Emily Ambriz is the Senior Marketing Coordinator with Music for All and has been part of the team since May 2017. She mainly focuses on all things digital including: social media management, web management, and email campaigns. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Ball State University in May 2017 and is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Public Relations with a concentration in Media Analytics from Ball State University. She is well versed in the arts non-profit world as a previous Drum Corps International Intern and Music for All Administrative Assistant. When she's not chasing the latest social media trends, Ambriz can be found planning her next trip across the pond or binge listening to true crime podcasts.
Gracie Moore of Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia was awarded The Revelli Scholarship in connection to the 2020 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha.
The Revelli Scholarship is a $1,000 award given annually to a senior who will be attending college as a music education major and who is participating in the Music for All National Festival. The scholarship honors the legacy and memory of Dr. William D. Revelli and his vision for music education.
In addition to being the principal bassoon for the Lake Secondary School Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra for two years, Gracie has performed in the All-District Band for four years, two on clarinet and two on bassoon. As a drum major at Lake Braddock Secondary School, she has a passion for music that she wants to share with as many people as possible and believes music is an important part to a curriculum. She looks forward to becoming a music educator, and hopes to inspire the future generation of musicians!
Congratulations to the 2020 Revelli Scholarship Recipient, Gracie Moore!
The University of North Texas (UNT) College of Music has the largest enrollment for public university music programs in the U.S. and is one of the world's most respected comprehensive music schools.
Its Bruce Hall dormitory is home to the Music & Jazz Living Learning Communities and cultivates a rich, creative environment for all its residents. Since 1964, 100 UNT College of Music alumni have worked on projects nominated for Grammy Awards, and an incredible 53 of those have won the prestigious award.
One of the secrets to student success is supplying them with the equipment necessary to succeed. First-rate practice rooms with advanced acoustical technology fall into that category. To make sure students could get the most out of their practice time, the school partnered with Wenger to install brand new Wenger SoundLok® Sound-Isolation Rooms with the latest Virtual Acoustic Environment (VAE®) technology in Bruce Hall, home to hundreds of student musicians.
UNT was one of the first schools in the country to install Wenger sound isolation practice rooms. For 45 years, those rooms served thousands of students well. But the rooms were in need of repairs. The college was interested in learning about new features and new technology that new rooms could provide.
“The design had changed significantly over the years, so we couldn’t make repairs in a cost-effective way,” explains Neal Jorgenson of Wenger Corporation. “The fans also weren’t working very well anymore, so it was uncomfortable for the students in the rooms. UNT agreed to install new rooms to give the musicians a much better place to play.”
Records indicated the old rooms had been used 6,700 times in the 2016-2017 academic year alone. It was no wonder they needed replacing.
The process began with a site visit so that Jorgenson could see the existing practice rooms. Right away, he noticed a big problem.
“There were some 9-foot high beams in the rooms that we needed to tear out,” Jorgenson says. “We need at least ten feet of height, so we drew up the plans, got some feedback from UNT, and had to vet everything through the fire marshal. Then we began tearing out the old rooms and making room for the new.”
Jorgenson’s team installed 13 Wenger SoundLok® Sound-Isolation Rooms with built-in VAE technology.
VAE technology offers more realistic acoustical simulations, creating the sensation of being enveloped by the sound. This innovative approach enables musicians to hear themselves in various performance venues, from a large recital hall to a cathedral to a small auditorium. VAE allows the musicians to record and play back their practice sessions, helping them adapt and improve their performance. Those recordings can also be downloaded to other devices for sharing or performing accompaniments.
The sound isolation rooms are quieter than any other on the market. They’re also strategically located in the basement of Bruce Hall, allowing its residents to practice at any time of day without disturbing anyone nearby.
VAE technology also allows teachers to follow the assessment strategy recommended in the National Standards for Music Education, and increase their ability to evaluate the progress of more students in less time.
“The students were very excited to explore this technology,” explains Penny Gustafson, Assistant Director of Housing and Business Operations at UNT. “Given the creative drive of our typical music majors, we were confident that these rooms would be beneficial.”
The final step was for a team of acoustical equipment experts to show the students and teachers how to use the system to maximize its benefits.
The new rooms were a big hit.
“The students love the VAE technology,” Gustafson says. “They particularly enjoy being able to record themselves and track progress over the course of the semester or year. Music professors were also eager to listen to their students’ recordings and offer feedback.”
Gustafson says students have also found the spaces useful for recording podcasts, music for personal projects, or sound clips for film. The rooms are used an average of 500 hours each week. Because of their popularity, UNT had to implement a one-hour limit per person to give all residents an opportunity to use the rooms.
The practice rooms are also used as a recruiting tool, providing a major draw for prospective freshmen music majors and their families when considering their options for undergraduate music studies.
Throughout the process, Gustafson appreciated the customer service Jorgenson provided.
“Neal has been extremely informative, patient, and supportive,” Gustafson says. “When we hit bumps in the road with project management, we called on him to intervene, and he always took care of us.”
The SoundLok practice rooms join other Wenger Corporation products elsewhere on campus. The auditorium boasts a beautiful Diva® Full Stage Acoustical Shell to help both performers on stage and audience members hear the best possible sound. The rooms also contain StageTek® seated risers, as well as musician and cello chairs and Wenger’s Classic 50® Music Stands.
Wenger Corporation’s hallmark is to build quality, durable, lasting products that stand the test of time.
SoundLok rooms that lasted 45 years prove the point. And now, the new and improved rooms will serve thousands of future students for many more years to come.
Susan L. Smith, Music for All Educational Consultant, kicks off a new live webinar series exclusively on BAND, the mobile app in the Director Hub.
The webinar will focus on concert festival preparation for young or small bands.
This FREE Webinar will include tips for success for the concert band conductor with a small or young band. The first half of this online clinic will be informative with suggestions that have worked for the clinician in the past.
The second half will focus on specific questions or needs of the attendees.
Fill out the form below to ensure your questions get answered! The webinar will be available in the Director hub at the conclusion of the event.
Join the hub and RSVP here: https://band.us/band/76115568
Question form: https://www.tfaforms.com/4803102
Stop by the Music for All booth and talk with the following members of our Education team
Susan Smith will be in the booth on Wednesday, 12/18 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. to talk about the National Chamber Music Festival and small band initiatives for marching bands!
Come meet Music for All Educational Consultant Zachary Harris, adjunct professor at William Carey University. Zachary will be in the booth each daydiscussing our urban education initiatives and the I-65 Corridor Collaborative.
Wed. 12/18 - 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Thurs. 12/19 - 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fri. 12/20 - 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Let’s talk about the Honor Band in the Rose Parade®! January 15, 2020 is the application and audition deadline for students.
Meet with Richard Saucedo on Thursday 12/19 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. to learn more.
Want to learn more about Music for All Affiliate Regional Music Festivals and the Directors’ Academy at the Music for All National Festival?
Scott Casagrande and Stan Schoonover will be available on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – Noon to talk with you.
David Starnes, our Summer Symposium Camp Director will be available on Thursday 12/19 from 9:00-11:00 am to talk about summer camp and the many opportunities for students and directors.
Having worked with Fran Kick for over two decades, Music for All shares in his passion and mission to develop student leadership in all students, rather than just let it happen with a selected few. Come by on Friday 12/20 from 9 a.m.-Noon to talk about student leadership opportunities at the Summer Symposium!
Check out the following Music for All master educators and clinicians at the 2019 Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic!
Bobby Lambert, Wando H.S., SC: Wind Symphony Performance; Thursday, December 19, 8:30 a.m. Skyline Ballroom W375E
Cheryl Floyd, Hill Country M.S., TX retired: “Once More with Feeling: The Music Really Matters”; Friday, December 20, 8:30 a.m. Ballroom W183
Daniel Malacon, Timber Creek H.S., TX: Timber Creek Saxophone Ensemble Performance; Thursday, December 19, 4:30 p.m. Ballroom W190
Dave Gerhart, Yamaha Corporation of America: “Percussion Methods 102: Revisited”; Thursday December 19, 4:30 p.m. Meeting Room W186
Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Music for All Senior Educational Advisor: Music Parents Sessions, Wednesday December 18, 4:30 p.m. and Thursday December 19, 2:00 p.m. Meeting room W193 and “It is Better to Illuminate than to Shine: A Credo for All Teachers and Conductors”, Thursday December19, 3:00 p.m. Meeting Room W185 Moderator for “An Interview with Julie Giroux” Friday December 20, 10:30 a.m. Ballroom W183
Freddy Martin, Westminster Schools, GA: “Go Play Outside! A Contextual Discussion on the Benefits, Drawbacks, and Stigmas associated with Outdoor Brass Playing”; Thursday December 19, 11:30 a.m. Meeting Room W184
H. Robert Reynolds, Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California Chat Room “The Two Kinds of Knowledge and the Two Kinds of Conductors” Wednesday December 18, 11:30 a.m. Meeting Room W193 2nd Annual Midwest Clinic Reynolds Conducting Institute Thursday December 19, 10:00 a.m & 2:30 p.m. & Friday Decmeber 20, 9:00 a.m. Meeting Room W178 Open Rehearsal with the University of Texas (Austin) Chamber Winds; Thursday December 19, 1:30 p.m. Meeting Room W178 Guest conductor, Players from the University of Texas (Austin) Wind Ensemble; Saturday December 21 10:00 a.m. Ballroom W183
Jarrett Lipman and Alan Sharps, Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX: Wind Ensemble Performance;Thursday December 19, 1:00 p.m., Skyline Ballroom W375AB
Jeffrey Grogan, Oklahoma City University, OK: “Leading Rehearsals that Inspire”; Wednesday December 18, 10:30 a.m. Ballroom W183
Jerrell Horton, Vestavia Hills H.S., AL: “Relationships that Resonate: Creating a Culture of Leadership and Inclusion through United Sound”; Wednesday December 18, 3:00 p.m. Meeting Room W186
John Phillips, University of Western Ontario retired: “The Concert was Great! But What Did They Learn? Using Reflective Practice to Support Student Achievement”; Friday December 20, 10:30 a.m. Meeting Room W186
Jon Gomez, East Valley Youth Symphony, AZ: “Changing Classroom Management Struggles into Successful Results”; Thursday December 19, 1:00 p.m. Meeting Room W185
Julie Duty, United Sound: “Relationships that Resonate: Creating a Culture of Leadership and Inclusion through United Sound”; Wednesday December 18, 3:00 p.m. Meeting Room W186
Julie Giroux, Clinician/Composer/Conductor: “An Interview with Julie Giroux”; Friday December 20, 10:30 a.m. Ballroom W183
Matt McCready, Union Public Schools, OK: “Teaching through Poverty: Removing Barriers for Participation and Performance”; Thursday December 19, 11:30 a.m. Meeting Room W179
Richard Floyd, UIL Director Emeritus, TX: “Once More with Feeling: The Music Really Matters”; Friday, December 20, 8:30 a.m. Ballroom W183
Richard Saucedo, Carmel H.S., IN retired: Rehearsal Lab – Small School High School Band; Thursday December 19, 4:30 p.m. Ballroom W183
Robert T. Herrings III, Artie Henry Middle School, TX: “Slow and Steady Wins the Race”; Thursday December 19, 3:00 p.m. Meeting Room W181
Mast had been through numerous rounds of buying music equipment for his students at Klein Cain High School and other schools in Houston, Texas: from chairs to stands to storage - and everything in between.
He had always turned to Wenger Corporation, a single-company solution for his music education and performing arts needs.
Klein Cain was no exception. Built in 2017, the school had a variety of equipment requirements for its band, orchestra, and choir rehearsal rooms, main theatre, and black box theatre. Wenger Corporation’s Wenger, J.R. Clancy, and GearBoss brands were the preferred solutions.
“The district saw the advantage of buying quality Wenger products to avoid problems later,” Mast says. “We do it right the first time.”
In the music education department, Mast and his team selected Wenger’s Student Chairs and Classic 50® Music Stands. Both are durable and the chairs are comfortable and support good posture.
UltraStor® Instrument Cabinets were chosen in the Band and Orchestra rooms to keep the students’ instruments protected, organized and safe when not in use. The bolt-through Wenger design provides increased durability for long-term use.
The StageTek® risers in the rehearsal rooms provide a strong, yet lightweight solution for the band, orchestra, and choirs. The refined, smart design is the product of extensive research, engineering, and technical advancements in materials and manufacturing. The result is a lighter, stronger staging system that’s easier to handle and faster to set up.
To enhance the school’s performing arts infrastructure, Wenger designed and manufactured a Diva® Full-Stage Acoustical Shell, enabling them to make acoustic adjustments to best suit each ensemble.
“The Diva shell enables our auditorium’s acoustics to complement and support band, orchestra, and choir, who all require different configurations,” Mast says.
One of the primary benefits in addition to superior sound for the performers and audience is the shell’s versatility. During busy months, it’s often set up or reconfigured every other day. Striking the nine towers and three clouds takes only thirty minutes.
J.R. Clancy provided a full counterweight rigging system in the auditorium. This one-stop solution simplifies coordination for the general contractor and gives the customer a cost-saving package discount. It also means a single point of contact for the school.
Finally, a black box theatre was designed for more intimate performances. Crews included StageTek® risers and chairs for audience seating, which are durable, lightweight, and easy to configure. Move & Store Carts enable the space to be cleared quickly. An adjacent dressing room with Wenger make-up stations and Rack n’ Roll Garment Racks give performers the perfect space to get ready and store costumes or concert wear.
In both the auditorium and black box theatre, Wenger Corporation provided lighting integration. Theatrical spotlights, utility lighting, and the integration of emergency lighting with the controls system were an integral part of the auditorium’s hybrid lighting system. In the black box theatre, Wenger implemented power, networking, and controls for a separate hybrid system for ease of use and control.
“We can really shine when a school needs quality equipment in their music education and performing arts spaces,” says Stacy Hanson, Marketing Communications Director at Wenger Corporation. “Our proven solutions offer limitless options, integrated solutions, and outstanding service and support – all of which help students and staff operate efficiently and effectively.”
“Wenger Corporation is always looking forward, listening to customers, and improving their products,” Mast says. “We’re proud to partner with them and include their products in our schools to help our students perform to the best of their abilities.”
To learn more about Wenger Corporation, please visit www.wengercorp.com.
We hope that everyone will be joining us on Thanksgiving Day by watching the 2019 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! We cannot wait to watch and support all of the amazing marching bands that will be featured throughout the parade. Some of the nation's finest will come together for the 93rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and we are so excited to see them all in this legendary event.
Make sure you tune in on NBC and join us in supporting these incredible ensembles as they perform for nearly 50 million television viewers nationwide! The parade steps off at 9:00 AM on Thursday, November 28 and will conclude at 12 PM in all time zones.
Below is a list of all of the marching bands you will see in the parade:
Awesome Second Time Arounders Marching Band
St. Petersburg, FL
Blue Springs H.S. Marching Band
Blue Springs, MO
Catalina Foothills H.S. Marching Band
Franklin Regional H.S. Marching Band
Macy's Great American Marching Band
Madison Central H.S. Band
Martin Luther King Jr. H.S. Marching Band
Morgan State University Marching Band
NYPD Marching Band
Ronald Regan H.S. Marching Band
San Antonio, TX
Western Carolina University Marching Band
For more information about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade visit www.macys.com/parade.
The Patrick John Hughes Parent Booster Award recognizes the extraordinary commitment, dedication, support, and sacrifice of music parents and boosters across the nation by shining a spotlight on a recipient who exemplifies these qualities.
The award is named in honor of Patrick John Hughes, the father of Patrick Henry Hughes. Patrick Henry is a remarkable young man who, despite physical challenges that would seem overwhelming to many, has excelled as a musician and student, singing and playing piano and trumpet with the Louisville Marching and Pep Bands, with the help of his father, who tirelessly maneuvers his son’s wheelchair through the formations with the other 220+ members of the Cardinal Marching Band.
On Friday night during the Grand National Championships, the 2019 Patrick John Hughes Parent Booster award was awarded to Ann Leever of North H.S., NE.
Ann Leever grew up with a love of music she got from her parents. In high school, she had an amazing band director – Gary Davis - who gave her a deep appreciation for the marching arts, as well as music overall. Leever's parents showed her the importance of volunteering by being presidents of the band boosters during her high school years.
Fast forward - now she's the band parent! Leever started working with the Millard North Band Boosters in 2007 when her son was a freshman. She was secretary of the boosters 2008-2009 and in 2010 she became president of the band boosters for a year.
In 2012, her daughter joined the Millard North band, and Mr. Ryan Placek became the head band director. Craig Mathis joined him as assistant band director a year later. Listening to their vision for the band program, Leever wanted to help in any way she could, so in 2013 she again became president of the band boosters. Leever remained president until her daughter graduated in 2016.
Once her daughter graduated, Leever could see how far Mr. Placek and Mr. Mathis had brought the band program, but she knew they still had more to do, and she wanted to help the band keep growing. Since Lever couldn’t hold an elected office, she offered to help with fund raising, as she knew the band had considerable needs (and still does).
Why does Leever continue to help the MN band? Because the Millard North Band is a family, a huge wonderful, all inclusive family. She believes the band directors are second to none, the kids are the best, and she wants those kids to have a great high school band experience like she had.
How does she continue to help the MN band? By raising funds in any way possible. Here are some of the things she does with the band:
Leever gets to work with amazing band parents/boosters on all these projects. She has made many life long friends through the Millard North Band, and she hopes to have many years of volunteering ahead of her.
The Music for All Foundation awards several scholarships annually. During the Grand National Championships Finals Opening Ceremonies, several students were presented with college tuition scholarship awards. These scholarships were established to contribute to the future of music and music education by honoring the achievements of outstanding graduating seniors who intend to pursue collegiate study as a music education major.
Congratulations to Jennifer Mahl, Davenport Central High School in Davenport, Iowa, award recipient of the $1,000 Yamaha Scholarship. The scholarship was presented by John Wittmann, Senior Director of Artist Relations and Education at Yamaha Corporation of America.
Congratulations to Andrew Locke, Panther Creek High School in Cary, North Carolina, award recipient of the $1,000 Fred J. Miller Family Scholarship. The scholarship was presented by Marlene Miller, President and CEO of Fred J. Miller, Incorporated
Congratulations to Abigail Lane, Siegel High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, award recipient of the $2,000 Fred J. Miller Memorial Music Education scholarship. The scholarship was presented by Marlene Miller, President and CEO of Fred J. Miller, Incorporated
Music for All’s efforts to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences include awarding a number of scholarships each year. For more information about Music for All's scholarships click here.
Congratulations to Mr. Edward F. Protzman, Director of Bands at William Mason H.S., OH, the 2019 recipient of the George N. Parks Leadership in Music Education award. Mr. Protzman received the award during the opening finals ceremonies at the 2019 Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha on November 16.
Developed by NAfME, the National Association for Music Education, and Music for All, the award is named for George N. Parks (1953–2010), director of the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1977 until his death, and honors an exemplary music educator who embodies the characteristics and leadership that Mr. Parks personified.
Ensembles, under Mr. Protzman's direction have consistently received top ratings in OMEA, KMEA, and PMEA large and small group festivals. His ensembles have been selected by audition to perform and present clinics at state conferences in Ohio, Kansas, and Pennsylvania. In 2019, the William Mason High School Wind Symphony performed as a featured ensemble at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival and was the Foundation for Music Education National Wind Band Honors Project Commended Winner.
As a clinician and adjudicator, Mr. Protzman has worked with groups across the United States and Canada. He has served as the conductor for the Doylestown Symphonic Winds, Pennsylvania Youth Wind Ensemble, and The University of Cincinnati Community Band. His undergraduate studies include music degrees from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and Moravian College. His graduate work includes a Master's degree in Wind Conducting from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and an Artist's Diploma in Wind Conducting from the University of Calgary. He is currently a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Ohio Music Educators Association, the National Band Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the American School Band Directors Association.
Mr. Protzman believes that all things in music and life can be accomplished through personal commitment, firm determination, and strong support system. He would like to thank his wife Anne Protzman and his mentors Willis M. Rapp, Glenn D. Price, and Andrew Yozviak, for all they have helped him achieve. He would also like to thank colleague and friend Brandon Lesando and the incredible band faculty of Mason City Schools – Kayla Cavano, Chad Fourman, Johnnie Green, Zach Hinson, Avious Jackson, Jason Sleppy, and Joe Woodie.
Congratulations to Mr. LaMorte and thank you for all you do to help create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences for your students.
2018 David LaMorte
Assistant Principal of Visual, Performing, and Career Arts, Tottenville High School, NY
2017 Marisa Weinstein
Director of Bands, Warsaw Middle School in Pittsfield, ME
2016 Thom Hannum
Associate Director, Minutemen Marching Band, the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA
2015 Patrick M. Erwin
Director of Bands at Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs, GA
2014 Cynthia Napierkowski
Director of Bands at Salem High School in Salem, MA
2013 Dr. Barry Shepherd
Superintendent of Cabarrus County Schools, NC
2012 Daniel Kirk
Blue Valley West, KS
2011 Dr. Peter Boonshaft
Music for All was honored to have guests from the Tournament of Roses® with us at the 2019 Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha.
Through our unique partnership, each fall a Bands of America Grand National Semi-Finalist band is selected to receive an invitation to perform in an upcoming Rose Parade.
Congratulations to Hebron H.S., TX on being selected during the 2019 Grand National Championships! We’ll be cheering you on in the 2021 Rose Parade!
2018 Grand Nationals, an invitation for
2020 Rose Parade
Dobyns-Bennett H.S., TN
2017 Grand Nationals, an invitation for
2019 Rose Parade
Flower Mound H.S., TX
2016 Grand Nationals, an invitation for
2018 Rose Parade
Ronald Reagan H.S., TX
2015 Grand Nationals, an invitation for
2017 Rose Parade
Broken Arrow H.S., OK
2014 Grand Nationals, an invitation for
2016 Rose Parade
William Mason H.S., OH
2013 Grand Nationals, an invitation for
2015 Rose Parade
Round Rock H.S., TX
2012 Grand Nationals, an invitation for
2014 Rose Parade
Carmel H.S., IN
2011 Grand Nationals, an invitation for
2013 Rose Parade
Broken Arrow H.S., OK
2010 Grand Nationals, an invitation for
2012 Rose Parade
Avon H.S., IN