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Emily Ambriz

Emily Ambriz is a 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. 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 playing spider solitaire while binge listening to true crime podcasts.

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.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

2019 Jazz Band of America

2019 Jazz Band of America

Part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
March 13-16, 2019

The Jazz Band of America features members selected by recorded audition from music programs across the nation. The 2018 Jazz Band of America members first came together Wednesday morning for three days of rehearsals before tonight’s concert. The Jazz Band of America members represent the best high school jazz musicians in America.

Shelly Berg
2019 Conductor
Dean, Frost School of Music, University of Miami

2019 Jazz Band Members

Ensemble members listed alphabetically.

Alto Saxophone
Simon Hwang – Princeton H.S., NJ
Veronica Leahy – Charlotte Latin School, NC

Tenor Saxophone
Charles Munroe – Ransom Everglades School, FL
Cole Palensky – Papillion-LaVista South H.S., NE

Baritone Saxophone
Benjamin Trimboli – Dominion H.S., VA

Trumpet
Summer Camargo – Dillard Center for the Arts, FL
Kellin Hanas – Wheaton North H.S., IL
Taekjin Lee – Ann Arbor Community H.S., MI
Aaron Ouellette – RHAM H.S., CT
Sid Sadhu – Liberty H.S., TX

Trombone
Sam Broten – Klein Collins H.S., TX
Benjamin Conn – Agoura H.S., CA
Frederick Larsen – Carrboro H.S., NC
Jackson Spellman – A. W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, FL

Bass Trombone
Nathan Peterson – University H.S., FL

Bass
Michael Ramos – Florida Christian School, FL

Guitar
Devlin Tenney – Litchfield H.S., CT

Piano
Miles Lennox – Dillard Center for the Arts, FL

Drumset
Kevin Murphy – Skyline H.S., WA

Past Jazz Band of America Members

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

2019 Honor Orchestra of America

Honor Orchestra of America 

Part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
March 13-16, 2019

Music for All’s Honor Orchestra of America is a prestigious ensemble bringing together outstanding high school musicians from across the nation. Members are selected by recorded audition. They will come together for the first time on Wednesday, March 13 in Indianapolis, just days prior to their concert performances.

Livingston Larry

Larry J. Livingston
Artistic Director
Chair, Conducting Department, Thornton School of Music
University of Southern California

Mr. Livingston has appeared with the Houston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, at the Festival de Musique in France, with the Stockholm Wind Orchestra, the Leopoldinum Orchestra in Poland, the Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in Rumania, and the Pan Pacific Festival Orchestras in Sydney. Read full bio. 

Ahn Sey

Sey Ahn
2019 Conductor
Idyllwild Arts Foundation

A 2015 fellow of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, Sey Ahn is the Assistant Conductor of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation’s Summer Music Festival and the Music for All Honor Orchestra of America held annually in Indianapolis. She recently served as the Music Director and Professor of Conducting at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has been a guest conductor of the all-state orchestras of Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Tennessee, Iowa, and Kentucky. Read full bio. 

2019 Honor Orchestra Members

Ensemble members listed alphabetically. 

Violin
Lauren Bensaid – Homeschool, CO
Asher Blackburn – duPont Manual H.S., KY
Eugenia Cho – Novi H.S., MI
Hannah Chung – Hamilton Southeastern H.S., IN
Andrew DeWeese – Charlotte Latin School, NC
Maika Edwards – Schaumburg H.S., IL
Andrea Eleazar – Washington Township H.S., NJ
Katie Fair – Maryville H.S., TN
Solveig Geenen – David H. Hickman H.S., MO
Linnea Geenen – David H. Hickman H.S., MO
Ashley Gomez – Coral Reef Senior High, FL
Gina Kang – William Fremd H.S., IL
Julia Kim – Clarksburg H.S., MD
Christina Kim – Herricks H.S., NY
Khang Le – Kerr H.S., TX
Emma Levi – Lycee International de Los Angeles, CA
Marcus Mizelle – Avon H.S., IN
Victoria Oritz – University Liggett Schools, MI
Alice Park – Northwood H.S., CA
Mallory Pence – Avon H.S., IN
Angela Ramirez – Coral Reef Senior H.S., FL
Christine Ramirez – North Shore H.S., NY
Nicholas Ramirez – Standley Lake H.S., CO
Edwin Ramos – Mt. Eden H.S., CA
Hannah Simmon – Avon H.S., IN
Sein Yun – Orange County School of the Arts, CA

Viola
Abdullah Abouradi – Coral Reef Senior H.S., FL
Bryan Back – duPont Manual H.S., KY
Meghan Chen – Fishers H.S., IN
Stephanie Chung – Crean Lutheran H.S., CA
Juyoung Moon – Portola H.S., CA
Adam Savage – Homeschool, FL

Cello
Inbae Chun – Crean Lutheran H.S., CA
Anthony De Pena – Coral Reef Senior H.S., FL
Sheridan Eggers – Zionsville Community H.S., IN
Noah Hertzman – Fox Chapel Area H.S., PA
Dahyun Hong – Edina H.S., MN
Julie Kim – Coral Reef Senior H.S., FL
Eric Kim – Woodbridge H.S., CA
SooMin Kwon – Northwood H.S., CA
Vandana Nathan – Dobyns-Bennett H.S., TN
Wooyoung Son – Portola H.S., CA
Stephanie Yang – Sage Hill H.S., CA

Bass
Zane Duggan – Maryville H.S., TN
Ethan Feng – Herricks H.S., 
Jackson Hudgins  – Avon H.S., IN
Anna Mears – New Albany H.S., OH
Sophia Sagar –  Klein Collins H.S., TX
Shane Savage – Homeschool, FL

Flute
Yingyin Chen – Oakton H.S., VA
Jayden Lee – Desert Ridge H.S., AZ
Supriya Weiss – Shadow Mountain H.S., AZ

Oboe
Caroline Wu – Combs H.S., AZ
Kaleb Zhu – Olathe North H.S., KS

Bassoon
Alexis Clark –  Wando H.S., SC
William Ramos – Tarpon Springs H.S., FL

Clarinet
John Burton – Campo Verde H.S., AZ
Naomi Farkas – River Hill H.S., MD

French Horn
Simon Field – Oconomowoc H.S., WI
Steven Phan – Montwood H.S., TX
Isaac Sepulveda – Dillard Center for the Arts, FL
Addie Tribbett – Twin Lakes H.S., IN
Olivia Walt – Pomona H.S., CO

Trumpet
Elick Ellis – Pine Tree H.S., TX
Taylor Hubbard – Ravenscroft School, NC
Joel Uliassi – Arizona School for the Arts, AZ

Trombone
Amir Alwardi – A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, FL
Travis Cooke – Oconomowoc H.S., WI
Jonathan Salcedo – Arizona School for the Arts, AZ

Tuba
Jacob Alford – Lafayette H.S., KY

Percussion
Shea Dickinson  – Oswego H.S., IL
Zachary Foster – South Brunswick H.S., NC
Reilly McLean – Kell H.S., GA
Eli Reisz – Interlochen Arts Academy, MI
Jakob Schoenfield – Interlochen Arts Academy, MI

Past Honor Orchestra of America Members

Conductor and Music Director Biographies

Livingston Larry

Larry J. Livingston, 2018 Conductor & Artistic Director

Livingston has appeared with the Houston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, at the Festival de Musique in France, with the Stockholm Wind Orchestra, the Leopoldinum Orchestra in Poland, the Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in Rumania, and the Pan Pacific Festival Orchestras in Sydney. The lead jurist for the Besancon International Conducting Competition in France and the Winnipeg Symphony International Conducting Symposium, Maestro Livingston is also the Music Director of the Festival Orchestra at Idyllwild Arts.

Since 2004, Livingston has served as guest conductor at the College Band Directors National Conference in Alice Tully Hall, led All-State Ensembles across the United States including Texas, where he appeared for a record ninth time. From 2004-2012, Livingston was Music Director of Thornton School Orchestras. In recent years, Maestro Livingston conducted the All-State Ensembles of Arizona, New Mexico, Kentucky, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Iowa, Texas, and California, as well as the Katowice Academy Orchestra in Poland.

Livingston has held positions as vice president of the New England Conservatory of Music, Dean of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and Dean of the USC Thornton School of Music, where he Chairs the Conducting Department. Livingston leads the national educational quest, ALL IN, and heads the Education Committee of the Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium.

In 2013, Livingston appeared in the “Lights Out” episode of Glee and was featured as a mentor in the USA Cable Network Television series, “The Moment.” 

Ahn Sey

Sey Ahn, Assistant Conductor

A 2015 fellow of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, Sey Ahn is the Assistant Conductor of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation’s Summer Music Festival and the Music for All Honor Orchestra of America held annually in Indianapolis. She recently served as the Music Director and Professor of Conducting at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has been a guest conductor of the all-state orchestras of Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Tennessee, Iowa, and Kentucky.

Sey Ahn has led orchestral performances in Walt Disney Concert Hall and Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Benedict Music Tent in Aspen, and Alice Tully Hall in New York. Sey Ahn earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Northwestern University, and Master of Music degrees in piano and orchestral conducting from the University of Southern California, where she was a student of Larry Livingston.

She is currently pursuing a Doctorate at the University of Kentucky, where she studies with John Nardolillo, and serves as Assistant Conductor to the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, the UK Philharmonia, and the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

2019 Honor Band of America

2019 Honor Band of America

Part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
March 13-16, 2019

The Honor Band of America is recognized as one of the nation’s premier honor ensembles. Members were selected by recorded audition, and the standards of acceptance for the Honor Band of America are of the highest level. Members will meet Wednesday evening (March 13) for three days of rehearsals before Saturday evening's concert. Honor Band of America alumni play in professional symphonies and ensembles, teach music nationwide, and otherwise represent the best and brightest in their fields.

Cramer RayRay Cramer
2019 Conductor
Professor Emeritus, Indiana University

Emeritus Professor Ray Cramer conducted the Indiana University Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds and taught graduate conducting, band history, and wind literature classes at Jacobs School of Music. He is president of the Midwest Clinic, an international band and orchestra convention with over 14,000 attendees representing 28 countries, and was recently named president of the American Bandmasters Association. He is the past president of the College Band Directors National Association and the Indiana Bandmasters Association. Read Full Bio.

2019 Honor Band Members

Flute
Cameron Bilek – Victor J. Andrew H.S., IL
Olivia Bradford – Avon H.S., IN
Shannon James – Lafayette H.S., KY
Jiwon Jung – DuPont Manual H.S., KY
Dennie Kasey – DuPont Manual H.S., KY
Olivia Kulawiak – Maria Carrillo H.S., CA
Rebekah Laflin – The King's Academy, FL
Mackenzie Meyer – Washington Community H.S., IL
Sarah Shen – Dulaney H.S., MD

Oboe
Elijah Barrios – Dr. Phillips H.S., FL
Abigail Bracken – Jensen Beach H.S., FL
Emily Mendez – Miami Arts Studio 6-12 @ Zelda Glazer, FL
Alexandra Mortensen – Oconomowoc H.S., WI

Clarinet
Sophia Bracken – Jensen Beach H.S., FL
Madison Childs – Yorkville H.S., IL
Emily Cooper – Paul Laurence Dunbar H.S., KY
Alette Eide – Lockport Township H.S., IL
Melissa Ji – Libertyville H.S., IL
Rebecca Keller – Lockport Township H.S., IL
Henry King – Charleston County School of the Arts, SC
Samantha Kopec – Tarpon Springs Leadership Convervatory for the Arts H.S., FL
Christopher Maxwell – Putnam City North H.S., OK
Sierra Mitchell – Eastern Brown H.S., OH
Nicholas Ortiz – Central H.S., IL
John Sikorski – Victor J. Andrew H.S., IL
Nihar Thakkar – Green Hope H.S., NC
Chasity Thompson – North Hardin H.S., KY
Caleb Watson – Wando H.S., SC
Jason Wilcox – Yorkville H.S., IL

Bass Clarinet
Simon Bakos – William Mason H.S., OH
Reid Chaney – Keller Central H.S., TX
Vikram Nathan – Dobyns-Bennett H.S., TN
Anna Roodnitsky – Waukee H.S., IA

ContraAlto Clarinet
Brianna Laube – Mountain Ridge H.S., AZ

Bassoon
Laura Fell – Thompson H.S., AL
Kenneth Kriha  – Lockport Township H.S., IL
Donovan Neal – Summit H.S., TX
Zoe SirLouis – Tarpon Springs H.S., FL

Alto Saxophone
Jackson Gilliland – Tarpon Springs H.S., FL
Antonio Jarvey – Great Falls H.S., MT
Stephen Michaels – Vestavia Hills H.S., AL
Sungjin Shin – Branham H.S., CA

Tenor Saxophone
Gavin Foley – Athens Drive H.S., NC
Gavin Wise – Monrovia H.S., IN

Bari Saxophone
Barry Galbreath-Flores – Mt. Eden H.S., CA

Trumpet
Annaleigh Babcock – Pella Community H.S., IA
Jacob Boccio – Wake Forest H.S., NC
Adam Dinkins – James Bowie H.S., TX
Caleb Kim – Santa Monica H.S., CA
Andrew Locke – Panther Creek H.S., NC
Aaron Lucas – Fossil Ridge H.S., CO
Kyle Mesa – Wheeling H.S., IL
Jaden Oldham – Deer Creek H.S., OK
Val Randolph – Madison Central H.S., KY
Barton Sopata – Model H.S., GA
Paul Stancampiano – West Boca Raton H.S., FL
Joshua Trotta – Wando H.S., SC

French Horn
Ariel Arney – North Hardin H.S., KY
Michael Coleman – Bullitt East H.S., KY
John Michael McCrory – Thompson H.S., AL
Olivia Muir – Centennial H.S., NM
Phoebe Saboley – Thomas Worthington H.S., OH
Sabrina Schettler – Nashville School of the Arts, TN
Benett Suranyi – Wando H.S., SC
Christian Walker – Thompson H.S., AL
Joan Warner – Enterprise H.S., AL
Sarah White – Highland H.S., AZ
April White – Wando H.S., SC
Jonah Winistorfer – Blacksburg H.S., VA

Trombone
Alvin Bao – Enloe H.S., NC
Kizer Brown – South Gibson County H.S., TN
John Dvorak – Maria Carrillo H.S., CA
Jocelyn Edgar – Lewis Palmer H.S., CO
Benjamin Hazel – William G. Enloe H.S., NC
Savannah Mellichamp – Wando H.S., SC
Tyler Quick – Hillgrove H.S., GA
Connor Reich – West Ashley H.S., SC
Benjamin Thomas – Centerville H.S., OH
Casey Trowel – Lafayette H.S., KY
Holden Welch – Jonesboro H.S., AR
Ana White – Wando H.S., SC

Euphonium
Natalie Colegrove – Cupertino H.S., CA
Ellen Lee – Madison Central H.S., KY
Cayden Miller – Wake Forest H.S., NC
Austin Thornton – Newnan H.S., GA

Tuba
Jonathan Farley – Jefferson Forest H.S., VA
Michal Jucinski – John Hersey H.S., IL
David Martinez – Wheeling H.S., IL
Micah Pearson – Charleston County School of the Arts, SC
Zachary Peycha – Lebanon Senior H.S., IN

Percussion
Jason Amis – Norwood H.S., MA
Matthew Boyle – Fort Collins H.S., CO
Joseph Cassidy – University H.S., FL
George Frederick – Prosper H.S., TX
Karina Howey – Blue Valley H.S., KS
Fox Lopez – A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, FL
Hwanee Pak – Wilde Lake H.S., MD
Patrick Thordsen – McGavock H.S., TN

Past Honor Band of America Members

Conductor Biography

Cramer Ray

Ray Cramer
2019 Conductor
Professor Emeritus, Indiana University

Emeritus Professor Ray Cramer conducted the Indiana University Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds and taught graduate conducting, band history, and wind literature classes at Jacobs School of Music.

He is president of the Midwest Clinic, an international band and orchestra convention with over 14,000 attendees representing 28 countries, and was recently named president of the American Bandmasters Association. He is the past president of the College Band Directors National Association and the Indiana Bandmasters Association.

Mr. Cramer is in demand internationally as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. He is a regular guest conductor of the Musashino Academy of Music Wind Ensemble in Tokyo.

Monday, January 07, 2019

Core Repertoire Guide

Our National Concert Band Festival evaluation panel has compiled a “Core Repertoire Guide” for band that is intended to challenge and inspire each of us to seriously consider the artistry and depth of music we share with our students.

Download High School Concert Band Repertoire List

Download Middle School Concert Band Repertoire List

Music for All is pleased to announce that Paul St. Angelo has joined the organization as its Vice President – Advancement. “We are delighted to have Paul join us because he brings years of fundraising and management experience to our cause,” said Eric L. Martin, Esq./CFEE, President and CEO of Music for All.

St. Angelo has previously held positions with the Children’s Home Foundation, the International School of Indiana, Ivy Tech Community College, Culver Educational Foundation, the Indiana University School of Dentistry, Marian University, and began his career in the nationwide United Way system. He has also owned his own consulting company and has been a resident of Indianapolis for many years.

“I am quite impressed with the Music for All organization and mission,” said St. Angelo. “It’s an organization that started with the nationally recognized Bands of America (BOA) and Orchestra America programs in 1975. Now, its events are recognized as the pinnacle of educational programming for high school and middle school instrumental and choral music programs nationwide. Each year, more than 500,000 people attend our events, more than 125,000 students participate, and 100,000 people subscribe to its online services. It’s got an impressive history and reputation and I am proud to be a part of the organization.”

Eric Martin commented, “In the coming years, Music for All hopes to increase its philanthropic revenue as it has its sponsorship, grants, and event income streams. We believe Paul can accomplish this objective and look forward to more success for the organization and the youth that we serve and educate.”

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Music for All, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 educational organization that presents more than 45 programs and events across America annually and is a voice advocating for music and arts education in all scholastic environments.

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 major.

Congratulations to Sean Yuxin Chen, Homestead High School in Cupertino, California, award recipient of the $1,000 Yamaha Scholarship. The scholarship was presented by John Wittmann, Director of Artist Relations and Education at Yamaha Corporation of America Band and Orchestra Division.

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Congratulations to Paul Nguyen, Mustang High School in Mustang, Oklahoma, 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

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Congratulations to Isaac Tepperman, Brazoswood High School in Clute, Texas, 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

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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.

To support future scholarships with a donation click here.

Congratulations to Mr. David LaMorte, Assistant Principal of Visual, Performing, and Career Arts at Tottenville H.S., NY, the 2018 recipient of the George N. Parks Leadership in Music Education award. Mr. LaMorte received the award during the opening finals ceremonies at the 2018 Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha on November 10.

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.

Under Mr. LaMorte's leadership, Tottenville's six bands, three symphonic orchestras, four choruses, training ensembles, and championship marching band enjoy a reputation for musical excellence which is a beacon for New York City and NY State. His symphonic band regularly receives a NYSSMA Gold Rating in Level VI, as do many other of Tottenville's bands, orchestras, and choruses. A professional trombonist as well as conductor, Mr. LaMorte received his education at Montclair State College and the University of Buffalo. He is a recipient of the DaVinci Award; Phi Delta Kappa Leadership in Education Award; City of New York Proclamation Award; Music Educators of New York City Outstanding Service Award; The Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award; and many more. 

Mr. LaMorte also serves as Executive Director of the Summer Arts Institute, a special program that attracts gifted New York City music and art students to participate in a summer of rigorous and creative performance endeavors. He is also conductor of the Staten Island Community Band, NYC's longest-running community band. He has conducted at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and throughout the metropolitan area. Fans of classic movies can see a young David LaMorte in the legendary film, "Fame", which was made as his alma mater, the High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan. 

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Congratulations to Mr. LaMorte and thank you for all you do to help create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences for your students. 

Prior recipients:

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
Hofstra University

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 2018 Patrick John Hughes Parent Booster award was awarded to Randy Barnett of Blue Springs H.S., MO.

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For seventeen years, Randy Barnett has been a volunteer and the cornerstone of the Blue Springs Golden Regiment of Blue Springs H.S. Through the many changes the program has been through, Randy has been a consistent driving force within the band family. With his last child being in the band in 2004, Randy has continued to serve as their key volunteer.

Randy is a veteran of the Vietnam War and his service to our country blends perfectly with his service to the band program. As a supporter of the marching arts, the students are his main focus. He sees the importance of the character development of the students and the lessons the marching arts can teach the youth of today. He’s a shining example of how humanity should be, with his kindness and his can-do attitude. Randy makes tremendous strides to make sure the students of Golden Regiment have everything they need to be successful; from designing and overseeing the repairs and renovations of two trailers for the band to helping the program maximize the space in their band room.

Blue Springs’ band motto is "A Culture of Unstoppable Commitment" and Randy completely embodies that motto. Even though he lives 45 minutes away from Blue Springs, he still makes the drive each way to help the band. He has even attended every performance by the Golden Regiment since 2002, including 24 Bands of America Regional Championships. Randy’s magnanimous nature is apparent, as he once took six days off to travel to California with other truck drivers to pick up props the band had ordered. He did it all with a smile on his face because he knew it needed to be done for the kids.

Highly regarded in his band community, Randy is loved by the students, volunteers, and band director Dr. Allhouse. They believe The Golden Regiment is a better program because of him and future generations will benefit from his selfless actions. He embodies Music for All's mission to "create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all" because of his unity, his selflessness and his amazing attitude. Congratulations Mr. Barnett, thank you for all you do.

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