pro in the press box, my iPad on my shoulder and my iPhone in my pocket – and the knowledge that one person can make a profound difference in the world.

– Debbie Laferty Asbill, Director of Marketing and Communications, Music for All

Marching Roundtable podcast with Eric Martin

Thursday, 29 September 2011 13:58 Written by Debbie Laferty Asbill

 

If you haven't yet checked out the great podcasts from our friends over at Marching Roundtable, you should!

In Episode 30, posted: 28 Sep 2011 07:00 PM PDT, Joe Allison talks with Eric Martin, the President and CEO of Music for All and Bands of America. Eric shares his philosophy for participation and competition, and they discuss the Fall BOA Regional schedule, noting how any band, student, or family member can benefit from the competition experience.

Odd Web Behavior

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 11:30 Written by Debbie Laferty Asbill

You may have already noticed that the musicforall.org Web site is exhibiting some odd behavior today, with menus and links taking you to incorrect pages. We are working on this issue, as well as a resolution to the circumstances that cause the site to be alternately inaccessible and accessible-but-slow-to-load over the past few days.

We know that our fans and participants rely on the Web site for information, especially now that we've started the 2011 Bands of America Championship season. Please know that we're working on solutions and hope to have things ironed out soon.

- Deb Laferty Asbill, Director of Marketing and Communications

Music for All is pleased to announce the return of the BOA podcast, Bands of America's Break Ranks! with Dan Potter. Break Ranks features stories and interviews from the 2011 Bands of America Championships. Veteran journalist, radio personality, talk show host and Bands of America (and DCI) announce Dan Potter takes you behind-the-scenes.

You can listen to the first episode now, featuring an interview with Music for All's President and CEO Eric L. Martin.

A note: We're working to get Break Ranks live in iTunes so you can subscribe and download the episodes directly to your computer or mobile devices. The old, 2007-2005 version of Break Ranks currently comes up if you searc for Break Ranks in iTunes. When we get that resolved, I'll let you know so you can subscribe and get the weekly episodes via iTunes.

- Deb Laferty Asbill, Director of Marketing and Communications, Music for All

Place a special message to honor your student, band, director or booster program in the keepsake Grand Nationals program book.

• Congratulate a senior band member for his or her dedication.
• Tell someone how proud you are of him or her.
• Honor a band director or booster volunteer.

Learn more and place your order by October 7.

Marching Band Scholarship Deadline Fast Approaching

Tuesday, 13 September 2011 22:53 Written by Kristin Conrad

MillerKraft_sizedThe Music for All Marching Band Scholarship applications are due September 23. These scholarships honor graduating seniors who intend to major in music education in college. To be considered for a scholarship, the applicant must also be a member of a band performing at the Grand National Championships. The director of bands must nominate all applicants. These one-time awards are made possible through generous gifts from the following Music for All friends and sponsors:

• Mark Jolesch of Jolesch Photography ($2,000 Jolesch Scholarship)
• Fred J. Miller Family ($1,000 Fred J. Miller Family Scholarship)
• Yamaha Corporation of America ($1,000 Yamaha Scholarship)

To learn more about the scholarships or to apply, click here.

FranKick_sizedAttention NAfME Collegiate Members, students currently majoring in music education and 2011 DCI Alumni! Join us for a FREE Music Educators Experience Saturday, November 12, 2011 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Space is limited and only offered on a first-come, first-served basis so please contact MFA at 800-848-2263 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information:

• Your first and last name
• Your address
• Your phone number
• Your email address
• College you are attending
• Music Ed. faculty contact first and last name
• Music Ed. faculty contact email address
• Music Ed. faculty contact phone number

Learn more and download an informational flyer.

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