Music for All National Festival

Music for All National Festival

Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
March 9-11, 2017, Indianapolis, IN 
Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
March 15-17, 2018, Indianapolis, IN

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Friends & Family Festival Packages

Family and Friends Packages are available to parents, friends, and supporters of participating ensembles in the Music for All National Festival. Packages are available as full packages (including housing, meals, and concert tickets) or as a “hotel only” package for the number of nights needed.

Please note that individual banquet & Honor Ensemble concert tickets are available in very limited quantities.

Friends and Family housing is available at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.

Registration is available here.

For more information, please read the Friends & Family Package Information Document as well as the Friends & Family Package Description and Pricing.


Festival Tickets
Tickets are needed for all evening concerts (Honor Ensembles and Chamber Concert), as well as for all Festival performances at Clowes Hall on Thursday-Saturday.

There is no additional cost for anyone with a Festival Package (Friends & Family, Students, Directors, Chaperones).


William D. Revelli Scholarship - This $1,000 one-time scholarship honors a graduating senior nominated by the directors of invited ensembles and the directors of students invited to participate in the MFA Honor Ensembles performing at the Music for All National Festival. Recipients must intend to pursue a degree in music education.
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What is the Music for All National Festival? See for yourself!

The Festival includes:

National Concert Band Festival
ConcertBand WEB
Middle School National Festival
Middle School WEB
Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival    
PercFestival WEb
Orchestra America Festival
Chamber Music Festival
chamber ensemble web
Honor Orchestra of America
Jazz Band of America
Honor Band of America

What sets the Music for All National Festival apart?

The non-competitive atmosphere provides a place for growth, cooperative encouragement and mutual respect among music programs, students, parents, boosters and administrators.

Directors select their own programs; there is no required repertoire. There are no ratings or rankings so directors and their ensembles are free to stretch themselves, reach for new heights, and strive for innovation, growth and excellence, instead of focusing on a rating or placing.

Participating students experience an atmosphere of mutual respect for their peers while enjoying concerts from other outstanding ensembles.

A Legacy of Excellence

With the launch of the National Concert Band Festival in 1992, Bands of America rekindled the concert band tradition in America as exemplified by the National Band Contest in the 1930s, which drew national recognition for a young director named William D. Revelli.

No other event for bands has the history and iconic legacy of the National Concert Band Festival. Dr. Revelli was instrumental in the philosophical design of the Festival. John P. Paynter worked closely on the creation of the Festival and hosted the debut event at Northwestern University in 1992. Music education icons, including Col. Arnald Gabriel, Anthony Maiello, Ray Cramer and Gary Green have been part of the Festival since day one and continue to be the unique force behind this powerful experience. Midwest Clinic board member Richard Crain and Mrs. Gayle Crain served for many years as coordinators of the Festival. The Music for All National Festival has an aura of heritage and a unique musical legacy that cannot be duplicated.


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