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Emily Ambriz

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. #SSDGM

What is your hometown? City, State.
Hinsdale, New Hampshire

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?
Muldrow High School in Oklahoma! I currently go to Arkansas Tech University and plan to graduate with my Music Education degree May 2020.

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What is your musical background?
I have been involved with music ever since 6th grade! I was instantly in love with the flute and continued on to hold several leadership positions in my high school band. I now serve as a 2nd year teaching assistant with the Arkansas Tech Band of Distinction and am also a 3rd year member of our Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

What has been your favorite part of this internship experience?
I’ve loved being able to contribute to something bigger than myself, but working with Music for All has also allowed me to break out of my comfort zone and shown me resources I didn’t know existed for music educators. I get to live somewhere new while experiencing a different side of music!

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What is an interesting fact about you?
I am a pro Olympic player of Facebook Messenger games... including the basketball one.

Who are your top three favorite artists?
The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, and Nova & the Experience

Would you rather be able to talk to animals or speak all the foreign languages?
While I would like to know what’s running through my cat’s head, I think it’d be better to be able to communicate with an infinite number of people! Plus, I assume that means I would be able to read Egyptian Hieroglyphics too!

What division at camp would you want to participate in if you were still in school?
That’s so hard to choose, but I think I would lean more toward Marching Band!

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What are you currently reading?
I have been pulling inspiration from a book called Words I Wish I Wrote by Robert Fulghum a lot recently!

Do you have a favorite quote?
“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” -Jennifer Lee

What show have you binge watched recently?
Somewhat unashamed to say I binged the Society recently on a whim.

What actor or actress would play you in a movie written about your life?
Well, this was a bit hard to figure out, but I think Awkwafina!

 

What is your hometown? City, State.
Madison, IN.

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?
Madison Consolidated High School and Ball State University. I graduated from Ball State in May of this year.

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What is your musical background?
I played the trumpet until high school, but I am more into music business now. Besides being the Advancement Intern at Music for All, I also work at a concert venue and had an externship with Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival this summer.

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What has been your favorite part of this internship experience?
It is cool to learn about how nonprofits are funded and be a part of that process. Music for All does so much good for students and educators across the nation, and I love being a little piece that enables us to do these great things.

What is an interesting fact about you?
I recently won a regional Emmy for a documentary I produced.

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Who are your top three favorite artists?
Walk the Moon, Judah and the Lion, and Vance Joy.

Would you rather be able to talk to animals or speak all the foreign languages?
I would love to speak all of the foreign languages. Communication between people of different cultures is so important for growth and learning, and language can be such a barrier.

What division at camp would you want to participate in if you were still in school?
Jazz Band for sure! That was my favorite when I played the trumpet.

What are you currently reading?
I have not had time to recently, but I love Nicholas Sparks. I will probably read his most recent novel soon..

Do you have a favorite quote?
“Life is what happens when you are outside of your comfort zone.”

What show have you binge watched recently?
I watched all of Stranger Things 3 recently. It was so good, and I sobbed like a baby. Now I am starting Queer Eye Season 4.

What actor or actress would play you in a movie written about your life?
I would say probably Jennifer Lawrence because she is goofy, tall, and loves to eat!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Robert W. Smith

robert w smith 2011colorRobert W. Smith is one of the most popular and prolific composers in America today, with more than 800 publications. Mr. Smith’s credits include many compositions and productions in all areas of the music field. His original works for winds and percussion have been programmed by countless military, university, high school, and middle school bands throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America, and Asia, and have become standards for developing bands throughout the world.

Mr. Smith’s music has received extensive airplay on major network television as well as inclusion in multiple motion pictures. As a conductor, clinician, and keynote speaker, Mr. Smith has performed throughout North America, Asia, South America, Europe, and Australia. Mr. Smith is a long-time member of Music for All’s faculty at the Summer Symposium and Music for All National Festival. He serves as the Division Coordinator for the Middle School/Young Teacher track of the Directors’ Academy at the Summer Symposium.

Mr. Smith is currently teaching in the Music Industry program at Troy University in Troy, Alabama.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Gayl W. Doster

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Gayl W. Doster is the retired President and Chief Operating Officer of Brooks Drug, Inc. Mr. Doster is a graduate of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. While at Indiana University, he was a member of the Marching Hundred and numerous other musical organizations and is a life member of Kappa Kappa Psi. He serves on the boards of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Friends of Music and the Indiana University Art Museum National Advisory Board. Mr. Doster has been inducted into the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Business and Industry Hall of Fame, is the 2009 recipient of the International Festival & Events Association Zambelli Internationale Volunteer of the Year Award, and he is Co-Treasurer of Lawrence Central Performing Arts, Chairman of Heartland Jazz Arts Group and serves on the Advisory Board of the Indiana University Eskenazi Art Museum. Gayl and his wife Beverly have two children and five grandchildren.

What is your hometown? City, State.
I grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?
Franklin Central High School. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Class of 2019

What is your musical background?
I played violin since 5th grade until my senior year in high school. I played in my high school’s orchestra all four years, and I have always had a deep love and appreciation for classical music and orchestral pieces.

What has been your favorite part of this internship experience?
Being able to work with the students, parents, and guests at each event. Often I don’t get to directly see the fruit of my labors in other workplaces, so having the chance to directly interact with and help make those we serve happy and having a positive impact on their experience has meant the world to me.

What is an interesting fact about you?
I am a certified 1st Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and I recently traveled abroad in Poland.

Who are your top three favorite artists?
In no particular order: Zach Hemsey, Powerwolf, and Mick Gordon

Would you rather be able to talk to animals or speak all the foreign languages?
Since I’ve been abroad and often served others from different countries, I’d like to be able to speak all languages to have that connection with everyone I meet.

What division at camp would you want to participate in if you were still in school?
Leadership Weekend

What are you currently reading?
It’s one of my favorite pastimes, but I haven’t had much time to really sit down and read anything recently.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” -Christopher Reeve, the original Superman.

What show have you binge watched recently?
The last thing I watched was the finale of Game of Thrones and One Punch Man Season 2.

What actor or actress would play you in a movie written about your life?
Probably Keanu Reeves or Ansel Elgort

What is your hometown? City, State.
Columbus, Indiana

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?
Columbus North High School
Anderson University, December 2019

What is your musical background?
Since sixth grade, I’ve bounced back and forth between trumpet and bassoon depending on the needs of my ensembles at the time. In high school, I did marching band, wind ensemble, jazz, and orchestra, and in college I’ve continued on with wind ensemble and orchestra. I’ve done chamber ensembles and a few musicals as well.

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What has been your favorite part of this internship experience?
I love having a wide variety of projects and the fun, passionate people with whom I get to work on them. I love being able to support educators.

What is an interesting fact about you?
I collect coffee mugs and stickers from local coffee shops

Who are your top three favorite artists?
Hippo Campus
COIN
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Would you rather be able to talk to animals or speak all the foreign languages?
Definitely speak foreign languages. It would make understanding history and culture so much easier and it would be cool to be able to communicate with so many people.

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What division at camp would you want to participate in if you were still in school?
I would probably attend the marching band division!

What are you currently reading?
Right now I’m about halfway through Crazy Rich Asians

What show have you binge watched recently?
I did Stranger Things 3 on July 4!

What actor or actress would play you in a movie written about your life?
I've been told Emma Stone but I'm not sure I agree

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InternSpotlight EmilyT

What is your hometown? City, State.
Carmel, Indiana

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?
I graduated from Carmel High School in 2015 and I will graduate from IUPUI in May 2020.

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What is your musical background?
I was a member of the Carmel Guard program for 7 years! I feel very lucky to have been a staff member for the Carmel JV Guard since I graduated and have gotten to teach students at Elwood Jr./Sr. High School and Noblesville High School.

What has been your favorite part of this internship experience?
I love getting to interact with directors, and I love getting to watch students benefit from some of the same great experiences Music for All provided me with when I was a student.

What is an interesting fact about you?
I have a sleep disorder called Narcolepsy

Who are your top favorite artists?
Taylor Swift and Zac Brown Band

Would you rather be able to talk to animals or speak all the foreign languages?
Definitely speak to animals

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What division at camp would you want to participate in if you were still in school?
Color Guard of course!

What are you currently reading?
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Do you have a favorite quote?
"What comes easy won’t last. What lasts won’t come easy”

What show have you binge watched recently?
Dead to Me and That 70’s Show

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What actor or actress would play you in a movie written about your life?
Reese Witherspoon

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What is your hometown? City, State.
O’Fallon, IL

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?
-O’Fallon Township High School -Indiana University – Bloomington Class of 2020

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What is your musical background?
I have played flute for 11 years. In high school, I was a section leader in the marching band and a member of the wind ensemble. I participated in various musicals, flute choirs, and ILMEA District/All-State.

What has been your favorite part of this internship experience?
My favorite part about being a Music for All intern is being able to see the impact that music has on students, directors, and staff members from the perspective of a former participant to now an intern.

What is an interesting fact about you?
I studied abroad in Dubai and toured 8 different companies in 7 days; every dog that I’ve had has been named after construction trucks.

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Who are your top three favorite artists?
-Lauryn Hill
-Daniel Caesar
-J. Cole

Would you rather be able to talk to animals or speak all the foreign languages?
As much as I would like to know what my dog thinks about, I think I would rather speak all languages because it would make traveling the world even better.

What division at camp would you want to participate in if you were still in school?
Leadership Weekend and Marching Band

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Do you have a favorite quote?
“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference” -Serenity Prayer

What show have you binge watched recently?
I just started Game of Thrones two weeks ago. I am very behind, but I decided to try it out.

What actor or actress would play you in a movie written about your life?
Tracee Ellis Ross

Savannah Mellichamp of Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina was awarded The Revelli Scholarship on Saturday, March 16 during the Gala Awards Banquet at the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, in Indianapolis.

The Revelli Scholarship is a $1,000 award given annually to a senior who will be attending college as a music 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 an Honor Band of America member and a two-time Summer Symposium participant, Savannah has performed in South Carolina's All State and All Region ensembles for three years. As a drum major at Wando High School, she believes music has shaped her into who she is today and she recognizes that music education changes lives. She looks forward to becoming a music educator!

Congratulations to the 2019 Revelli Scholarship Recipient, Savannah Mellichamp

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

2019 Hall of Fame Members Inducted

The three newest members of Music for All's Bands of America Hall of Fame were inducted Saturday night, March 16, at the Gala Awards Banquet of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, in Indianapolis, IN.

Gayl W. Doster, Robert W. Smith, and David Starnes were inducted during a ceremony at the 2,800+ guest Festival Banquet in the JW Marriott Grand Ballroom.

Learn more about our four newest Hall of Fame Members from the announcement of the class of 2019, and the Festival Ceremony Hall of Fame videos.

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