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Erin Fortune
Erin Fortune is the Director of Sponsorships at Music for All and has been working with Music for All since 2010, first in the Participant Relations department, followed by the marketing department as Marketing Manager, and is now in advancement. She is a graduate of the Music Industry Management program at Ferris State University in Michigan and is a former Percussive Arts Society Intern and a Yamaha Corporation of America, Band and Orchestral Division Intern.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

2018 Jazz Band of America

2018 Jazz Band of America

Part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
March 13-16, 2018

The Jazz Band of America features members selected by recorded audition from music programs across the nation. The 2018 Jazz Band of America members first came together Wednesday morning for three days of rehearsals before tonight’s concert. The Jazz Band of America members represent the best high school jazz musicians in America.

Rupert JeffJeff Rupert
2018 Conductor
Director of Jazz Studies, University of Central Florida
Yamaha Performing Artist

Saxophonist Jeff Rupert is a Yamaha performing artist. Performing and recording credits include associations with Diane Schuur, Mel Tormé, Kevin Mahogany, Ernestine Anderson, and Benny Carter’s Grammy winning “Harlem Renaissance.”
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Sean Jones
Guest Artist, Trumpet

Music and spirituality have always been fully intertwined in the artistic vision of trumpeter, composer, educator, and activist Sean Jones. Singing and performing as a child with the church choir in his hometown of Warren, OH, Jones switched from the drums to the trumpet upon his first exposure to Miles Davis at the age of 10 and found further influence upon his discovery of the immortal visionary John Coltrane when he was a 19-yearold classical trumpet performance major at Youngstown State University.
Read Full Bio.

Concert Program Selections

Musical program to be selected from:

The Serpents Tooth .....................................David Milazzo, Saxophone, Vandoren Emerging Artist Winner
Bad Moon ............................................................................................................Jeff Rupert
B.M.O.C. ..............................................................................................................Jeff Rupert
Cuban Fantasy ...................................................................................Ray Bryant/arr. Jeff Rupert
Bad Moon ...........................................................................................................Jeff Rupert
The Eternal Triangle ......................................................................................Edward "Sonny" Stitt
Move, Move, Move .............................................................................Alan Hawkshaw/arr. Jeff Rupert
Smoke Gets in your Eyes .................................... Jerome Kern & Otto Harbach/arr. Michael Phillip Mossman
Spiderman Theme ....................................................................Paul Francis & Bob Harris/arr. Jeff Rupert
The New Creole Love Call ........................................................................................Jeff Rupert
The One For You ................................................................................................ Harry Allen

2018 Jazz Band Members

Ensemble members listed alphabetically.

Alto Saxophone
Aaron Kaufman-Levine – Oak Park River Forest H.S., IL
Ian Munoz – New World School of the Arts, FL

Tenor Saxophone
Jonathan Aviles – The Osceola County School for the Arts, FL
Evan Kappelman – Olathe East H.S., KS

Baritone Saxophone
Noah Barrios – Dr. Phillips H.S., FL

Trumpet
Sam Butler – Fairhope H.S., AL
Summer Camargo – Dillard H.S., FL
Stephane Clement – New World School of the Arts, FL
Jonathan Shillingford – New World School of the Arts, FL
Luca Stine – Florida Virtual School, FL

Trombone
Spencer Banister – Papillion La Vista South H.S., NE
Robert Jones – Belmont H.S., MA
Mick Pepper – Tavares H.S., FL
Jack Trathen – Raleigh Charter H.S., NC

Bass Trombone
Joseph Turgeon – Jesuit H.S., CA

Bass
Calvin Gay – New World School of the Arts, FL

Guitar
Aidan Murrow – Christian Brothers College H.S., MO

Piano
Jason Picker – Canyon Crest Academy, CA

Drumset
Austin Kim – Los Angeles County H.S. for the Arts, CA

Vandoren Emerging Artist, Guest Soloist
David Milazzo, Saxophone

Past Jazz Band of America Members

 Conductor and Guest Artist Biographies

Rupert Jeff

Jeff Rupert
2018 Conductor
Director of Jazz Studies, University of Central Florida

Saxophonist Jeff Rupert is a Yamaha performing artist. Performing and recording credits include associations with Diane Schuur, Mel Tormé, Kevin Mahogany, Ernestine Anderson, and Benny Carter’s Grammy winning “Harlem Renaissance.” Jeff Rupert toured for 15 years with Sam Rivers; four albums ensued, and from 1997- 2002 he toured and recorded with Maynard Ferguson.

Jeff Rupert’s six recordings as a leader all charted on Jazz Week. Do That Again! was #39 out of the top 100 jazz albums of 2014, and “En Plein Air: The Jazz Professors Play Monet” charted on Jazz Week to #29. Performance venues include the Blue Note, Birdland, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Tokyo Forum, the National concert hall of Taipei, Taiwan, and jazz festivals in Europe, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.

Rupert’s latest release “Let’s Sail Away” with Veronica Swift, Richard Drexler and Marty Morell was #1 on the jazz charts. As a composer and arranger, Rupert has written for Bob Berg, James Moody, Maynard Ferguson, Kenny Drew Jr., Kevin Mahogany, and Judy Carmichael. Rupert has produced four big band albums for the Flying Horse Big Band, all featuring original compositions and arrangements. Jeff Rupert is Pegasus Professor, Trustee Endowed Chair, and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida (UCF), and founder of Flying Horse Records.

Sean Jones
Guest Artist, Trumpet

Music and spirituality have always been fully intertwined in the artistic vision of trumpeter, composer, educator, and activist Sean Jones. Singing and performing as a child with the church choir in his hometown of Warren, OH, Jones switched from the drums to the trumpet upon his first exposure to Miles Davis at the age of 10 and found further influence upon his discovery of the immortal visionary John Coltrane when he was a 19-yearold classical trumpet performance major at Youngstown State University.

After receiving his Master’s Degree, also in classical trumpet performance from Rutgers University, Jones had a six-month stint with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. This marked the beginning of a relationship with Wynton Marsalis, who offered Jones a permanent position as lead trumpeter, and Jones remained there until 2010. A highly respected and in-demand musician, Jones was prominently featured with a number of artists, recording and/or performing with major figures including Illinois Jacquet, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, Nancy Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Gerald Wilson, and Marcus Miller. The relationship with Miller led to Jones being selected for the Tribute to Miles tour in 2011 with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.

The trust and support of those giants led Jones to a decision to focus on performing with his own ensembles, and to begin his longtime relationship with Mack Avenue Records, for whom he has released eight albums. Heavily involved in education, Jones serves as the Berklee College of Music’s Chair of the Brass Department. Jones is current Artist-in-Residence at San Francisco Performances and is a member of The SFJAZZ Collective.

Monday, January 14, 2019

2018 Honor Orchestra of America

Honor Orchestra of America 

Part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
March 14-17, 2018

Music for All’s Honor Orchestra of America is a prestigious ensemble bringing together outstanding high school musicians from across the nation. Members are selected by recorded audition. They will come together for the first time on Wednesday, March 14 in Indianapolis, just days prior to their concert performances.

Livingston Larry

Larry J. Livingston
2018 Conductor & Artistic Director
Chair, Conducting Department, Thornton School of Music
University of Southern California

Mr. Livingston has appeared with the Houston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, at the Festival de Musique in France, with the Stockholm Wind Orchestra, the Leopoldinum Orchestra in Poland, the Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in Rumania, and the Pan Pacific Festival Orchestras in Sydney. Read full bio. 

Ahn Sey

Sey Ahn
Assistant Conductor
Idyllwild Arts Foundation

A 2015 fellow of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, Sey Ahn is the Assistant Conductor of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation’s Summer Music Festival and the Music for All Honor Orchestra of America held annually in Indianapolis. She recently served as the Music Director and Professor of Conducting at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has been a guest conductor of the all-state orchestras of Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Tennessee, Iowa, and Kentucky. Read full bio. 

2018 Concert Program

Procession of the Nobles ................................................................................Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 .........................................................................Dmitri Shostakovich

 

2018 Honor Orchestra Members

Ensemble members listed alphabetically. 

Violin
Alain Alvarado – New World School of the Arts, FL
Andrés Caveda – Miami Arts Studio 6-12 at Zelda Glazer, FL
Mikayla Chan – Herricks H.S., NY
Yueci Chen – Mount Pisgah Christian School, GA
John Cho – Woodbridge H.S., CA
Andrew DeWeese – Charlotte Latin School, SC
Noam Elisha – Esperanza H.S., CA
Isabel Evans – Oak Park River Forest H.S., IL
Katie Fair – Maryville H.S., TN
Michelle Fu – Hanford H.S., WA
Solveig Geenen – David H. Hickman H.S., MO
Ashley Gomez – Coral Reef Senior High, FL
Tiffany Jean – Woodbridge H.S., CA
Ye Jin – Valor Christian H.S., CO
Sean Kim – Irvine H.S., CA
Christina Kim – Herricks H.S., NY
Melanie King – Melbourne H.S., FL
Ryan Larson – Avon H.S., IN
Justin Lee – Adlai E. Stevenson H.S., IL
Marcus Mizelle – Avon H.S., IN
Andrew Nguyen – Avon H.S., IN
Minsoo Park – Valor Christian H.S., CO
Angela Ramirez – .Miami Arts Studio 6-12 at Zelda Glazer, FL
Edwin Ramos – Mt. Eden H.S., CA
Catherine Sager – Homeschool, FL
Julia Sellman – The Eclectic Preparatory Academy of Learning, GA
Hannah Simmon – Avon H.S., IN
Claire Tseng – Buchholz H.S., FL

Viola
Bryan Back – duPont Manual H.S., KY
Ritika Bhadouriya – Fishers H.S., IN
Stephanie Chung – Portola H.S., CA
Caroline Emenaker – Avon H.S., IN
Zachary Huang Ogata – Northwood H.S., CA
Claire Kim – Woodbridge H.S., CA
Jae Hwan Lee – Northwood H.S., CA
Adam Savage – Homeschool, FL
Alexandra Spees – Avon H.S., IN
Megan Xu – Great Neck North H.S., NY

Cello
Jasmina Buljubasic – Mt. Eden H.S., CA
David Choi – Northwood H.S., CA
Andrew Do – Northwood H.S., CA
Sheridan Eggers – Zionsville Community H.S., IN
Grace Gill – Lakewood H.S., OH
Claire Jang – Sage H.S., CA
Phebe Sager – Homeschool, FL
Wooyoung Son – Portola H.S., CA
Jennifer Sun – Avon H.S., IN
Jazmine Susana – Avon H.S., IN
Je hoon Yoo – University H.S., CA
Ainslee Zou – Concord H.S., IN

Bass
Nicholas Caux – Maryville H.S., TN
Hollie Greenwood – Roswell H.S., GA
Jackson Hudgins – Avon H.S., IN
Jacob Kolodny – Germantown Academy, PA
Angela Leeper – Ola H.S., GA
Diego Martinez – Houston H.S., TN
Broner McCoy – Franklin H.S., TN
Shane Savage – Homeschool, FL
Chelsea Strayer – San Marcos H.S., CA
Sungwon Woo – Irvine H.S., CA

Flute
Yingyin Chen – Oakton H.S., VA
Abby Losos – Aledo H.S., TX
Annie Zhao – Montgomery Blair H.S., MD

Oboe
Andres Ayola – LaGuardia H.S., NY
Robert Diaz – Interlochen Arts Academy, FL

Bassoon
Jordan Dreyer – West Milford H.S., NJ
James Smelley – Hillcrest H.S., AL

Clarinet
Ji Heon Kim – Fort Lee H.S., NJ
Julia Qiu – Corona del Sol H.S., AZ
Ashrey Shah – Portales H.S., NM

Contrabassoon
Mitchell Dubin – Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts 6-12, PA

French Horn
Brianna Garcon. – Dillard Center for the Arts, FL
Molly Kaplan – Hagerty H.S., FL
Hannah Kim – Marriotts Ridge H.S., MD
James Picarello – Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, NY
Logan Pierce – Cypress Creek H.S., TX

Trumpet
Quincy Erickson – Eden Prairie H.S., MN
James Hong – Mounds View H.S., MN
Shuzo Katayama – Fort Lee H.S., NJ
Ernest Miranda – Upland H.S., CA

Trombone
Michael Barski – Park City H.S., UT
Trevor Kimbrell – Wando H.S., SC

Bass Trombone
Matthew DeRossett – Lafayette H.S., KY

Tuba
Ethyn Evans – Sulphur H.S., LA

Percussion
Chandler Beaugrand – Interlochen Arts Academy, FL
Rudra Gautam – Eastside H.S., FL
Jonathan Lucke – Rossview H.S., TN
Reilly McLean – Kell H.S., GA
Jakob Schoenfeld – Interlochen Arts Academy, FL
Elijah Shina – Youth Performing Arts School, KY

Past Honor Orchestra of America Members

Conductor and Music Director Biographies

Livingston Larry

Larry J. Livingston, 2018 Conductor & Artistic Director

Livingston has appeared with the Houston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, at the Festival de Musique in France, with the Stockholm Wind Orchestra, the Leopoldinum Orchestra in Poland, the Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in Rumania, and the Pan Pacific Festival Orchestras in Sydney. The lead jurist for the Besancon International Conducting Competition in France and the Winnipeg Symphony International Conducting Symposium, Maestro Livingston is also the Music Director of the Festival Orchestra at Idyllwild Arts.

Since 2004, Livingston has served as guest conductor at the College Band Directors National Conference in Alice Tully Hall, led All-State Ensembles across the United States including Texas, where he appeared for a record ninth time. From 2004-2012, Livingston was Music Director of Thornton School Orchestras. In recent years, Maestro Livingston conducted the All-State Ensembles of Arizona, New Mexico, Kentucky, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Iowa, Texas, and California, as well as the Katowice Academy Orchestra in Poland.

Livingston has held positions as vice president of the New England Conservatory of Music, Dean of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and Dean of the USC Thornton School of Music, where he Chairs the Conducting Department. Livingston leads the national educational quest, ALL IN, and heads the Education Committee of the Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium.

In 2013, Livingston appeared in the “Lights Out” episode of Glee and was featured as a mentor in the USA Cable Network Television series, “The Moment.” 

Ahn Sey

Sey Ahn, Assistant Conductor

A 2015 fellow of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, Sey Ahn is the Assistant Conductor of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation’s Summer Music Festival and the Music for All Honor Orchestra of America held annually in Indianapolis. She recently served as the Music Director and Professor of Conducting at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has been a guest conductor of the all-state orchestras of Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Tennessee, Iowa, and Kentucky.

Sey Ahn has led orchestral performances in Walt Disney Concert Hall and Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Benedict Music Tent in Aspen, and Alice Tully Hall in New York. Sey Ahn earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Northwestern University, and Master of Music degrees in piano and orchestral conducting from the University of Southern California, where she was a student of Larry Livingston.

She is currently pursuing a Doctorate at the University of Kentucky, where she studies with John Nardolillo, and serves as Assistant Conductor to the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, the UK Philharmonia, and the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

2018 Honor Band of America

2018 Honor Band of America

Part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
March 14-17, 2018

The Honor Band of America is recognized as one of the nation’s premier honor ensembles. Members were selected by recorded audition, and the standards of acceptance for the Honor Band of America are of the highest level. Members first met Wednesday evening (March 14) for three days of rehearsals before Saturday evening's concert. Honor Band of America alumni play in professional symphonies and ensembles, teach music nationwide, and otherwise represent the best and brightest in their fields.

Weiss Scott Festival 2017Scott Weiss
2018 Conductor
Director of Bands, University of South Carolina

Scott Weiss is the Director of Bands and Sarah Bolick Smith Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of South Carolina, where he conducts the USC Wind Ensemble and teaches graduate conducting.
Read Full Bio.


2018 Concert Program

MLK/RFK ....................................................................................................Mohammed Fairouz

World Premiere

Suite from MASS ....................................................................Leonard Bernstein/arr. Michael Sweeney

Featuring The United States Army Brass Quintet

There Are No Words ............................................................................................James Stephenson
Amazing Grace ..................................................................................................arr.William Hines

2018 Honor Band Members

Flute
Cameron Bilek – Victor J. Andrew H.S., IL
Kelsey Chin – Scarsdale H.S., NY
Evan Curatolo – Lincoln-Way East H.S., IL
Katharine Demos – Henry Clay H.S., KY
Michelle Jeon – Phillips Academy, CA
Anne Kickert – Foxcroft School, VA
Peyton Shinkle – Goose Creek H.S., SC
Emily Shoemaker – Jenks H.S., OK
Lucy Thom – Huntsville H.S., AL

Oboe
Meera Bhatia – Lewis Palmer H.S., CO
Abigail Bracken – Jensen Beach H.S., FL
Jiwon Park – Harvard-Westlake School, CA
Colleen Scott – Ballard H.S., KY

Clarinet
Dana Alward – Satellite H.S., FL
Sophia Bracken – Jensen Beach H.S., FL
Madison Childs – Yorkville H.S., IL
Emily Cooper – Paul Laurence Dunbar H.S., KY
Naomi Farkas – River Hill H.S., MD
Matthew Goodrich – Paul Laurence Dunbar H.S., KY
Christopher Maxwell – Putnam City North H.S., OK
Nadine Meister – Centennial H.S., MD
Joshua Melocoton – A.A. Stagg H.S., IL
Ethan Pham – Cypress Ridge H.S., TX
John Sikorski – Victor J. Andrew H.S., IL
Benjamin Swinchoski – Biotechnology H.S., NJ
Tori Venske – Yukon H.S., OK
Stacey Xiang – Ravenwood H.S., TN
Amy Zhou – Dunlap H.S., IL
Ruisheng Zhouren – Desert Vista H.S., AZ

Bass Clarinet
Simon Bakos – William Mason H.S., OH
Heriberto Castro – Miami Arts Studio @ Zelda Glazer 6-12, FL
Sanika Gupte – John Champe H.S., VA

Bassoon
Phillip Baggio – Victor J. Andrew H.S., IL
Christopher Maldonado – Cuthbertson H.S., NC
Matthew Mitchell – Lafayette H.S., KY
Nicholas Nocita – John Hersey H.S., IL

Saxophone - Alto
Edward Chen – Liberty H.S., TX
Micah Cheng – Jenks H.S., OK
Jason Frazier – Franklin H.S., TN
Veronica Leahy – Charlotte Latin School, NC

Saxophone - Tenor
Lolita Nazarov – Smithtown H.S. East, NY
Austin Sparks – Franklin H.S., TN

Saxophone - Bari
Matthew Smith – Jenks H.S., OK

Trumpet
Diego Alfaro – Mt. Eden H.S., CA
Joseph Ardovino, Jr. – Thompson H.S., AL
Brock Baker – Danville H.S., IL
Adam Dinkins – James Bowie H.S., TX
David Ginn – Wando H.S., SC
Mickayla Hamilton – Goose Creek H.S., SC
Taylor Hubbard – Ravenscroft School, NC
Samuel Mitchell – Desoto Central H.S., MS
Jaden Oldham – Deer Creek H.S., OK
Cary Patterson – Oak Ridge H.S., CA
Mikayla Sweet – Deer Creek H.S., OK
Grant Teserovitch – Centerville H.S., OH
Caleb Walker – Oak Mountain H.S., AL
Tyrone Williamson. – Athens Drive H.S., NC

French Horn
Sarah Austin – Cuthbertson H.S., NC
Maxwell Finley – Mt. Eden H.S., CA
Marcus Franck – Thompson H.S., AL
Cooper Freeman – Cypress Creek H.S., TX
Megan Lao – Hillcrest H.S., AL
Steven Locastro – Thompson H.S., AL
Dominick Neville – Tarpon Springs H.S., FL
Joel Persell – Cypress Creek H.S., TX
Phoebe Saboley – Thomas Worthington H.S., OH
Isaac Sepulveda – Dillard Center for the Arts, FL
Tin Van – Cypress Creek H.S., TX
Christian Walker – Thompson H.S., AL

Trombone
Travis Cooke – Oconomowoc H.S., WI
John Dvorak – .Maria Carrillo H.S., CA
Russ Garayanala – Hillcrest H.S., AL
Axel Garcia – Mt. Eden H.S., CA
Annabel Grocott – Cuthbertson H.S., NC
Rohil Javer – .Naperville North H.S., IL
Andrew Lyons – William Mason H.S., OH
Kathryn Meldrum – Oakton H.S., MA
Andrew Phillips – Morton H.S., IL
Ethan Rabb – Wando H.S., SC
Katie Thornton – Franklin H.S., TN

Euphonium
Tyler Demsheck – Wando H.S., SC
Christopher Harrison – Madison Central H.S., KY
Ellen Lee – Madison Central H.S., KY
Nikolai Mukhin – Wando H.S., SC

Tuba
Jacob Alford – Lafayette H.S., KY
Colleen Duggan – Loveland H.S., CO
Thomas Gerald – Catalina Foothills H.S., AZ
Jacob Kopis – Martinsville H.S., IN
Kofi Mosley-Kellum – Wando H.S., SC
Travis Young – Southwest Dekalb H.S., GA

Percussion
Matthew Boyle – Fort Collins H.S., CO
Nicholas Burzumato – Harrisonburg H.S., VA
Hammaad Hassan – Mt. Eden H.S., CA
Mark Larrivee – Norwood H.S., MA
Brandon Meadows – The Colony H.S., TX
John Miller – Madison Central H.S., KY
Ford Smith – Youth Performing Arts School, KY

Past Honor Band of America Members

Conductor Biography

Weiss Scott Festival 2017

Scott Weiss
2018 Conductor
Director of Bands, University of South Carolina

Scott Weiss is the Director of Bands and Sarah Bolick Smith Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of South Carolina, where he conducts the USC Wind Ensemble and teaches graduate conducting. Under his direction, the USC Wind Ensemble has performed before the College Band Directors National Association (2013), the American Bandmasters Association (2014), and the South Carolina Music Educators Association (2012/2017). A strong supporter of new music, Scott Weiss has commissioned and premiered dozens of new works, and he has critically-acclaimed recordings on the Naxos, Summit, and Mark Custom labels. Equally at home conducting wind ensembles and symphony orchestras, he maintains an active international conducting schedule, including recent performances in China with the Hunan Symphony Orchestra, the Inner Mongolia Symphony Orchestra, the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, the Nanchang Philharmonic, and the Shandong Symphony Orchestra.

Monday, January 07, 2019

2019 Festival Performance Schedule

Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
Performance Schedule

Thursday, March 14

Chamber Music National Festival Performances
Indiana Historical Society
FREE EVENT

4:00 p.m.  O’Fallon Township High School Flute Quartet; O’Fallon, IL
4:45 p.m.  Franklin High School Trombone Ensemble; Franklin, TN
5:30 p.m.  Oswego High School Clarinet Choir, Oswego, IL
6:15 p.m.  O’Fallon Township High School Brass Quintet; O’Fallon, IL
7:00 p.m.  Franklin High School Flute Ensemble; Franklin, TN

Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival Performances
Warren Performing Arts Center
FREE EVENT

5:00 p.m.  Permian High School Percussion Project; Odessa, TX
6:00 p.m.  Spartanburg High School Percussion Ensemble; Spartanburg, SC
7:00 p.m.  Yorktown High School Percussion Ensemble; Arlington, VA
8:00 p.m.  Woodland High School Percussion Ensemble; Stockbridge, GA

National Concert Band Festival Performances
Clowes Memorial Hall – Featured Ensembles
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5:00 p.m.  Edmond North High School Wind Ensemble; Edmond, OK
6:00 p.m.  Bentonville High School Wind Symphony; Bentonville, AR
7:00 p.m.  Blue Springs South High School Wind Symphony; Blue Springs, MO
8:00 p.m.  William Mason High School Wind Symphony; Mason, OH

National Concert Band Festival Performances
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts – Invited Ensembles
FREE EVENT

5:30 p.m.  South County High School Symphonic Band; Lorton, VA
6:45 p.m.  Westfield High School Wind Ensemble; Westfield, NJ
8:00 p.m.  Cypress Bay High School Wind Symphony; Weston, FL

Featured Choir Concert; The University of Louisville Cardinal Singers
St. John's Church
FREE EVENT

7:00 p.m.  Featured Choir Concert; The University of Louisville Cardinal Singers, Kent Hatteberg, Director

Chamber Music Concert Featuring  sponsored by Vandoren & Yamaha
Indiana Historical Society
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8:00 p.m.    Chamber Music Concert Featuring  sponsored by Vandoren & Yamaha
                   Featuring: H2 Sax Quartet and Vandoren Emerging Artists

Friday, March 15

National Concert Band Festival Performances
Clowes Memorial Hall – Featured Ensembles
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8:30 a.m.    Evanston Township High School Wind Symphony; Evanston, IL
9:30 a.m.    Oconomowoc High School Wind Symphony; Oconomowoc, WI
10:30 a.m.  Mill Creek High School Wind Ensemble; Hoschton, GA
11:30 a.m.  Mountain Ridge High School Wind Ensemble; Glendale, AZ
1:00 p.m.    Oswego High School Wind Symphony; Oswego, IL
2:00 p.m.    Lakeland Senior High School Wind Symphony; Lakeland, FL
3:00 p.m.    College Park High School Wind Ensemble; The Woodlands, TX

National Concert Band Festival Performances
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts – Invited Ensembles
FREE EVENT

8:30 a.m.    Yorktown High School Symphonic Band; Arlington, VA
9:45 a.m.    Coral Reef High School Wind Ensemble; Miami, FL
11:00 a.m.  Potomac Falls High School Symphonic Band; Sterling, VA
12:15 p.m.  West Valley High School Wind Ensemble; Yakima, WA

Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival Performances
Warren Performing Arts Center
FREE EVENT

9:00 a.m.    Edmond North High School Percussion Ensemble; Edmond, OK
10:00 a.m.  Birdville High School Percussion Ensemble; North Richland Hills, TX
11:00 a.m.  San Marcos High School Percussion Ensemble; San Marcos, CA
12:30 p.m.  Grain Valley High School Percussion Ensemble; Grain Valley, MO
1:30 p.m.    Evanston Township High School Percussion Ensemble; Evanston, IL
2:30 p.m.    Keller Central High School Percussion Ensemble; Fort Worth, TX

Chamber Music National Festival Performances
Indiana Historical Society
FREE EVENT

8:30 a.m.    Rolling Meadows High School Chamber Orchestra; Rolling Meadows, IL
9:15 a.m.    Herricks High School Clarinet Trio; New Hyde Park, NY
10:00 a.m.  Willis High School Low Brass Quartet; Willis, TX
10:45 a.m.  Herricks High School Cello Quartet; New Hyde Park, NY
11:30 a.m.  Willis High School Wind Ensemble Clarinet Quartet; Willis, TX
1:00 p.m.   Willis High School Wind Ensemble Flute Quartet; Willis, TX
1:45 p.m.   Birdville High School Saxophone Quartet; North Richland Hills, TX
2:30 p.m.   Willis High School Trumpet Quartet; Willis, TX
3:15 p.m.   Klein Collins High School String Quartet; Spring, TX
4:00 p.m.   Cypress Woods High School Crimson Quintet; Cypress, TX

National Choir Festival Performances
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
FREE EVENT

Note: Two choirs are unable to attend due to weather: Arvada West Company West, CO and Liberty High School, CO.

8:55 a.m.    Ravenwood High School Chamber Choir; Brentwood, TN
9:20 a.m.    Cuthbertson High School Ladies Chorus; Waxhaw, NC
9:45 a.m.    East Jessamine Middle School 8th Grade Chorus; Nicholasville, KY
10:10 a.m.  East Jessamine High School Chorale; Nicholasville, KY
10:35 a.m.  Colegio Santa Gema Coro Juvenil, Carolina, Puerto Rico
1:00 p.m.    Spencerville Adventist Academy Honors Chorus; Spencerville, MD
1:25 p.m.    Glen Cove High School Select Chorale; Glen Cove, NY
1:50 p.m.    Herron High School Concert Choir; Indianapolis, IN
2:15 p.m.    William Mason High School Honors Concert Choir; Mason, OH
2:40 p.m.    TC Williams High School Advanced Choir; Alexandria, VA

Middle School National Music Festival Performances
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
FREE EVENT

2:00 p.m. Argyle Middle School Honor Winds; Argyle, TX
2:45 p.m. Trinity Springs Middle School Wind Ensemble; Fort Worth, TX
3:30 p.m. Sartartia Middle School Wind Ensemble; Sugarland, TX
4:15 p.m. Kaimuki Middle School Symphonic Winds; Honolulu, HI

Honor Orchestra of America & Jazz Band of America Concert
Clowes Memorial Hall
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8:00 p.m.    Honor Orchestra of America & Jazz Band of America Concert 

Saturday, March 16

Middle School National Music Festival Performances
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
FREE EVENT

8:30 a.m.    Lynn Lucas Middle School Honor Band; Willis, TX
9:15 a.m.    Cooper Middle School Symphonic Band; McLean, VA
10:00 a.m.  Crossroads South Middle School Wind Ensemble; Monmouth Junction, NJ

National Concert Band Festival Performances
Clowes Memorial Hall – Featured Ensembles
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8:30 a.m.    Keller Central High School Wind Ensemble; Fort Worth, TX
9:30 a.m.    Permian High School Symphonic Band; Odessa, TX
10:30 a.m.  San Marcos High School Wind Symphony; San Marcos, CA
11:30 a.m.  North Hardin High School Wind Symphony; Radcliff, KY

Music for All National National Percussion Festival Honors Concert
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
FREE EVENT

12:00 p.m    National Percussion Festival Honors Concerts 

Music for All National Choir Festival Choir Performance
Palladium Center for the Performing Arts
FREE EVENT

1:30 p.m.   Music for All National Choir Festival Choir with the Ball State University

Honor Orchestra of America Concert
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
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8:00 p.m.    Honor Orchestra of America Concert

Honor Band of America Concert
Clowes Memorial Hall
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8:00 p.m.   Honor Band of America Concert

Monday, November 26, 2018

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday!

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During my nine years with Music for All, I have had the absolute pleasure to witness over 1 million students go through Music for All programming. Their experiences with Music for All have been part of their journey for excellence in personal development, ensemble achievement, leadership, teamwork, and the creation of art.  

In my current role at Music for All, I work to raise money through sponsorships, grants, and through donations from individuals like you. Thanks to you, we are able to help support and sustain our current programming, but even more importantly, to further Music for All’s vision to ensure that EVERY child across America has access and opportunity to engage in active music-making in their scholastic environment. 

I’m here, not only as an employee of Music for All but as an active donor myself, because I believe 100% that the experiences and life skills that students receive through music education (and Music for All programming) are not only important, but essential in helping to create a better world full of people who have empathy for each other and know how to work together toward a common goal. 

On #GivingTuesday, and throughout the end of this year, I urge you to consider showing your support of Music for All through a donation to the 2019 Music for All Summer Symposium Scholarship Fund.

I’d like to share an excerpt from a "thank you" letter that we received from a past Summer Symposium Scholarship recipient. Trinity is able to put her experience into words in a way I cannot of why these experiences are so important.

“I’d like to thank you for the Scholarship to Summer Symposium. I learned many valuable things. Not only did it provide me with the opportunity to have an insight into college life, but I also was provided with lessons that I will be able to use for the rest of my life. The teachers and even the SWAGs inspired me to pursue what I want in college. They taught me that it’s okay to be different and that no matter where you go, there will always be someone to challenge you.

I was also having trouble deciding what colleges to apply for. Seeing the Ball State campus and students enjoying their time there makes me want to apply even more. Going to Summer Symposium helped me stop being afraid of college and learn to embrace the opportunities that come with it.

Not only did I discover all these things, but I also discovered myself. When I came to the Symposium for the first time I was very introverted and insecure. This place and all these people helped me come out of my shell, to become more confident in myself and my decision-making. The people taught me many valuable things, but out of everything, the most valuable concept I learned was to be a leader. 

Being a leader has helped me become more than just a listener. It has taught me to follow what I believe, speak my opinion, and be committed in every aspect of life. This leadership is a skill that is helpful in school, but in real life as well. Leadership has assisted in overcoming my anxiety. I don’t let anxiety hold me back anymore. For this, and for everything else, I thank you." 

 - Trinity, Summer Symposium Scholarship Recipient 

Please help us ensure that even more students, like Trinity, can have these types of experiences that will set them up for success for the rest of their lives. 

In 2018 alone, Music for All programs reached more than 144,000 participants. If even 25% of those who participated this year each donated $5 that would be $180,000 that we could raise to help provide access and opportunity to more students across the country.   

If music education has been an important part of your and your family's life… pay it forward this holiday season. $5, $10, $15 – any amount can make a difference and help make sure someone else has the same opportunity that you did.   

If you can’t give monetarily this year, you can still give. I’d love to hear from you about how being involved with Music for All has impacted your life. Email me and share your story! Even better, consider sharing that story online as well and encourage your friends and family to donate this holiday season.

Wishing you the very best this Holiday season,

 

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For #GivingTuesday 2018, all donations received from 8:00 a.m. ET (5:00 a.m. PT) on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 through Facebook Fundraising will be matched by Facebook and Paypal. The matching offer will expire when $7 million in donations is reached or at 11:59 p.m. PT on November 27th. The button above will take you to Music for All's Fundraising Page on Facebook.

If you would like to support Music for All, but do not want to use the Facebook platform, you can also make a donation directly through Music for All's website  (this will not be counted toward the Facebook/Paypal match but is certainly appreciated).

 

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Music for All is proud to be a part of this global celebration of giving. 
Join us in supporting the 2019 Summer Symposium Scholarship Fund on #GivingTuesday 2018!

Created by New York’s 92nd Street Y and United Nations Foundation in 2012, #GivingTuesday is a global holiday that celebrates generosity and kindness by giving to nonprofit organizations all around the world. While Black Friday and Cyber Monday start off the buying season, #GivingTuesday starts off the giving season. 

Please consider joining Music for All this year on #GivingTuesday, November 27, with a donation to support 2019 Summer Symposium Scholarships.

Because of our generous supporters, we were able to award 194 scholarships for students to attend America’s Camp last year leveling the playing field for young musicians with financial need to be part of a truly life-changing experience!

Still, countless students each year are unable to attend due to their financial situation. At Music for All, we believe that every student deserves to have access and opportunity to participate in active music making. That is why we provide both full and partial scholarships to support deserving students.

This summer, America’s Camp celebrates its 44th anniversary! That will be 44 years of giving student musicians and music educators an opportunity to be part of an invaluable weeklong immersive learning camp that prepares them for the future.

The 1,700+ students and educators who attend camp this year will leave with heightened…

  • Leadership skills
  • Confidence through meaningful music creation
  • Instrumental knowledge
  • Performance skills

Our programs are making a difference, but there are more students for us to reach.

It is my hope that you will join me and give your most generous gift today so we can achieve our mission and support more students this summer than ever.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

2018 Bands of America Results

Results, as announced at the awards ceremonies, will be posted here as soon as possible following the conclusion of each awards ceremony. Full recaps are posted by Monday morning, earlier if possible. If a link below is not yet live, the results are not yet posted.

November 8-10, 2018

Grand National Championships – Lucas Oil Stadium

November 2-3, 2018

San Antonio, TX – SUPER REGIONAL – The Alamodome

November 3, 2018

Southern California – L.A. Valley College

October 26-27, 2018

St. Louis, MO – SUPER REGIONAL – The Dome at America's Center

October 27, 2018

Powder Springs, GA – McEachern H.S.

St. George, UT – Dixie State University

October 19-20, 2018

Indianapolis, IN SUPER REGIONAL – Lucas Oil Stadium

October 20, 2018

Newark, DE – University of Delaware

Pleasant Hill, CA – Diablo Valley College

October 13, 2018

Orlando, FL – Camping World Stadium

Canton, OH – Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium

Gaffney, SC – Gaffney H.S.

Waco, TX – Waco ISD Stadium

  • The Regional at Waco was canceled due to weather.

October 6, 2018

Jacksonville, AL – Jacksonville State University

Bedford, TX – Pennington Field

Houston, TX – Woodforest Bank Stadium

September 29, 2018

Austin, TX – Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex

Bowling Green, OH – Bowling Green State University

Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University

September 22, 2018

Oxford, OH – Miami University

McAllen, TX – DQ Fan Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium

Midland, TX – Grande Communications Stadium

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

2018 Festival Performance Schedule

Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
Performance Schedule (as of February 15)

Thursday, March 15

Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival Performances
Warren Performing Arts Center
FREE EVENT

4:30 p.m.     DeKalb High School Percussion Ensemble; DeKalb, IL
5:30 p.m.     Ashley Ridge High School Percussion Ensemble; Summerville, SC
6:30 p.m.     Friendswood High School Percussion Ensemble; Friendswood, TX
7:30 p.m.     Seguin High School Percussion Ensemble; Seguin, TX
8:30 p.m.     Klein Forest Percussion Ensemble; Houston, TX

National Concert Band Festival Performances
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts – Invited Ensembles
FREE EVENT

6:00 p.m.     Joliet West High School Symphonic Band; Joliet, IL
7:15 p.m.     West Boca Raton Community High School Wind Ensemble; Boca Raton, FL
8:30 p.m.     Evergreen High School Wind Symphony; Vancouver, WA

National Concert Band Festival Performances
Clowes Memorial Hall – Featured Ensembles
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5:00 p.m.     Dillard Center for the Arts Wind Orchestra; Fort Lauderdale, FL
6:00 p.m.     Jefferson Forest High School Wind Symphony; Forest, VA
7:00 p.m.     Lockport Township High School Wind Symphony; Lockport, IL
8:00 p.m.     Palmer Ridge High School Wind Ensemble; Monument, CO

Orchestra America National Festival Performances
Hilbert Circle Theatre
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5:00 p.m.     New World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis, IN
6:00 p.m.     Seven Lakes High School Combined Orchestras; Katy, TX
7:00 p.m.     Klein Collins High School Symphony Orchestra; Klein, TX
8:00 p.m.     Hanford High School Symphony Orchestra; Richland, WA

 

Friday, March 16

National Concert Band Festival Performances
Clowes Memorial Hall – Featured Ensembles
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8:30 a.m.     Germantown High School Symphonic Band; Madison, MS
9:30 a.m.     Cypress Ranch High School Wind Ensemble; Cypress, TX
10:30 a.m.   Cherry Creek High School Wind Ensemble; Greenwood Village, CO
11:30 a.m.   Palo Verde High School Wind Orchestra; Las Vegas, NV
1:00 p.m.     Cuthbertson Blue Note Winds; Waxhaw, NC
2:00 p.m.     Creekview High School Wind Symphony; Carrollton, TX
3:00 p.m.     Seven Lakes High School Wind Symphony; Katy, TX

National Concert Band Festival Performances
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts – Invited Ensembles
FREE EVENT

8:30 a.m.     Chantilly High School Symphonic Winds; Chantilly, VA
9:45 a.m.     Sapulpa Wind Ensemble; Sapulpa, OK
11:00 a.m.   Denver School of the Arts Wind Ensemble; Denver, CO
12:45 p.m.   Conroe High School Wind Ensemble; Conroe, TX
2:00 p.m.     Parkway Wind Symphony; Bossier City, LA
3:15 p.m.     Norcross High School Wind Symphony; Norcross, GA
4:30 p.m.     Blacksburg High School Symphonic Band; Blacksburg, VA

Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival Performances
Warren Performing Arts Center
FREE EVENT

8:30 a.m.     Dickerson Middle School Percussion Ensemble; Marietta, GA
9:30 a.m.     Creekview High School Percussion Ensemble; Carrollton, TX
10:30 a.m.   University High School Percussion Ensemble; Orlando, FL
11:30 a.m.   Union High School Percussion Ensemble; Camas, WA
12:30 p.m.   Prosper High School Percussion Ensemble; Prosper, TX

Chamber Music National Festival Performances
Indiana Historical Society
FREE EVENT

8:30 a.m.     Mountain View High School Chamber Strings; Vancouver, WA
9:15 a.m.     Victor J. Andrew High School Flute Quartet; Tinley Park, IL
10:00 a.m.   McLean High School Chamber Winds; McLean, VA
10:45 a.m.   Seven Lakes High School Chamber Orchestra; Katy, TX
11:30 a.m.   Stephenson High School Trombone Choir; Stone Mountain, GA
1:00 p.m.     Huntley High School Saxophone Quartet; Huntley, IL
1:45 p.m.     Salyards Middle School Flute Ensemble; Cypress, TX
2:30 p.m.     Seguin Saxophone Ensemble, Seguin, TX
3:15 p.m.     Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Honor Clarinet Choir; Houston, TX

National Choir Festival Performances
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
FREE EVENT

8:00 a.m.     Herricks High School Chamber Choir; New Hyde Park, NY
8:30 a.m.     Dobyns-Bennett High School Varsity Choir; Kingsport, TN
9:00 a.m.     Miami Union Academy Concert Choir; North Miami, FL
9:30 a.m.     McMeans Junior High School Varsity Choir; Katy, TX
10:00 a.m.   Liberty High School Chamber Singers; Colorado Springs, CO
10:30 a.m.   Lafayette High School Madrigal Singers; Lexington, KY
1:00 p.m.     Oakwood Adventist Academy Choir; Huntsville, AL
1:30 p.m.     Logan High School Chamber Singers; Logan, OH
2:00 p.m.     Kings High School Chamber Choir; Kings Mills, OH
2:30 p.m.     Conner High School Chamber Choir; Hebron, KY
3:00 p.m.     Takoma Academy Chorale; Takoma Park, MD
3:30 p.m.     Little Miami Select Women’s Chorale; Morrow, OH

Honor Orchestra of America & Jazz Band of America Concert
Clowes Memorial Hall
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8:00 p.m.      Honor Orchestra of America & Jazz Band of America Concert

Choral Featured Concert; The Oakwood Aeolians
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church

8:30 p.m.    Choral Featured Concert - The Oakwood Aeolians

 

Saturday, March 17

Orchestra America National Festival Performances
Hilbert Circle Theatre
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8:00 a.m.     Hildebrandt Intermediate Chamber Orchestra; Spring, TX
8:45 a.m.     Hanford High School String Orchestra; Richland, WA
9:30 a.m.     Beck Junior High Chamber Orchestra; Katy, TX

Middle School National Music Festival Performances
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
FREE EVENT

8:00 a.m.     Mason Middle School Symphonic Winds; Mason, OH
8:45 a.m.     Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School Symphonic Band; Fort Collins, CO
9:30 a.m.     Hudson Bend Middle School Honors Band; Austin, TX
10:15 a.m.   West Ridge Middle School Wind Ensemble; Austin, TX
11:00 a.m.   Friendswood Junior High Symphonic Band; Friendswood, TX
11:45 a.m.   Krimmel Symphonic Band; Spring, TX
12:30 p.m.   Bayside Intermediate Wind Ensemble; League City, TX

National Concert Band Festival Performances
Clowes Memorial Hall – Featured Ensembles
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8:00 a.m.     James W. Robinson Secondary School Symphonic Band; Fairfax, VA
9:00 a.m.     Jenks Wind Symphony; Jenks, OK
10:00 a.m.   Legacy High School Wind Symphony; Mansfield, TX
11:00 a.m.   Klein Collins High School Wind Ensemble; Klein, TX
12:00 p.m.   University High School Wind Ensemble; Orange City, FL

Music for All National Choir Festival Mass Choir Performance
Hilbert Circle Theatre

2:00 p.m.    Music for All National Choir Festival Mass Choir Performance

Honor Orchestra of America Concert
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
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8:00 p.m.    Honor Orchestra of America Concert

Chamber Music Concert
University of Indianapolis, Christel De Haan Fine Arts Center
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1400 E. Hanna Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46227

8:00 p.m.    Chamber Music Concert

Honor Band of America Concert
Clowes Memorial Hall
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8:00 p.m.   Honor Band of America Concert

Join us at the 2018 Bands of America Championships

From the first step on the field with the BOA event environment for performers and spectators to the excitement of the awards ceremonies, Bands of America Championships create an aura of excellence that fosters healthy competition and student and professional development, all in an atmosphere of celebration for the entire band program.

We provide the finest venues, quality evaluation, and opportunities to observe other bands, all in a positive, affirming, and celebratory atmosphere. Participating bands receive commentary from the most skilled judges and educators in the nation. For the band director, Bands of America Championships are an opportunity to demonstrate excellence, and to evaluate the achievement of your students, as well as the progress of your program on a national level.

Bands of America fall programs are just one of the many ways Music for All works year-round to support and advance music education for everyone. Whether our programming for marching band, concert band, orchestra, or choir; our professional, leadership, and musical development for directors and students; or our national leadership role in promoting and defending music and arts education through advocacy efforts – Music for All is here for you.

Event Overview

Regional Championships

Bands of America Regional Championships are complete championships and educational events in their own right, not qualifying events for the Grand National Championships. Up to 34 bands perform in preliminary competition with 10 bands advancing to the evening Finals. Events that do not have 18 bands enrolled by May 15 are subject to cancellation by BOA. Some Fall Regional Championships will have a parking fee of up to $30 per bus/truck. Amounts will be communicated in your Acknowledgement Mailing. With your enrollment in a BOA Regional Championship, your participation includes:

Early Season Regional: $700 per band 

  • 25 Field Passes* for Preliminaries, with an option to purchase more
  • 15 Day Passes* (Day Pass includes one general admission Prelims and Finals ticket.) (Minimum face value $345)
  • 6 Director / Staff Badges good for admission to Prelims and Finals, with an option to purchase more
  • Each student from a non-finalist band will receive a complimentary Finals ticket
  • All bands will receive an educational videographer pass at band check-in
  • Face value of tickets and passes: at least $858

Regular Season Regional: $875 per band

  • 25 Field Passes* for Preliminaries, with an option to purchase more
  • 20 Day Passes* Day Pass includes one general admission Prelims and Finals ticket. (Minimum face value $460)
  • 6 Director / Staff Badges good for admission to Prelims and Finals, with an option to purchase more
  • Each student from a non-finalist band will receive a complimentary Finals ticket
  • All bands will receive an educational videographer pass at band check-in
  • *Face Value of tickets and passes: at least $973

Super Regional Championships: $875 per band

Bands of America Super Regionals offer enhanced two-day regional events at world-class venues, second only to the Grand Nationals experience. 

NEW IN 2018! Expanded Prelim and Judging Format Change for Super Regionals

Bands of America Super Regionals offer enhanced two-day regional events at world-class venues, second only to the Grand Nationals experience. For the last several years, Music for All has experienced an increased demand for participation in our Super Regional Championships, particularly the San Antonio Super Regional. We have a responsibility to provide access for as many bands as possible to our Bands of America Championships.

In order to provide the opportunity for more bands to participate, an updated format for 2018 will allow for an increased maximum of 80 bands at the Super Regionals, utilizing two judging panels for preliminary competition. Prelims will take place over two days, with a maximum of 50 bands on Friday, 30 bands on Saturday, and Finals Saturday evening.

The judging responsibilities for Super Regionals will be divided into A and B panels, alternating between blocks. (See BOA Official Procedures and Adjudication Handbook for specifics. The 2018 Handbook will be released by May 2018.) If there are 45 or more bands enrolled at a Super Regional, 14 bands regardless of classification will advance to finals. If there are less than 45 bands, 12 bands regardless of classification will advance to finals.

All Super Regional events will have a parking fee of up to $30 per bus/truck. With your enrollment in a BOA Super Regional Championship, your participation includes: 

  • 25 Field Passes* for Preliminaries, with an option to purchase more
  • 20 Combo Tickets* (Combo ticket includes general admission to each session – Friday Prelims, Saturday Prelims and Saturday Finals.)
  • All bands will receive an educational videographer pass at band check-in
  • 6 Director / Staff Badges* good for admission to Prelims and Finals, with an option to purchase more
  • *Face value of tickets and passes: at least $2,198

Grand National Championships: $975 per band

NEW IN 2018! Judging Format Change for Grand Nationals

The Grand National Championships is a three-day, Preliminary, Semi-Finals, Finals event. Fifty bands perform in each of the two separate Prelims contests (Thursday and Friday), balanced with like numbers of bands from each class. For fall 2018, judging responsibilities will be divided into A and B panels, alternating between blocks, per day. A minimum of 30 bands then advance to Semi-Finals with a formula that ensures inclusion of representatives of each of the four classes and the top scoring bands from the two separate Prelims contests and the overall event. (See BOA Official Procedures and Adjudication Handbook for specifics. The 2018 Handbook will be released by May 2018.) The top 12 scoring bands from Semi-Finals, regardless of class, advance to Saturday evening’s Finals.

  • 25 Field Passes* for Preliminaries, with an option to purchase more (on the day your band performs)
  • 20 Semi-Finals Tickets*
  • 6 Director / Staff Badges* good for admission to Prelims, Semi-Finals, and Finals, with an option to purchase more
  • All bands will receive an educational videographer pass at band check-in
  • *Face value of tickets and passes: at least $1,839

Eligibility and How to Apply

All high school bands are eligible to enroll in BOA Regional or Super Regional, and Grand National marching band championships. Bands do not have to enroll in a Regional Championship to enroll in Grand Nationals. All events are open on a first-come, first-served basis. Bands may choose competitive or input only participation. Applications must be signed by both the director and the school principal or superintendent, and must be accompanied by the Participation Cooperative Fee to be considered a complete registration. 

Registration Requirements

Registration is complete once an application form has been submitted, a consent form signed and submitted by the band director and school principal, and the Participation Cooperative (enrollment) Fee has been paid.

How to Apply

You can complete your application online, with the option to pay online with a credit card, or offline with a check. Regardless of payment method, payment MUST be postmarked by the January 31 deadline for your application to be considered complete and eligible for the initial random draw. Online applications will still require a consent form. Your administrator indicated in your online application will receive an online consent form by email immediately upon submission of your online application.

A complete registration consists of an application, a consent form, and payment. A Purchase Order UNFULFILLED or NOT PAID by January 31 will NOT be considered a registration complete by the postmark deadline of January 31, therefore not eligible for the random draw.  Payment – either deposit option OR full amount – must be postmarked or submitted, online or by mail, with a completed application including administrator signature, by January 31 for a band to be considered for the initial draw for performance times.

Paper applications must include the signed consent form on page 1 of the paper application and payment (credit card or check only) to be considered complete. No purchase orders will be accepted as a method of payment to complete registrations.

Scheduling

Complete registrations received on or before the designated postmark date of January 31 are eligible for the initial random draw. After January 31, performance times, if available, will be based on the postmark of application, with the earlier postmark receiving the later performance time. A complete registration consists of an application, a signed consent form, and payment. 

Regional Championships

Any 2017 Regional Champion (with complete registration submitted on or before January 31) is given its choice of prelim performance time at the event they won the previous year.

Super Regionals Championships

The structure/procedure (in order of consideration) for Day of Performance is as follows:

  • Any 2017 Bands of America (BOA) Regional Champion, the 2017 Grand National Champion or the 2017 Grand National Class Champion enrolled in the event may choose its day of performance (Friday or Saturday). 
  • Bands that request a Friday performance draw slot on their enrollment application will be assigned to perform on Friday. 
  • The 30 bands that are the farthest distance from the performance venue will be given priority for a Saturday Prelim performance time. After Saturday slots have been filled, the remaining participating bands (those geographically closest to the performance venue), will have a Prelim performance time on Friday. 
  • Distance is determined by using mileage information from school street address to stadium street address obtained from Google Maps.
  • In the event that performance spots remain in the show, bands that apply after the postmarked date of Jan. 31 will be placed in the earliest prelim times on Friday.

Grand National Championships

All Bands 325 Miles or Further from Indianapolis

There will be two preliminary events–Thursday Prelims and Friday Prelims–with up to 50 bands each. Bands of America recognizes that the travel distance for some bands will necessitate missing one to two days of school just for travel time. In order to retain the integrity of Grand Nationals as a national championship and enable bands from across the nation to participate, BOA will allow bands traveling from schools located more than 325 miles (one way) from Indianapolis to choose to either be part of the regular performance time draw OR choose to participate in a special draw for the first block of times in the Prelims 2 contest. Bands from schools more than 325 miles (one way) from Indianapolis must select their preference on the application form.

Thursday Prelims Volunteer Opportunity

It is feasible for groups within an approximate 200 mile radius of Indianapolis to perform on Thursday, return home for a full day of school on Friday, then return to Indianapolis. Bands that volunteer will be assured performance times prior to 8:30 p.m. Bands can select this option on the application form.

Point System

If more applications are received by the designated postmark date than spots in a show, a Bands of America point system is used to determine which bands are eligible for the initial draw. Points are allotted based on band participation in BOA events over the previous four years. The 2018 BOA Point System will incorporate a band’s participation from the 2014 through 2017 fall marching band seasons. Bands can earn a maximum of 12 points, with a maximum of three points earned per year. For each year, 1 point is awarded for total Regional and Super Regional participation, and 2 points awarded for Grand Nationals participation. The point system does not affect performance times in any other way.

Important Event Information

Band Classification

Per our commitment to re-evaluate the classification system, classification numbers are re-evaluated every three years and have been updated for 2018. Bands are classified by school enrollment, grades 10-12 only. Under our four-class system, Class A is up to 600 students, Class AA is 601-1250, Class AAA is 1251-1750, and Class AAAA is 1751 and above. For purposes of determining enrollment, your principal must certify enrollment and consider all those students in the grades 10-12 population as reported on fall State and/or FTE funding reports.

Copyright Documentation

Music for All takes care to comply with copyright laws and requires compliance by those who participate in our events. Music for All insists that its participants demonstrate that they have complied with the law by providing evidence of written permission from copyright owners to perform custom musical arrangements. By doing so, we can also meet our own obligations to acquire live performance, mechanical, and synchronization rights. Musical arrangements may not be duplicated or recorded in any form by the user, without permission from the copyright owner.

Event Date Changes and Refund Policy

Because Bands of America uses a large number of collegiate facilities, certain dates on this schedule cannot be finalized until affected conferences issue final fall football and television schedules. Any schedule changes will be communicated to all participating bands. “Postmark” dates and Participation Cooperative Fees will be “protected” should a site or date change require you to transfer to another BOA Regional date/site, or withdraw. Participation Cooperative Fees are not otherwise refundable or transferable from one event to another. We reserve the right to cancel a Regional if 18 bands are not registered by May 15, 2018.

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