It's 12:01 a.m. Eastern time on May 19 and voting for Round 2 in the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook is now open, and runs through May 25.
This is a rare opportunity for fans of Music for All, Bands of America and Orchestra America to play a simple yet important part in helping MFA receive a significant donation: $500,000 to the charity who receives the most votes.
Please vote and help us spread the word!
You can vote and learn more about MFA and our Big Idea to inspire and activate music education advocates on our Chase Giving profile page.
We've also put together some resources and ideas you can use to help us spread the word. We need your help to share this opportunity with your friends, family and colleagues.
I just voted...have you?
Music for All enjoys a wonderful partnership with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in our organizational hometown.
This weekend conductor Krzysztof Urbanski makes his first Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra appearance since being named Music Director of the ISO in fall of 2010. Join us for Urbanski’s Return as the ISO live streams this performance to a worldwide audience! Visit IndianapolisSymphony.org/
Music for All's efforts to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all include awarding a number of scholarships each year to students who are financially unable to attend MFA programs without financial assistance.
These scholarships assist with financial support for MFA programs like Summer Symposium, which is located at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
Music for All has extended the deadline for the L.J. Hancock Scholarship to May 20, 2011. This scholarship honors the life and work of L.J. Hancock, by benefiting students with financial need who are interested in attending the Summer Symposium. To apply, visit this page of our website.
Claire Sibley, an alumna of the MFA Honor Band of America, will be featured tonight, Thursday, May 12, on "Wheel of Fortune." From Fort Mill, SC and a Nation Ford High School graduate, Claire will be a contestant on "Wheel's" College Week.
Claire, 18, played French horn in the Honor Band of America. She is now a freshman at the University of Alabama who plays in the “Million Dollar Band," and is also a member of the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps.
We're rooting for you, Claire!
Thank you to all who voted for Music for All and our partner arts organizations in the Chase Community Giving Program on Facebook. Round 1 voting ended May 4, and I’m happy to announce that Music for All finished in the top 20, with the top 100 each to receive a $25,000 grant.
The top 100 will move on to Round 2, with voting starting May 19, through May 25. Each organization in the top 100 now has the opportunity to submit their Big Idea in 1,000 characters or less, describing how the Charity would spend $500,000 if it won, and will also have the option to submit a 30 second video and photos. The 25 eligible Charities receiving the most votes will be considered the winners of Round 2 and will share in $2,500,000 in donations from Chase.
I borrowed the title of this post, “Partners in Success,” from Drum Corps International’s news release about the Round 1 outcome and the strong showing by DCI, several of its member corps and our fellow partner organizations WGI and NAfME. As it says in the release, “Extensive cross-promotion by Drum Corps International and these organizations focused on music education advocacy helped all of the partnered groups climb the leader board throughout the campaign.”
Everyone who voted in Round 1 was a partner in our success. You’ll have five votes in Round 2, and we hope you’ll again cast your vote for Music for All and our partner organizations so that we can continue the important work of providing music education experiences. Get ready to get out the vote!
DCI’s story has a lot of great details about the Chase program and the musical arts organizations that all placed in the top 20. Read more.
The application and audition packets for the 2012 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, next March in Indianapolis, are now available for download.
June 10, 2011 is the application and audition deadline for ensembles: high school and middle school concert bands, orchestras and percussion ensembles.
June 29 is the "early bird" application deadline for the Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America and Jazz Band of America. High school students that can't make the first deadline have until September 15 to apply and October 3 to submit the audition recording.
The Marriott Place Indianapolis, featuring the spectacular, new JW Marriott and four other hotels, will be the official hotel of the festival.
Download the application packet for full details on the festival, the audition requirements and to learn more about what sets the non-competitive Music for All National Festival apart from any other national performance experience.
If you are a fan of marching music who spends time online, you have probably already heard of the passing of Bill Cook, founder of Cook Group Incorporated, and of Star of Indiana and Blast. It seems like anyone who met Mr. Cook has memorable stories to share. Hearing of his passing reminded me of the first time I met him.
In 1994, Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps reinvented itself as Brass Theatre, touring with The Canadian Brass. That June, Brass Theatre with The Canadian Brass was an event at the then-Bands of America Summer Symposium in Normal, Illinois. I believe it was their first performance for the general public.
As the concert hall doors opened, I was asked to run up to the mezzanine and hold the first row of seats for Mr. Cook, his wife and some guests who were coming over from Bloomington, Indiana. When I got to the mezzanine, a few folks who came in right as doors opened had already claimed the front row of seats. I asked them if they would mind moving back a row as I needed to reserve the first row for some special guests, and they kindly obliged.
As the hall filled, I watched the aisles for the Cooks, whom I had never met. I was standing in front of a gentlemen who was one of the people I had asked to move. He asked me who I was reserving the seats for, and I explained I was holding them for Bill Cook, founder of the show, and his guests. He nodded and asked me a lot of questions about the show, about BOA and the summer camp, and we talked all the way up until just before showtime.
With five minutes left, I was concerned because Mr. Cook had not yet arrived. Scott McCormick, then President of Bands of America, walked down the aisle steps toward me as I gestured with hands wide and a shrug that Mr. Cook and his guests had never arrived. As he reached me at the front of the mezzanine, he looked at the people I had moved back a row and said to the gentleman I'd spent the past 25 minutes talking to: "Mr. Cook! I'm so glad you made it."
Mrs. Cook and the rest of the group burst into laughter at the look on my face. I'll never forget the smile Mr. Cook gave me then. We'd had wonderful conversation, and he was so unassuming that I never would have guessed that he was the larger-than-life person I was looking for.
If you have a memory of Mr. Cook to share, I invite you to comment here.
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- Deb Asbill, Music for All
I have to admit, I'm pretty excited about this: I've been working with several of our incredible session presenters at summer camp to make available for free viewing several sessions from last June's McCormick's Enterprises Directors' Academy at the Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha.
The available sessions are:
Michael Gray – The Artist Within Us
Michael Klesch – Full Ensemble Technique, with Carolina Crown
Tim Lautzenheiser – Directors Closing Keynote Session
Alfred Watkins – Stretching the Skills (Not the Band)
These sessions were previously only available to subscribers (or On Demand) on the MFA Fan Network. Because there's no better way to describe to band directors the kind of outstanding sessions they will experience at the Summer Symposium than to SHOW examples, for the first time we're featuring four sessions online, at least through June 20.
We've started posting the lists of enrolled bands for the 2011 Bands of America Championships, presented by Yamaha. You can get to the lists by show from the Full Fall Schedule page.
Music for All's process for publishing who is enrolled in shows is to communicate that information first to the enrolled bands' directors. After we've communciated the info to the directors, then we publish the list for each respective show. If there is not a live link for a show on the schedule page then we are in the midst of that process for that show and will publish the information as soon as it has been communicated to the enrolled band directors.
The preliminary performance times will be published online later this fall. Performance schedules are not published or made available prior to that time, and then only after they have been sent to the performing bands.
We know that there is a lot of interest in what bands are performing this fall, we're excited, too! Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to make the information available to you as quickly as we can.
- Deb Asbill, Music for All
Here are a couple of news stories today about local music making, with a Music for All connection.
This Norwin H.S. Band, PA benefit, called "Suite Cafe," will offer live musical performances by Norwin students and instructors in a coffeehouse atmosphere. Proceeds help students attend summer camps, including the Music for All Summer Symposium.
A reminder of two deadlines this week:
March 31 is the Early Bird Discount deadline for the Music for All Summer Symposium. Whether you're a director, student or instuctor you can save by enrolling by tomorrow. Start exploring the Summer Symposium online here.
Already signed up? Let us know on the event Facebook page.
April 1 we will begin the random draws for preliminary performance times for the Bands of America 2011 Championships. If you are not already enrolled, enroll your band by April one to be part of the initial prelims time scheduling. Spots are open in most BOA Championships, including limited spots in Grand Nationals. See the full schedule here.
...and finally, if you need a smile today, check out @BronxZoosCobra tweets on Twitter. It may just brighten your day, it does mine!
- Deb Asbill, Music for All
The March 31 Early Bird Discount deadline is fast approaching for the Music for All Summer Symposium and other fun camp-related stuff is coming together this week.
We've confirmed Jon McLaughlin to perform in concert at the camp in the evening concerts series. He performed last year and it was a great, energetic concert! Jon joins concerts already confirmed for the camp: Yamaha Young Performing Artists and the DCI Central Indiana show with top drum corps. We are finalizing the last couple of nights' concert acts and should be able to announce those soon...I'm hoping within the next few days.
MFA staff and our SWAG Team leadership recently paid another visit to the beautiful Ball State University campus, continuing preparations for the new site of the Summer Symposium.
By enrolling before the end of March 31, you can save $60 off the student fees and $130 off the director fees! To our band director friends: don't forget that if you bring six of your students you can attend Tuition Free, bring 12 or more and attend free...yes, free.
Directors, we also just posted links to the graduate credit information through Ball State University. MFA will verify for participation in the Directors Academy for professional development credits, however, you can also earn 1 or 2 hours of graduate credit through Ball State University for an additional fee. Check out the graduate credit details. The graduate credit fee and course requirements are different than previous years. Please carefully review the information provided at the link to the BSU website.
Until next time,