Emily Ambriz
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.

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
Tucson, AZ

Franklin Regional H.S. Marching Band
Murrysville, PA

Macy's Great American Marching Band
USA 

Madison Central H.S. Band
Richmond, KY

Martin Luther King Jr. H.S. Marching Band
Lithonia, GA

Morgan State University Marching Band
Baltimore, MD

NYPD Marching Band
New York

Ronald Regan H.S. Marching Band
San Antonio, TX

Western Carolina University Marching Band
Cullowhee, NC

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.

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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:

  • March-A-Thon – We parade through neighborhoods, playing “lawn concerts” for residents for a donation to the band. (Leever's favorite fundraiser.)
  • Working Baseball Concessions
  • Hosting the State Marching Competition
  • Building shipping boxes for Omaha Steaks
  • Mattress Fundraiser
  • The “200+ Family Garage Sale”
  • Big Band Dance and Silent Auction
  • Getting band “sponsors” who are thanked by putting their logos on the back of the show shirts.
  • Omaha Gives – A 24-hr, city wide day of donating money to over 900 different non-profits.

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.

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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

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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

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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. 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.

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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:

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
Hofstra University

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!

Previous Grand National Invited Bands in the 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

Posted Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. local time – Due to ongoing inclement weather, Music for All has cancelled Finals for the Bands of America Regional at Powder Springs, GA.

The decision was made at the Finalist Directors Meeting, after discussing options with the Finalist Band Directors, and for the safety and well-being of the participants and spectators.

Information will be posted on musicforall.org the beginning of next week to answer questions guests might have about tickets and refunds.

Bands of America and Lucas Oil Stadium would like to thank everyone for attending today’s preliminary competition. At the conclusion of the awards announcement, Lucas Oil Stadium would ask for all patrons to exit the facility before the Stadium is opened for the finals competition at 6:30 PM.

Due to inclement weather, the stadium is allowing for guests to exit the facility through the covered connector tunnel to the Indiana Convention Center near section 103. For the awards ceremony, the North gate will remain as an entrance but guests will also be able to enter through that same connector tunnel entrance until 7:00 PM.

Thank you again for joining us all today, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

What is your hometown?
Richmond, VA

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?
I attended Mills E. Godwin High School then went on to graduate from The University of Kansas in 2019.

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What is your musical background?
I have a fairly large pool of experience ranging from guitar playing to a barbershop quartet in high school. I was on the KU drumline for three years and during that time I also played drum set in the pep band. I have played in various bands since high school and love to write and record my own music.

What are you most looking forward to with your internship experience?
I love traveling to competitions and represent Music for All via social media. Helping create positively life changing experiences is a fun and rewarding experience!

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What is an interesting fact about you?
I had brain surgery when I was seven.

Who are your top three favorite artists?
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Muse, and Rage Against the Machine

Would you rather have perfect pitch or be able to sight read perfectly?
Sight read perfectly. I’d love to have perfect pitch but perfect sight reading seems much more practical.

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What is your dream job?
Working as a Product Designer in a dog-friendly office.

If you could switch sections in your marching band, which section would you join?
Trombone, it’s my favorite brass instrument.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“One of the things that makes life worth living is bringing other people joy.” -Penn Jillette

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What show have you binge watched recently?
Dr. Phil reruns

Who is your biggest role model?
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It is our pleasure to announce the 2019 International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) awards Music for All has received.

Headquartered in Boise, ID, the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) is The Premier Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide. The 64th Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat, presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance was held from September 25-27, 2019 in Colonial Williamsburg, VA.

The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony was held on September 25, where awards were given in 69 different categories. Music for All took home three awards in the Gold Category, five awards in the Silver Category, and eight in the Bronze Category.

Gold
Best TV Promotion - 2021 Bands of America Honor Band in the Rose Parade
Best New Promotion - Music for All Summer Symposium Community Engagement Program
Best Individual Sponsor Follow Up Report - Yamaha Corporation of America

Silver
Best Misc. Printed Material (Single Page) - 2021 Honor Band in the Rose Parade
Best Cover Design - 2019 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
Best Misc. Multimedia - Montage from the 2019 Music for All Summer Symposium. presented by Yamaha
Best Pin or Button - I Believe in Music
Best Give-Away Item - Bands of America folio

Bronze
Best Press/Media Kit - Advocacy in Action
Best Community Outreach - Zippy Zebra
Best Event Program - 2019 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
Best Event/Organization E-Newsletter - Music for All Monthly E-News
Best Event/Organization E-Newsletter - 2019 Daily Buzz, part of the Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha
Best Misc. Printed Materials (Multiple Page) - 2019 Summer Symposium Folder
Best Community Outreach - Music for All Summer Symposium Community Engagement Program
Best Sponsor Gift - Grand Nationals Plaque

ifealogo Pinnacle Logo Winner 2019

What is your hometown?
Michigantown, IN

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?
I went to Clinton Central Jr./Sr. High School. I am currently a Senior at IUPUI, where I am studying Event Management. I will graduate in May 2020.

What is your musical background?
I was in band from 5th grade until I graduated high school, where I played percussion. I participated in concert band, pep band, and jazz band.

What are you most looking forward to with your internship experience?
I am most excited to go to the events and see how everything is done and see all of the different departments come together to create an awesome experience for the bands!

What is an interesting fact about you?
I’ve gone zip lining through the jungles in Jamaica.

Who are your top three favorite artists?
The Struts Twenty One Pilots Halsey

Would you rather have perfect pitch or be able to sight read perfectly?
I would definitely want to sight read perfectly!

What is your dream job?
My dream job is to start my own concert promotion business.

If you could switch sections in your marching band, which section would you join?
I always wanted to play the trumpet if I wasn’t a percussionist, so I would want to join the brass section in marching band.

Do you have a favorite quote?
‘I can and I will.’

What show have you binge watched recently?
I haven’t watched anything recently, but I am hoping to start Brooklyn Nine-Nine soon.

Who is your biggest role model?
My family is my biggest role model, because they are always encouraging me to do what ever makes me happy.

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