The Music for All Blog
The Music for All Blog
Debbie Laferty Asbill
 

Nearly 100 winners from schools and school districts across America have been recognized as recipients of the Music for All Advocacy in Action Awards for 2019.

Behind most great school music programs are strong recruitment, retention, and booster programs. The Music for All Advocacy in Action Awards recognizes music programs, schools, and communities across the United States that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide access to music education for all students.

Music for All received more than 95 entries for the 2018-2019 school year – the debut year of the awards.

To qualify for the Advocacy in Action Award designation, schools or districts submitted a detailed description of its music program and its project entry. Submissions were reviewed by a national panel of educators, administrators, and community and business leaders.

“For too long music advocacy has leaned mainly on research-based justifications. 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,” says Eric Martin, President & CEO, Music for All.

It is Music for All’s vision to be a catalyst to ensure that every child across America has access and opportunity to participate in active music-making in their scholastic environment.

2018-2019 award-winners are recognized online at advocacy.musicforall.org. The website curates the winning entries as a resource for arts educators.

PepWear and Music for All Enter Into An Unprecedented 10-Year Agreement

PepWear and Music for All are poised for an exciting future. The two organizations, which have been working together for more than 15 years, have agreed to a new 10-year merchandise and sponsorship agreement.

With the new agreement, PepWear will continue to design, produce, and sell commemorative merchandise for all Music for All events, including Bands of America Championships, Music for All Summer Symposium, and Music for All National Festival for bands, choirs, and orchestras. In addition, PepWear will be an Official Corporate Sponsor of Music for All.

“Music for All and PepWear have worked side by side for more than 15 years and have developed a very close bond,” said Craig Johnson, President of PepWear. “By entering into a new 10-year merchandising agreement, we are mutually endorsing our shared values. I couldn’t be more proud or supportive of what Music for All stands for.”

“In addition, we will now be an Official Corporate Sponsor of Music for All, strengthening our relationship and reach,” he added.

“We are thrilled to continue our journey with PepWear,” says Music for All President and CEO, Eric Martin. “For more than a decade, PepWear has stood side-by-side with Music for All in commemorating the ‘positively life-changing’ programming and experiences provided to our participants and attendees. We look forward to PepWear’s increased and extended role in advocating and delivering on our mission and vision to make music education and its benefits more available and accessible.”

The new agreement secures PepWear’s long-term partnership with Music for All, one of the nation’s largest and leading organizations in support of scholastic music education, through educational programs, performance events, and music education advocacy efforts.

Merchandise will be sold at all Music for All events and can be purchased online at: shop.musicforall.org

camdelawareSince her arrival as Director of Operations in 1989, Camilla Stasa has been a face of Bands of America at its events and music educator conventions where she represents the organization.

On Saturday, October 20, Camilla will become a Voice of Bands of America, when she becomes the first female announcer for a Bands of America Championship, announcing the BOA Regional at the University of Delaware in Newark.

While this is her Bands of America announcing debut, this is not Camilla’s first announcing gig. She has been the Master of Ceremonies at the Chicagoland Invitational Concert Band Festival since 2003. For over 20 years, she has announced the Lake Park Lancer Joust, a high school marching band competition held annually on the campus of Lake Park High School in Roselle, IL. In fall of 2016, Cam had the privilege to announce the 51st Annual State of Illinois Invitational High School Marching Band Championship at Illinois State University.

A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Camilla taught in secondary schools prior to joining Bands of America. She is currently Director of Participant Relations for Music for All. She previously served as Associate Director of Admissions at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago before returning to Music for All and rejoining the staff in its Indianapolis headquarters. In March 2014, Camilla was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame.

All of her colleagues at Music for All wish Camilla the very best as she makes Bands of America history in Delaware – Go for it!

Posted Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 12:44 PM CT – Due to ongoing inclement weather and for the safety of our participants and spectators, Music for All, in consultation with the participating band directors, has made the decision to cancel the remainder of the Bands of America Regional Championship in Waco, TX.

Please travel safely.

Music for All's official policy for Bands of America events is that tickets are non-refundable, however, Music for All may offer full or partial refunds as appropriate at a later time. Please keep your ticket stub and visit www.musicforall.org next week for further information on possible refunds. Refunds are not available on site.

Waco, TX, Oct. 13 (8:24 a.m. CT) – Performances will resume at the Bands of America Regional Championships at Waco at 9:30 a.m. CT with the Sachse H.S. marching band.

Preliminary performances were suspended earlier due to weather. Any further updates will be posted on the musicforall.org blog and on Facebook and Twitter (Bands of America ).

See the updated preliminary performance schedule.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Waco, TX Regional on Weather Delay

WACO, TX – For the safety of participants and spectators, the Bands of America Regional Championship at Waco, TX is on a delay due to extreme weather. Music for All officials on-site are assessing the situation and updates will be posted here as soon as available.

INDIANAPOLIS - Music for All has announced the music education leaders who will be inducted into the 2019 Bands of America Hall of Fame: Gayl W. Doster, Robert W. Smith, and David Starnes.

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. 2019 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 16 in Indianapolis. Hall of Fame members are permanently recognized at Music for All’s Indianapolis headquarters.

GaylDoster600hGayl W. Doster

Gayl W. Doster is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Music for All. Mr. Doster first connected with Music for All as an event volunteer and has served since not only as Chairman of the Board, but as a significant donor along with his wife Beverly. He is the retired President and Chief Operating Officer of Brooks Drug, Inc. Mr. Doster is a graduate of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. While at Indiana University, he was a member of the Marching Hundred and numerous other musical organizations and is a life member of Kappa Kappa Psi. He serves on the Indiana University Eskenazi Museum of Art National Advisory Board and is a board member and Co-Treasurer of the Lawrence Central High School Performing Arts Association. Mr. Doster has been inducted into the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Business and Industry Hall of Fame, is a member of the Indiana University School of Business Alumni Association’s Academy of Alumni Fellows, is the 2009 recipient of the International Festival & Events Association Zambelli Internationale Volunteer of the Year Award, and was awarded the Indiana University Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 2010.

  

robert w smith 2011colorRobert W. Smith

Robert W. Smith is one of the most popular and prolific composers in America today, with more than 800 publications. Mr. Smith’s credits include many compositions and productions in all areas of the music field. His original works for winds and percussion have been programmed by countless military, university, high school, and middle school bands throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America, and Asia, and have become standards for developing bands throughout the world.

Mr. Smith’s music has received extensive airplay on major network television as well as inclusion in multiple motion pictures. As a conductor, clinician and keynote speaker, Mr. Smith has performed throughout North America, Asia, South America, Europe and Australia. Mr. Smith is a long-time member of Music for All’s faculty at the Summer Symposium and Music for All National Festival. He serves as the division coordinator for the Middle School/Young Teacher track of the Directors’ Academy at the Summer Symposium.

Mr. Smith is currently teaching in the Music Industry program at Troy University in Troy, Alabama.

  

David Starnes600x600David Starnes

David Starnes is Assistant Professor/Director of Athletic Bands, where he directs the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band and the Symphonic Band. Prior to coming to Western Carolina, Starnes was the founding Director of Bands at Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw, Georgia, where he served for 11 years. His bands performed at Bands of America Championships, earning accolades on the Regional and National level. He is currently a Music for All Educational Consultant for student programs, is the camp director for the Student Divisions of the Summer Symposium, and program director for the Bands of America Honor Band, which appeared in the Tournament of Roses® Parade in Pasadena, California in 2005, 2009, 2013, and 2017, and will appear again in 2021.

Mr. Starnes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. He is sought out nationally and internationally as an adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor and creative designer. He serves as an adjudicator for several state, national and international organizations, including Music for All and Bands of America. He currently serves as Design Advisor for Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps.

 

Congratulations to our 2019 Hall of Fame inductees!

Posted Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 9:26 PM CT – Due to ongoing inclement weather, Music for All has canceled Finals for the Bands of America Regional at Pennington Field in Bedford, TX tonight.

The decision was made for the safety and well being of the participants and spectators.

Music for All's official policy for Bands of America events is that tickets are non-refundable, however, Music for All may offer full or partial refunds as appropriate at a later time. Please keep your ticket stub and visit www.musicforall.org next week for further information on possible refunds. Refunds are not available on site.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Grand Nationals 2018 Results

Finals Results

97.350 - Carmel H.S., IN
96.175 - Avon H.S., IN
95.600 - Blue Springs H.S., MO
95.450 - Broken Arrow H.S., OK
94.600 - Tarpon Springs H.S., FL
93.950 - Wando H.S., SC
91.000 - William Mason H.S., OH
90.150 - Homestead H.S., IN
90.100 - Jenks H.S., OK
90.000 - Dobyns-Bennett H.S., TN
90.000 - Prosper H.S., TX
89.300 - O'Fallon Township H.S., IL

Outstanding Music Performance - Carmel H.S., IN
Outstanding Visual Performance - Carmel H.S., IN
Outstanding General Effect - Carmel H.S., IN

Semi-Finals Results

Class A
1st - Bourbon County H.S., KY
2nd - Lewis Cass H.S., IN
3rd - Norton H.S., OH

Outstanding Music Performance - Bourbon County H.S., KY
Outstanding Visual Performance - Lewis Cass H.S., IN
Outstanding General Effect - Bourbon County H.S., KY

Class AA
1st - Tarpon Springs H.S., FL
2nd - Marian Catholic H.S., IL
3rd - North Hardin H.S., KY

Outstanding Music Performance - Tarpon Springs H.S., FL
Outstanding Visual Performance - Tarpon Springs H.S., FL
Outstanding General Effect - Tarpon Springs H.S., FL

Class AAA
1st - Dobyns-Bennett H.S., TN
2nd - Homestead H.S., IN
3rd - Franklin H.S., TN

Outstanding Music Performance - Dobyns-Bennett H.S., TN
Outstanding Visual Performance - Homestead H.S., IN
Outstanding General Effect - Dobyns-Bennett H.S., TN

Class AAAA
1st - Carmel H.S., IN
2nd - Blue Springs H.S., MO
3rd - Broken Arrow H.S., OK

Outstanding Music Performance - Broken Arrow H.S., OK & Carmel H.S., IN
Outstanding Visual Performance - Blue Springs H.S., MO
Outstanding General Effect - Carmel H.S., IN

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Southern California 2018 Results

Finals Results

87.950 - Ayala H.S., CA
85.300 - Vista Murrieta H.S., CA
81.700 - Etiwanda H.S., CA
80.600 - Upland H.S., CA
80.350 - San Marcos H.S., CA
79.550 - Bel Air H.S., TX
77.250 - Foothill H.S., NV
76.600 - Gahr H.S., CA
75.350 - Warren H.S., CA
73.750 - Los Alamitos H.S., CA

Outstanding Music Performance - Ayala H.S., CA
Outstanding Visual Performance - Ayala H.S., CA
Outstanding General Effect - Ayala H.S., CA

Prelims Results

Class A
1st - The King's Academy, CA

Outstanding Music Performance - The King's Academy, CA
Outstanding Visual Performance - The King's Academy, CA
Outstanding General Effect - The King's Academy, CA

Class AA
1st - Saratoga H.S., CA
2nd - Covina H.S., CA

Outstanding Music Performance - Saratoga H.S., CA
Outstanding Visual Performance - Saratoga H.S., CA
Outstanding General Effect - Saratoga H.S., CA

Class AAA
1st - Bel Air H.S., TX
2nd - Gahr H.S., CA
3rd - Lynbrook H.S., CA

Outstanding Music Performance - Bel Air H.S., TX
Outstanding Visual Performance - Gahr H.S., CA
Outstanding General Effect - Bel Air H.S., TX

Class AAAA
1st - Ayala H.S., CA
2nd - Vista Murrieta H.S., CA
3rd - Etiwanda H.S., CA

Outstanding Music Performance - Ayala H.S., CA
Outstanding Visual Performance - Ayala H.S., CA
Outstanding General Effect - Ayala H.S., CA

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