Our History

Our History

Music for All is one of the largest and most influential national music education organizations in support of active music making. Music for All is unique in that it combines programming at a national level with arts education advocacy.

Music for All has been creating, providing and expanding positively life-changing experiences through music since 1976. Music for All, Inc. was formed through a merger of Bands of America, Inc. and the Music for All Foundation in 2006. Music for All is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization.

From humble beginnings in 1976 with a single summer workshop for teachers, Music for All programs are today recognized as the pinnacle of educational programming for high school instrumental music programs nationwide. Music for All reaches a vast number of people; each year, more than 300,000 people attend our events, over 85,000 teens participate, and 100,000 people subscribe to online services.

Music for All’s programs include fall marching band Regional Championships and the Grand National Championships, held across the country each fall. The Music for All National Festival is held each spring in Indianapolis and features: the National Concert Band Festival, Orchestra America National Festival, Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival, Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America. The Summer Symposium draws 2,000 teen music students and teachers from more than 30 states and several countries to a week-long music camp.

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