The Music for All Blog
The Music for All Blog
Debbie Laferty Asbill
Saturday, October 03, 2015

Powder Springs Finals Cancelled

As of 6:30 p.m. local time – Finals has been cancelled due to weather at the Bands of America Regional at Powder Springs, in the interest for the safety and well-being of the participants and spectators.

Note that this is in addition to cancellation of Finals at the BOA Dayton show, also due to weather.

Posted Saturday, Oct. 3, 6:20 p.m. local time – Due to ongoing inclement weather Music for All has cancelled Finals for the 2015 Bands of America Regional at Dayton.

The decision was made at the Finalist Directors Meeting, after discussing options with the Finalist Band Directors, and for the safety and well-being of the participants and spectators.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

McAllen Prelims Resuming at 7:45 p.m.

Prelims performance for the last six bands will resume at 7:45 p.m. this evening at the Bands of America Regional in McAllen. Our hope is to get all six bands' prelims performances in this evening, weather permitting.

The order of performance for the final six bands, starting at 7:45 p.m. are:

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Southwest H.S., TX
Roma H.S., TX
Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX
Nikki Rowe H.S., TX
Edinburg H.S., TX
Sandra Day O'Connor H.S., TX

Followed by an awards ceremony.

Music for All puts the safety of the students and audience first. We will proceed with the final six performance as weather permits.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

UPDATE 6:50 p.m.: McAllen Weather Delay

Music for All continues to monitor the weather at the Bands of America Regional in McAllen. MFA officials have met with the band directors of the six bands who did not yet perform in Prelims to discuss options.

At the discretion of the affected directors, MFA will further delay the show, but continue to monitor whether in hopes of resuming Prelims performances this evening. The final call whether or not to resume performance is expected to be made at 8:15 p.m.

If it is determined the final six bands can safely perform, an updated performance schedule will be posted here and on

Clinics will be held as scheduled on Sunday at McAllen Memorial H.S.

In recognition of our 40th Anniversary in 2015, Music for All celebrated our past, present, and future. Here are 40 highlights from our 40th Anniversary year:

  1. Music for All receives invitation from the Tournament of Roses for the Bands of America Honor Band to march in the 2017 Rose Parade® in Pasadena, California.
  2. As part of the partnership, the Tournament of Roses also invited the BOA Honor Band to march in the 2021 Rose Parade.
  3. The Tournament of Roses parade will continue to invite one band from among the Bands of America Grand National Semi-Finalists to march in the Rose Parade.
  4. Music for All announces Middle School Student Concert Band Track to launch at 2016 Music for All Summer Symposium.
  5. Planning begins on the new Directors' Track at the Music for All National Festival.
  6. The Chamber Music National Festival launches at the 2015 Music for All National Festival.
  7. Music for All signs five year sponsor agreement to take part in the Music for All State Fair Band Day, presented by Music Travel Consultants starting in 2015.
  8. Music for All joins Music Travel Consultants as a sponsor of CITSA, the Central Indiana Track Show Association.
  9. Music for All signs on as charter partner of Be Part of the Music and Be Part of the Orchestra, both programs begin production in 2015. These new Be Part of… programs expand the Be Part of the Band: Elementary Style that Music for All is also a sponsor of.
  10. Music for All announces partnership with United Sound, a new initiative aimed at helping children with special needs to become involved in their high school band and orchestra programs.
  11. Northern California Regional added to fall schedule 2015, first time in NoCal in over 20 years.
  12. Largest number of Bands of America Championships in Music for All history in 2015, with 20 total shows.
  13. First marching band from Alaska to compete in the Grand National Championships to appear in the 2015 event: Colony H.S., Alaska.
  14. First marching band from Hawaii to compete in the Grand National Championships to appear in the 2015 event: Mililani H.S. Hawaii.
  15. First band from Hawaii is invited and performs at the Music for All National Festival in 2015.
  16. Bellbrook High School, Ohio, Band Alumni coordinate Grand Nationals celebration around MFA's 40th Anniversary.
  17. Largest MFA camp since the economic downturn of 2008 is held in June 2015 at Ball State University, with 1,216 students and 170 directors.
  18. Music for All hits 80% of capacity for its 2015 Bands of America Championships by May 1, 2015.
  19. Music for All launches online application for all honor ensembles at
  20. Music for All prepares to announce the creation of its new Ovation Awards, recognizing advocacy in action and best practices by schools, boosters, music education organizations, teachers, administrators, and communities.
  21. Music for All announces extension of contract with Ball State University for the Summer Symposium through 2018.
  22. Ball State University becomes a Corporate Sponsor of Music for All.
  23. The U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps join Music for All's family of Corporate Sponsors.
  24. Bands of America returns to South Valley of Texas with a Regional in collaboration with the City of McAllen, in Fall 2015.
  25. Music for All undertakes project to digitally archive all past Bands of America videotape masters to protect four decades of recorded marching band history.

...and more to come...!
Music for All will continue to add highlights to this "40 for 40" list throughout the rest of 2015. Tell us your highlights and most memorable moments from the past 40 years of Music for All, Bands of America, and Orchestra America events.

Thank you, INpact students and directors!

$100 Scholarship for INpact students to Middle School Concert Band Track

Music for All is excited to launch our Middle School Concert Band Track at our Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha, June 27-July 2, 2016 at Ball State University.

We hope you enjoyed your INpact experience at DCI and we were pleased to be there and be part of it to support the program.

As a thank you and a special offer to Indiana Middle School students, Music for All is offering a $100 Scholarship for INpact students towards the Middle School Concert Band Track fee (the fee in effect at the time of registration).

Recommended age and experience level for the camp is Grades 7-8 with at least 1.5 years of music study

Online registration for 2016 will go live later this fall. Please complete the online form below so that we can email to you your $100 Scholarship as soon as it is available with instructions on how to use it toward your registration.

Download the 2016 Middle School Track brochure for more details on the program.

We hope you will join us Summer 2016!

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Congratulations to the master educators who have been selected to serve on the staff of the Bands of America Honor Band that will march in the 2017 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. Auditions open online on July 1, 2015. Learn more about the experience – December 28, 2016 through January 4, 2017 for accepted members – and the audition process on our Roses page.

2017 Staff Bands of America Honor Band in the Rose Parade

Bob Buckner, Band Director

David Starnes, Program Director

Instrumental Staff
Bob Barfield, White Knoll HS (SC)
Greg Bimm, Marian Catholic HS (IL)
Matt Harloff, Avon HS (IN)
Jerell Horton, Vestavia Hills HS (AL)
David Lesser, Clovis North HS (CA)
Jarrett Lipman, Claudia Taylor Johnson HS (TX)
John Miller, American Fork HS (UT)
Mark Stone, Ayala HS (CA)
Frank Troyka, Berkner HS (TX) – Ret.

Drum Major Staff
Bobby Lambert, Wando HS (SC)

Percussion Staff
Matt Henley, Western Carolina University (NC)
Jon Henson, Western Carolina University (NC)

Colorguard and Dance Staff
Susie Harloff, MFA Summer Symposium Director (IN)
Betsy Heathcock, Dance Specialist (TX)
Scott Beck, Colorguard Specialist (GA)
Rhea Jeanne Starnes, Colorguard Specialist (GA)

Musical Arrangers
Thom Hannum, University of Massachusetts (MA)
Percussion Arranger

Michael Klesch, Freelance Composer (MA)
Music Arranger

Music for All is proud to be a new co-sponsor of the Central Indiana Track Show Association (CITSA), along with our partner Music Travel Consultants.

We asked CITSA band directors what topics and professional development sessions would be most valuable and helpful to you. From those responses, we’ve created a one day CITSA Directors’ Academy at the Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha.

CITSA Directors’ Academy
Friday, June 26, 2015
Ball State University, Muncie, IN

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.   Electronics and Percussion – Glenn Fugett
10:10 - 11:40 a.m.   Warm-Up Exercises for A Short Amount of Time – David McGrath
11:50 a.m. – 1:20 p.m   Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.   What is the Best Use of My Time in Critique? – Lee Carlson
3:10 – 4:40 p.m.   Why Some Shows are Effective and Others Are Not – Michael Gray
4:45 – 6:00 p.m   Picnic Dinner – Full Camp, Pre-DCI Show
Stadium Shuttle runs 4:30pm-7:30pm. Pick-up is from Emens Auditorium Circle Drive.
7:00 p.m.   Drum Corps International Central Indiana
Shuttle from Stadium to Emens Circle Drive runs 9:15 p.m.-10:45 p.m.

Price: $55 for a CITSA Director
Includes sessions, lunch, picnic dinner, and ticket to the DCI Central Indiana show. Housing not included.

Register for CITSA Directors' Academy online today!
Download PDF version of the CITSA Flyer

Are you in high school band? Then we invite you to join us for an amazing week-long summer camp unlike anything else you can attend – America's Camp for high school band and orchestra students in all areas of instrumental music and marching band performance.

Late Fee Waiver – Use by June 1

Our gift to you: For responding to our link on, please download this certificate which will allow you to waive the Symposium Late Registration Fee if you register by June 1, 2015 ($65 late fee in effect after May 20).

Student Divisions include:

Marching Band, with Carolina Crown!
Not only will you work with Jeff Young and the amazing marching band staff, you'll rehearse and perform on field with the Carolina Crown, corps-in-residence, during Friday night's DCI Central Indiana. Learn more about the Marching Band Division.

Color Guard
Join Susie Harloff and the incredible, talented color guard staff for a week of learning and fun! For Flags, Rifles, Sabres at all levels, including a Master Class track for more advanced students. Learn more about the Color Guard Division.

Marching Percussion
Mike McIntosh has assembled an all-star percussion faculty, including Tom Aungst, caption head for Carolina Crown and DCI Hall of Fame member to lead the Marching Percussion track! Learn more about the Percussion Division.

Bands of America Drum Major Institute
Join division coordinator Bobby Lambert and the greatest team of drum major instructors on the planet! Come learn the CORE Teaching Principles: Character, Content, Communication and Chemistry. Learn more about the BOA Drum Major Institute.

Seeing is Believing!

Visit our video playlist to watch videos from last year's camp, including with the Marching Band and Carolina Crown and every student division.

More Student Divisions

Student Division also include Concert Band, Jazz, and Orchestra. See the menu on the left to find details on everything about camp!

Kick it off with the Leadership Weekend Experience with Fran Kick and the Leadership Team!

Directors' Academy, too

Professional development for High School and Middle School Band Directors, plus the Percussion Specialist Academy and Color Guard Instructor Academy.

Be Part of the Band In the 2021 Rose Parade!

50 states, 300 members, one band... an unforgettable experience

Music for All is honored to have received an invitation for the Bands of America Honor Band to perform in the 132nd Rose Parade, January 1, 2021 in Pasadena, California.

It's not too early to plan to apply!

The Bands of America Honor Band marched in the 2005, 2009, 2013, and 2017 Rose Parades and were part of the Rose Parade’s President’s Award-winning entry in 2009. Membership in the 2021 Bands of America Honor Band, representing all 50 of the United States of America.

Eligible applicants must be high school students with a graduation years of 2020 or later. (Class of 2020 seniors will be eligible.)

Music for All’s mission is to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. The splendor and excitement of the Rose Parade is an experience of a lifetime for student performers. The national Bands of America Honor Band gives students from every high school band program in the country the opportunity to audition for a performance spot in this unforgettable event.

Coverage of the 2017 Bands of America Honor Band

Video coverage and photo galleries from the 2017 Honor Band experience!

Application for the 2021 Honor Band will open in 2019. You can download the informational brochure for the 2017 band to learn more – pricing, dates, and some details will change, but the 2017 brochure will give you an idea of what this exceptional experience entails.



About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses ®

Every New Year’s Day since 1890, the world has come to Pasadena, California, USA. Nearly a million come in person for the tradition and pageantry, and for fun! Hundreds of millions more watch the worldwide broadcasts on TV in more than 200 international territories.

In addition to the parade, the Tournament of Roses experience will include a performance at Bandfest, which will feature the prize-winning bands of the 2021 Rose Parade®