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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

2013 Festival Ensembles

Congratulations to the ensembles invited to perform at the 2013 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, March 14-16, Indianapolis, Indiana.

High School Concert Bands

Centerville High School Wind Symphony, Centerville, OH
Brandon Barrometti, Director

Dobson High School Wind Symphony, Mesa, AZ
Jon Gomez, Director

Dr. Phillips High School Wind Ensemble, Orlando, FL
Charles Watford, Director

Fairfax High School Wind Ensemble, Fairfax, VA
Alan Johnson, Director

Franklin High School Wind Ensemble, Franklin, TN
David Aydelott, Director

Harrison High School Wind Ensemble, Kennesaw, GA
Josh Ray, Director

Hillcrest High School Wind Ensemble, Tuscaloosa, AL
Nick Smith, Director

Lewisville High School Wind Symphony, Lewisville, TX
Dr. Marty Courtney, Director

Libertyville High School Wind Ensemble, Libertyville, IL
Don Shupe, Director

Naperville North High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Naperville, IL
Dan Moore, Director

Ravenwood High School Wind Ensemble, Brentwood, TN
Mark Kinzer, Director

Robert E. Lee High School Honor Band, Midland, TX
Randy Storie, Director

Sebastian River High School Wind Symphony, Sebastian, FL
Joel Pagan, Director

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Wind Ensemble, Alexandria, VA
Adam Foreman, Director

Vero Beach High School Symphony Band, Vero Beach, FL
James Sammons, Director and Page Howell, Assistant Director

Vestavia Hills High School Wind Ensemble, Vestavia Hills, AL
Jerell Horton, Director

Orchestra Ensembles

Mt. Lebanon High School Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh, PA
Robert J. Vogel, Director

Mt. Lebanon High School String Orchestra, Pittsburgh, PA
Robert J. Vogel, Director

Youth Performing Arts School Philharmonia, Louisville, KY
Jason Seber, Director

Middle School Concert Bands

Gifford Middle School Symphonic Honor Band, Vero Beach, FL
Ashby Goldstein, Director

Kealing Middle School Wind Ensemble, Austin, TX
Mark Gurgel, Director

Pizitz Middle School Symphonic Band, Vestavia Hills, AL
Kim Bain, Director

River Trail Middle School Symphonic Band, Johns Creek, GA
Jennifer Compton, Co-Director
Angela Reynolds, Co-Director 

Percussion Ensembles

Dawson High School Percussion Ensemble, Pearland, TX
Justin Zimerman, Director

Dr. Phillips High School Percussion Ensemble, Orlando, FL
Nicole Nasrallah, Director

Franklin High School Percussion Ensemble, Franklin, TN
David Aydelott and Michael Holland, Directors

Lexington High School Percussion Ensemble, Lexington, SC
Jaye Ingram, Director

Libertyville High School Percussion Ensemble, Libertyville, IL
Don Shupe, Director

Mt. Lebanon High School Concert Percussion Ensemble, Pittsburgh, PA
Richard Minnotte, Director

Mt. Lebanon High School Percussion Orchestra, Pittsburgh, PA
Richard Minnotte, Director

Vero Beach High School Percussion Ensemble, Vero Beach, FL
James Sammons, Director and Brandon Putzke, Percussion Director

Youth Performing Arts School Percussion Ensemble, Louisville, KY
Todd Parker, Director

Today, Music for All published a series of interesting, often moving video stories from the 2012 Music for All National Festival and honor ensembles. During the event, we interviewed members of the honor ensembles and the conductors. Marry those interviews with behind the scenes video from rehearsals and outstanding performance footage and you have a series of compelling stories that really gives you a feel for the experience of these national honor ensembles for high school musicians.

I hope you'll take some time to watch these stories, compiled in the 2012 Festival playlist on our YouTube channel:;feature=plcp

Videos include of the Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America and Jazz Band of America. The playlist also includes a feature on the experience for the invited ensembles, highlights from the string master class with Time for Three's Nick Kendall, the Opening Session video and the banquet keynote address from Mr. Eric L. Martin, President and CEO of Music for All.

I hope you enjoy and share!

Debbie Laferty Asbill, Music for All

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I’ve had the distinct privilege of bringing our band, from Wheeling High School, Wheeling, IL, to the Music for All Festival on three occasions, including this year. Your 2012 National Festival was incredible. The best one yet! The JW Marriott Hotel, Dr. Tim, meals, Buca di Beppo, Clowes Memorial Hall, clinicians, concerts, Indianapolis, and the Music for All Staff, were all wonderful. Our expectations for the National Festival were extremely high and you exceeded all of them, and much more.

Your goal, “to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all,” was in full force with our kids, parents, and staff. Your event is unique, positive, musical, rewarding, and special. You have made a mark on our kids and program that will last forever. Because of this, we will have many students applying for your 2013 Honor Band of America and Jazz Band of America.

It was incredibly refreshing to hear about your new focus and vision to truly make Music for All, Music for All. I believe our program is an example of where you are heading. Greater than 50 percent of our student body is Hispanic. We also have large Russian and Polish immigrant populations. A large percentage of our student body qualifies for our free and reduced lunch program. While many of our students and families have socio-economic challenges, we have a parent booster group that provides tremendous financial support. Our wonderfully diverse community supports our kids and program like no other. There are many schools, some very close to us, with numerous financial advantages, including large homes, and expensive cars, yet our kids have learned about a great equalizer, education and work ethic.

Thank you for providing a forum for young musicians, and us directors, to aspire. I too believe in Music for All!

Brian Logan
Director of Bands
Wheeling High School

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hboaThe 2012 Music for All National Festival is now in the history books. What incredible ensembles and performances! We had a great time and hope you did as well. 

It's always wonderful and truly amazing to see so many musicians and music-enthusiasts gathered in one place for the purpose of celebrating music, learning about the power of music and music education, and of course making music together. We congratulate all the ensembles and participants in the Music for All National Festival, and we thank you for being part of such an incredible, musical experience. 

If you're feeling nostalgic and would like to reminisce a bit, check out the Festival photo albums found on the Music for All Facebook page.

Also, if you couldn't be there in person, or want to see it again and again, all concert band performances will be available after the event as Video on Demand, and the Honor Ensembles will also be available. Percussion Ensemble performances were not webcast live, but they will be available as Video on Demand. Please note: on-demand video will be made available 72 hours after the conclusion of the event. To learn more, click here.

We hope you enjoyed the 2012 Music for All National Festival and had a positively life-changing experience! Thank you for all the wonderful music.

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jazz tromboneIt's the last day of the 2012 Music for All National Festival, and it's been a busy day of National Concert Band Festival concerts, Middle School National Music Festival concerts, master classes and rehearsals. We enjoyed listening to the Jazz Band of America concert and the Honor Orchestra of America concert last night. The students sounded great!

Tonight, participants will enjoy a very special High School and Middle School Gala Awards Banquet in the Grand Ballroom at the JW Marriott. Festival participants will enjoy a formal dinner. They'll also listen to guest speakers, and there will be special award presentations to students and ensembles. 

Tonight's Gala Awards Banquet will also feature a very special presentation. Four individuals will be inducted into Music for All’s Bands of America (BOA) Hall of Fame tonight. The 2012 inductees are Charles “Chuck” Campbell, Chuck Henson, and Stu and Sharon Holzer.

The Bands of America Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have greatly impacted Bands of America, which is a program of Music for All, as well as the nation’s band activity and music education. Hall of Fame members are recognized permanently in the Bands of America “Hall of Fame” in Music for All’s corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. Congratulations to all inductees!

The Honor Orchestra of America's second performance will take place tonight at Hilbert Circle Theatre at 7:00 p.m. And, the Honor Band of America will perform tonight at 8:00 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall. The Honor Band will be conducted by Col. Lowell Graham, Chairman of the Music Department at the University of Texas at El Paso. He has held numerous conducting positions, including that of the Commander and Conductor of the United States Air Force's premier musical organization in Washington, DC. The Honor Band will perform Overture to "Colas Breugnon" by Dmitri Kabalevsky, The Warriors by Percy Aldridge Grainger, Brooke's Chicago Marine Band March by Roland F. Seitz, Symphony on Themes of John Philip Sousa - II. after "The Thunderer" by Ira Hearshen, and Overture in Five Flat by Julie Giroux. 

We've enjoyed a great week and weekend of wonderful music making! We hope you enjoy this evening's concerts.

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saxophone mcIt's a beautiful day in Indianapolis, and we've enjoyed more wonderful music at the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival Concerts started this morning at 8:00 a.m. at Warren Performing Arts Center, and the final performance today is at 4:30 p.m. Simultaneously in Clowes Memorial Hall, National Concert Band Festival Concerts and Middle School National Music Festival Concerts are taking place. 

Students have also been participating in master classes today at the JW Marriott Hotel. You can view some photos from these master class sessions here. We'll be posting additional photos of the week and weekend events on our Music for All Facebook page.

This evening, two of the Honor ensembles have the opportunity to showcase all their hard work. We have two Honor ensemble concerts this evening. The Honor Orchestra of America performs at 7:00 p.m. tonight in a shared concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at Hilbert Circle Theatre. Larry Livingston will be conducting the Honor Orchestra in this evening's concert. Mr. Livingston is conductor of the Thornton Orchestras at the University of Southern California. If you can't make the Honor Orchestra concert this evening, they will also be performing tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. at Hilbert Circle Theatre.

The Jazz Band of America also performs this evening at 8:30 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall. Grammy-winning bassist/composer/conductor John Clayton will conduct the ensemble. John Clayton's talents are consistently requested by the movers and shakers in the jazz industry, such as Quincy Jones and Tommy Lipuma. As a testament to his immense talent and broad-ranging appeal, Mr. Clayton served as the Artistic Director of Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1999 through 2001.

We hope to see you this evening at the Honor Orchestra of America and Jazz Band of America concerts! And tomorrow night, we hope to see you at the Honor Orchestra of America or Honor Band of America concerts. However, if you can't be there in person, the Jazz Band of America concert will be webcast live on tonight. Learn more here. Tonight's Honor Orchestra concert will not be webcast live, but Saturday evening's Honor Orchestra and Honor Band of America concerts will be webcast live.

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facebook photoIt’s been a busy but great day at the 2012 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha.

The High School and Middle School Opening Sessions offered participants the opportunity to gather as a group and listen to some truly inspiring speakers. Students, parents and directors had the opportunity to listen to Music for All President and CEO Eric Martin, Music for All Senior Educational Consultant Gary Markham and Music for All Educational Consultant David Starnes.

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser presented sessions to participants at both the High School and Middle School socials. Dr. Lautzenheiser is a well-known name in the music education world as a teacher, clinician, author, composer, consultant, adjudicator, and, above all, a trusted friend to anyone interested in working with young people in developing a desire for excellence.

This evening, participants are attending social events at the High School Social, Middle School Social, or the Directors’ Social. Tomorrow is another busy day with Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival concerts at Warren Performing Arts Center, National Concert Band Festival concerts at Clowes Memorial Hall, Honor ensemble rehearsals, and master classes. And, the Jazz Band of America concert and Honor Orchestra of America concerts are tomorrow evening as well. We’re ready for another day of fantastic music making!

If you can’t be here in person, you can still enjoy some of the most outstanding concert bands in America, Webcast live on All concert band performances will be Webcast Live and available after the event as Video on Demand, including the Honor Ensembles. Percussion Ensemble performances will not be Webcast Live but will also be available as Video on Demand, post-event. Learn more here.

Also, keep up with Festival happenings by viewing photos on our Music for All Facebook page.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

MFA National Festival is under way

lowbrass hooa smallThe Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha is under way, and we've heard plenty of wonderful music already. The Honor ensemble students have been participating in rehearsals and sectionals at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis since Wednesday morning, and they continued bright and early this morning. 

Invited ensembles started arriving yesterday, and they will continue to arrive throughout the day today prior to the high school and middle school opening sessions this afternoon. The High School Opening Session begins today at 1:00 p.m., and the Middle School Opening Session is at 4:00 p.m. It's always exciting to see all festival participants gathered together in one place for this opening event. 

We'll also have a special session for Parents today at 2:45 p.m. to talk about their important role and what they can expect for their students throughout the week. 

This evening, National Concert Band Festival Concerts begin at Clowes Memorial Hall starting at 5:00 p.m. 

We're thrilled to have so many talented student musicians on site, and we look forward to the wonderful music we'll be hearing the rest of this week and weekend!

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MFANF11programbook roundedMusic for All is offering space in our Music for All National Festival keepsake program book for you to honor your student, ensemble or director! It’s a great way to acknowledge the dedication, passion and experience of participation in Music for All programs while supporting Music for All’s annual fund.
Ideas for Celebration:

• Honor your student, ensemble or director.
• Congratulate a senior for his or her dedication.
• Tell someone how proud you are of him or her.
• Honor a director or parent volunteer.

To learn more and place your order by February 10, 2012, click here.

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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.

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