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.
Music for All was honored to have guests from the Tournament of Roses® with us at the 2018 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 Dobyns-Bennett on being selected during the 2018 Grand National Championships! We’ll be cheering you on in the 2020 Rose Parade!
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
We hope that everyone will be joining us on Thanksgiving Day by watching the 2018 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 92nd 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 22 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:
Cicero-North Syracuse H.S. Northstars Marching Band
Grants Pass H.S. Marching Band
Grants Pass, OR
Homewood Patriot Band
James Madison University Marching Royal Dukes
Keller H.S. Marching Band
Lafayette H.S. Mighty Lion Marching Band
Ohio State University Marching Band
Park Vista H.S. Marching Band
Lake Worth, FL
Riverside City College Marching Tigers
Woodland H.S. Wildcat Marching Band
Macy's Great American Marching Band
NYPD Marching Band
For more information about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade visit www.macys.com/parade.
“I think every single student would say they can hear and feel a difference with the VAE Rehearsal System,” says Philip Brown, Choral Director at Bloomington Jefferson High School (BJHS) in Bloomington, Minn. “It’s adding to their skill set and enhancing their music education.”
Wenger’s Virtual Acoustic Environment (VAE) technology enhances and accelerates music learning by creating realistic acoustic simulations of a variety of performance spaces, including recital hall, auditorium, arena or cathedral. Wenger acoustical engineers also simulated the BJHS’ auditorium’s acoustics with a custom setting.
Brown considers this custom setting very convenient because it’s difficult to hold many rehearsals in the auditorium. He says high school auditoriums are more heavily scheduled these days, including with rental events.
The beauty of this VAE Rehearsal system is threefold. First, its simplicity makes the system very easy to use. The environment can be changed at the touch of a button. Second, the system’s different acoustic environments offer flexibility and because they are preset, users don’t have to worry about them.
Finally, the digital record and playback capability works with any of the nine acoustical settings – for immediate listening in rehearsal, to save for future use or to create an audition recording.
Brown agrees. “The VAE Rehearsal’s record-playback function is awesome,” he notes. “We can hear problems, make adjustments and listen for improvements.”
Wenger will offer live demonstrations of its Virtual Acoustics technology at Midwest Clinic in Chicago December 19-21. To learn about these demonstrations and other Virtual Acoustics installations, click here.
Performances at the Bands of America Regional in Bedford, TX are being suspended as of 8:00 p.m. CT due to inclement weather. The safety of the students, spectators, and everyone at the event are our priority. We will post what time performances will resume as soon as information is available.
As of 12:25 p.m. CT performances at the Bands of America Regional in Austin, TX are on a weather delay. We will posts updates when we know what time performances will resume. The safety of the students, spectators, and everyone at the event are our priority.
This summer, 1,700 student musicians and directors will travel from across the country to “America’s Camp,” the Music for All Summer Symposium presented by Yamaha. One road, in particular, will provide the path for select educators and students from urban city centers to experience the Symposium. Interstate-65, one of the major U.S. highways that travels right through the heart of Indianapolis, will bring together 34 students and 12 teachers from 9 districts along the corridor to take part in an exciting new initiative: the Interstate-65 Corridor Project.
Directors and students from the Corridor will have the opportunity to network, share ideas and resources, and participate in special workshops as part of this unique experience. The newly formed Music for All Urban Education Advisory committee has developed a specialized curriculum geared towards growth and opportunities for these participants, with topics such as team-building, collaboration, and strategic planning.
Music for All, with the generous support of the Country Music Association Foundation, has launched this initiative as the first step towards serving urban music education on a national level. The goals for this initiative include increasing support and fostering positive opportunities for these programs, as well as decreasing barriers often present in core urban school communities like those found along the Corridor.
The I-65 Corridor was chosen for this initiative based on existing relationships with Indianapolis Public Schools, observed challenges and achievements in communities along the Corridor, and Music for All’s organizational capacity to effectively engage new communities in our programming. By providing guidance and ongoing professional development to these music programs, Music for All hopes to enhance musical instruction and performance-based achievement, which will help us realize our ultimate goal of helping build self-sustaining music programs in these communities.
In order to ensure that the efforts of this initiative are relevant and engaging, Music for All has assembled an Urban Education Advisory Committee, a team dedicated to the strategic planning and facilitation of all efforts related to the I-65 Corridor Project. The Committee is composed of six distinguished music educators and industry leaders who not only have experience working with programs similar to those along the Corridor, but also have been recognized as competent music educators, innovative thinkers, and facilitators of comprehensive educational programming. The committee is excited to work with directors and students in the I-65 Corridor Project during the Summer Symposium and throughout the academic year. The team is comprised of the following music education consultants:
Vandoren has been the preferred reed of professionals since 1905. However, during much of this time beginning students have often had to resort to inexpensive, lower quality reeds to save money. With Vandoren’s introduction of JUNO reeds in recent years, beginning students are finally able to enjoy that trademark, unparalleled Vandoren quality from their first note at an affordable student price.
Designed specifically for beginners, Vandoren JUNO reeds are designed with a special cut that provides young players with everything they need to hit the ground running – immediate response, easy articulation, and a warm, round sound right from the start. Instead of fighting against their reeds, JUNO allows kids to do what they want to do most – PLAY!
“My students have been very successful on JUNO reeds! The ease of playing with these reeds allows students to focus on other concepts that we're building upon in rehearsal, without sacrificing quality of sound.” – Chris DiMassimo, beginning and Middle School Band Director
Vandoren is keenly aware of the musical needs of young musicians, and is extremely proud to offer a variety of products appropriate for each stage of their development. Most students who begin with JUNO will move to professional Vandoren reeds as they develop.
JUNO reeds are available for Bb and bass clarinets as well as alto and tenor saxophones.
If your students love music, encourage them to discover the world-class education available at Ball State University.
Recognized for its national leadership and innovative programming at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, Ball State’s School of Music prepares students for a wide range of careers. Students are challenged academically as well as musically, mentored by faculty while they develop their skills, deepen their artistry, and experience all the School of Music has to offer.
Students also can perform with award-winning ensembles, develop recording engineering and songwriting skills, compose music for a variety of performers and media, or prepare to teach in today's music classrooms.
More than a dozen performance groups are open to Ball State students, including the 65-member Ball State Symphony Orchestra, the “Pride of Mid-America” Marching Band, and Ball State Basketball Band. Students can audition for a spot with the Ball State University Singers, or join the Statesmen or Women’s Chorus, open to any singer, no audition required.
The School of Music offers five majors and eight minors for undergraduates; two master’s degrees; a doctor of arts; an artist diploma; and an undergraduate certificate, graduate certificate, and doctoral secondary area of study in entrepreneurial music.
Take a virtual tour of the campus at youvisit.com/tour/bsu. Learn more by visiting bsu.edu/music or calling 765-285-5400.
Mrs. Thompson’s son, Jack, was a camper at last summer’s Middle School Concert Band Camp at the Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha. Jack was one of 115 middle school students – part of the total camp community of more than 1,700 students, band directors, faculty members, staff and volunteers. We talked with Mrs. Thompson about Jack’s Summer Symposium experience – and hers.
How did you hear about the MFA Summer Symposium?
We live in a music-friendly city with passionate and talented music teachers. Our schools provide our children with exposure to professional educators who demonstrate what it takes to make music: hard work, grit, courage and even a sense of humor. My son, Jack, was reluctant to go to band camp in 7th grade, even after his director suggested it. Luckily, Jack attended the following year as an 8th grade student. We had heard of many music camps, but his director shared how much he thought Music for All would be a good fit for Jack.
What did your son like most about camp?
As parents, we were very encouraged not to hear from Jack too often - a good sign that all is well. All parents should be told that when they drop their child off at camp. When we did hear from him, we received brief messages like, “I loved hearing Black Violin!”, “Best food ever!”, and “I’m learning so much from the oboe teacher! This is amazing!”. If you asked Jack what he liked most about his experience, he would share: that is was the music he played, working with the oboe clinician, the people that were present, and the evening concerts he attended.
What were your initial expectations of camp?
Of course we expected Jack to grow as a musician and learn new music skills by going to camp. We also hoped that he would learn or solidify social and emotional skills like setting an alarm to get up on time, meeting new friends, and speaking up if he needed help during a lesson or rehearsal. And he did! Such great development to have happen before starting high school.
What parts of camp were you most impressed with?
The most impactful was summed up in the presentation to the parents on the last day of camp. The Music for All staff discussed, what I like to call, the cycle of work ethic. We learned about three points that motivate musicians, or anyone working towards something they enjoy. Practice...success...fun. That “camp circle” is discussed often in our home.
The idea of deliberate practice taught by Jack’s oboe clinician can be applied with any skill or goal any of us are trying to reach. Jack also learned about flow or being in the zone as he played.
Can you imagine your child being conducted by one of the best band instructors in the country? Or having a composer come and speak to the ensemble so that they understand why the music was written the emotion behind the piece? How about the opportunity to play with master musicians? Music for All offers these opportunities at the right time for young musicians when their brains and abilities are soaring.
What would you tell another parent who is thinking about sending their child to camp?
It can be so challenging to send your child away to camp. For many it is also costly. But for our family, it was one of the best things we’ve had the opportunity to provide for our child. Jack’s future with the oboe looks bright, and the Music for All Summer Symposium has inspired skills that translate to all aspects of his life. Seeing our child grow as a result of his experiences at camp reminds us that band camp holds many more gifts and experiences than music. Is the musical training extraordinary? Yes! Is camp fun? Yes! Was it hard to send him? Yes! But the experience was positively life-changing, and one we are so glad our child had.
For more information about the Middle School division vist http://camp.musicforall.org/middleschool/