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INDIANAPOLIS, IN, MARCH 12, 11:00 PM ET – On Thursday, March 12, the Governor of Indiana issued a mandate that the gathering of non-essential groups of 250 members or more is prohibited. Due to this mandate, Butler University's performance halls and facilities are unavailable to us. We have concluded the Music for All National Festival as of Thursday evening and have completed all musical performances and activities.

Ensembles and participants have been notified and departure arrangements are being made for those on-site.

Our mission remains to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Our vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child across America has access and opportunity to active music-making in his or her scholastic environment.

We, like every American and citizen of the world, are hopeful and expectant that we will all persevere and never compromise on our belief in music, music in our schools, and music for all.

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN, MARCH 12, 2020 – With the World Health Organization’s assessment that COVID-19 coronavirus can be characterized as a pandemic and with significant changes by national organizations announced Wednesday evening, Music for All has modified the 2020 Music for All National Festival for the safety and well-being of all those involved with our organization.

Music for All has contacted the ensembles who had not yet departed for the Festival to recommend that they stay home and not travel to the event.

We are communicating with the groups who have already arrived and are asking them to work with us to make the best and most effective travel plans home.

With the clinicians who are present, we will offer educational programming to the ensembles who are already in Indianapolis until their early departure.

Indiana’s neighboring state of Ohio has taken extreme precautionary actions, and with the continuing progression of the coronavirus in the United States and globally, the evolution of the situation in the city and state is unknown.

Music for All is deeply saddened to cancel this Festival which is the epitome of scholastic band, orchestra, and choral scholastic learning opportunities in America.

We are thankful for the support and counsel of our local community and everyone involved in the Music for All family.

We are also grateful for the support and ongoing understanding of our participants as we make the best possible decision for them, the organization, and our nation.

Our mission remains to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Our vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child across America has access and opportunity to active music-making in his or her scholastic environment.

We, like every American and citizen of the world, are hopeful and expectant that we will all persevere and never compromise on our belief in music, music in our schools, and music for all.

MARCH 9, 2020 – Music for All continues to monitor developments regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, the Music for All National Festival will proceed as planned, the week of March 10-14 in Indianapolis.

Our attention is focused on the attendees, their safety, and their experience at the Festival. Music for All will continue to monitor the situation and to follow procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Indiana State Department of Health.

Music for All is in communication with the City of Indianapolis, the Festival hotels, and venues about their preparedness and current developments. Music for All participated in a conference call today, Monday, March 9 at 4 p.m. ET with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Federation of State High School Associations, where the CDC gave an update to organizations on the coronavirus response.

On Friday, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued a public health emergency declaration after one confirmed case in Indiana of COVID-19 to ensure the state receives additional funding if needed and to increase coordination across all levels of government in the state’s response to coronavirus. This is also a step in making Indiana eligible for federal dollars to respond to the outbreak. (Indiana Office of the Governor, in.gov 03/08/20).

The Indiana State Department of Health also issued an update Friday. We are providing the link to their current information on the novel coronavirus here: https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm

We continue to recommend that participants traveling to the Festival take these steps recommended by the Indiana State Department of Health to protect yourself:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Below is a communication that was sent to the Music for All National Festival participating directors, honor ensemble member parents, and Festival personnel:

Music for All recognizes that the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) is a major discussion issue for many National Festival participants. We continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Music for All is proceeding as planned with the Music for All National Festival and is monitoring the situation. We are in communication with the City of Indianapolis and our Festival hotels and facilities, who have told us they are implementing best practices in their health and housekeeping efforts. The health and safety of our participants is paramount.

Music for All urges all parties to take precautions to limit the spread of any illness, including while traveling. We will maintain measures during the event to encourage routine practices such as frequent handwashing and everyday preventative actions.

Music for All will continue to monitor updates and recommendations from the CDC.

Up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Jeremy L. Earnhart Elected President and COO, Eric L. Martin Continues as CEO

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, February 28, 2020 – Music for All, Inc. (MFA) today announced Jeremy Earnhart has been elected as the organization’s President and COO effective March 1, 2020.  In his new role, Dr. Earnhart will be responsible for operations while Eric Martin will continue as CEO and focus on advancement and building a sustainable legacy for MFA. “This is a natural time for me to focus my energies on leading efforts to secure the resources needed to provide access to music and arts education for all students,” said Mr. Martin. “I am grateful for the privilege and opportunity to increase our organization’s resources and ability to extend and advocate for access and new opportunities for underappreciated communities.”

Both Dr. Earnhart and Mr. Martin will share responsibility for strategic planning. “The election of Dr. Earnhart to President is a natural next step in a leadership transition for Music for All’s future,” said Gayl Doster, Chairman of the MFA Board of Directors. “This change positions both leaders to focus their strengths on two key elements for MFA’s success now and into the future – operational excellence and strategic sustainability.”

About Music for All

Since 1975, Music for All has been a destination and set the standard for scholastic music ensemble performance and music education advocacy. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization, Music for All’s mission is to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Music for All’s vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child in America has access and opportunity for active music-making in his or her scholastic environment. Music for All’s advocacy efforts inspire and develop models and strategies for successful music programs, through programs like its Advocacy in Action Awards, the I-65 Corridor Project, and support of Indianapolis Public Schools, the Central Indiana Track Show Association, and Indiana State Fair Band Day, and programs like United Sound and Be Part of the Music. Music for All’s programs include more than 45 annual events, including the Bands of America Grand National Championships and Regional Championships for marching bands; the Music for All Summer Symposium camp for students and teachers; the Music for All National Festival for bands, orchestras, choirs, percussion and chamber ensembles; Affiliate Regional Music Festivals; and national student honor ensembles including the Bands of America Honor Band that will march for the fifth time in the Rose Parade® in 2021.

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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.

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INDIANAPOLIS - Music for All has announced three music education leaders who will be inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame as the class of 2020: John Casagrande, Darrin Davis, and Philip Geiger.

The Bands of America Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have had a positively life-changing impact on Music for All and Bands of America programs, as well as in music education. The 2020 members will be inducted at a ceremony during the Gala Awards Banquet of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, on Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Indianapolis. Hall of Fame members are permanently recognized at Music for All’s Indianapolis headquarters.

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John E. Casagrande served as Executive Administrator for the National Band Association and served as Director of Bands at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax County, Virginia from 1982-2000. He was also Director of Bands at Mount Vernon (VA) High School from 1978-1982, East Stroudsburg (PA) from 1968-1978, and in the Wissahickon (PA) schools from 1963-1968. He joined the faculty of George Mason University in the fall of 1997 as an adjunct professor of music and was promoted to a full-time contract as an associate professor of music in 2002 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2010. Mr. Casagrande was a long-time clinician and evaluator for Music for All. He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Ithaca. His honors include election to the American Bandmasters Association and the American School Band Directors Association, five “Citations of Excellence” from the National Band Association, the Sudler Flag of Honor, the “Mac Award” from First Chair of America, “Who’s Who in American Education”, five awards for “Professional Excellence” from the Fairfax County School Board, W.T. Woodson High School “Teacher of the Year” and finalist for Fairfax County “Teacher of the Year.” John Casagrande was born January 30, 1942 and passed away July 8, 2019.

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Darrin Davis currently serves as the Director of Bands and Assistant Director of Fine Arts for the Broken Arrow school district. He has enjoyed teaching band in the Broken Arrow Public Schools since 1993 and is responsible for guiding the 1,500 band students and 12 band instructors within the school district during this time. Within the band program, Davis is the conductor of the nationally acclaimed Broken Arrow High School Wind Ensemble and director of the Pride of Broken Arrow Marching Band, the 2015, 2011, and 2006 Bands of America Grand National Champion. Davis’ marching bands have marched in the Tournament of Roses Parade in 2017, 2013, and 2009. On three occasions, the John Philip Sousa Foundation has presented the Broken Arrow Marching Band the prestigious Sudler Shield. Broken Arrow is a 24-time Oklahoma State Marching Band Champion, a 13-time Bands of America Grand National Finalist, and a 16-time Bands of America Regional Champion. He is a member of Music for All’s Bands of America marching advisory committee. In March of 2017, Mr. Davis was elected into the membership of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association honored Davis as their 2012 “Band Director of the Year.” At the 2015 Midwest Clinic, the National Band Association awarded Davis with a “Citation of Excellence” for an outstanding contribution to band and band music.

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Philip Geiger completed 23 years as Director of Bands at Westfield High School (TX) in the Spring Independent School District. While at Westfield, Mr. Geiger’s bands were recognized nationally; the marching band was the 2003 Bands of America Grand National Champion and the concert bands performed several times at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival. The Westfield Band was a consistent finalist in the TMEA Honor Band Competition and the Symphonic Band earned the distinction of being selected as the TMEA Honor Band twice during his tenure at Westfield. Concert Bands under his direction have performed twice at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, and while Mr. Geiger worked at Westfield, the program received both the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Shield and Sudler Flag. Mr. Geiger is a 1975 graduate of Southern Methodist University and received post-graduate instruction from Eddie Green, Dr. Gary Garner, and Tom Bennett. Prior to his time at Spring ISD, Mr. Geiger worked for seven years in the Klein ISD both as a middle and high school director. In 2000, Mr. Geiger was recognized by the Texas Bandmasters Association with their inaugural Meritorious Achievement Award.

Music for All congratulates these 2020 Hall of Fame inductees. See the members of Music for All's Bands of America Hall of Fame here.

Music for All is grateful that weather conditions allowed completion of the entirety of the Preliminary Competition at the Bands of America Regional at Powders Springs, GA on Saturday, October 26. We were not as fortunate for Finals. Due to the steady rain during the day which grew heavier at the end of Prelims, and more rain in the evening forecast, Bands of America officials conferred with the Finalist band directors and, after considering the safety and well-being of the participants and audience members, cancelled the evening’s Finals. We would like to thank all involved in ensuring the safety of band members, spectators, and staff during the inclement weather.

The overriding ticketing policy for Music for All/Bands of America events is that tickets are “non- refundable.” Nevertheless, where extraordinary circumstances, like severe weather, cause the cancellation of all or a substantial portion of an event, Music for All has established refund polices for that event and offered full or partial refunds as appropriate.

We request that our patrons note that the costs of the event (stadium rental, stadium personnel, judges’ fees and other expenses) were still incurred and paid by Music for All. We invite you to consider foregoing any refund, and instead donate the value of your refund in support of these expenses. Thank you in advance if you choose to donate your refund, and we will provide you with an acknowledgement of your charitable contribution.

Following are Music for All’s policies concerning ticket refunds for the 2019 Regional at Powder Springs:
Cooperative Tickets (issued to bands) - No refund
Day-Pass – $10 refund
Adult Finals Ticket - $21 refund
Discount Finals Ticket - $16 refund

To request a refund, please send your name, address, and copy of your ticket to:
Music for All, Inc.
39 W. Jackson Place, Suite 150
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Alternatively, you may email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax your request to 317.524.6200. If you choose to donate the value of your refund to Music for All, please indicate this in your request. Refund requests must be received by November 15, 2019 and will be processed by December 31, 2019.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding our refund policies for the 2019 Regional at Powder Springs, please do not hesitate to contact us at 800.848.2263.

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