Music for All is honored to have the support and involvement of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for the Orchestra America National Festival. Orchestra concerts are in the magnificent Hilbert Circle Theatre, home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Master classes are presented by leading applied faculty and artists, including members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Learn more about the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra online at www.IndianapolisSymphony.org.
About Orchestra America
Orchestra America, a program of Music for All, shines a national spotlight on scholastic orchestras, providing educational programs and spectacular musical experiences for string players in a positive, supportive environment.
In addition to the Orchestra America National Festival, Music for All’s educational programs and performance opportunities for orchestras and string students include the Summer Symposium for high school string players and the Honor Orchestra of America at the Festival
Highlights for Ensembles
Concert Performances and Clinics
Each ensemble performs a concert before a knowledgeable audience, including the Festival evaluation panel, music educators and fellow band and orchestra members. Ensemble directors receive recorded and written comments from the evaluators. Concert band directors also receive recorded and written input on their conducting from a revered conductor. Following the performance, each orchestra has a private clinic with one of the Festival Evaluators/Clinicians.
Concert observation time is scheduled and required for each ensemble, ensuring that all ensembles perform for a knowledgeable, appreciative audience who in turn enjoy outstanding performances of quality literature.
All students participate in instrumental master classes, led by top applied faculty and professional musicians, including members of the Indianpolis Symphony Orchestra. This opportunity provides for interaction with outstanding performers whose insight and experience exemplify musical achievement.
Social Events for Students and Directors
The Festival social gives students the chance to relax, have fun and get to know students from other programs across the country. The director and evaluator reception and hospitality opportunities offer networking and informal interaction with colleagues, guest artists and icons of music education.
Gala Awards Banquet
The “black-tie-optional” banquet for students, directors, parents, staff and evaluators culminates the Festival with first-class standards that distinguish the Music for All National Festival. Guests enjoy a plated dinner, recognition of each ensemble and presentation of awards to each ensemble. The formal banquet with over 2,000 guests is sure to be unforgettable for you, your students, parents and supporters.
part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
March 14-16, 2019
The Middle School National Music Festival at the Music for All National Festival helps plant the seeds of excellence early. Middle school concert bands, percussion ensembles and orchestras have the opportunity to experience this national stage.
“The Music for All National Festival is unique in that there is no other music festival that can provide such a life-changing experience for students and directors alike through so many different rewarding music education activities at one non-competitive event,” says Mr. Richard Crain, coordinator emeritus of the National Concert Band Festival and Chairman/President of the Midwest Clinic board of directors.
Middle school ensembles attending the Music for All National Festival can expect an exhilarating and educationally rewarding experience. Students have the opportunity to participate in a master class with a noted professional performer on their instrument and also have the opportunity to listen to other middle school and high school bands, orchestras and percussion ensembles from all over the nation. Ensembles are evaluated in a non-competitive environment. Each receives a post-concert clinic, a student social, special opening session and Gala Awards Banquet for the middle school participants. Directors who have participated in the Festival tell us how they have been inspired by the experience to take their bands to a new level of excellence.
“The inclusion of middle school ensembles into the Music for All weekend is a tremendous incentive, providing a new musical challenge without the pressure of trying to achieve a rating,” says Mr. Ray Cramer, MFA Festival evaluator and Midwest Clinic board member. “A performance at this national event would validate to students, parents and school administrators the importance of musical achievement through goal setting and the motivation to excellence.”
Each ensemble performs a program of its choice, and each ensemble has assigned audience time, creating a positive environment for students as performers and listeners. Since the competition is completed when the bands are selected through a recorded audition process before a panel of renowned music educators, the ensembles can concentrate on giving their best performance in a non-competitive atmosphere during the Festival.
“This experience was not only beneficial to my students but myself as well,” says Greg McCutcheon, director of the Waller Junior High School concert band. “Being a young director and inexperienced as far as invitational events [like the Midwest Clinic] go, I feel that I have grown and can be ready for any challenge now. As for my students, this is something they will never forget. About half of my band had never been outside of Texas prior to this event. This was the first time several of them had ever flown on a plane. Staying in a hotel of such caliber really opened my students’ eyes and let them see things they never saw before.”
“I think the most positive aspect of the festival was the actual performance,” says McCutcheon. “To be on that stage at such a venue was an honor and a privilege that my students really enjoyed. I also think the opening session was extremely important and well done. This experience plays such an integral role in a student’s musical life. They really worked their tails off and performed well. I think after my students attended this event, many of them realized how much they really do enjoy band, as well as why they enjoy band!”
Outstanding Middle School ensembles who have performed at the Festival:
Bailey M.S., TX
Bayside Intermediate School, TX
Brandenburg M.S., TX
Charleston County School for the Arts M.S., SC
Chisholm Trail M.S., TX
Clarendon Hills M.S., IL
Clay M.S., IN
Conner M.S., KY
Cook M.S., TX
Coyle M.S., TX
Deerpark M.S., TX
Dickerson M.S., GA
Doerre Intermediate School, TX
Durham M.S., GA
Dueitt M.S., TX
Farmington Jr. H.S., UT
First Colony M.S., TX
Friendswood Jr. H.S., TX
Fort Settlement M.S., TX
Griffin M.S., TX
Harpool M.S., TX
Hendrix Jr. H.S, AZ
Hightower Trail M.S., GA
Hill Country M.S., TX
Hopewell M.S., GA
Hudson Bend M.S., TX
Indian Springs M.S., TX
Kinard Core Knowledge M.S., CO
Krimmel Intermediate, TX
Lake Travis M.S., TX
Lamar M.S. and Fine Arts Academy, TX
Mason M.S., OH
McAdams Jr. H.S., TX
McMeans Jr. H.S., TX
Murchison M.S., TX
North Gwinnett M.S., GA
North M.S., KY
Rising Starr M.S., GA
Riverwatch M.S., GA
Running Brushy M.S., TX
Salyards M.S., TX
Sartartia M.S., TX
Simpson M.S., GA
Waller Jr. H.S., TX
West Ridge M.S., TX
Requirements for Application
All auditioning ensembles receive recorded and written critique from a panel of esteemed music educators on the selection/evaluation committee. The listening is “blind”– ensembles are not identified to evaluators in the listening process. Evaluators then recommend the ensembles that demonstrate an exemplary level of excellence to perform at the Festival.
Application consists of the completed Application Form submitted with the audition CD and application fee. Specific requirements for application audition recording are included on the Requirements for Application page in this packet. The application fee is $250 per ensemble, with reduced application fees for additional ensembles applying from the same school
The Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival is a non-competitive performance and evaluation opportunity that shines a spotlight on the nation’s most outstanding scholastic concert percussion ensembles.
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The non-competitive atmosphere provides a place for growth, cooperative encouragement and mutual respect among music programs, students, parents, boosters and administrators.
Directors select their own programs; there is no required repertoire. There are no ratings or rankings so directors and their ensembles are free to stretch themselves, reach for new heights, and strive for innovation, growth and excellence, instead of focusing on a rating or placing.
Participating students experience an atmosphere of mutual respect for their peers while enjoying concerts from other outstanding ensembles.
With the launch of the National Concert Band Festival in 1992, Bands of America rekindled the concert band tradition in America as exemplified by the National Band Contest in the 1930s, which drew national recognition for a young director named William D. Revelli.
No other event for bands has the history and iconic legacy of the National Concert Band Festival. Dr. Revelli was instrumental in the philosophical design of the Festival. John P. Paynter worked closely on the creation of the Festival and hosted the debut event at Northwestern University in 1992. Music education icons, including Col. Arnald Gabriel, Anthony Maiello, Ray Cramer and Gary Green have been part of the Festival since day one and continue to be the unique force behind this powerful experience. Midwest Clinic board member Richard Crain and Mrs. Gayle Crain served for many years as coordinators of the Festival. The Music for All National Festival has an aura of heritage and a unique musical legacy that cannot be duplicated.
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Drum Major Institute Faculty Will Include:
Associate Director of Bands, Vandegrift H.S., TX
Former Drum Major, Santa Clara Vanguard
Assisant Director, Lassiter H.S., GA
Former Drum Major, Phantom Regiment
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Director of Bands, James Bowie H.S., TX
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