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Erin Fortune
Erin Fortune is the Director of Sponsorships at Music for All and has been working with Music for All since 2010, first in the Participant Relations department, followed by the marketing department as Marketing Manager, and is now in advancement. She is a graduate of the Music Industry Management program at Ferris State University in Michigan and is a former Percussive Arts Society Intern and a Yamaha Corporation of America, Band and Orchestral Division Intern.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer Symposium Day 2 Photo Stream

Check out the photos from Summer Symposium Day 2! (Day 4 for our awesome Leadership students!)

If the photo stream above is not viewable for you, try this link:

http://www.flickr.com//photos/officialmusicforall/sets/72157634344220950/show/with/9145571040/

Check out the photos from Summer Symposium Day 1! (Day 3 for our awesome Leadership students!)

 

If the photo stream above is not viewable for you, try this link:

http://www.flickr.com//photos/officialmusicforall/sets/72157634322169989/show/with/9135453733/

 

 

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One of the coolest experiences we offer our campers at Summer Symposium every year is the corps-in-residence, and for the first time since 2008, we are excited to welcome back The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps to camp!

With the Drum Corps International season underway, we are very grateful for The Cavaliers to be able to stop at camp for a few days in the middle of their national tour. Starting on Wednesday, they will be working with the Marching Band, Color Guard, Percussion and Directors tracks. The corps’ staff will be holding clinics for each track, which will include numerous “show and tell” opportunities by the corps’ members that feature segments of their 2013 field production.

Speaking of their 2013 show, what’s it all about? The program is titled “Secret Society” (watch their announcement video here!) and takes a mysterious approach with the members starting the show dressed in hooded black robes. The musical sections include a great mix of both original and arranged compositions from contemporary composers Hans Zimmer, Michael Giacchino and John Mackey.

Of course one of the most exciting things the campers will be looking forward to is the DCI Central Indiana competition that will be occurring Friday night at Ball State’s Schuemann Stadium. Music for All has partnered up with DCI to allow all of the campers to attend the show as spectators. Six other DCI World Class corps will be joining The Cavaliers in what looks to be a fun evening of fantastic drum corps performances.

The fun doesn’t stop there, though! The highlight of the week for students in the Marching Band track occurs at the end of the DCI show when they will join The Cavaliers in an encore performance. Earlier in the week, the students will be learning a segment of music and drill from the corps’ show, and they will then perform alongside The Cavaliers on Friday night. Additionally, students from the Marching Percussion track (as well as instructors in the Percussion Specialist Academy) will join The Cavaliers’ drumline to play a cadence that will bring the drum majors from all corps onto the field for the awards ceremony. If you are in attendance at this show, these are two special performances you won’t want to miss!

We are once again very thankful for The Cavaliers to be our corps-in-residence, are excited to work with them, and can’t wait for them to provide life-changing experiences for our campers!

 

-David

David Foth is very happy to return to Music for All as the Summer Events Intern after serving as the Fall Events Intern in 2012. Originally from the east coast, David grew up in Connecticut and attended the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he graduated from in 2012 with a degree in Sport Management. David has many years of experience as a performer in the marching arts activity, which includes time with his high school band, the UMass Minuteman Marching Band (formerly under the direction of Music for All Hall of Famer George N. Parks), the Connecticut Hurricanes Drum & Bugle Corps and the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps.

Check out the photos from the Leadership Weekend Experience Day 2!

If the photo stream above is not viewable for you, try this link:

http://www.flickr.com//photos/officialmusicforall/sets/72157634304377286/show/with/9126912050/

Sunday, June 23, 2013

2013 Symposium Coverage

Mark your calendar for the 2014 Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha
 
June 23-28, 2014
Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Leadership Weekend Experience: June 21-23

Learn more with our online coverage of the 2013 Summer Symposium:

Summer Symposium YouTube playlist:


Summer Symposium Daily Blog:

Additional content coming soon! We'll be posting updates daily. Check this page often to stay up-to-date on Symposium happenings.


Most Recent
: Not Your Typical Chamber Music: The PROJECT Trio

The Mindi Abair Experience

Leadership Lessons at the Drum Major Institute

YYPA 2013 Showcases Emerging Young Artists

Please welcome to Summer Symposium, The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps!

Taking a Leap of Faith at Escape to Reality Challenge Course

Summer Symposium? There's an app for that!!

Frog Baby Fountain at Ball State

Top 10 Things You May Not Know About Lalo Davila and Friends

 


 Photo Galleries

 

Galleries by day:

Day 4: MFA Summer Symposium

Day 3: MFA Summer Symposium

Day 2: MFA Summer Symposium

Day 1: MFA Summer Symposium

Day 2: Leadership Weekend Experience

Day 1: Leadership Weekend Experience  


 Schedules

 See all student and director schedules. 


 Ball State Campus iPhone Map

Download this interactive map to find campus buildings, dorms, dining halls and parking.

Get your free campus map for iPhone and iPod Touch from the iTunes store.
Now for Android, too! 


Download forms

Go here to download forms including the Family Day Picnic reservation form, Group Photo advance discount order form, maps and final packet materials.

View 2012 Symposium Coverage

 

Check out the photos from the Leadership Weekend Experience Day 1!

  

 

If the photo stream above is not viewable for you, try this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/officialmusicforall/sets/72157634285861395/

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The Music for All Summer Symposium has gone mobile! Download the “Music for All Summer Symposium 2013, presented by Yamaha” Guidebook app today to serve as a guide and companion during your time at camp!

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FEATURES:

--Full event and track-specific schedule:  Access the Summer Symposium schedules, in digital form, all in one place. This is a comprehensive resource listing each class, workshop, meal time and performance with the date, time and location information, along with additional notes and shuttle information when applicable. Click the “Schedule Tracks” module to see your camp division’s specific schedule for the week.

Too many events to keep track of? Clicking the “Add To My Schedule” button at the bottom of each event will add it to your personal “My Schedule” module. This will be helpful when selecting from elective workshops, and is an especially useful tool for those enrolled in the Directors’ Academy. You can even set pre-event reminders!

--Maps:  Don’t know your way around? No worries! Click on the “Maps” module and find a Ball State University area map, a campus map (with labeled, track-specific zones), a Family Day map, and an area restaurants map.

--Camp Faculty List:  Learn more about your clinicians with quick access to our list of faculty and their professional biographies.

--To Do List:  Jot down notes or things you just don’t want to forget!


HOW TO DOWNLOAD:


You can get the app by:
•    Downloading “Guidebook” from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace
•    Visiting http://guidebook.com/getit from your phone's browser
•    Scanning the QR code below with your mobile phone (QR-Code reader required, e.g. 'Red Laser', 'Barcode Scanner')

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Once Guidebook is installed, open it and click the "Download Guide" button to search for the MFA app ("Music for All Summer Symposium 2013, presented by Yamaha" is the name).

We’re excited to have the Summer Symposium going mobile, and hope the app serves our campers well :)  Enjoy!!!

-Carolyn T.

Carolyn Tobin is the Marketing Intern at Music for All. Drawn to all that is digital media, she was an award-recipient of the NMU Tube Student Video Contest and was named the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the Communications and Performance Studies Department at Northern Michigan University. She is a devout runner, and has also enjoyed blogging about her adventures living in Spain and Argentina. Carolyn is a music, dance and color guard enthusiast, the former color guard section leader of Legends Drum & Bugle Corps from Kalamazoo, and she has served on the guard staff for Legends and for Marian University in Indianapolis.

 

Landmark

1. An event, discovery, or change marking an important stage or turning point in something, for example the Frog Baby Fountain at Ball State University.

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After three summers coming to the MFA Summer Symposium at Ball State University, you’d think I would have noticed most of the major landmarks on campus. Apparently I am not very observant, or maybe I just never happened to walk by the north side of the Bracken Library. Happily, today I finally noticed the Frog Baby.

The Frog Baby Fountain is one of the finest examples of a “landmark” I have ever seen on a college campus. According to the BSU website, “the chubby-cheeked little girl dangling two frogs by their feet and smiling up at the sky has become legendary at Ball State over the years as a good luck charm and a popular meeting place. In the past, campus legend had it that if you rub her nose, you would have good luck on your next exam. However, with so many students caressing her nose, she became damaged and was packed away. In 1993, Frog Baby was restored and placed in the middle of a fountain built on the north side of Bracken Library.”

I’m glad the Frog Baby is back on campus. If you have a chance, stop by and visit her, and maybe make a wish. Have a great week at Summer Symposium. Frog Baby is with us, sending her good luck charms out to all.

 

-Nancy

Nancy Carlson is the Executive Vice President and CFO at Music for All. Nancy spent many years as a parent volunteer with the Carmel High School Performing Arts Department in various capacities, from sewing choir costumes to serving as Treasurer of the Band Boosters organization. Carlson enjoyed her volunteer work so much that she decided it was time to marry her vocation and her avocation, so she joined Music for All after spending most of her career in Corporate Finance, most recently for Wellpoint, Inc. Nancy has been known to say “I’m just a band mom who spends some of her time doing accounting.”

 

We’re very excited to host Lalo Davila and Friends this year at the Music for All Summer Symposium! Lalo is a world-renown latin percussionist and educator who was been named in the top five for Nashville’s Percussionist of the Year Award. Here are a few of our favorite fun facts about Lalo and Friends:

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10. Lalo Davila is currently Director of Percussion Studies at Middle Tennessee State University and previously studied/taught at the University of North Texas.

9. Lalo and several members of his band have performed and recorded with Grammy-winning saxophonist and songwriter Kirk Whalum.

8. He has served as an instructor for the Phantom Regiment, Sky Ryders, Blue Colts and the Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps.

7. Lalo is an active composer of solos, exercises and ensemble pieces for percussionists. His works are published by Row-Loff Productions.

6. Lalo has performed as a guest artist with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, the Nashville Chamber Chorus, the Nashville Ballet, Allen Vizzutti, Arturo Sandoval, and Shari Lewis.

5. He is a prominent clinician and artist for Music for All corporate sponsor Zildjian.

4. Lalo will be performing with 9 other musicians based in Nashville who have performed extensively on albums, television and live performances including Jimmy Buffet, Toby Keith, Lady Antebelum, B.B. King, Natalie Cole, Aaron Neville, Queen Latifah, Randy Brecker, Aretha Franklin, the Grand Ole Opry, Austin City Limits and The Tonight Show.

3. Lalo has performed on “So You Think You Can Dance” and the soundtrack of PlayStation game “Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time.”

2. Lalo’s voice can be heard in the 2012 film “People Like Us,” Disney's Dual Language Series “Aladdin” as Jafar and America’s Funniest 2010 Commercials.

1. In addition to performing for over 1,000 students, directors and fans on Thursday evening, Lalo is a member of the Symposium faculty and will be working directly with camp participants.

If you are a student or director enrolled in camp we will be seeing you for Lalo Davila and Friends on Thursday evening! If you aren't enrolled in camp this year, don't worry; this concert is open to the public! Tickets are $15 for Adults (reserved balcony seating) and $5 for Students/Seniors. Children 10 and under are free. Click here for more information on tickets and how to order!

 

-Seth

Seth Williams is currently Development Coordinator at Music for All. Seth is no stranger to Music for All and Bands of America – first as a participant and as an intern in Development and Participant Relations. He is a graduate of Butler University and previously worked in the Broadway theatre industry in New York. A proud alumnus of “The Centerville Jazz Band,” Seth is likely the biggest band nerd he knows.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Time to start packing for camp!

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It’s just about time to dust off the suitcases, grab some sunblock and start packing for camp!

Personally, I cannot survive without my lists. I cannot even begin to tell you how many lists I have made in preparation for camp. But one of the most important lists in my opinion is a packing list!

Not only do we use packing lists at Music for All to help make sure all event related supplies get loaded to the truck and make their way to camp, but I’m also an advocate of a packing list when I’m packing for myself to get to camp! By the time the night before camp rolls around, my brain is so full of my to-do lists, I HAVE to have that packing list to make sure everything makes it into my suitcase. How else would I make sure I remember to pack every MFA polo I own, my hair dryer and my phone charger?

So in celebration of my love of lists and the Music for All Summer Symposium, I am compiling yet another packing list. This time, it’s for you!

There are seven student tracks- and each track has some varying “needs” for what to bring.  So first I’ll give you the overall- what EVERYONE should bring list. And then I’ll give you additional lists for track specific items!

So here we go!

Summer Symposium Packing List

  • Comfortable Clothes for your whole camp stay (no time for laundry-so pack enough!)
  • Light jacket/ sweatshirt for cool weather
  • Backpack
  • Rain gear in case of inclement weather
  • Personal Toiletries
    •     Shampoo
    •     Conditioner   
    •     Soap
    •     Toothbrush
    •     Toothpaste
    •     Deodorant
  • Sunscreen (this is very important- DON’T FORGET IT)
  • Water bottle
  • Alarm Clock
  • Pens/ Pencils
  • Notebook
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Towels
  • Washcloths
  • Blanket (sheets, pillow and pillowcases are provided, but you may want a blanket as the dorm rooms are fairly cool in the evening)
  • An awesome attitude
  • Lip balm

 

Leadership Weekend Packing List
Leadership Weekend students will have several sessions outside- so make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • Comfortable clothes
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Notebook (there will be a lot of sessions in which you are encouraged to take notes- don’t forget this!)


Drum Major Institute Packing List
Make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • Twirling baton or mace if you wish to have instruction. Bring a stick or mace equivalent to 44” long
  • Appropriate conducting baton, if desired
  • Musical score for current or previous year, if available
  • Comfortable clothes (shorts & Tshirts- you will be outside for a majority of your time at camp)
  • Lace-up athletic shoes with proper arch support for all practices (NO SANDALS ALLOWED)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen


Marching Packing List
Make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • Your marching instrument (in good working condition, please mark your name, address and school marked on the case)
  • A fold-up music stand marked with your name, address and school. This is required of ALL marching band members
  • Any necessary supplies or accessories, such as reeds, neck straps, valve oil, etc
  • Comfortable clothes (shorts & Tshirts- you will be outside for a majority of your time at camp)
  • Lace-up athletic shoes with proper arch support for all practices
  • Athletic (or thick) socks
  • Khaki shorts for DCI show and Final Performances
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen


Jazz Packing List
Make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • Your instrument (please mark your name, address and school marked on the case)
  • Any necessary supplies or accessories, such as reeds, neck straps, valve oil, etc
  • Comfortable clothes (shorts, jeans & shirts- you will be in air conditioning for the majority of the day)
  • Performance Attire (blue jeans, white button down shirt, tie and black shoes)
  • Guitar and Bass students: You do NOT need amplifiers (they will be provided), but please bring a cable to connect your instrument to the amplifier- cables will NOT be available for you to use,  but the Muncie Music Center will be on campus should you need to purchase one
  • Jazz Drum Set: A drum set will be provided, but please bring your own sticks, brushes, a practice pad and cymbals (hi-hat, crash, ride)


Concert Band Packing List
Make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • Your instrument (please mark your name, address and school marked on the case)
  • A fold-up music stand marked with your name, address and school.
  • Any necessary supplies or accessories, such as reeds, neck straps, valve oil, etc
  • Comfortable clothes (shorts, jeans & shirts- you will be in air conditioning for the majority of the day)
  • Performance Attire (Girls- long black skirt (below the knee) or slacks with a white blouse and black shoes. Boys- black pants, white shirt, dark colored tie, black socks and black shoes)



Concert Percussion Packing List
Make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • Concert sticks
  • Keyboard mallets for orchestra bells
  • Xylophone, vibes, marimba and timpani mallets
  • Practice pad
  • Hand towel for a stand cover
  • A tuning key
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle with clip
  • Beater(s)
  • Woodblock
  • If you do not own any of the items listed above, please try to borrow them from your school. LABEL ALL PERSONAL ITEMS!
  • Performance Attire (Girls- long black skirt (below the knee) or slacks with a white blouse and black shoes. Boys- black pants, white shirt, dark colored tie, black socks and black shoes)


Marching Percussion Packing List
Make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • Your instrument & carrier marked with your name, address and school
  • Bring stadium hardware and carriers if possible
  • Sticks/ Mallets (extra pair if possible)
  • Tuning key- a high tension key if you own one
  • Practice pad
  • Hand towel for a stand cover
  • White stick tape
  • Lace-up athletic shoes
  • Sunglasses/hat
  • Backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Khaki shorts for the DCI show and Final Performance


Orchestra Packing List
Make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • Your instrument
  • Bow, rosin, mute, music stand, shoulder rest (for violin and viola players)- clearly label your equipment with your name, address and school.
  • Extra strings
  • Cello/Bass Students: bring your rock stops
  • Comfortable clothes (shorts, jeans & shirts- you will be in air conditioning for the majority of the day)
  • Final Performance attire: Concert Black
  • Girls: long black skirt (below the knee) or slacks are acceptable, white blouse and black shoes
  • Boys: dark suit, white shirt, tie, black socks and black shoes


Color Guard Packing List
Make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • You are encourages to bring ALL THREE pieces of equipment: Flagpole, rifle and/or sabre
  • Multiple equipment students should bring their equipment in a simple equipment or flag bag- please mark each piece of equipment with your name, address and school
  • Most weapons are acceptable. Rifles must range from 36-39” and should be taped. White is the preferred color and straps are optional. Sabres vary based on experience, but most band supply company sabres are in range of 36-39”. Metal or plastic hilt will be accepted for use. All weapon students may want to bring an additional weapon to Symposium in case of any breakage.
  • It is REQUIRED that ALL students (including weapons) bring a flagpole (6 feet in height). Students should bring two solid colored silks(NOT show or performance flags) with the following size dimensions: 35’’x 50’’ (min) or 35’’x 60’’ (max). If you do not have two silks with these dimensions, please try and stay closer to 35”x 50”. One flag will be your primary practice flag for the week and the other will be available to use in case of inclement weather.
  • TWO 1” carriage bolts(found at local hardware store, 1-2” in length) to weight your flagpole. Your flagpole needs to be weighted, as students WILL BE tossing throughout the week. If your poles are already properly weighted, please bring extras if possible.
  • It is recommended that all students bring white and black electrical tape in case of any needed repairs.

Color Guard Appropriate Items (Please bring)

  • Athletic shorts
  • T-shirts/tops
  • Warm-up suits/outside dancewear
  • Hats/headbands/scarves
  • Small towel
  • Sunglasses and SUNSCREEN
  • Water bottle
  • 2 pairs of lace-up tennis shoes with proper arch support
  • Dance sneakers
  • Layers are recommended with the possibility of extreme weather
  • Sports bras/swimwear (ONLY allowed if worn under t-shirts)
  • Final Performances: bring dark (black, dark gray, dark blue) shorts, white top or t-shirt, and tennis shoes


Color Guard Inappropriate Items (Don't Bring)

  • Boxer/spandex/short shorts
  • Halter/tube Tops
  • Sports bras/swimwear (not unless worn under shirt)
  • Flip Flops/Sandals
  • Dance shoes (we are outside most of the week

 

Did I miss anything? If you have any recommendations of items that should not be forgotten, leave a comment. We will see everyone in just a few days for a week of postively life-changing experiences!

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Erin Fortune is the Marketing Coordinator focusing on digital marketing at Music for All, and has been working with Music for All for nearly three years, first in the Participant Relations department and now in marketing. She is a graduate from the Music Industry Management program at Ferris State University in Michigan and is a former Percussive Arts Society Intern and a Yamaha Corporation of America, Band and Orchestral Division Intern.

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