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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.

yamaha_scholarshipThe Music for All Foundation is dedicated to creating, providing and expanding positively life-changing experiences through music for all. The Foundation, formerly known as The Revelli Foundation and established in honor of Dr. William D. Revelli, has a long-standing history of awarding scholarships. Revelli's legacy lives on through the many students who benefit from these one-time scholarship awards.

Students can be nominated by their school band director. Each band director can nominate two students from his/her band. Directors should complete the nomination form and return it with all required attachments to Music for All by September 23, 2011. Nomination forms can be found here.

Students who are nominated by their director must meet the following requirements:
• Plan to pursue a degree in music education
• Demonstrate outstanding musicianship, leadership skills and work ethic
• Plan to enroll in college within one year of graduating high school
• Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on other scales)
• Will perform with a band at the 2011 Grand National Championships

Three college scholarships are made possible by the generosity of The Yamaha Corporation of America ($1,000), Fred J. Miller Family ($1,000) and from Mark Jolesch of Jolesch Photography ($2,000).

These scholarships will be announced and presented Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the Grand National Finals Award Ceremony.

For more information about MFA's scholarships, visit the scholarship section of our website, call Dianne Elliott at 317-636-2263, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

parent_imageMusic for All is offering space in our Grand National Championships keepsake program book for you to honor your student, band, director or band booster. What a great way to acknowledge the dedication, passion and experience of participation in Music for All programs!

Ideas for Celebration:

• Honor your student, band, director or booster program.
• 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.

Regardless of the occasion, your tribute provides a meaningful way to recognize someone special. It's so easy to do, and you'll help support Music for All's programs and initiatives that create positively life-changing experiences.

*To order and view samples of tributes, visit the MFA website starting September 9.

This opportunity is for schools, parents, students, alumni and band booster organizations to contribute your celebration message.

Please contact MFA at 800-848-2263 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Orders and payment must be received by Music for All on or before October 7, 2011. Space is limited.

Time for Three's first music video!

Monday, 22 August 2011 11:51 Written by Debbie Laferty Asbill

Music for All loves Time for Three! Zach DePue, Nick Kendall and Ranaan Meyer are not only amazing musicians, they are incredible people. We've had the pleasure of having Time for Three perform at our Music for All Summer Symposium, and, most recently, Nick and Ranaan were artists-in-residence at this past June's Summer Symposium String camp.

Now they are working on their first music video, with a top-shelf crew lead by the very experienced Brian Lazzaro who's directed music videos for Pink, Rilo Kiley, Rooney... and the list goes on.

But here's the deal: they can't begin shooting the video until they raise the funds for the project, by the start of the scheduled shoot in LA on August 26th.

The idea is very cool, online they say: "The music video we're making follows a young boy (age 10-14, we're still casting) who is passionate about playing the violin but is bullied at school for not fitting in. He goes to one of our concerts with other kids from the orchestra and is inspired by our show. A chance encounter with us backstage and a few encouraging words give him the confidence to sign up for the school talent competition. After overcoming his stage fright and channeling the support he received from his teachers and the band, he gives a performance of our song and brings the house down."

Let's help! Check out Time for Three's music video project page now, and see how you can play a part.

from Deb Laferty Asbill, Music for All

Congratulations to the ensembles that have been invited to perform at the 2012 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, March 15-17 in Indianapolis. Ensembles were invited following a recorded audition process, evaluated by a panel of music educators.

School and Ensemble, City, State, Director

  • American Youth Philharmonic Percussion Ensemble, Annandale, VA, Doug Wallace
  • Buchholz High School Wind Symphony, Gainesville, FL, Alexander Kaminsky
  • Carlton J. Kell High School Percussion Ensemble 1, Marietta, GA, Richard Dietrich
  • Carlton J. Kell High School Percussion Ensemble 2, Marietta, GA, Richard Dietrich
  • Charleston County School for the Arts Middle School Wind Ensemble, North Charleston, SC, Suzanne Reed
  • Conner Middle School Symphonic Band, Hebron, KY, Jim Daughters
  • Desert Vista High School Percussion Ensemble, Phoenix, AZ, Aaron Morales
  • Desert Vista High School Wind Ensemble, Phoenix, AZ, Joshua Thye
  • Fossil Ridge High School Wind Symphony, Fort Collins, CO, Daniel Berard
  • Freedom High School Wind Ensemble, Orlando, FL, Franklin Jennings
  • Freedom High School Percussion Ensemble, Orlando, FL, Franklin Jennings
  • Hill Country Middle School Symphonic Band, Austin, TX, Cheryl Floyd
  • Jefferson Forest High School Wind Symphony, Forest, VA, David Webb
  • Lugoff-Elgin High School Percussion Ensemble, Lugoff, SC, Glenn Price
  • Metamora High School Wind Ensemble, Metamora, IL, Dr. Wally Parks
  • Mt. Lebanon High School Percussion Ensemble, Pittsburgh, PA, Richard Minnotte
  • North Penn High School Wind Ensemble, Lansdale, PA, Michael Britcher
  • Roxbury High School Honors Wind Symphony, Succasunna, NJ, Todd Nichols
  • San Marcos High School Percussion Ensemble, San Marcos, CA, Matthew Armstrong
  • South Lakes High School Wind Ensemble, Reston, VA, Grayson Fore
  • Stephenson High School Wind Ensemble, Stone Mountain, GA, Quentin R. Goins
  • The Colony High School Percussion Ensemble, The Colony, TX, Michael Huestis
  • Union High School Wind Ensemble, Camas, WA, Lewis Norfleet
  • Wheaton North High School Wind Ensemble, Wheaton, IL, Jon Nowaryta
  • Wheeling High School Wind Symphony, Wheeling, IL, Brian Logan
  • Winter Park High School Wind Ensemble, Winter Park, FL, Francis Franqui

Remembering Chuck Campbell

Tuesday, 02 August 2011 12:38 Written by Debbie Laferty Asbill

Obit_Chuck_Campbell_for_webI've tried for a couple of days to come up with the right words to express my sadness at the passing of Chuck Campbell. Mr. Campbell died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday, July 30, 2011, after a four month valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.

As a high school student at Rowan County High School in Morehead, Kentucky, I admired Mr. Campbell's work with the George Rogers Clark H.S. band (GRC!). I enjoyed getting to know and work with Chuck on a professional level when I came to Bands of America in 1985, and his work with the North Hardin bands and as an adjudicator and clinician across the nation.

There was no classier gentleman or more passionate music educator than Chuck. He will be greatly missed and my thoughts, as well as my Music for All colleagues' thoughts, are with his family and friends.

Here is a newspaper tribute to Mr. Campbell.

Thank you, Chuck, for your decades of creating positively life-changing experiences through your music and teaching.

- Debbie Laferty Asbill

SchoolJamUSAPlease see this information below from SchoolJam USA, brought to you by our friends at NAMM:

Third Annual SchoolJam USA Program to Award More Than $50,000 in Cash and Prizes to Teen Bands and Their Local School Music Programs

This battle of rising stars is produced by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), and its promotional sponsors NAfME: the National Association for Music EducationSchool of RockSchoolJam GermanyMusic for AllTakeLessons.comDrum Corps International, In Tune Monthly, the John Lennon Educational Tour BusVans Warped Tour and Channel One News. The competition highlights quality musical teen talent, gathers students to support music and the arts, provides funding for school music programs, and promotes active participation in school music programs.

Unsigned teen musicians between the ages of 13 and 19, with the majority of band members currently registered in a U.S. middle or high school, are eligible to participate and apply from Aug. 1 to Oct. 21, 2011. Bands can perform any genre of music but the song must be original content or designated as "public domain." To view full competition rules and regulations, and for information about how to apply, visit

From Nov. 1 to Nov. 30, 2011, participating bands' submissions will be posted on the SchoolJam USA website, where online voting will be open to the public. Eight finalist bands will be chosen by a combination of the public vote and by a panel of musical professionals. On Jan. 21, during the weekend of the world-famous NAMM Show, the top-ranking eight finalists will take the big stage in the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, Calif., and perform live in front of a panel of professional judges and hundreds of fans for the chance to take the title of "Best Teen Band in the USA." The winning band will walk away with the grand prize trip of a lifetime to perform at the original SchoolJam festival in Frankfurt, Germany, as well as receive a private music video recording session on the John Lennon Educational Bus, $1,000 toward the purchase of new gear and $5,000 for their school music programs.

"NAMM is looking forward to crowning the next SchoolJam USA champion at our show in Anaheim," said Joe Lamond, president and CEO, NAMM. "So right now, we encourage all of the teen bands out there to take their shot at greatness by entering this competition and adding recognition to the list of benefits they get from playing music."

SchoolJam is an established music initiative, originally developed by MM MusikMedia Germany to promote popular and rock music in schools throughout Germany. The program has provided thousands of music-loving young adults with the opportunity to perform and network with their peers, increasing their love for playing music and encouraging them to become active musicians.

About NAMM

The National Association of Music Merchants, commonly called NAMM in reference to the organization's popular NAMM trade shows, is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $17 billion global musical instruments and products industry. NAMM is the sponsor of the Wanna Play? campaign, a public awareness initiative designed to get more people connected with the proven benefits of playing music. For more information about Wanna Play?, please visit For more information about NAMM, please visit

You can volunteer with our friends at DCI at the upcoming 2011 Drum Corps International World Championships!
Please see this information below from DCI:
"We  hope that you might be interested in helping at this year’s big event; August 11th – 13th at Lucas Oil Stadium.
DCI's updated registration system should make it easier than ever to find volunteer positions and availability needed. As an official volunteer, you’ll receive a uniform tee shirt, parking at Lucas Oil, food and beverage if shift allows, and access to watch the event!  You can peruse volunteer descriptions here: Besides the competition, there are all sorts of accompanying areas and activities, from the Corps Warm Up Zone at Military Park, to the DCI Marketplace, the official Welcome/SuperFan Tent,  Event Kick Off Party at Union Station Grand Hall, a super-sized parade, and thousands of spectators! Indianapolis has hosted the World Championships for several years now; we want to assure the continuing success of this event in our city for many years to come so please consider joining the fun.

Celebrate Indy Arts! Parade
New to the 2011 Championships this year is the Celebrate Indy Arts! Parade. DCI has partnered with the local Arts Community to celebrate the local arts groups and marching music! Volunteers are needed to  assist the corps and arts organizations on the parade route. The parade is being staged by a professional parade producer, and they will provide all orientation the morning of the parade. The parade will kick off the 3rd day Finals of the Championships, the biggest ever, with corps from all over the country, plus Japan and the Netherlands! 

Save the date, Saturday August 13th, as the Celebrate Indy Arts! World Championships parade will march through downtown Indianapolis. Stepping off on the regular Indy parade route downtown, around 11:00 am, assist over 25 drum corps and various Indianapolis arts organizations, including Music for All, as they entertain the crowds, all leading to the Come Feel the Music Festival in anticipation of World Championship finals. All positions are listed at

Volunteer Orientation
DCI's volunteer orientation format this year will be more like an open house, to come and pick up passes and shirts, get detailed volunteer benefit information and meet the team at DCI Headquarters!  
·        Tuesday, August 2nd from 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
·        Wednesday, August 3rd from 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
DCI is located at 110 W. Washington St. Ste. C, Indianapolis, IN 46204
As always, thank you for your support  by volunteering. If you have questions, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call Patty Creech directly at 317.275.1232."

sandy_anThe Muncie Music Center Summer Symposium Scholarship was introduced at this year's inaugural camp at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. The merit-based scholarship was available to students who demonstrated superior musicianship, leadership skills, work ethic and earned at least a 3.0 grade point average. The award required a nomination from an area band director or music teacher, and each nominee was required to complete an essay about the importance of music education and inspiration.

"Music for All's (Summer Symposium) is such a wonderful pre-college experience for students," says Dave Helms, President of Muncie Music Center. We wanted to help get some students there who might not be able to go otherwise."

A full scholarship was awarded to Sandy An, who plays flute and violin for the Orchestra and Wind Ensemble at Pendleton Heights High School in Indiana. Sandy received high praise from her music director, Chris Taylor. "Sandy has been a strong musician who sets a great example for other students in her section," says Taylor. "She works with other flute students and has run sectionals."

Sandy's Symposium experience let her shine as she played in the first violin section, second chair, and performed a solo part from the musical selection "Gabriel's Oboe."

"Sandy was always eager to learn, and interacted perfectly with students and faculty," says Marianne Roszyk, orchestra clinician. "She has an enormous amount of talent, which was evident and shared in her solo playing."

"Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!" remarks Sandy. "Because of the generosities in this world I, along with others, am able to further my path in what I love and am passionate about! I hope to enjoy another year at the Symposium with friends I have made, the leaders I highly respect, and with the friends and peers I will introduce to this absolutely AMAZING program."

chris_coxThanks to the generosity of MFA donors and grantors, 27 Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) students were able to attend MFA's Summer Symposium presented by Yamaha through full tuition scholarships. IPS students enrolled in various music tracks including concert band, jazz band, orchestra, marching band, percussion and the drum major academy.

"Your scholarship has allowed me to have many great experiences during my week at Ball State from being Concertmaster of the concert band to meeting several great musicians, both students and teachers," says Chris Cox, clarinet player, Arsenal Technical High School. "It changed my life musically and socially."

The staff and faculty of IPS Instrumental Music Programs chose scholarship recipients based on their proven ability to be role models for all students and their efforts to help others receive positively life-changing experiences through music. In addition to their personal traits, students were required to be in an active, IPS sponsored ensemble and complete 10 volunteer hours or submit a deposit. This year's recipients performed over 160 volunteer hours for area agencies.

Gary Doherty, Music Director, Arsenal Technical High School, writes: "The kids from Tech had an amazing time at camp. They are brimming with enthusiasm, new-found skills and knowledge, and hopefully, bringing some of those positive vibes back to school with them in August!"

Recipients of 2011 IPS Music for All Summer Symposium Scholarships:

Broad Ripple Magnet High School: Jasmine Allen, Zoe Black, Ebone Griffin, Nigel Leitzell, Darron Marble, Ayanna McGill, Alexis Sanford, Kaylynne Tigner, and Austin Wills

Thomas Carr Howe High School: Dexter Rogers, Naomi Byrdo, and Charles Hawthorne

Crispus Attucks Medical High School: Damian Patrick, Cesar Santos, Chance Simon, Khari Taylor, Isaiah Thomas, Amanda Wilcher, and LaKeisha Wilson

Arsenal Technical High School: Eric Cervantes, Chris Cox, Steven Harris, Jennifer LaFara, Michael Snow, and Jamonikah Thompson