Highlights for both Featured and Invited Bands
Concert Performances and Clinics
Each ensemble performs a concert before a knowledgeable audience, including the Festival evaluation panel, music educators and fellow band and orchestra members. Ensemble directors receive recorded and written comments from the evaluators. Concert band directors also receive recorded and written input on their conducting from a revered conductor. Following the performance, each Featured Band and Percussion Ensemble has a private clinic with one of the Festival Evaluators/Clinicians. Each Invited Band receives an on stage clinic with three Festival Evaluators/Clinicians.
Concert observation time is scheduled and required for each ensemble, ensuring that all ensembles perform for a knowledgeable, appreciative audience who in turn enjoy outstanding performances of quality literature.
All students participate in instrumental master classes, led by top applied faculty professional musicians. This opportunity provides for interaction with outstanding performers whose insight and experience exemplify musical achievement.
Social Events for Students and Directors
The Festival social gives students the chance to relax, have fun and get to know students from other programs across the country. The director and evaluator reception and hospitality opportunities offer networking and informal interaction with colleagues, guest artists and icons of music education.
Gala Awards Banquet
The “black-tie-optional” banquet for students, directors, parents, staff and evaluators culminates the Festival with first-class standards that distinguish the Music for All National Festival. Guests enjoy a plated dinner, recognition of each ensemble and presentation of awards to each ensemble. The formal banquet with over 2,000 guests is sure to be unforgettable for you, your students, parents and supporters.
World-Class Venues and Facilities
Featured Bands perform at Clowes Memorial Hall and Invited Bands at the new Howard L. Schrott Center for the Performing Arts, both on the Butler University campus. Percussion ensembles perform at Warren Performing Arts Center and Orchestras at Hilbert Circle Theatre, home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
DVD and CD package
Each student member and director gets a recording package of their concert, including professionally-produced video on DVD and audio on CD.
Music for All National Festival will be hosted at the Marriott Place Indianapolis, featuring the beautiful JW Marriott and three additional Marriott properties. Marriott Place Indianapolis is located in downtown Indianapolis and is surrounded by numerous cultural and recreational attractions.
Each invited ensemble will be assigned a “host” to help guide you through the Festival weekend and is committed to ensuring that you have the best possible experience before and during the Festival. Hosts are familiar with, and in most cases have had an ensemble perform at, the Festival.
Opportunities for Additional Ensembles
Many groups want to travel with all of the students in their school’s band program and Music for All provides educational options to allow as many of your instrumental music student as possible to participate. Directors can choose to submit audition applications for multiple bands from one school for the Featured Band and/or Invited Band stages. Selected bands for both stages can choose to bring additional ensembles – concert bands, percussion ensembles or orchestras – to participate in additional opportunities during the Festival.
Festival Invitation Visit and Director “Fam” Trip
Every Featured and Invited ensemble is offered a visit to your school from a member of the Festival team. This visit, which is mandatory for first time participating schools and/or directors, helps assure your students, parent boosters and administration understand the magnitude of your achievement.
A mandatory familiarization trip to Indianapolis for directors of all accepted ensembles will take place at the Festival performance venues and hotel facilities. Music for All will take directors on a city and site inspection of the performance halls, warm-up rooms, clinic rooms and the Festival hotels. The philosophy behind the event, Festival schedule and costs will be thoroughly discussed to ensure a complete understanding of pre-planning information for your ensemble. The “Fam” Trip for the 2014 ensembles will be Sunday, November 17, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana (coinciding with the Bands of America Grand National Championships weekend). Transportation and housing for the “Fam Trip” to Indianapolis is at the participating ensemble’s expense