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Devon GordonYamaha Corporation of America presented a $1,000 scholarship to Devon Gordon of Danville High School in Indiana. Gordon was nominated by Adrian Hartsough, Danville High School’s band director, due to his strong musicianship, leadership qualities and strong work ethic.

“Devon’s a gifted French horn player and percussionist and has the strongest musical ear I’ve encountered from a high school student,” Hartsough says.

Gordon leads by example while encouraging others and supporting his peers. Gordon’s first experience assisting his band director with the middle school band provided him with an opportunity that would set his sights on becoming a music educator one day.

“I will always remember the day of their band contest,” Gordon says. “I sat myself down at the side of the gym, fully confident they were going to make me proud no matter what award they took home – they took home a gold rating. I still remember that being one of the proudest moments of my life.”

For Gordon, a valuable lesson was learned and a music educator was born. 

“I realized that being a music educator is more than scores and successes,” Gordon says. “My dedication to these students has been my pride and joy, and I would love nothing more in the world than to be able to do this for the rest of my life.”

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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

robert_welchHonoring the life and work of L.J. Hancock (1952-2002), the L.J. Hancock scholarships benefit individual students with financial need who are interested in attending the Music for All Summer Symposium. This year, MFA awarded six L.J. Hancock Scholarships to deserving students who otherwise might not have had the opportunity to attend the Symposium.

One of the L.J. Hancock Scholarship recipients, Robert Welch, plans to turn his passion for music into a career. "The thought of doing what I love as a job is unreal and magical to me," Robert says.

Robert recently graduated from Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis. For the last 10 years, he has been playing a variety of musical instruments, which include: violin, piano and organ. He has performed in concerts on all three instruments and has thoroughly enjoyed the experience. At this year's camp, Robert participated in the orchestra track where he was able to perform at the Thursday night concert with Uncommon Time, featuring Nick Kendall and Ranaan Meyer, members of Time for Three.

Robert plans to attend The University of Indianapolis this fall and study music. "Music is my life, and I plan to keep it that way," he says. "I absolutely love to hear it, learn about it and play it. My camp experience not only nurtures these ideas, but it encouraged it more than ever in me as well."

Other 2011 L.J. Hancock scholars included: Hunter Carter, Madisonville North Hopkins High School, KY; Shannon Graham, Columbus High School, NE; Kelly Krasuski, Liberty High School, MO; Kelsey Lake, Madisonville North Hopkins High School, KY; and Samantha Woolbright, Bloomington North High School, IN.

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