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Misty revelli rounded2Deadline: February 24, 2012

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.

 

Gateway High School was confirmed this week as the venue for the Monroeville, Pennsylvania Regional Championship on September 22, 2012. 

Chino Hills High School was confirmed this week as the venue for the Chino Hills, California Regional Championship on October 27, 2012.*

 

(*MFA is continuing to pursue other high profile stadiums in the area. For more information, contact Travis Tester, Manager of Participant Relations, 800.848.2263.)

To view the 2012 full fall schedule, click here.

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

Jacksonville State University Confirmed

Friday, 20 January 2012 11:43 Written by Ricci Emmons

 

Jacksonville State University was confirmed this week as the venue for the Jacksonville, Alabama Regional Championship on October 13, 2012. 

To view the 2012 full fall schedule, click here.

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

SupportMusic Coalition Webcast

Thursday, 19 January 2012 12:34 Written by Kristin Conrad


Join Music for All's own President and CEO Eric Martin tomorrow, Friday, January 20, 2012 for SupportMusic Coalition's Webcast and Teleconference! Here are the details:

SupportMusic student with trumpetSupportMusic Coalition Webcast and Teleconference 'Live' from The NAMM Show, Anaheim Hilton, Level 2, California Pavilion 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2012
2 PM Pacific Standard Time
3 PM Mountain Standard Time
4 PM Central Standard Time
5 PM Eastern Standard Time

Please call in five minutes prior to start time as the webcast will begin promptly at 2:00 PM. This will be a listen in call only! Therefore, all calls will be automatically muted. You will be acknowledged in the minutes of the call if you send an e-mail regarding your participation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To Access Webcast: http://www.nammfoundation.org/supportmusic-coalition-webcast-ns12

Call-In Instructions:
1. United States: 1 866 740 1260 code: 2000600#
2. All International Callers dial +1 303 248 0285 code: 2000600#
Click here for international time and date 

AGENDA

2:00 PM: Welcome & Introduction - Mary Luehrsen, Director, Public Affairs and Government Relations, NAMM, Executive Director, NAMM Foundation 

Launch of Best Communities for Music EducationEric Martin, President and CEO, Music for All, Inc.

SupportMusic Coalition Updates

-  Welcome New Affiliates

-  Announcements

2:10 PM: Panel Discussion Theme: "I Feel Good: Celebrities Advocate for Music Education," featuring guest speakers:

Deanna Brown Thomas, The Brown Family Children Foundation President: www.jamesbrownfamilyfdn.org/site

Bernie Williams, Author, Musician, Former Major League Baseball Outfielder: www.bernie51.com

Bootsy Collins, American Funk Bassist, Singer, and Songwriter: www.bootsycollins.com

Phil Collen, Co-lead Guitarist & Backing Vocalist for English Rock Band Def Leppard: www.philcollenpc1.com/

2:40 PM: SBO Award Presentation: The Don Johnson Music Industry Service Award -  Presented to Keith Mardak, Chairman and CEO, Hal Leonard by Sidney Davis, Group Publisher, Symphony Publishing

2:45 PM: ISME Award Presentation: The ISME Global Sonar Award - Presented to NAMM and Joe Lamond by Graham Welch, President, International Society for Music Education and Stanley Jordan, Guitarist, Composer and Clinician 

2:59 PM: Closing Remarks

3:00 PM: Teleconference/Webcast ends

3:01-4 PM: Reception

Join the SupportMusic Coalition!

The SupportMusic Coalition is building a proactive and unified approach to federal, state and local level advocacy for music education as a core academic subject in schools. The coalition is united in its support of a complete education that includes music and arts instruction for all children. Read the Executive Summary for more information, or to join the coalition now fill out the response form and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hear NAMM members and industry leaders Rick Young and Steve West share why they participate - and why you should too!

Kettering Fairmont High School Confirmed

Tuesday, 17 January 2012 17:36 Written by Kristin Conrad

Kettering Fairmont High School was confirmed this week as the venue for the Kettering, Ohio Regional Championship on September 29, 2012. 

To view the 2012 full fall schedule, click here.

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

Marching Band Division at the Music for All Summer Symposium at Ball State University June 25-30

Brought to you by Center X Productions and staffed by Dynamic Marching

Although 2012 has just begun, before we know it, it will be March and band directors all over the country will be starting to think ahead to the marching band season. Despite being in the middle of the busiest time of year for concert band festivals and competitions, by March most directors are taking care of important long-range planning such as hiring staff members, choosing music arrangers and/or composers, and choosing drill writers. In addition, this is a very important time of year for choosing drum majors and potential sections leaders for the upcoming summer and fall season. Soon after drum majors are chosen, band directors typically sign up these students for camps, such as the very successful drum major academies put on by the late, great George Parks. At a well-run drum major camp, students learn important lessons in conducting, musicianship, and leadership. Hopefully, after returning from camp these highly-motivated drum majors are able to put their lessons to work to help the band directors and staff members to achieve a successful season.

What about the section leaders? Band directors should take the same steps toward nurturing and training these students as they do with their drum majors!

Where can you send your marching band section leaders to learn music ensemble fundamentals from the director of the 2005, 2009 and 2010 Grand National Champion marching band?

Where can you send your marching band section leaders to learn marching fundamentals from the author and producer of the critically-acclaimed Dynamic Marching DVD series?

Where can you send your marching band section leaders to learn section-specific fundamentals with individualized instruction from current teachers at literally the top band programs in the country? (Our staff comes from Avon High School (IN), Carmel High School (IN), Center Grove High School (IN), Pomona High School (CO), Murietta Valley High School (CA), and McEachern High School (GA)!)

How can you guarantee that in one week your section leaders will learn the most current and educationally-sound fundamentals and bring back these concepts to YOUR program?

Jeff Young ssyThe Music for All Summer Symposium Marching Band is exactly the kind of place. Band directors will see immediate and measurable gains when these students return home. 

In addition, these students get to perform with the Carolina Crown Dum and Bugle Corps in front of a packed stadium full of cheering DCI fans. 

As a director attending camp, YOU can be in the rehearsal rooms and on the football field where these nationally-renowned teachers and instructors teach your kids! Even if you don't bring your kids, the experience for band directors is unbelievable.

By Jeff Young, MFA Summer Symposium Marching Band Division Coordinator

 

Maggie Vetter receives Jolesch Scholarship

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 16:05 Written by Kristin Conrad

 

Maggie VetterMaggie Vetter of Kings High School in Kings Mills, Ohio received a $2,000 scholarship from Jolesch Photography.

“Maggie is driven toward excellence, and she loves to practice,” her band director Greg Mills says. “She possesses an engaging, upbeat personality and views obstacles as opportunities to improve.”

Observations of her father, who is a music teacher, and Mr. Mills helped Vetter to form her future teaching philosophies as well as define her passion for being an educator.

“I will be patient with my students as they begin to learn,” Vetter says. “I will also be flexible and love the art of music making, all while keeping the passion of teaching music so students can see, feel and embrace it too, and, of course, I will encourage students to practice.”

Maggie has not only learned the importance of arts in her own life, but she already knows the difference a music educator can make in the lives of students and has begun to put these traits into practice. 

“The first [trait] is patience. The second is time. One of the last traits of a successful music educator is love for the art,” Vetter says.  Music is a part of who I am, Vetter says, and she looks forward to the rest of her life as a music teacher. 

 

Ben ClemonsThe Fred J. Miller Family presented a $1,000 scholarship to Benjamin Clemons from Victor J. Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Illinois. 

Clemons grew up surrounded by music and music educators, as both of his parents are music educators. However, it wasn’t until high school that Clemons became inspired to become a music educator. In his scholarship essay, he wrote that being a section leader gave him insight into becoming a music teacher. He enjoyed teaching a group and pushing them to meet their goals. Clemons says he aspires to be a teacher who has a vast array of musical knowledge and technique, someone who is an effective communicator and, most importantly, a teacher with the ability to inspire his students to keep music in their lives.

“Ben has all the talents and qualities that you would expect to see in a fellow educator,” Mr. Mark Iwinski, Victor J. Andrew High School’s band director, says. “He will be a fine teacher and an excellent trumpet player because he recognizes high quality performances and is inspired by great musicians and educators.”

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