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The Music for All Blog
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.

Festival Blog

Fifty orchestras, chamber ensembles, concert bands, and percussion ensembles have been selected to perform at the 26th annual Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, March 9-11, 2017 in Indianapolis. Ensembles were selected following a recorded audition process.

The Music for All National Festival is a non-competitive event, showcasing outstanding high school and middle school music ensembles from across the nation. Participating ensembles will perform in concert and to be evaluated by renowned music educators. The ensembles also participate in master classes and special events.

The Festival comprises the National Concert Band Festival; Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival; Middle School National Music Festival; Chamber Music National Festival; and three national honor ensembles: the Honor Band of America, the Jazz Band of America, and the Honor Orchestra of America. The Music for All National Choir Festival will launch the following year in 2018.

The selected ensembles in 2017 hail from 16 states:


Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School Symphony Orchestra - Bridgewater, NJ; Daniel Musacchio
Nashville School of the Arts String Orchestra - Nashville, TN; Glenn Fugett
North Cobb High School Chamber Orchestra - Kennesaw, GA; Paula Krupiczewicz
Oscar F. Smith High School Chamber Orchestra - Chesapeake, VA; Deanna Kringel

Percussion Ensembles

Cook Middle School Percussion Ensemble - Houston, TX; Michael Dick
Dueitt Middle School Percussion Ensemble - Spring, TX; Tamara Williams
Franklin High School Percussion Ensemble - Franklin, TN; Michael Holland
Kiski Area High School Percussion Ensemble - Vandergrift, PA; Chad Heiny
Langham Creek High School Percussion Ensemble - Houston, TX; Marshall Thomas
Legacy High School Percussion Ensemble - Broomfield, CO; Clayton Stansberry
Mt. Lebanon Senior High School Percussion Orchestra - Pittsburgh, PA; Richard Minnotte
Mt. Lebanon Senior High School Concert Percussion Ensemble - Pittsburgh, PA; Richard Minnotte
Randolph High School Percussion Ensemble - Randolph, NJ; Thomas Murphy
Richland High School Percussion Ensemble - North Richland Hills, TX; Jason Bird
Sherman High School Percussion Ensemble - Sherman, TX; James Smith

Middle School Bands

Cook Middle School Symphonic Winds - Houston, TX; Michael Dick
Doerre Intermediate School Symphonic Band - Klein, TX; Matt Fehl
Dueitt Middle School Symphonic Band - Spring, TX; Christopher Gonzales
Indian Springs Middle School Wind Ensemble - Keller, TX; David Puckett
McAdams Junior High Honors Band - Dickinson, TX; John Hinojosa
Running Brushy Middle School Honors Band - Cedar Park, TX; Van Robison
Salyards Middle School Symphonic Winds - Cypress, TX; Joe Glass

Chamber Ensembles

Bellbrook Middle School Bassoon Quartet - Bellbrook, OH; Barbara Siler
H.B. Plant High School Trumpet Ensemble - Tampa, FL; Brian Dell

Featured Bands

Bridgewater Raritan High School Wind Ensemble - Bridgewater, NJ; Thomas Bourgault
Centerville High School Wind Symphony - Centerville, OH; Brandon Barrometti
H.B. Plant High School Wind Ensemble - Tampa, FL; Brian Dell
Heritage High School Wind Ensemble - Ringgold, GA; Blair Callaway
Hoover High School Symphonic Winds - Hoover, AL; Ryan Fitchpatrick
Kalani High School Wind Ensemble - Honolulu, HI; Dennis Kaneshiro
Legacy High School Wind Ensemble - Broomfield, CO; Clayton Stansberry
Liberty High School Wind Ensemble - Colorado Springs, CO; Genice Matzke
Naperville North High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble - Naperville, IL; Daniel Moore
Oakton High School Symphonic Band - Vienna, VA; Jamie VanValkenburg
Richland High School Honors Band - North Richland Hills, TX; Jason Bird
Southside High School Wind Symphony - Fort Smith, AR; Sean Carrier
Stadium High School Wind Ensemble - Tacoma, WA; Adam Morrell
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Symphonic Wind Ensemble - Alexandria, VA; Adam Foreman
Victor J. Andrew High School Wind Symphony - Tinley Park, IL; Mark Iwinski
Willis High School Wind Ensemble - Willis, TX; Chris Allen

Invited Bands

Belleville High School Symphony Band - Belleville, MI; Nicholas Taylor
J.E.B. Stuart High School Wind Ensemble - Falls Church, VA; Brian Thomas
John Champe High School Wind Ensemble - Aldie, VA; Jonathan Phillip
Langley High School Wind Symphony - McLean, VA; Doug Martin
Lewis-Palmer High School Wind Symphony - Monument, CO; Kevin Whitelaw
Morton High School Wind Ensemble - Morton, IL; Jeff Neavor
Mt. Lebanon High School Wind Ensemble - Pittsburgh, PA; Jason Cheskawich
Nashville School of the Arts Wind Ensemble - Nashville, TN; Glenn Fugett
West Orange High School Wind Ensemble - West Orange, NJ; Lewis Kelly
Westfield High School Wind Symphony - Chantilly, VA; Alan P. Johnson

Honor Ensembles

The Festival also includes three national honor ensembles. Michael Colburn, Butler University, will conduct the Honor Band of America. Jeffrey Grogan, Education and Community Engagement Conductor, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, will conduct the Honor Orchestra of America. Michael Tomaro, Duquesne University, will conduct the Jazz Band of America.

High school-aged musicians can still apply for the 2017 Honor Ensembles – the final application deadline is October 1, 2016 for the Honor Band of America and Jazz Band of America and November 1 for the Honor Orchestra of America Strings. Learn more about the Music for All National Festival Honor Ensembles.

Fundraising Logo

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, one of the world’s most beloved brands, has partnered with Music for All to enhance lives by sharing the joy of Krispy Kreme’s products and fundraising programs with the communities at the heart of what they do.

For more than 60 years, Krispy Kreme Fundraising has assisted organizations across America raise millions of dollars. Krispy Kreme has more than 1,000 stores globally. Krispy Kreme’s corporate offices are in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, home to one of Music for All’s Bands of America Regional Championships for marching bands at Wake Forest University on October 15, 2016.

Krispy Kreme’s engagement supports all Music for All events, programs, and music education advocacy initiatives, including its Bands of America Regional and Super Regional Marching Championships, Bands of America Grand National Championships, Music for All National Festival, and the Music for All Summer Symposium.

In addition to the stores and grocery items for which Krispy Kreme is famous, Krispy Kreme FUNdraising offers profitable, fast, simple and affordable ways for groups to fundraise. “It is important to Krispy Kreme to give back to our communities,” says Michelle Cole, Director for Fundraising at Krispy Kreme. “We want to help student groups in our communities be successful, and Krispy Kreme FUNdraising provides a simple and fast way for them to raise funds. We love working with school groups, and our partnership with Music for All is a powerful way we can help create success stories for school music programs.”

Music for All’s mission is to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Its vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child has opportunity and access for active music-making in his or her scholastic environment. Music for All pursues these goals through its 30+ educational programs and performance events across America, and its music and arts education advocacy efforts.

More than 450,000 student musicians, family members, teachers, and supporters attend Music for All programs and events each year. “School music and arts programs typically attract and engage more curricular and co-curricular students than any other academic or scholastic experience,” says Eric L. Martin, President and CEO of Music for All. “Fundraising is a critical component of the success model of nearly all school band and orchestra programs, supporting the educational and student performance experiences and community engagement. Music for All is thrilled to welcome Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to our family of sponsors and excited to help share its FUNraising commitment and program with our participants.”

For more information on Krispy Kreme and Krispy Kreme FUNdraising, please visit




We are proud to announce that we have officially confirmed John Clark Stadium for the 2016 Bands of America Regional at Dallas/Ft. Worth

The Regional Championship will be on Saturday, October 8th.

This will definitely be an exciting show. Purchase your tickets online here.

See the full 2016 schedule.

100+ bands from across the nation perform in four days of events. The Grand National Expo features more than 100 exhibit booths on the concourse. The event launches with the Indianapolis Marching Band Tournament (IMBT) on Wednesday night, and continues with Prelims, Semi-Finals and Finals events.

This ticket order form is intended for GROUP TICKET ORDERS OF 20 OR MORE ONLY. Individual ticket orders (less than 20 tickets) will be available for purchase soon at any Ticketmaster outlet, through their charge-by-phone number at 800-745-3000 or online at, search for Band of America.


Individual ticket orders will be available soon on or in person at the Lucas Oil Stadium Ticket Office:

Monday - Friday 9am-5pm.
500 South Capitol Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Summary of Finals Tickets Price Points

MFA Club Experience Seating $120

Super Ticket Seating $68

Premium Ticket Seating $55

Value Ticket Seating $40

Economy Ticket Seating $28

Deep Discount Seating $16

GENERAL ADMISSION: Children 10 years old and younger are admitted free for General Admission (G.A.) Seating at all BOA events. The General Admission (G.A.) Seating Section for Prelims & Semi-Finals is located in the Lower Deck. All ticket options for Finals are Reserved Seating unless marked "G.A." (general admission). Senior Citizen (65+) and Student discount tickets for Prelims and Semi-Finals will be available on the day of the event only. No discounts are available for reserved seating tickets.

PLEASE NOTE: Participating bands receive a limited number of semi-finals tickets as part of their event registration. A band may choose to distribute these tickets to their boosters. Please check with your band director if you have questions.


Ticket orders not placed at the same time CANNOT be placed together: please order tickets as one group order if you wish seats to be together. Groups will be accommodated on a first-come, first served basis. No more than 200 tickets can be blocked together.
Unless otherwise notified, group orders for 201 or more tickets will be assigned at the discretion of the Ticket Manager.

SHIPPING/DELIVERY: Regardless of any information you receive to the contrary, all tickets purchased AFTER October 23rd will be held at WILL CALL at Lucas Oil Stadium, available at any time during Grand Nationals. We thank you for your understanding.

Pictured left to right: Dr. Jeremy Earnhart, Barry Morgan, and Ayatey Shabazz

Three new members have been elected to the Music for All Board of Directors: Jeremy Earnhart, Bedford, Texas; Barry Morgan, Acworth, Georgia; and Ayatey Shabazz, Biloxi, Mississipi; all with extensive experience within the music community. Music for All’s vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child across America has access and opportunity to participate in active music making in his or her scholastic environment.

“These three individuals bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge in the areas of education and development to the Music for All Board of Directors. The diversity of their experiences and geographic locations represents the breadth of the constituency of this national organization,” says Gayl Doster, Chairman of the Music for All Board of Directors. “Each director displays business and fiscal acumen as well as a love of music. Together they will help us expand opportunities for Music for All as we serve young musicians and their teachers and advocate for the inclusion of music education as part of a complete education for our young people.”

Dr. Jeremy Earnhart currently serves as the Director of Fine Arts for the Arlington, TX Independent School District where he helps educate a student body of 63,500 students in several world-class programs through the musical, visual, and kinesthetic arts. From the years 2009-2013, he was Director of Fine Arts for Irving ISD, TX where student participation in secondary fine arts increased by over 40%. He was also the director of UIL State and Bands of America National Champion L.D. Bell High School Band from 1998-2009.

Dr. Earnhart earned his Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music degrees from the University of North Texas, and holds certification in International Baccalaureate Music, MFA Boas well as a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Dallas Baptist University. He is an active clinician/conductor, adjudicator (including for Bands of America) a published author, and presenter for several staff developments/conferences throughout Texas and the Midwest.

He lives in the DFW Mid-Cities with his wife Gwen, named an elementary music teacher of the year, and daughter Kierstyn.

Barry Morgan J.D. is currently serving his sixth term as Solicitor General of the State Court of Cobb County. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Georgia State University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. Before becoming a prosecutor, Barry served 12 years as a high school, middle school, and elementary school band director with the Cobb County Georgia School District. Morgan continues to remain active in the drum corps community as both an instructor and fan.

Mr. Morgan continues to serve the music community as a lecturer on Legal Responsibilities of Music Teachers for Music for All Summer Symposium, many state conventions, and the 59th and 63rd Annual Midwest Clinic for bands and orchestras in Chicago.

Ayatey Shabazz is a native of Biloxi, Mississippi where he currently works and resides. Shabazz has taught elementary, middle school, and high school band in the Mississippi Gulf Coast region and he has written custom arrangements and field shows performed by high school and college marching ensembles throughout the country, as well as drum corps in Europe. He has also composed a number of original works in the concert idiom.

Mr. Shabazz received his formal training in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi where he also studied composition and jazz arranging under the direction of Dr. Albert Gower. In addition to his published concert works, he has been commissioned to write multiple works for ensembles in the United States and abroad, as well as music for film and television. Mr. Shabazz is also the Founder, President, and CEO of The Devmusic Company. The Devmusic Company is a global music publishing company with worldwide distribution, that focuses on quality print music for marching bands, concert bands, jazz bands, and percussion ensembles.

He is a member of multiple professional and industry organizations including American Society of Composers Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) and National Association of music Merchants (NAMM).

Monday, April 18, 2016

Robert B. Morrison

Robert B. Morrison was the founder and Chairman of the Music for All Foundation. The Foundation was created by Mr. Morrison and his family to focus on expanding the role of music and the arts in education, to heightening the public’s appreciation of the value of music and arts education, and to creating a positive environment for the arts through societal change. In 2006, Mr. Morrison worked with the leadership and board of Bands of America to merge the two organizations to create Music for All, Inc.

Robert B. Morrison has a long history as a supporter of music and arts education and is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading researchers and advocates for arts education. He is the founder and CEO of Quadrant Research, the nation’s preeminent arts education and market research organization. Mr. Morrison’s leadership in research, public policy and advocacy efforts has led to significant advancements in access to music and arts education programs in America.

Mr. Morrison has a deep body of research and policy work and is recognized as a pioneer in statewide arts education status and condition research. In California, Mr. Morrison’s report The Sound of Silence: The Unprecedented Decline of Music Education in California Public Schools (2004) was one of the catalysts for a $500 million reinvestment into music and arts education in public schools that has been signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; in New Jersey, Mr. Morrison was the managing partner for the groundbreaking New Jersey Arts Education Census Project, completing the first statewide census for arts education in every school building. This work has been hailed as a model for statewide arts education research. Mr. Morrison has completed similar research projects for the states of Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Washington DC and Wisconsin. In May of 2012 the first follow-up longitudinal study was completed in New Jersey.

In arts education policy, Mr. Morrison worked with the Governor of Arkansas to mandate music and arts programs for every child attending public school in state – a policy later replicated by the state of Louisiana; in New Jersey, Mr. Morrison worked with the Commissioner of Education to include the arts in the states mandatory accountability system known as NJQSAC leading the state to include arts education as part of annual school reporting in 2014.
Prior to founding Quadrant Research and Music for All Mr. Morrison helped develop and then served as the CEO of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation where he created a major national brand responsible for donating more than $25 million of musical instruments to restore more than 1,200 music programs. Previously, Mr. Morrison was a senior executive for the NAMM - International Music Products Association, where he also served as Executive Director of the American Music Conference. In this capacity he worked with the late Michael Kamen and Richard Dreyfus to create the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

He was a founding member of the National Coalition for Music Education and is recognized for his work to add the arts to our nation’s education goals. He continues to work closely with leading national arts organizations to promote the development and implementation of the National Standards for Arts Education. He currently serves as the Data Task Force co-chair for State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education, as a member of the boards of the National Creativity Network, ArtPride New Jersey, and is the Governance Chair of the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the publicly traded music software company MakeMusic, Inc. and as a member of the Board of Trustees for both the Berklee College of Music and Little Kids Rock.

Mr. Morrison’s advocacy work has earned him both an EMMY and a Peabody Award. He received an honorary doctorate degree from the State University of New York for his work nationally to advance music and arts education for all children. Mr. Morrison was honored with the Motherland Award – the highest honor from the American Red Cross (ARC) – for developing the national public service campaign for the ARC following the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Friday, April 08, 2016

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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Frank Troyka

frank troykaFrank Troyka began his career in 1984 as an assistant band director in Richardson, Texas’ Forest Meadow Junior High School and Lake Highlands High School. In 1991, Frank moved to Houston where he taught in the Spring ISD serving as assistant director to Philip Geiger at Westfield High School. In 1999 Frank joined the faculty of Cypress Falls High School in the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD as its Director of Bands. During his year-seven tenure, the Cypress Falls Band was a featured ensemble at The Midwest Clinic, the Music For All National Festival, and was the recipient of the Sudler Flag of Honor. Frank moved back to Richardson in the summer of 2006 when he assumed the role of Director of Bands and Coordinator of Fine Arts at L.V. Berkner High School.

A teacher for over 30 years, Frank Troyka has been a part of and served Bands of America in almost every capacity possible. He has been a participating director in our Fall and Spring events and sent dozens of students to our national and regional summer camp and leadership experiences. He has been a clinician at the Summer Symposium, led the Symposium’s Marching Band track, and served on the staff of each Bands of America’s Honor Bands in the Tournament of Roses Parade. He has also demonstrated his support and passion for the organization with volunteer service on the Bands of America Fall Programming Advisory Committee. From 1997 to 1998, Frank was Bands of America’s Director of Events, bringing educator supportive initiatives and approaches to our operating model. Frank coordinated Bands of America’s first European Honor Band experience, leading more than 70 students, faculty, chaperones and guests on a tour that included performances in France, The Netherlands, Germany and the World Association for Symphonic Bands & Ensemble (WASBE) conference in Austria.

Since retiring in 2014, Mr. Troyka has been a clinician for the Wind Bands Association of Singapore, The Midwest Clinic and an active lecturer and clinician, presenting annual student leadership workshops in Texas and across the nation.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Frank Bischoff

frank bischoffFrank Bischoff has been one of the most familiar faces of Bands of America for more than four decades, serving as the dean of BOA’s front sideline field and timing and penalty management. Frank has been a contributor through the years in the development and evolution of Bands of America’s show operational rules, as we migrated from a posture of rule enforcement to one that emphasizes smooth operations and field management designed to embrace performance creativity in a safe and fair competitive environment.

Frank is a living encyclopedia of Bands of America rules and an active contributor to the BOA’s Adjudication Handbook rules committee. Through his proactive approach of working with bands to comply with the rules while achieving their creative objectives, Frank has helped transform a “historically “got you” role and approach to one that embraces and actualizes our “positively life-changing experience” attitude, and environment.

Frank has been on the field for more than 150 Bands of America Regional and Grand National events, logging more than 2,500 hours of on-field service in support of BOA and the pageantry arts in America. Beyond Bands of America, Frank has also loaned his services and expressed his passion for the marching arts to drum and bugle corps shows and color guard competitions. While he gladly served all over the Midwest for drum corps and color guard contests (including Winter Guard International) in the late 70's and 80's, Frank’s passion has always been for band through his association with Bands of America events (since 1976), the Illinois State University “Band Day” (since 1977), and the Lake Park “Lancer Joust” (since 1981).