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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.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Investing in the Power of Music

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More student musicians were impacted by MFA's programming this year than ever and we hope to serve more in 2017. However, as a non-profit, our ability to serve a growing number of students depends on our ability to fund the activities that make it possible. These activities go beyond participation fees, which is why we're asking you to invest in Music for All and the power of music. Will you support our 2017 education and advocacy efforts by investing $10, $15, or $20 today?

Your investment will give us the resources needed to bring the power of music to more students - especially those in underserved communities.

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Midwest Blog

If you're heading to Chicago for the Midwest Clinic this week, we hope you'll stop by the Music for All booth #1325. We will have the 2017 Bands of America Championship Schedule and Application, 2017 Music for All Summer Symposium promotional materials, and application packets for the 2018 Music for All National Festival! (and of course a lot of smiles and hellos for all of our friends!)

In addition to stopping by to see us, we hope you'll catch some of these great clinics and presentations that are happening throughout the week. We've compiled a list below of sessions that are being presented by friends of Music for All!

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2016

Chat Room: Program Management and Booster Volunteers
11:30AM - 12:00PM Room 375D
David Vandewalker

Clinic: Generation Next
Designing Total Program Success

1:15PM - 2:15PM Room W185
Bobby Lambert and Jeff Young

Clinic: If I Knew Then What I Know Now?
1:15PM - 2:15PM Room W183
Tim Lautzenheiser

Clinic: Inspired Teaching: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue!
1:15PM - 2:15PM Room W184
Peter Boonshaft

Clinic: Directors Icons Panel: Reflections of the Past; Thought About the Future
4:00pm - 5:00pm Room W185
Alfred Watkins, John Casagrande, John Thomson, Paula Crider

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2016

Chat Room: The Art of Teaching and Making Music
10:30AM - 11:00AM Room 375D
Richard Floyd

Clinic - Generation Next
Rehearsing the High School Band: Valuable Lessons from Extraordinary Directors
12:00PM - 1:00PM  Room W185
Stephen Meyer, Gary Markham, Roy Holder, Bill Watson, David Vandewalker

Clinic - Music Administration Collaborative
The Dreams of Our Founding Fathers and Creating A World of Music for All
12:00PM - 1:00pm Room W186
Robert Morrison

Clinic: The Dark Side of Tradition: Strategies for Eliminating Hazing and Bullying in the School Band Program
1:30PM - 2:30PM  Room W179
Patrick Dunnigan

Clinic: Finding The Perfect Fit: Beginning Band Recruitment and the Instrument Fitting Process
3:00PM - 4:00PM Room W181
Wendy Higdon

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2016

Clinic: An Interview with Colonel Arnald Gabriel
8:30AM - 9:30AM Room W185
Arnald D. Gabriel and Tim Lautzenheiser

Clinic: The Jazz Combo: An Inside View
8:30AM - 9:30AM Room W196
Steve Houghton

Chat Room: Growing the Program in Numbers and Musical Quality
9:00AM - 9:30AM Room 375D
Freddy Martin

Chat Room: Culture Setting
10:30AM - 11:00AM Room 375D
Alfred Watkins

Clinic: Small Schools Initiative
Voicing and Re-voicing YOUR Band's Success!
10:30AM - 11:30AM Room W183
Robert W. Smith

Clinic: The Woman as Band Director: Cultivating Success on and off the Podium
12:00PM - 1:00PM Room W185
Kim Shuttlesworth and Catharine Sinon Bushman, Courtney Snyder, Elizabeth Peterson, Nicki Sawel, Cynthia Johnston Turner

Chat Room: Beginning with Beginners
12:30PM - 1:00PM Room 375D
Cheryl Floyd

Chat Room: Composer Robert W. Smith
2:30PM - 3:00PM Room 375D
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Clinic: Marching Band/Concert Band: It's All Band - Using Every Opportunity To Teach Good Fundamental Playing Skills
3:00PM - 4:00PM Room W185
Andrew Seally, Greg Bimm, Joel L. Denton, John Miller, Roy Holder

 

We hope you'll check out one of the above sessions, and many of the other sessions and incredible concerts during the Midwest Clinic. For a full schedule visit www.midwestclinic.org. Clinic times may change from when we gathered the information listed above, so make sure that you check the Midwest official schedule before you head to a session. Maybe even check out the newly updated Midwest Clinic app so you can check out the schedule on the go! Information about the app, and how to download, can be found on the Midwest Clinic website.

The third installment of a new series on the blog that we will be posting throughout the month of December. As some of you are aware, Music for All will be taking an Honor Band to the 2017 Rose Parade. Our members were selected by audition for the ensemble and come from all across the United States. We are looking forward to coming together for the first time as a band at the end of December and we hope this series will allow us all to get to know some (hopefully most!) of the members of this awesome ensemble!

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Name: Chris Holthus

Hometown: South Lyon, Michigan

School Name: South Lyon High School

Section: Drum Major

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
Someone told me that it would be worth it to at least try out, because I had nothing to lose, so I did!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Getting to see pend an entire day (almost) in Disneyland with people in different states that I'm really close with.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. ALWAYS COME PREPARED!!
2. Don't take anything for granted, or waste a rep because it may be your last.
3. It isn't where you end up but how you got there and who you met along the way.

Most memorable moment in band?
The first on field rehearsal of band camp as the only new head drum major. I was so nervous and worried about how to do things because I wasn't taught well by the previous drum major so I went in almost blind, though my band director helped and it was actually really enjoyable. It was my favorite week of the year.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I've been a part of some leadership and school transformation groups.

What's your favorite book? I've read too many things to have a favorite!

What's your favorite song or piece of music? Kingfishers: Catch Fire by John Mackey or  Carolina Crown 2013 E=mc2

Favorite movie? Inception

Favorite ice cream flavor? Chocolate and peanut butter!

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I want to go to the University of Michigan and study particle/nuclear physics (maybe going into acoustics to follow music) 

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I am usually the most dedicated, passionate and adventurous person, but on relaxing weekends or vacation days, it's hard to get me to do anything.

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The second installment of a new series on the blog that we will be posting throughout the month of December. As some of you are aware, Music for All will be taking an Honor Band to the 2017 Rose Parade. Our members were selected by audition for the ensemble and come from all across the United States. We are looking forward to coming together for the first time as a band at the end of December and we hope this series will allow us all to get to know some (hopefully most!) of the members of this awesome ensemble!

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Name: Emma Kovacs

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

School Name: Lindbergh High School 

Section: Color Guard

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My brothers marched in the Tournament of Roses Parade in 2011 as a part of Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band. At that time, I participated in my middle school's winter guard. I knew it was my dream to someday apply to march in the parade; my brothers inspired me to work for this goal!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am excited to learn color guard skills and routines in a different environment than my high school. It will be interesting to work within a group of extremely dedicated and skilled people!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I have learned many valuable leadership skills through my role as the color guard captain for the past two years. Marching band has taught me about hard work and the importance of maintaining a positive mindset regardless of the inevitable frustration that accompanies large group activities. 

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band was my sophomore year at our summer getaway in Potosi, Missouri: Camp Lakewood. During our bonfire night, the sky was incredibly clear. We all took a moment of silence to remember our dear band director, Mr. Spiegelman. As we all fondly thought to ourselves, we stared at the beautiful night sky, and amazingly the Milky Way was visible! It was the most tranquil, calming moment in my life.

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Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am a student coach for the Lindbergh Middle School Winter Guard. I am involved in Link Crew, the Spanish Honor Society, and the National Society of High School Honors. I also coordinate, produce, and host the student-run Annual Lindbergh Film Festival.

What's your favorite book? Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

What's your favorite song or piece of music? Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap

Favorite movie? Up

Favorite ice cream flavor? Chocolate

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan to attend Southeast Missouri University to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I hope to then study for a Doctor of Nursing Practice in order to work as pediatric nurse practitioner in my future. I want to help improve children's lives around the world.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
My favorite things to do in my free time include watching The Office and solving jigsaw puzzles!

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Welcome to the very first installment of a new series on the blog that we will be posting throughout the month of December. As some of you are aware, Music for All will be taking an Honor Band to the 2017 Rose Parade. Our members were selected by audition for the ensemble and come from all across the United States. We are looking forward to coming together for the first time as a band at the end of December and we hope this series will allow us all to get to know some (hopefully most!) of the members of this awesome ensemble!

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Name: Matthew Espinoza

Hometown: Santa Monica, CA

School: Santa Monica High School

Instrument: Trombone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I wanted to get more of an experience from marching band. My schools marching band is awesome, however I thought applying to this band would definitely give me a new outlook on what different a marching band would look and act like. I was looking for the experience and hype for a marching band, and I found it here. 

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most excited for the parade. I have been watching the Rose Parade since I was a small child, and I've wanted to march with a marching band in the parade ever since. I live in Santa Monica, California, so I am familiar with the Disneyland parade, Hollywood tour, Santa Monica tour. The parade is watched by millions all around the world and I am very proud to be apart of this group.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Responsibility, leadership, and what true love is. I've learned responsibility and leadership by being a section leader for two years. To me, being a leader is being a compassionate loving person to all of of the people. Leading a section is a huge responsibility, it's like being a parent. You must be loving and caring to all of the people in your section. Through this I have learned how to love. I love marching band. I looked forward to all of my rehearsals and being surrounded by all my peers. That's something special, to love something everyday of your life is a great thing. And I hope that everyone can eventually feel this in life. 

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band was my sophomore year. I got moved up to my schools top ensemble which happens to be one of the most advanced ensembles in the state of California, and got to perform in Carnegie Hall. That was the most important event of my life so far. I was 15 years old, and got to perform in one of the world's top venues. It was such an amazing experience. We played 4 amazing pieces, Pineapple Poll, O Magnum Mysterium, the Haydn Trumpet Concierto, and ended with Aurora Awakes. After the final note in Aurora, we received a standing ovation. It was a great experience.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Orchestra, Pit Orchestra, and Jazz Band. I participated in Jazz Band my sophomore year and quickly learned Jazz was not my forte. I was the principal trombone for the Philharmonic Orchestra for two years, and I now play Bass Trombone for the Symphony Orchestra. The Orchestra program has seven different Orchestras and they are all very advanced. In the Symphony Orchestra, we played very advanced literature such as Lieutenant Kije, Romeo and Juliet, A New World Symphony, and many more. The Pit Orchestra is the small ensemble in the pit that plays the music for the schools musical production. This year we are doing the original Sound of Music. This ensemble is comprised of very advanced musicians that can learn the music fast and easy. I have been involved in this for two years now, and it really opened my eyes into the theatre world.

What's your favorite book? Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

What's your favorite song or piece of music? Year of the Dragon by Phillip Sparke.

Favorite movie? The Empire Strikes Back

Favorite ice cream flavor? Coffee

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I want to be a Music Educator after high school. I am hoping to study at UCLA where all four of my current music teachers have studied. They have all inspired me to be my very best and to always be confident in whatever I do in life.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I am a very outgoing person. That might sounds like a generic trait but I take it up a notch. I like to talk to everyone and get to know people. At my school, SAMOHI, I am very well known for my life and passion for music, and just knowing everyone at school.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Grand National Anthem Choir

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In celebration of the launch of the Music for All National Choir Festival in 2018, Music for All hosted the first massed-choir to perform the National Anthem that opened the Saturday evening Finals of the Bands of America Grand National Championships, conducted by Henry Leck, Artistic Director of the National Choir Festival.

Music for All thanks National Choir Festival Coordinators Lori Lobsiger and Kim Mann for coordinating this special massed-choir, and the students and choir directors from the following schools:

  • Homestead H.S., Fort Wayne, IN – Curtis Shaw, Director
  • Little Miami H.S., Morrow, OH – Sarah Baker, Director
  • Indian Hill H.S., Cincinnati, OH – Jeff Clark, Director
  • Herron H.S., Indianapolis, IN – Jonathan Harris, Scott Riley, Directors
  • Indianapolis Youth Chorale, Indianapolis, IN – Mary Evers, Director

Video of the Performance

The choir sang the Alfred Publication, SATB Star Spangled Banner arrangement by Russ Robinson, under the direction of Henry Leck, founder of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir and Music for All Educational Consultant. It was a truly incredible performance that impressed the audience and certainly introduced choir to the Music for All family in a perfect way.

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Congratulations to Mr. Thom Hannum, Associate Director of the Minuteman Marching Band, and the Director of the Marimba Bandand Marimba Ensemble program at the University of Massachusett, who is the 2016 recipient of the George N. Parks Leadership in Music Education award. Mr. Hannum received the award during the opening finals ceremonies at the 2016 Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha on November 12.

Developed by NAfME, the National Association for Music Education and Music for All, the award is named for George N. Parks (1953–2010), director of the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1977 until his death, and honors an exemplary music educator who embodies the characteristics and leadership that Mr. Parks personified.

Learn more about the George N. Parks Leadership in Education Award

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Thom Hannum has long been regarded as one of the nation’s foremost percussion arrangers, instructors, and clinicians having presented numerous seminars and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Thom teaches at the University of Massachusetts where he serves as the Associate Director of the Minuteman Marching Band, and the Director of the Marimba Band and Marimba Ensemble program. In 2009, Mr. Hannum was recognized by the university, receiving the prestigious Distinguished Teaching Award.

He is a product consultant and clinician for the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company and Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets where he has developed several Signature Series drumsticks and keyboard mallets. Thom is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society where he serves on the Marching Percussion Committee.

Mr. Hannum is currently on the design team and the percussion director for the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. He is also known for his work with the DCI World Champion Cadets of Bergen County and Star of Indiana, and is a member of the design team for the Tony and Emmy Award Winning show "Blast!" In the summer of 2001, Mr. Hannum was selected for induction into the DCI Hall of Fame, and in 2008, was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. Mr. Hannum is also a member of The Cadets and the Crossmen Hall of Fame.

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Prior recipients:

2015 Patrick M. Erwin
Director of Bands at Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs, GA

2014 Cynthia Napierkowski
Director of Bands at Salem High School in Salem, MA

2013 Dr. Barry Shepherd
Superintendent of Cabarrus County Schools, NC

2012 Daniel Kirk
Blue Valley West, KS

2011 Dr. Peter Boonshaft
Hofstra University

 

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I don’t remember a time that I didn’t love Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music.

I remember watching the movie on repeat as a child with my mom. I knew all of the lyrics and would sing the songbook constantly! I would even say that the Sound of Music was a part of the start of my appreciation and love for music, and definitely the start of my appreciation for musical theatre.

So of course, when I found out that Music for All was partnering with Broadway Across America for a promotion for the Sound of Music tour – I was ecstatic.

There’s nothing that would stop me from attending the Indianapolis show, and now Music for All can benefit from my ticket purchase? Sign me up!

I hope that if you live in or near Indianapolis, and love music and theatre like I do, that you’ll join me and support Music for All by attending The Sound of Music, January 10-15, 2017 at the Old National Centre.

You can support Music for All by purchasing a ticket through Ticketmaster.com using the passcode: MARIA.

$5 from your ticket will go directly to Music for All to help us work to ensure that every child across America has access and opportunity to active music-making in their school!

Don’t forget, tickets make excellent presents for this upcoming holiday season. Cross someone off your list and support music and arts education all at the same time! Maybe if you’re lucky, you’ll even get to hear me singing along to “My Favorite Things.” 

Purchase tickets here.

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We hope that everyone will be joining us on Thanksgiving day by watching the 2016 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! We cannot wait to watch and support all of the amazing marching bands that will be featured throughout the parade. We are especially excited this year to say that all of the high school bands that will be marching in the parade are in the Bands of America family! Congratulations to all of you on being selected for the Macy's 90th Thanskgiving Day Parade!

So make sure you tune in and join us in supporting these incredible ensembles as they perform for nearly 50 million television viewers nationwide! We know they will make us proud! The parade steps off at 9:00 AM on Thursday, November 24th. You can watch the parade live on NBC.

Below is a list of all of the marching bands you will see in the parade!

Cary Senior High School
Cary, North Carolina
Band Director: Matthew Minick

Grain Valley High School
Grain Valley, Missouri
Band Director: Reid Atkinson

Greendale High School
Greendale, Wisconsin
Band Director: Tom Reifenberg

Harrison High School
Kennesaw, Georgia
Band Director: Josh Ray

Hendrickson High School
Pflugerville, Texas
Band Director: Garth Gundersen

Joe E. Newsome High School
Lithia, Florida
Band Director: Michael Miller

Macy's Great American Marching Band
Students from schools across the country
Band Director: Dr. Rick Good

Na Koa Ali'l Hawaii All-State Marching Band
The State of Hawaii
Band Director: John Riggle

NYPD Marching Band
New York Police Department, New York, New York
Band Director: Lt. Tony Giorgio

Prospect High School 
Prospect, Illinois
Band Director: Chris Barnum

United States Military Academy Band
West Point, New York
Band Director: Major Sergeant Christopher Jones

The West Virginia University Mountaineer Marching Band
Morgantown, West Virginia
Band Director: Jay Drury

 

For great Macy's coverage (including a list of what these bands will be performing!) visit our friends at Marching.com.

For more information about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade visit www.macys.com/parade.

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Check out the Grand National Championships Live Blogs hosted by our friends at IndianaMarching.com and TXBands.com. Create your own FREE account at 24liveblog.com and join in on the commentary!

 

 
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