The Music for All Blog
The Music for All Blog
Caroline Voelz
Monday, March 05, 2018

Advocacy in Action Awards


Music for All is proud to announce the launch of the Advocacy in Action Awards, a radically different call to action. This program will collect, share, and inspire “great ideas” for advancing music making in communities across the Nation.

Are you proud of what you are doing in your community to help advance your school music program? We encourage you to submit your ideas! Winning entries will be promoted at all Music for All programs.

Categories include:
• Fundraising & Sponsorship
• Recruitment & Retention
• Marketing & Promotion
• Parent & Booster Involvement
• Community Engagement
• Decision-Maker Interaction

Applications open May 1, 2018.

Please visit for more information.

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If you’ll be in Texas this weekend, please come see us at the Music for All Booth #1148! Several of our staff will be available to speak with you, and we will also have materials available including the 2018 Bands of America Championship Schedule and Application, the 2018 Music for All Summer Symposium promotional materials, and application packets for the 2019 Music for All National Festival!

After you’ve stopped by, don’t forget to catch some of the clinics and presentations that are happening throughout the weekend. Below is a list of sessions and performances that are being presented by friends of Music for All!

WEDNESDAY, February 14, 2018

From the Top
8:00 p.m. Lila Cockrell Theater
Black Violin


THURSDAY, February 15, 2018

Conducting: A Hands-on Approach
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CC221
Anthony Maiello, George Mason University

Is UIL Enough? Documenting Student Musical Growth
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CC 302 AB
Keith Dye, Texas Tech University

The Method & the Maestro = Musical Success for Life
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CC Stars At Night Balroom 2-4
Tim Lautzenheiser, Ball State University, Vice-President of Education for
Conn-Selmer Inc.

Conducting Nuances: Little Things Mean a Lot
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CC Stars At Night Ballroom 2-4
Anthony Maiello, George Mason University

College Student to Music Educator: The Transition Begins Now!
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. CC 302 AB
Keith Dye, Texas Tech University; Rodney Klett, Retired; Gerald Babbitt, Retired

Manage, Organize, Communicate
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. CC 302 AB
Scott McCormick, National Association of Music Parents; Richard Saucedo, Conn-Selmer

Beginning Brass Instruction: New Ideas & Fresh Approaches
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. CC 225
Keith Dye, Texas Tech University

University of Texas – Austin Wind Ensemble
8:00 p.m. -8:50 p.m. Lila Cockrell Theater
Jerry Junkin, Director


FRIDAY, February 16, 2018

Special Education Students in the High School Ensemble? Yes!
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CC 214 CD
Julie Duty, United Sound, Inc.

Recruitment and Retention, the Panacea to All Problems
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CC 303
Scott Lang, Scott Lang Leadership

How’s Your Conducting I.Q.? (Inspirational Quotient)
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CC Stars At Night Ballroom
Anthony Maiello, George Mason University

The Bocalphone: Fundamentals for Bassoon and Other Winds
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CC Stars At Night Ballroom 1
Doug Spaniol, Butler University

Make Beats in Your Browser: Free Teaching Tools by Ableton
11:30 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Clinic Room
Serafin Sanchez, Ableton

What’s Right with Education? Music!
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CC 302 AB
Scott Lang, Scott Lang Leadership

Serious Score Study
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. CC Stars At Night Ballroom 204
Anthony Maiello, George Mason University

Film Scoring & Sound Design with Your Students
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. CC 210
Robert W. Smith, Troy Univ



All-State Mixed Choir
12:00 p.m. CC Stars at Night Ballroom
André Thomas


We hope to see you there!

Music for All News Conlon

Please join us in welcoming Conlon Griesmer to Music for All!  

As Event Coordinator, Griesmer is responsible for assisting with the planning of all events, coordinating the volunteer program, managing vendor relations, event supplies and materials, and serves as the liaison for the “SWAG Team” of volunteers at the Music for All Summer Symposium.

Griesmer’s involvements with Music for All begin in 2014 as a volunteer for Bands of America Championships and the Music for All National Festival. He went on to serve as an Events Department Intern and remained with the organization as a seasonal event staff member before being hired full-time.  

“We are beyond excited to have Conlon join the Event Team,” says Laura Blake, Director of Events. “He was a highly successful intern with Music for All while in college and we know that his skills, positive attitude, and enthusiasm will bring strength to the department. We are so glad he chose Music for All to start his professional career.””

Griesmer graduated from The University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. While attending UT, he marched Sousaphone in the “Pride of the Southland” Marching Band. Griesmer is originally from Nashville, TN and attended Father Ryan High School. He was first introduced to Music for All when the Father Ryan H.S. Band, of which he was a member, performed in Bands of America Regional and the Grand National Championships.

Emily Ambriz

Please join us in celebrating Emily Ambriz on her recent promotion to Marketing Coordinator!   

As Marketing Coordinator, Ambriz’s responsibilities include email and social media campaigns; web, digital, and print, design; and marketing projects.

"Emily has been a valuable member of the Music for All staff this past year in a different capacity,” says Debbie Laferty Asbill, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “It is a pleasure to bring her on board the Marketing team where her skills and passion for promoting Music for All’s message, programs, and events will continue to be an asset to the organization and our staff."

Ambriz joined Music for All in May 2017 as the Administrative Assistant/Receptionist. She graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations with minors in flute performance, creative writing, and Spanish. Ambriz is originally from the Indianapolis area and is a proud alumna of Pike High School. While attending Pike, she was highly active in the performing arts department.      

Congratulations to Emily on this much deserved promotion! We are thrilled that she will continue to help support Music for All's mission to create, provide, and expand postively life-changing experiences through music for all!

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