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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

It's all about the focus!

 

All of us at Music for All love hearing from students, directors and parents about what is happening in THEIR band and in THEIR communities! Every once in awhile, someone sends us a great message on Facebook, gives us a call, sends a letter, or shares a photo with us, just because. Words cannot express how much we love hearing from all of you who BELIEVE in music education! The following note was shared with us via Facebook this week and we thought we would share it with our extended Music for All family by posting it here on the blog. (With permission as always!)

 

"So excited for the upcoming fall marching season. We attended the BOA Lucas Stadium event last year and I want to compliment the volunteers...they were helpful and courteous. I am hoping my personal work schedule will allow me to volunteer at some point in the future.

I know all schools involved have and continue to work on their programs for 2013...I attached a photo of my son Nik I just took during the summer camp program at Jeffersonville High School, under the direction of Scott Cooksey. I think it is a nice representation of the focus the kids put into their practices. 

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to music!

Regards, Elke W."

Student photo

 

Yes!- this photo definitely showcases that focus reguired in marching rehearsals! Thank you for sharing this photo and your kind note Elke, it definitely brightened this staff member's day!

Have a story or a photo you want to share with our community of music education advocates? We'd love for you to share! Send us a message on Facebook, or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

 

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Erin Fortune is the Marketing Coordinator focusing on digital marketing at Music for All, and has been working with Music for All for nearly three years, first in the Participant Relations department and now in marketing. She is a graduate from the Music Industry Management program at Ferris State University in Michigan and is a former Percussive Arts Society Intern and a Yamaha Corporation of America, Band and Orchestral Division Intern.

 

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Music for All is thrilled to welcome and announce one of our newest partnerships with Texas Dairy Queen®. The beloved burger and treat restaurant has recently embarked on a multi-year plan to support high school music education throughout the state of Texas through sponsorships, award recognition and a major channel for fundraising and advocacy awareness for high school music programs. Music for All is honored to have Texas Dairy Queen® join our family of sponsors as the title sponsor for the 2013 BOA Regional Championships in Austin, Conroe, Dallas-Ft. Worth area and San Antonio. Our Texas participants will learn more throughout the coming months of ways Texas Dairy Queen® will be supporting your music program—so if you are in the neighborhood of a Texas Dairy Queen®, stop in and tell them thank you for supporting and believing in music education, music in our schools and music for all! 

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

2014 Festival Ensembles

Congratulations to the ensembles invited to perform at the 2014 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, March 6-8, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

High School Concert Bands: Featured Stage

Cherry Creek High School Wind Ensemble, Greenwood Village, CO
Tim Libby, Director

Cypress Ranch High School Symphonic Band, Cypress, TX
Russell Holcombe, Director

Eden Prairie High School Wind Ensemble, Eden Prairie, MN
Elizabeth Jackson Kirchhoff, Director

Fort Mill High School Wind Symphony, Fort Mill, SC
John Pruitt, Director

Hickory High School Wind Ensemble, Chesapeake, VA
David Enloe, Director

James W. Robinson Secondary Symphonic Band, Fairfax, VA
Andrew E. Loft, Director

Kempner High School Wind Ensemble, Sugar Land, TX
Branden L. Hill, Director

Lafayette High School Wind Ensemble, Lafayette, LA
Scotty Walker, Director

Legacy High School Wind Symphony, Mansfield, TX
Glenn Fugett, Director

Mountain View High School Wind Ensemble, Vancouver, WA
Sam Ormson and Eric Smedsrud, Co-Directors

Mt. Eden High School Wind Ensemble, Hayward, CA
Kevin Cato, Director

Orange County School of the Arts Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble, Santa Ana, CA
Teren Shaffer, Director

Warren Township High School Symphonic Band, Gurnee, IL
Kurt Gros, Director

William Mason High School Wind Symphony, Mason, OH
Robert Bass, Director

William S. Hart High School Wind Ensemble, Newhall, CA
Anthony H. Bailey, Director

Wylie High School Wind Symphony, Wylie, TX
Todd Dixon, Director

 

High School Concert Bands: Invited Stage

Benjamin E. Mays High School Wind Symphony, Atlanta, GA
William Oliver, Director

Bothell High School Wind Ensemble, Bothell, WA
Philip Dean, Director

Hanford High School Wind Ensemble, Richland, WA
Kevin Swisher and Chris Newbury, Co-Directors

J. E. B. Stuart High School Wind Ensemble, Falls Church, VA
Brian Thomas, Director

Lafayette High School Symphonic Band, Lafayette, LA
William R. Gleason, Director

Stillwater Area High School Wind Symphony, Stillwater, MN
Dennis R. Lindsay, Director

Warren Central High School Honors Band, Indianapolis, IN
John Hilmer, Director

William Mason H.S. Symphonic Band, Mason, OH
Robert Bass, Director

 

Orchestra Ensembles

Mt. Eden High School Strings Ensemble, Hayward, CA
E. Ronnie Cato, Director

Oscar F. Smith High School Chamber Orchestra, Chesapeake, VA
Deanna Kringel, Director

Hanford High School Orchestra, Richland, WA
Chris Newbury. Director

 

Middle School Concert Bands

Bumpus Middle School Symphonic Band, Hoover, AL
Josh Lynch, Director

Dickerson Middle School Symphonic Band, Marietta, GA
John Palmer, Director

Griffin Middle School Wind Ensemble, The Colony, TX
Leigh Ann McClain, Director

Mason Middle School Symphonic Winds, Mason, OH
Susan Bass, Director

Riverwatch Middle School Symphonic Band, Suwanee, GA
Matt Koperniak, Director
 
 
 

Percussion Ensembles

Cypress Ranch High School Percussion Ensemble, Cypress, TX
Kyle Stahl, Director

Dickerson Middle School Percussion Ensemble, Marietta, GA
Scott Brown, Director

Eden Prairie High School Percussion Ensemble, Eden Prairie, MN
Scott Palmer, Director

Lafayette High School Percussion Ensemble, Lafayette, LA
Scotty Walker, Director

Mt. Eden High School Percussion Ensemble, Hayward, CA
Kevin Cato, Director

Orange County School for the Arts Percussion Ensemble, Santa Ana, CA
Axel Clarke, Director

San Marcos High School Percussion Ensemble, San Marcos, CA
Matthew Armstrong, Director

Stillwater High School Percussion Ensemble, Stillwater, MN
Dennis Lindsay, Director

 

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The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) released PreK-8 draft music standards online for public review from June 30th, 2013 to July 15, 2013. Now knowing this is a short period of time, during most music educators summer vacations, it remains to be seen the quality and quantity of feedback they will get.
 
Yet, our future music education world depends on getting more musically-smart and engaged people (directors, teachers and parents) to share "what they think" about these soon-to-be national music teaching standards. Especially knowing that many teacher evaluations in the future will be based on student growth. (Which will be measured agains these standards PreK-8.) So, help us get more "smart real-world music educators" and "music advocating parents" to add their input and insight!
 
The NCCAS web site has a page that contains an orientation video with instructions and links to all the information needed to complete the review. While there is an element of massively-minutiae detail, the survey mechanism makes it a bit easier to comment as much, or as little, as you would like. Feel free to pass this link along to any and all of your music education listservs, web sites, organizations, etc.... because the more the better!

National Coalition for Core Arts Standards
http://nccas.wikispaces.com/NCCAS+June+30th+Public+Review

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Sign up for a high school summer camp and… spin alongside a world class drum corps?
caviesguard1That’s exactly what the color guard MFA campers got to experience! On Friday of the Summer Symposium, the color guard track spent the morning working with the members of The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps color guard. A bright sun, clear skies and open grassy field awaited the campers as they prepared for what would be, for a lot of them, one of the most exciting moments thus far in their color guard careers.

The Cavaliers session was broken into two blocks, with the first part of the morning focusing on movement and the second on equipment. At each block’s beginning, the students sat and watched The Cavaliers staff give a demonstration, taking the color guard through exercises and choreography. The campers got to see a snapshot of the technique exercises that the Cavaliers do every day, such as dance basics, across-the-floor dance exercises, flag drop spins and Peggy spins, a flag backhand exercise, and a spins-and-stops exercise on rifle.

CaviesGuard2This was a great experience for our color guard students. First, they learned that even the biggest, best and most well-known groups still do the same simple, basic exercises that their high school groups do (such as flag drop spins)—and that mastering these “building blocks” skills and learning to control their bodies and their equipment is so very important. On the other hand, seeing the more advanced exercises (such as the spins-and-stops exercise, which incorporated various dance and body movements simultaneously with rifle spins, tosses and catches) gave the students a picture of how their craft can be taken to the next level.

After watching the demonstrations, students broke into small groups and spread out across the Quad to work up-close and personal with The Cavaliers guard. After learning a new exercise, they would come back and everyone—the MFA students with The Cavaliers—would do the exercise together as a group.

CaviesGuard3The most exciting part of the morning, however, was when the campers actually got to learn some choreography from The Cavaliers’ show. Students picked up either a flag or a rifle and broke into small groups once again. A good chunk of the session was spent with the group spread out on the Quad learning this work before everyone came together once more to perform the choreography as an ensemble.

This session for our color guard campers was exciting, challenging, a lot of fun and certainly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The Cavaliers color guard, made up of members who have all worked hard to become the well-trained and talented performers that they are, serve as great inspiration for our students, many of whom are still very new to the color guard activity. The young campers still have a lot of growing and learning to do, but this session certainly marks a monumental day in their color guard careers. 

CaviesGuard4A BIG thank you to the Cavaliers guard for sharing their time with us at Music for All and for helping to create a positively life-changing experience for our campers!

 

 

-Carolyn T.

Carolyn Tobin is the Marketing Intern at Music for All. Drawn to all that is digital media, she was an award-recipient of the NMU Tube Student Video Contest and was named the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the Communications and Performance Studies Department at Northern Michigan University. She is a devout runner, and has also enjoyed blogging about her adventures living in Spain and Argentina. Carolyn is a music, dance and color guard enthusiast, the former color guard section leader of Legends Drum & Bugle Corps from Kalamazoo, and she has served on the guard staff for Legends and for Marian University in Indianapolis.

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Check out the photos from Summer Symposium Day 4! (Day 6 for our awesome Leadership students!)

 

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Check out the photos from Summer Symposium Day 3! (Day 5 for our awesome Leadership students!)

 

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http://www.flickr.com//photos/officialmusicforall/sets/72157634364797692/show/with/9152586279/

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If I had to pick one adjective to describe the Wednesday concert in the Summer Symposium evening concert series, it would be…

Rad.

We welcomed to the stage The PROJECT Trio, a “passionate, high energy chamber music ensemble” from Brooklyn, New York (www.projecttrio.com). The group, comprised of Peter Seymour, double bass; Greg Pattillo, flute; and Eric Stephenson, cello, is anything but ordinary. The three met while attending the Cleveland Institute of Music together. A milestone for the group occurred in 2006 when Pattillo’s beatbox flute video went viral on YouTube. The PROJECT Trio concept stemmed from a desire to create music for the unique flue-cello-double bass combination, and these individuals’ pure love for music was evident as they performed for us last evening.

The PROJECT Trio composes and plays music in a vast array of genres. We were treated to all sorts of tunes, from Beethoven’s “5th” and the “William Tell Overture” to funky hip-hop and some sassy salsa beats. The audience even got to experience a more theatrical side of PROJECT Trio with their rendition of “Peter and the Wolf.”

The PROJECT Trio created a special opportunity for our Summer Symposium Strings Division students, who not only participated in in workshop with the Trio, but got to perform two pieces with them onstage. And what a stellar performance it was!

PROJECT Trio in rehearsal

The PROJECT Trio giving a workshop to the Strings students

 

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A big congratulations to the Strings students, and a warm thank you to The PROJECT Trio for the unique blessing brought by their presence at the Summer Symposium!

For more information and a full bio of The PROJECT Trio, you can visit their website, www.projecttrio.com; connect with “Project Trio” on Facebook; and follow @thePROJECTTrio on Twitter.

 

-Carolyn T.

Carolyn Tobin is the Marketing Intern at Music for All. Drawn to all that is digital media, she was an award-recipient of the NMU Tube Student Video Contest and was named the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the Communications and Performance Studies Department at Northern Michigan University. She is a devout runner, and has also enjoyed blogging about her adventures living in Spain and Argentina. Carolyn is a music, dance and color guard enthusiast, the former color guard section leader of Legends Drum & Bugle Corps from Kalamazoo, and she has served on the guard staff for Legends and for Marian University in Indianapolis.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Mindi Abair Experience

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We’ve only had two evening concerts so far and the talent that has come to Emens Auditorium this week has already blown me away!

On Tuesday evening, Mindi Abair and her band came to the Ball State campus and I was lucky enough to get a few moments of her time to chat after her sound check.
Anytime I need to interview I interview anyone, let alone a professional musician, I wonder what the interview will be like: if it will be easy or hard, if they will be kind and sincere or if I will feel like I’m an imposition.

Lucky for me, the moment I was introduced to Mindi Abair, I felt at ease and like I was chatting with an old friend.

It was great talking with Mindi about the Summer Symposium and what happens throughout the week. She was genuinely interested in the Music for All's mission and talked at length about how important music education was to her own life. Mindi recognizes that because of how important music was to her life, she is a strong advocate for music education.

Watch Mindi’s Interview (as well as some highlights from the concert) here:

 

After leaving the interview with Mindi, I couldn’t stop talking about how awesome the concert was going to be (it was a really fun sound check!) and how great of a person she was. I definitely thought I knew how great the concert would be.

But I was wrong. It was better! The moment I walked into the auditorium I could feel the energy not only coming from Mindi and her band, but from the students who were up off their feet and simply enjoying the concert. It's almost impossible for me to explain the feeling that I had while watching our campers, watch the performance. It was amazing to see them so engaged and just LOVING what was happening on stage in front of them. Here's a photo that gives you an idea of what I'm talking about.

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The best thing about Mindi Abair: she's not only talented, she's just plain fun. You could see on her face, and on the faces of the members of her band, that they were having a BLAST performing for this incredible audience. At the end of the encore Mindi even invited students on stage with her (she couldn’t have known what she was getting into there, right!?) It was a pretty incredible sight, and I’m sure many students are not going to forget the night that they got to come up on stage while Mindi Abair finished out her show!

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This evening concert was defintly one of my favorites I have seen in my past three camp experiences. I hope that the students enjoyed it as much as I did!

 

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Erin Fortune is the Marketing Coordinator focusing on digital marketing at Music for All, and has been working with Music for All for nearly three years, first in the Participant Relations department and now in marketing. She is a graduate from the Music Industry Management program at Ferris State University in Michigan and is a former Percussive Arts Society Intern and a Yamaha Corporation of America, Band and Orchestral Division Intern.

 

Published in Stories
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer Symposium Day 2 Photo Stream

Check out the photos from Summer Symposium Day 2! (Day 4 for our awesome Leadership students!)

If the photo stream above is not viewable for you, try this link:

http://www.flickr.com//photos/officialmusicforall/sets/72157634344220950/show/with/9145571040/

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