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Humans of BOA: Katie Cantor

Saturday, 13 October 2018 16:15 Written by Lucy Wotell

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North Canton Hoover H.S., OH yearbook photographer Katie Cantor is spending her weekend with the the Viking Marching Band at the Northeast Ohio Regional Championship and she is loving it. “I love it because I love the music. I get to be there and experience it and I absolutely enjoy the shows they put on. I also have a lot of friends in band,” says Katie. She even started going to football games just to take pictures of the marching band.

What makes this weekend even more special for Katie is that her older brother, Sam Cantor of Music for All, is the Event Manager of this regional. The Bands of America world is a small one to say the least. “There’s something amazing about the opportunity to facilitate an activity that you’re so passionate about, to see your alma mater and to share it with family on the field at the same time,” says Sam. And he couldn’t be more proud of his sister.

As a sophomore, this is Katie’s first year in yearbook and she’s widely involved in other extracurricular activities including track, mock trial, Quidditch Club, and leadership. She’s also an aspiring lawyer, who one day hopes to attend the University of Michigan Law School. We couldn’t be happier to have a lifelong supporter of music education and someone who is so passionate about sharing it with others.

Posted Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 12:44 PM CT – Due to ongoing inclement weather and for the safety of our participants and spectators, Music for All, in consultation with the participating band directors, has made the decision to cancel the remainder of the Bands of America Regional Championship in Waco, TX.

Please travel safely.

Music for All's official policy for Bands of America events is that tickets are non-refundable, however, Music for All may offer full or partial refunds as appropriate at a later time. Please keep your ticket stub and visit next week for further information on possible refunds. Refunds are not available on site.

Waco, TX, Oct. 13 (8:24 a.m. CT) – Performances will resume at the Bands of America Regional Championships at Waco at 9:30 a.m. CT with the Sachse H.S. marching band.

Preliminary performances were suspended earlier due to weather. Any further updates will be posted on the blog and on Facebook and Twitter (Bands of America ).

See the updated preliminary performance schedule.

Waco, TX Regional on Weather Delay

Saturday, 13 October 2018 08:59 Written by Debbie Laferty Asbill

WACO, TX – For the safety of participants and spectators, the Bands of America Regional Championship at Waco, TX is on a delay due to extreme weather. Music for All officials on-site are assessing the situation and updates will be posted here as soon as available.

Live Blog: Waco, TX

Friday, 12 October 2018 21:21 Written by Daniel Sanchez

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INDIANAPOLIS - Music for All has announced the music education leaders who will be inducted into the 2019 Bands of America Hall of Fame: Gayl W. Doster, Robert W. Smith, and David Starnes.

The Bands of America Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have had a positively life-changing impact on Music for All and Bands of America programs, as well as in music education. 2019 members will be inducted at a ceremony during the Gala Awards Banquet of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, on Saturday, March 16 in Indianapolis. Hall of Fame members are permanently recognized at Music for All’s Indianapolis headquarters.

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Gayl W. Doster is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Music for All. Mr. Doster first connected with Music for All as an event volunteer and has served since not only as Chairman of the Board, but as a significant donor along with his wife Beverly. He is the retired President and Chief Operating Officer of Brooks Drug, Inc. Mr. Doster is a graduate of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. While at Indiana University, he was a member of the Marching Hundred and numerous other musical organizations and is a life member of Kappa Kappa Psi. He serves on the Indiana University Eskenazi Museum of Art National Advisory Board and is a board member and Co-Treasurer of the Lawrence Central High School Performing Arts Association. Mr. Doster has been inducted into the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Business and Industry Hall of Fame, is a member of the Indiana University School of Business Alumni Association’s Academy of Alumni Fellows, is the 2009 recipient of the International Festival & Events Association Zambelli Internationale Volunteer of the Year Award, and was awarded the Indiana University Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 2010.


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Robert W. Smith is one of the most popular and prolific composers in America today, with more than 800 publications. Mr. Smith’s credits include many compositions and productions in all areas of the music field. His original works for winds and percussion have been programmed by countless military, university, high school, and middle school bands throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America, and Asia, and have become standards for developing bands throughout the world.

Mr. Smith’s music has received extensive airplay on major network television as well as inclusion in multiple motion pictures. As a conductor, clinician and keynote speaker, Mr. Smith has performed throughout North America, Asia, South America, Europe and Australia. Mr. Smith is a long-time member of Music for All’s faculty at the Summer Symposium and Music for All National Festival. He serves as the division coordinator for the Middle School/Young Teacher track of the Directors’ Academy at the Summer Symposium.

Mr. Smith is currently teaching in the Music Industry program at Troy University in Troy, Alabama.


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David Starnes is Assistant Professor/Director of Athletic Bands, where he directs the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band and the Symphonic Band. Prior to coming to Western Carolina, Starnes was the founding Director of Bands at Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw, Georgia, where he served for 11 years. His bands performed at Bands of America Championships, earning accolades on the Regional and National level. He is currently a Music for All Educational Consultant for student programs, is the camp director for the Student Divisions of the Summer Symposium, and program director for the Bands of America Honor Band, which appeared in the Tournament of Roses® Parade in Pasadena, California in 2005, 2009, 2013, and 2017, and will appear again in 2021.

Mr. Starnes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. He is sought out nationally and internationally as an adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor and creative designer. He serves as an adjudicator for several state, national and international organizations, including Music for All and Bands of America. He currently serves as Design Advisor for Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps.


Congratulations to our 2019 Hall of Fame inductees!

Check out the awards photos from the 2018 Bands of America Alabama Regional Championship!


High resolution awards photos (as well as additional action photos of each band) can be viewed and purchased on the Jolesch Enterprises website:

Check out the awards photos from the 2018 Bands of America Houston Regional Championship!

High resolution awards photos (as well as additional action photos of each band) can be viewed and purchased on the Jolesch Enterprises website:

Check out the awards photos from the 2018 Bands of America Dallas/Ft. Worth Regional Championship!

High resolution awards photos (as well as additional action photos of each band) can be viewed and purchased on the Jolesch Enterprises website:

Music for All is grateful that weather conditions allowed completion of the entirety of the Preliminary Competition at the Bands of America Regional at Bedford, TX. We were not as fortunate during Finals. Due to heavy rain and accompanying lightning, a weather delay began during Wakeland High School’s finals performance. After monitoring the storm system with the aid of local authorities and the THOR lightning warning system, the remaining Finals performances were cancelled due to continued severe weather in the area. We would like to thank all involved in ensuring the safety of band members, spectators, and staff during the weather emergency.

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.

We request that our patrons note that the costs of the event (stadium rental, stadium personnel, judges’ fees and other expenses) were still incurred and paid by Music for All. We invite you to consider foregoing any refund, and instead donate the value of your refund in support of these expenses. Thank you in advance if you choose to donate your refund, and we will provide you with an acknowledgement of your charitable contribution.
Following are Music for All’s policies concerning ticket refunds for the 2018 Bedford Regional:
Cooperative Tickets (issued to bands) - No refund
Day-Pass – $9 refund

Adult Finals Ticket - $18 refund

Discount Finals Ticket - $13 refund

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 email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax your request to 317.524.6200. If you choose to donate the value of your refund to Music for All, please indicate this in your request. Refund requests must be received by November 15, 2018 and will be processed by December 31, 2018.

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