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Staff Spotlight (25)

This is the eleventh installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

 Matt Markle Mackowiak

Name/Job Title
Matt Markle-Mackowiak/Marketing Coordinator

Hometown:
South Bend, Indiana

How long have you been with Music for All?
3 years

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
By far the fall season is my favorite Music for All event. Traveling during the fall I am not only able to see some of the best marching bands in the country, but I am able to see drum corps friends and family that teach at schools that participate in BOA. Every weekend tends to be a family reunion.

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
Being able to see the reactions of students, directors, parents, and spectators at our events is the best feeling anyone can imagine. For some, our events are the highlight of the year, if not, their life. The best is seeing the raw emotion left on the stage or football field and then seeing them beam with happiness and sometimes tears. I know after our events that I just made someone's day.

Do you have a favorite memory of working an event with Music for All?
My favorite memory is now becoming an annual tradition at the Jacksonville Regional. The Music for All staff always grabs dinner the night before the show at the best barbeque/southern style food you will ever have! It is nice to take time and spend time with one another before the craziness of a show day.

What is your musical background?
I come from a family of music let it be music education, playing in the church choir, etc. I have played everything from piano, trumpet, and percussion. In high school I marched on the snare line for two years and then was drum major for my last two seasons, but I also spun in the winterguard.

Post high school I marched two seasons of drum corps. In 2008, I was contracted as a guard member with the Blue Stars, but due to a serious hip injury I had to forgo the rigorous and demanding choreography of Michael Shapiro. (2008 was by far one of my favorite Blue Stars shows!) However, in 2009 I was the drum major for Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps and in 2010 I was drum major for Spokane Thunder Drum & Bugle Corps.

One thing you couldn’t live without?
COFFEE!

What kind of music do you listen to?
I love me some Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, and Malher.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I am doing either one of two things in my free time. It is either playing with my corgi, Elizabeth, or traveling the world with my husband.

Do you have a favorite quote?
The world is a book, and those who do not travel only read one page. – St. Augustine

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
The Handmaid’s Tale

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This is the tenth installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Name/Job Title: Sarah McKinley – Accounting Assistant

Hometown: Loogootee, IN

How long have you been with Music for All?
Fall help for three years, and full-time for one and a half years.

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
Grand Nationals. The excitement on the kids faces is priceless when they get to play in Lucas Oil Stadium.

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
The reason why we do what we do. Some kids wait years to be able to attend our events and it’s a memory of a lifetime.

What is your musical background?
None

One thing you couldn’t live without?
My family

What kind of music do you listen to?
Country and old rock

What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to go camping and boating.

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
All the Real Housewives shows

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
“She’s Having a Baby” with Kevin Bacon. I love Kevin Bacon!

 

This is the ninth installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Name/Job Title: Nancy Carlson, Executive VP & Chief Financial Officer

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

How long have you been with Music for All?
9 years

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
I love Summer Symposium because I know how important summer camp was for me growing up, and it’s amazing to help create similar experiences for a new group of students every year. Summer camp and I go way back – from being a camper, to a camp counselor, to one especially fun summer as an intern with the camp drama troupe.

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
When my kids were growing up, I loved volunteering to help with their band, orchestra, and choir programs at school. Now that they are all grown up, working at Music for All gives me a chance to keep being a music booster for life. Better yet, I get to work every day with an incredibly dedicated group of colleagues who believe in the power of music to change lives for the better.

Do you have a favorite memory of working an event with Music for All?
I’ll never forget the year we had a special fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy victims during Grand Nationals. The students who volunteered to go through the stands to collect donations were so excited to help – they came back and begged to go out for a second round. The willingness of these volunteers and all the folks in the crowd to give back to those in need really reminded me of why we do what we do.

What is your musical background?
I was in choir in school and also struggled through five years of piano lessons. I can still play a little, at least with my right hand…

What do you like to do in your free time?
Long hikes, reading, yoga, attending concerts, plays, movies, and cooking.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.” Albus Dumbledore

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
“Mozart in the Jungle”, “The Great British Baking Show”, and “Call the Midwife”.

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
“De-Lovely”, a biopic about Cole Porter, starring Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd.

This is the eighth installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Name/Job Title: Patrick Rutledge, Advocacy and Educational Resources Coordinator

Hometown: Greenwood, IN

How long have you been with Music for All?
7 months

What is your musical background?
High School: concert, marching, jazz, and pep band at Greenwood Community H.S.
College: Music Education major at DePauw

One thing you couldn’t live without?
Baja Blast

What kind of music do you listen to?
Indie Rock, EDM, and Funk

What do you like to do in your free time?
Visiting parks, thrift shopping, and board games

What are you currently reading?
The Joy of Music - Leonard Bernstein

Do you have a favorite quote?
“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” - Walt Disney

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
Teachers (on TVLand) - Seriously one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
Meet the Robinsons - #keepmovingforward

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This is the seventh installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Name/Job Title: Accounting Manager

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

How long have you been with Music for All?
About 7 and a half years

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
Fall Regionals, I like traveling to different locations and the fast pace environment at the Regionals. And I like working the box office, so I can interact with proud family members and friends of those performing.

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
Every day is different. I like working on all shows at various times throughout the year. I also enjoy being the ticketing manager. I enjoy making people happy with tickets to our events.

Do you have a favorite memory of working an event with Music for All?
My fondest memories are seeing the lines forming before finals at any of our shows. Everyone is so excited to get into the stadium

One thing you couldn’t live without?
My cats.

What kind of music do you listen to?
Heavy Metal

What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to spend time with my family & friends, and work in my yard.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“Everything happens for a reason.”

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
I binge watch Law & Order all the time, all versions.

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
Smokey & the Bandit

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This is the sixth installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Name/Job Title: David Foth, Event Coordinator

Hometown: Trumbull, CT (attended college at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst).

How long have you been with Music for All?
I started as an Events Intern in 2012 after graduating college. I was hired on full time in 2013 as an Events Assistant and was promoted to Event Coordinator in early 2015.

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
I love Grand Nationals! It’s so cool to see 100+ bands from all over the country take over Indianapolis for a weekend, and to witness incredible performances by thousands of extremely talented students.

Do you have a favorite memory of working an event with Music for All?
It was an amazing experience to travel to California earlier this year to watch the BOA Honor Band march in the Tournament of Roses Parade in front of thousands of people and millions more on TV.

What is your musical background?
I started playing trumpet in fourth grade and played through college as a member of both my high school and college marching bands. I also had the privilege of marching drum corps with the Connecticut Hurricanes and the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps.

One thing you couldn’t live without?
During big events and long hours, coffee (and caffeine in general) is usually a must-have.

What kind of music do you listen to?
Anything and everything! I listen to mostly rock (classic, current, alternative, Indie, etc.), but I always try to find stuff I like in other genres.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I’m a HUGE sports fan, and will watch just about any game that’s on TV. I’m a devoted Green Bay Packers and Boston Red Sox fan, and since moving to Indy, have become a fan of the Pacers and Indy Eleven (soccer). I also enjoy spending my time with my girlfriend, Shay, and our awesome dog, Beaux!

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
Currently, I’m re-watching Parks and Recreation – it’s hard to live in Indiana and not love that show! I’m also looking forward to the new season of House of Cards later this month.

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
I really enjoy a lot of the “30 For 30” documentaries that ESPN has produced. As a Red Sox fan, one of my favorites is “Four Days in October” which is about the Red Sox’s incredible comeback in the 2004 American League Championship.

P.S. Fun fact about me: I am the creator and one of the voices for the Facebook page of Kevin, the Grand National Champion Eagle! Follow him here: https://www.facebook.com/KevintheEagle/

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This is the fifth installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Mark Sternberg/Senior Event Coordinator

Hometown: Elkhart, IN

How long have you been with Music for All?
I did some seasonal work with Music for All for a couple of falls, but started working full-time at Music for All in 2013.

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
I really enjoy everything we do (the variety is part of what keeps things interesting and fun), but probably the fall season. We have the opportunity to be around so many great bands every week, and work with some really wonderful volunteers and Music for All Event Staff.

Do you have a favorite memory of working an event with Music for All?
The Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus from Washington D.C. (one of the best bands in the world) has performed at the Music for All Summer Symposium twice in the past few years. I was backstage during one of their concerts, and they were performing a piece that featured several of their low brass players, playing in front of the band. The featured members exited the stage to a RIDICULOUS round of applause and cheering. Once they were backstage, they had huge smiles, were high-fiving, and absolutely pumped from the amount of energy from the students in the crowd. A number of Field Band members said they “felt like rock stars” that night. It was amazing to see the performers, audience, and the staff all having such a positive experience.

What is your musical background?
I started as a percussionist in band when I was 10 years old, and continued throughout school. I studied Music Education at Butler University, and was a band director for 10 years. I still try to play, and love that percussion can allow such a broad spectrum of performance opportunities.

One thing you couldn’t live without?
Music, Friends & Family, and Diet Coke

What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading questions from our staff profile interviews… Also, I’ve been reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The collection of short stories makes it easy to still finish something when things are busy.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Yogi Berra

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
West Wing, Scandal, The Office, Lost

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
Serious movie, and a great story – The Red Violin. Completely stupid and funny movie – Army of Darkness

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This is the fourth installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Name/Job Title
Lucy Wotell/Marketing Coordinator

Hometown: Boca Raton, FL

How long have you been with Music for All?
I started at Music for All in August, so a little over eight months!

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
My favorite part of working at Music for All is working with supportive, passionate, and inspiring people! There are not many opportunities where you have an outlet to express yourself, and I feel like I am able to do that in my department and for this organization. I also love making coffee runs with my co-workers!

What is your musical background?
I played the clarinet from 6th to 12th grade in concert band, symphonic band, and marching band. I was also in the Women’s Honor Choir my sophomore year of high school.

One thing you couldn’t live without?
Coffee! And of course my family, friends, and my longtime boyfriend Tyler.

What kind of music do you listen to?
I love all sorts of music: classic rock, pop, show tunes, hip-hop, classical, etc.

What do you like to do in your free time?
In the past year and a half, I’ve gotten into photography! My focus is portrait photography.

Do you have a favorite quote?
I have two, both by Winston Churchill: “Never, never, never give up” and “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
Season 7 of Archer. Hilarious show!

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
What About Bob?

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This is the third installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Name/Job Title: Elise Middleton / Advancement Coordinator

Hometown: Greenwood, IN

How long have you been with Music for All?
I started working at Music for All at the end of October 2016, so I have been here for about six months.

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
I enjoy working at an organization that I have a passion for, and I love witnessing the musicality and energy of all the students and staff at our events!

What is your musical background?
I played violin and took private lessons in the Center Grove school district from sixth grade until the end of high school. I went on to play until my junior year of college at Indiana State University, and I also joined a music fraternity for women, Sigma Alpha Iota.

What kind of music do you listen to?
I listen to most types of music, except I’m not a big fan of Country music. My all time favorite artist is Florence and the Machine. I also love artists such as Saint Motel, Bastille, Kimbra, Fitz and the Tantrums, Lady Gaga, and many more.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to collect vintage books, watch/read Shakespeare plays, travel, hike, read, watch Netflix, go to plays and museums, and of course spend time with family and friends.

What are you currently reading?
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, which is a true story about a cunning serial killer that struck during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“We are all stories in the end, just make it a good one, eh?”

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
There are so many! For example, I have been binge watching Shameless, The Great British Baking Show, and The OA.

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
Billy Elliot

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 This is the second installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Name/Job Title
Jenny Fultz, Event Manager

Hometown: Indianapolis

How long have you been with Music for All?
I’ve been with Music for All about seven months (started at the end of August 2016). I’ve been blessed to be able to work in many places around the country in a variety of aspects within the Events Industry.

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
So far, I’ve only experienced the Bands of America season and the National Festival. I’m not sure I can answer that until making it full-circle through camp!

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
The dynamic balance of the different types of people and backgrounds that make up the Music for All staff. It’s been wonderful learning everyone’s unique circumstances and experiences!

Do you have a favorite memory of working an event with Music for All?
So far, my favorite memory has been standing on the front sideline at Grand Nationals watching the bands enter the field in retreat to start the awards ceremony. It was my “this is why I do what I do” moment!

What is your musical background?
I started playing the clarinet in 5th grade and quickly fell in love with it! I picked up a few instruments along the way for fun, but stayed as a clarinet until I graduated high school. While my musical career ended with high school graduation, I was “all band” up to that point. I met my husband in Marching Band when I was 15 and most of my best friends today are those I made from band.

One thing you couldn’t live without?
Besides the obvious choices of my two beautiful children and husband, Diet Coke is what I can’t live without!

What kind of music do you listen to?
I love just about all types of music (minus the head-banging metal rock). If you checked my radio pre-sets in the car, you’d find a split between country and “today’s hits.” Most played on my Spotify currently are Ed Sheeran and Lady Gaga.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Anything with family! I’m close with my family (they live ten houses down from us!) and my husband’s family – both our parents and six sibling families live within a five-mile radius! We like to host bonfires, take long walks that usually end up at Dairy Queen, and we spend a lot of time camping/boating in the summer.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“All dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
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