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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.
Saturday, October 05, 2013

Muncie Prelim Schedule Update

Updated Schedule for the remainder of Prelims in Muncie


3:30pm - Carroll HS, IN
3:45pm - Beechwood HS, KY
4:00pm - Metamora Township HS, IL
4:15pm - Rockwood Summit HS, MO
4:30pm - Pendleton Heights HS, IN
4:45pm - Lincoln-Way East HS, IL
5:00pm - Center Grove HS, IN
5:15pm - Lockport Township HS, IL
5:30pm - Exhibition: Ball State Univ. 

The Muncie Regional was delayed by an hour this morning because of rain. The show is now back in progress. The lunch break will be skipped and the show will be back on schedule by noon. Until then - here are the updated band performance times.

 

Mt. Vernon HS - 9:15am

Franklin Central HS - 10:30am

Lawrence North HS - 10:45am

Angola HS - 11:00am

Avon HS - 11:15am

Hilliard Bradley HS - 11:30am

Goshen HS - 11:45am

Floyd Central HS - 12:00pm

Northmont HS - 12:15pm

Lawrence Central HS - 12:30pm

Carmel HS - 12:45pm

Henry Clay HS - 1:00pm

Collinsville HS - 1:15pm

Fishers HS - 1:30pm

Ben Davis HS - 1:45pm

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Carroll HS - 2:15pm

Beechwood HS - 2:30pm

Metamora Township HS - 2:45pm

Rockwood Summitt HS - 3:00pm

Pendleton Heights HS - 3:15pm

Lincoln-Way East HS - 3:30pm

Center Grove HS - 3:45pm

Lockport Township HS - 4:00pm

EXHIBITION: Ball State University - 4:15pm

 

At this time we expect finals to run on the previously posted schedule.

 

 

Today's guest post is from Fran Kick, professional speaker, author and division head of the Leadership Weekend Experience at the Music for All Summer Symposium presented by Yamaha. Fran Kick also co-presents the Future Music Educators' Experience during the Grand National Championships.

What to do when the performer next to you just doesn't care?

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 There's at least one in every band. The student who just seems to be going through the motions. Sometimes mumbling to his or her section “I’m just not into this today. Rehearsal sucks. It’s too hot today. It’s too cold today. Something’s wrong with my instrument” (and all the other variations on a theme of whining, griping, moaning, groaning, wondering why they’re having a terrible time). 

Notice how the entire focus of their complaining always seems to surround themselves. Or blaming other things for the fact that they’re not “into it.”

Rather than concentrating and paying attention, they’re complaining and perhaps attracting attention, certainly distracting others from paying attention, and in general making – and sometimes causing – more mistakes in rehearsal. 

What can you do to make a difference? Well short of kicking them out of band, which in truth isn’t a very good idea. Whether they’re the worst player or the best player, we need everyone in band. 

Besides, they might not always be this way. It’s just not their day. Think about it; They may have failed a test in class. Forgot their lunch, had to buy, and it was Sloppy Joe day in lunch lady land. Who knows, but we’ve all been there. Stuff happens outside of rehearsal that impacts even the best of us and especially the worst of us. 

Of course the trick is not letting it affect us. Allow band to be an escape from all THAT and focus on making music and movement that mentally brings us to a higher place above all the riff-raff, the hassles we have, the day to day thick of thin things. 

But what about that person next to you in your section who just doesn’t seem to care? How can you help?  Well here are three things you can do: 

#1 – Nothing! That’s right, ignore them. Don’t give them any attention. If we know that what gets attention gets repeated, then the last thing you want to do is pay them off with your attention. It only reinforces their negative behavior and you do NOT want them having “another bad day.”

 #2 – Ask them a performance related question. Say something like:

“Hey, I’m just checking – what count do our horns go to the press box?

When does that crescendo start? Where is our left hand when we finish that dance sequence.”

Now, you might already know the answer, but it’s a good way to distract them from their bad day and focus their thoughts on something rehearsal specific.

Do be careful when you ask them – while your director is talking would not be a good time – walking back to “do it again” would be better.

 #3 – Be sure to be the band member you’d want them to be. If actions speak louder than words, don’t get sucked into their negativity. Be the example, the role model, the leader who makes things happen and always KICKs IT IN!

 
 This post was originally released on the “Break Ranks” podcast with Dan Potter. The .mp3 audio file is available to hear, download, and share.

 

Fran Kick currently serves as division head of the Music for All Summer Symposium Leadership Weekend Experience. He is a nationally-recognized speaker and educational consultant who talks with students and the many people who work with them. You can find more information about his work with music-related organizations and events at http://www.kickitin.com/music/

 

Bands of America is grateful that “Mother Nature” allowed completion of the entirety of the Preliminary Competition at the Austin Regional.  We were not as fortunate during Finals.  Due to extreme weather conditions, Finals were cancelled before the performances commenced.  By rule the preliminary results became the final results of the competition. 

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

Following are Music for All’s policies concerning ticket refunds for the Austin Regional:

Cooperative Tickets (issued to bands) - No refund
Day-Pass - $9 refund
Adult Finals Ticket - $17 refund
Military or Senior Finals Ticket - $14 refund
Student Finals Ticket - $10 refund
 

We request that our patrons note that the costs of the event (stadium rental, stadium personnel, judges’ fees and other expenses, and the like) were still incurred and paid by Music for All.  We invite you to consider foregoing any refund.  If you require a refund, we ask that you consider donating the value of the refund to Music for All.  If you choose to donate your refund, Music for All will provide you with an acknowledgement of your charitable contribution for your tax records.

To request a refund, please send your name, address, and copy of your ticket to:

                  Music for All, Inc.
                  39 W. Jackson Place, Suite 150
                  Indianapolis, IN  46225
 

Alternatively, you may fax your request to 317.524.6200 or e-mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you choose to donate the value of your ticket refund, please indicate this in your request.  Refund requests must be received by November 30, 2013 and will be processed by December 7, 2013

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

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Congratulations to all of the bands who participated in the 2013 Texas Dairy Queen® Bands of America Regional Championship at Austin, presented by Yamaha! We know the rain put a slight damper on the day, but we thank everyone for being patient through delays and for staying positive. The students definitely put on some amazing shows despite the less than ideal weather!

Here are some photos from both the Prelims and Finals awards ceremony. Looking for more action photos of your band? Jolesch Enterprises will have photos available on their website coming soon - so make sure you check here  for group photos as well as action shots that they took at the event.

Can't view the slide show? Click here.

Looking for Results and Scores from the event? You can find those here. Congratulations to the 2013 Austin Regional Champions: James Bowie H.S., TX!

Monday, September 30, 2013

BOA Regional Championship at Toledo

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Congratulations to all of the bands who participated in the 2013 BOA Regional Championship at Toledo!

Here are some photos from both the Prelims and Finals awards ceremony. Looking for more action photos of your band? Jolesch Enterprises will have photos available on their website coming soon - so make sure you check here  for group photos as well as action shots that they took at the event.

Can't view the slide show? Click here.

Looking for Results and Scores from the event? You can find those here. Congratulations to the 2013 Toledo Regional Champions: Lake Central H.S. from Indiana!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Throwback Thursday: 1976

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's everyone's favorite day of the week, Throwback Thursday! Today we are going back to the beginning. 1976 in Whitewater Wisconsin. If you are a true BOA historian you know that 1976 marked the first ever Bands of America marching band championship, the Grand National Championship in Whitewater, WI, part of the Summer Workshop/Festival!

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We are particuarly fond of this photo that has William Revelli presenting an award to one of the Drum Majors from Jenison High School (MI)**

**Update: Facebook fans are weighing in that this is a Drum Major from Sturgis High School in Michigan, and not Jenison. I apologize for the error - that was noted incorrectly on the back on the photograph! But thank you for those who pointed it out so we can fix it!

Were you at the 1st Grand National Championship in Whitewater? We'd love to hear your stories, share them with us in the comments!

 

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Erin Fortune is the Marketing Coordinator focusing on digital marketing at Music for All, and has been working with Music for All for three years, first in the Participant Relations department and now in marketing. She is a graduate from 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.

Today's guest post is from our 2012 Patrick John Hughes Parent/Booster Award Winner - PJ Littleton from Franklin, Tennessee. Learn more about the Parent/Booster Award here.

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Everything I ever needed to know, I learned at Band Camp.

"Let me leave you with this piece of advice: Set your goals high because it is very likely that you will achieve them. Make sure that whatever you aspire to do with your life (and it won't be marching band) that it is noble and worthy of the time and investment that you will make in it. If you compromise this, I promise you that in the end you will feel empty and disappointed for not challenging yourself to be all that your potential would have allowed. Don't let this happen.  You are better than this. Give your life away for something good!"

I sat restlessly fidgeting in my seat in the Creative Arts Center Concert Hall at West Virginia University while these words were being spoken from the dimly lit stage by then Director of Bands, the legendary Don Wilcox. I just wanted to get outside, learn drill, play my horn. Hey, it was the first day of Band Camp. This was no time for a long lecture. Let's get on the field and do this!

Our "Chief" knew better.

Funny how thirty-four years later I have long since forgotten my dots in the drill, but these wise words still resonate deep within my core and have helped guide and shape me as a man, as a husband and as a father. This is just one of many lessons I learned while buzzing my pursed lips behind a mouthpiece.

Today you can find me in Franklin, Tennessee, straddling myself between two bands, The Hillsboro Middle School Band and The Franklin High School Band where I respectively serve as Band Booster President and VP of Fundraising. These days have become the days of my life as I aim to apply everything I learned from being in the band so long ago, now for the betterment of not only my two band kids but for the other 339 kids that I love.

Honestly, I'm tired. Really tired. I am sitting in the back row of the balcony of the fabulous restored Franklin Theatre right now, my face aglow from my iPad, listening to FHS alum and daughter of Vince Gill, Jenny Gill perform for a Franklin Football fundraising music event called "Punt, Pass and Pick.” Jenny just spoke of how much it meant to her attending Franklin High where she kept so busy with cheerleading et al that she was able to stay out of trouble and make great memories of her time in school. Some of our current Franklin Band set the tone tonight, kicking off the evening lining the aisles with spirited Rebel music to energize the crowd as they so ably do!

It's been mentioned more than once between songs how laudable it is that our Franklin parents care enough about their children to go to such great lengths to provide the very best experiences for them. We have been able to establish an inspirational and cooperative culture that will nourish not only the football program tonight but the equally admired (and respected) band program as well. This is a rare and wonderful thing--we are so blessed that we can boast of this.

The 45 graduated seniors from last season's BOA Jacksonville Regional Champions and Grand Nationals semi-finalist Franklin Band collectively received in excess of $5.6 million dollars in scholarship funds. This is an average of $125,000 per musician scholar! I contend that they too may have learned a few things at Band Camp as they now embark on the next season of their young lives.

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Core Value #1 at The Franklin Band is Community -- "The community in which we live and our own community within Franklin High School shape who we are and in return, we shape it." I witnessed community at its finest tonight as I sat next to a fellow band booster executive board member as he shared band challenges and victories with a football booster standing behind him, listening with mutual appreciation, admiration and respect.

These are some of the things that I learned about life at Band Camp and this is indeed all I ever needed to know. And you know Mr. Wilcox, as it turns out, it was all about marching band for me after all!

"The only ones among you that will really be happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve." -- Albert Schweitzer

 

- PJ Littleton

 

We thank PJ for his perspective, the Franklin community is lucky to have such a great advocate! To learn more about PJ, read his 2012 Parent/Booster award story. Know an amazing advocate of your music program? Learn more about the Patrick John Hughes Parent/Booster award and how to nominate someone here.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

BOA Regional Championship at Monroeville

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Congratulations to all of the bands who participated in the 2013 BOA Regional Championship at Monroeville! While the weather was somewhat unaccomodating to us last Saturday, everyone took it in stride and made the day fantastic. As our good friend Chuck Henson pointed out on the BOA Facebook wall, "It certainly was a challenging day. But everyone pulled together and made it happen. No Rain or fog could stop the #excellence on Saturday! Congratulations to all!"

So again, congratulations to all who were a part of the Monroeville Regional. Directors, students, parents, staff, volunteers and fans - thank you for showcasing excellent attitudes and leadership. You truly were legendary!

Here are some photos from both the Prelims and Finals awards ceremony as well as a few photos taken by our staff. Looking for more action photos of your band? Jolesch Enterprises will have photos available on their website coming soon - so make sure youcheck here for group photos as well as action shots that they took at the event.

Looking for Results and Scores from the event? You can find those here. Shout out to our 2013 Monroeville Regional Champions: Norwin H.S.!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

BOA Regional Championship at Kettering

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Congratulations to all of the bands who participated in the 2013 BOA Regional Championship at Kettering! A very special thanks to our hosts, Kettering Fairmont High School, it was a wonderful day and we couldn't have done it without all of the fantastic volunteers who helped us out all day!

Here are some photos from both the Prelims and Finals awards ceremony as well as a few photos taken by our staff. Looking for more action photos of your band? Jolesch Enterprises will have photos available on their website coming soon - so make sure you check here  for group photos as well as action shots that they took at the event.

Looking for Results and Scores from the event? You can find those here. Shout out to our 2013 Kettering Regional Champions: William Mason H.S.!

 

Can't view this slideshow? Click here.

 

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