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Susan L. Smith, Music for All Educational Consultant, kicks off a new live webinar series exclusively on BAND, the mobile app in the Director Hub.

The webinar will focus on concert festival preparation for young or small bands. 

This FREE Webinar will include tips for success for the concert band conductor with a small or young band. The first half of this online clinic will be informative with suggestions that have worked for the clinician in the past.

The second half will focus on specific questions or needs of the attendees.

Fill out the form below to ensure your questions get answered! The webinar will be available in the Director hub at the conclusion of the event.

Join the hub and RSVP here: https://band.us/band/76115568

Question form: https://www.tfaforms.com/4803102

The winners of the 2020 Advocacy in Action Awards were announced January 15.

Over forty school music programs across America have been recognized for their outstanding music advocacy initiatives as recipients of Music for All’s 2020 Advocacy in Action Awards. The Music for All Advocacy in Action Awards recognize music programs, schools, and communities across the United States that demonstrate outstanding achievement in local efforts to provide access to music education for all students. From community arts fairs to stellar recruitment videos to all-female jazz festivals, this year’s winning programs not only represent innovative and effective approaches to music advocacy nationwide, but also highlight the power of music education to address some of the most pressing issues in today’s headlines.

“For too long music advocacy has leaned mainly on research-based justifications,” says Eric Martin, President and CEO, Music for All. “Music for All’s Advocacy in Action Awards collect and share ideas so music programs and their supporters can get practical and inspire each other.”

One of the winning projects brings music education into a juvenile detention center in San Diego, using music to teach math, as well as encouraging pro-social behavior and healing. While participating in Project Confined Redefined, these young men are able to better regulate themselves and express their feelings through music. “No matter what the future holds for these students, they will always remember the magic of music making and will forever remember how music provided an outlet for their own frustrations, anger, remorse, and acknowledgement,” says James Stephens, Director of Advocacy and Educational Resources for Music for All.

Another winning project serves as a bridge between marginalized first generation and immigrant communities and the local community. INTEMPO provides a year-round music school, after school programming, and a summer camp, all providing choral and string education in Stamford, Connecticut. The programming is culturally conscious, using folkloric instruments and featuring composers and a repertoire that reflects students’ own diversity. They partner with local schools and community institutions, all while keeping the experiences affordable, accessible, and inclusive.

Thirty-nine other projects nationwide are also being hailed for the powerful impact on their own communities through Advocacy in Action. To qualify for the Advocacy in Action Award designation, each of these applicants submitted a detailed description of its music program and project entry in one of six categories: Community Engagement, Decision-Maker Interaction, Fundraising and Sponsorship, Marketing and Promotion, Parent and Booster Involvement, or Recruitment and Retention. Submissions were reviewed by a national panel of educators, administrators, and community and business leaders.

It is Music for All’s vision to be a catalyst to ensure every child across America has access and opportunity to participate in active music-making in his or her scholastic environment. In efforts to fulfill this vision, the Advocacy in Action Awards were designed to celebrate active music-making both inside and outside the traditional music classroom.

This year’s award winners are recognized online at advocacy.musicforall.org. The website curates the winning entries from each year as a resource for arts educators. By collecting, recognizing, and sharing outstanding examples of local advocacy efforts, Music for All ultimately hopes to inspire others across the nation to take action in their own communities.

Music for All has elected two new members to its Board of Directors: Annie Martinez of Avon, IN and Robert Morrison of Warren, NJ.

Annie Martinez head shot720lowAndra “Annie” Martinez is a veteran fundraiser who specializes in program growth and revitalization. Her experience includes new program development in higher education, the arts, and human services. As the Vice President of Communications & Development she manages the Children’s Bureau, Inc. (CBI) brand and the agency’s fundraising department. Ms. Martinez was previously the Director of Development at Music for All, where she designed and executed a virtual campaign, the Bands of America (BOA) Alumni Campaign, which generated over $250,000 in 81 days and earned a Gold Pinnacle Award from the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA).

Ms. Martinez was previously the Regional Director of Development for the Treasure Coast Region of Florida Atlantic University, and established programs for the Department of Computer Sciences and the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) housed in the School of Science at Purdue University. Ms. Martinez earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Journalism from Indiana State University and specialized training from the Indiana School of Philanthropy.

“Ms. Martinez has a well-rounded and successful background in working with nonprofits,” said Mr. Gayl Doster, Chairman of the Board of Music for All. “Her knowledge and expertise as a fundraiser makes her an extremely valuable addition to the Music for All Board.”

  

Bob Morrison headshot 720lowRobert B. Morrison is Founder and CEO of Quadrant Research, the nation’s leading arts education research organization where he has created a deep body of research and policy work. Mr. Morrison is recognized as a pioneer in statewide arts education status and condition research, whose efforts have directly impacted millions of students. Mr. Morrison also serves as the director of Arts Ed NJ, the statewide arts education advocacy organization responsible for the advancement of arts education for all New Jersey students.

Mr. Morrison is the founder of Music for All where he remains chairman emeritus. He was the first CEO of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation and served as the Director of Market Development for the NAMM, where he helped create the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

Mr. Morrison’s advocacy work has earned him both an EMMY and a Peabody Award, the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Arts Education, and he received an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York. In 2019, Mr. Morrison was inducted to the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame.

“I welcome back to the Music for All Board Mr. Morrison who is an outstanding arts education researcher,” said Chairman Doster. “His insight into arts education and his advocacy for arts education will help guide Music for All in the future.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Music for All is a nonprofit educational organization, with a mission is to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Music for All annually presents more than 50 Music for All and Bands of America programs and events nationwide. Music for All’s advocacy programs include the Advocacy in Actions Awards and educational programs for students and teachers in core urban schools, including the I-65 Corridor Program and work with the Indianapolis Public Schools music programs, and with a focus on small and rural school music programs.

The Music for All office will be closed on Friday, January 17 while we have new internet and phones installed and tested to update our systems. The updates will allow us to provide improved service to teachers, students, parents, and supporters. You will be able to leave a voice mail if you call the office or a specific Music for All staff direct line number.

Our office will reopen at 8:30 a.m. ET on Monday, January 20. Thank you for your continued support.

Stop by the Music for All booth and talk with the following members of our Education team



Susan Smith will be in the booth on Wednesday, 12/18 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. to talk about the National Chamber Music Festival and small band initiatives for marching bands!



Come meet Music for All Educational Consultant Zachary Harris, adjunct professor at William Carey University. Zachary will be in the booth each daydiscussing our urban education initiatives and the I-65 Corridor Collaborative.

Wed. 12/18 - 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Thurs. 12/19 - 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fri. 12/20 - 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.



Let’s talk about the Honor Band in the Rose Parade®! January 15, 2020 is the application and audition deadline for students.

Meet with Richard Saucedo on Thursday 12/19 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. to learn more.

        

Want to learn more about Music for All Affiliate Regional Music Festivals and the Directors’ Academy at the Music for All National Festival?

Scott Casagrande and Stan Schoonover will be available on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – Noon to talk with you.



David Starnes, our Summer Symposium Camp Director will be available on Thursday 12/19 from 9:00-11:00 am to talk about summer camp and the many opportunities for students and directors.



Having worked with Fran Kick for over two decades, Music for All shares in his passion and mission to develop student leadership in all students, rather than just let it happen with a selected few. Come by on Friday 12/20 from 9 a.m.-Noon to talk about student leadership opportunities at the Summer Symposium!

Check out the following Music for All master educators and clinicians at the 2019 Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic!

Bobby Lambert, Wando H.S., SC: Wind Symphony Performance; Thursday, December 19, 8:30 a.m. Skyline Ballroom W375E

Cheryl Floyd, Hill Country M.S., TX retired: “Once More with Feeling: The Music Really Matters”; Friday, December 20, 8:30 a.m. Ballroom W183

Daniel Malacon, Timber Creek H.S., TX: Timber Creek Saxophone Ensemble Performance; Thursday, December 19, 4:30 p.m. Ballroom W190

Dave Gerhart, Yamaha Corporation of America: “Percussion Methods 102: Revisited”; Thursday December 19, 4:30 p.m. Meeting Room W186

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Music for All Senior Educational Advisor: Music Parents Sessions, Wednesday December 18, 4:30 p.m. and Thursday December 19, 2:00 p.m. Meeting room W193 and “It is Better to Illuminate than to Shine: A Credo for All Teachers and Conductors”, Thursday December19, 3:00 p.m. Meeting Room W185 Moderator for “An Interview with Julie Giroux” Friday December 20, 10:30 a.m. Ballroom W183

Freddy Martin, Westminster Schools, GA: “Go Play Outside! A Contextual Discussion on the Benefits, Drawbacks, and Stigmas associated with Outdoor Brass Playing”; Thursday December 19, 11:30 a.m. Meeting Room W184

H. Robert Reynolds, Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California Chat Room “The Two Kinds of Knowledge and the Two Kinds of Conductors” Wednesday December 18, 11:30 a.m. Meeting Room W193 2nd Annual Midwest Clinic Reynolds Conducting Institute Thursday December 19, 10:00 a.m & 2:30 p.m. & Friday Decmeber 20, 9:00 a.m. Meeting Room W178 Open Rehearsal with the University of Texas (Austin) Chamber Winds; Thursday December 19, 1:30 p.m. Meeting Room W178 Guest conductor, Players from the University of Texas (Austin) Wind Ensemble; Saturday December 21 10:00 a.m. Ballroom W183

Jarrett Lipman and Alan Sharps, Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX: Wind Ensemble Performance;Thursday December 19, 1:00 p.m., Skyline Ballroom W375AB

Jeffrey Grogan, Oklahoma City University, OK: “Leading Rehearsals that Inspire”; Wednesday December 18, 10:30 a.m. Ballroom W183

Jerrell Horton, Vestavia Hills H.S., AL: “Relationships that Resonate: Creating a Culture of Leadership and Inclusion through United Sound”; Wednesday December 18, 3:00 p.m. Meeting Room W186

John Phillips, University of Western Ontario retired: “The Concert was Great! But What Did They Learn? Using Reflective Practice to Support Student Achievement”; Friday December 20, 10:30 a.m. Meeting Room W186

Jon Gomez, East Valley Youth Symphony, AZ: “Changing Classroom Management Struggles into Successful Results”; Thursday December 19, 1:00 p.m. Meeting Room W185

Julie Duty, United Sound: “Relationships that Resonate: Creating a Culture of Leadership and Inclusion through United Sound”; Wednesday December 18, 3:00 p.m. Meeting Room W186

Julie Giroux, Clinician/Composer/Conductor: “An Interview with Julie Giroux”; Friday December 20, 10:30 a.m. Ballroom W183

Matt McCready, Union Public Schools, OK: “Teaching through Poverty: Removing Barriers for Participation and Performance”; Thursday December 19, 11:30 a.m. Meeting Room W179

Richard Floyd, UIL Director Emeritus, TX: “Once More with Feeling: The Music Really Matters”; Friday, December 20, 8:30 a.m. Ballroom W183

Richard Saucedo, Carmel H.S., IN retired: Rehearsal Lab – Small School High School Band; Thursday December 19, 4:30 p.m. Ballroom W183

Robert T. Herrings III, Artie Henry Middle School, TX: “Slow and Steady Wins the Race”; Thursday December 19, 3:00 p.m. Meeting Room W181

Mast had been through numerous rounds of buying music equipment for his students at Klein Cain High School and other schools in Houston, Texas: from chairs to stands to storage - and everything in between.

He had always turned to Wenger Corporation, a single-company solution for his music education and performing arts needs.

Klein Cain was no exception. Built in 2017, the school had a variety of equipment requirements for its band, orchestra, and choir rehearsal rooms, main theatre, and black box theatre. Wenger Corporation’s Wenger, J.R. Clancy, and GearBoss brands were the preferred solutions.

“The district saw the advantage of buying quality Wenger products to avoid problems later,” Mast says. “We do it right the first time.”

Quality Investment

In the music education department, Mast and his team selected Wenger’s Student Chairs and Classic 50® Music Stands. Both are durable and the chairs are comfortable and support good posture.

UltraStor® Instrument Cabinets were chosen in the Band and Orchestra rooms to keep the students’ instruments protected, organized and safe when not in use. The bolt-through Wenger design provides increased durability for long-term use.

The StageTek® risers in the rehearsal rooms provide a strong, yet lightweight solution for the band, orchestra, and choirs. The refined, smart design is the product of extensive research, engineering, and technical advancements in materials and manufacturing. The result is a lighter, stronger staging system that’s easier to handle and faster to set up.

Elevated Performance

To enhance the school’s performing arts infrastructure, Wenger designed and manufactured a Diva® Full-Stage Acoustical Shell, enabling them to make acoustic adjustments to best suit each ensemble.

“The Diva shell enables our auditorium’s acoustics to complement and support band, orchestra, and choir, who all require different configurations,” Mast says.

One of the primary benefits in addition to superior sound for the performers and audience is the shell’s versatility. During busy months, it’s often set up or reconfigured every other day. Striking the nine towers and three clouds takes only thirty minutes.

J.R. Clancy provided a full counterweight rigging system in the auditorium. This one-stop solution simplifies coordination for the general contractor and gives the customer a cost-saving package discount. It also means a single point of contact for the school.

Finally, a black box theatre was designed for more intimate performances. Crews included StageTek® risers and chairs for audience seating, which are durable, lightweight, and easy to configure. Move & Store Carts enable the space to be cleared quickly. An adjacent dressing room with Wenger make-up stations and Rack n’ Roll Garment Racks give performers the perfect space to get ready and store costumes or concert wear.

Lighting Integration

In both the auditorium and black box theatre, Wenger Corporation provided lighting integration. Theatrical spotlights, utility lighting, and the integration of emergency lighting with the controls system were an integral part of the auditorium’s hybrid lighting system. In the black box theatre, Wenger implemented power, networking, and controls for a separate hybrid system for ease of use and control.

“We can really shine when a school needs quality equipment in their music education and performing arts spaces,” says Stacy Hanson, Marketing Communications Director at Wenger Corporation. “Our proven solutions offer limitless options, integrated solutions, and outstanding service and support – all of which help students and staff operate efficiently and effectively.”

“Wenger Corporation is always looking forward, listening to customers, and improving their products,” Mast says. “We’re proud to partner with them and include their products in our schools to help our students perform to the best of their abilities.”

To learn more about Wenger Corporation, please visit www.wengercorp.com.

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

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