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Music for All is pleased to announce that Nick Ramsey has joined the organization as its Events Coordinator. "We are excited for Nick to be able to share his strong logistics background,” says Mark Sternberg, Events Manager. “He has a great understanding of creating wonderful experiences for visiting artists, and we are excited to see him bring this to our participants and patrons throughout the year."

Nick comes to us from the Cleveland Orchestra, where he was the Artistic Planning Coordinator, and managed the guest artists' logistics during the symphony’s centennial celebration. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he earned a Bachelor in Music Education, and a Masters Degree in Arts Administration.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Music for All, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 educational organization that presents more than 45 programs and events across America annually and is a voice advocating for music and arts education in all scholastic environments.

 

Music for All is pleased to announce that Mariam Watson has joined the organization as its Revenue Analyst & Ticketing Manager. “We are very pleased that Mariam has joined our team! In such a short period of time, she has already made many contributions in streamlining our accounting functions,” says Sarah Loughery, Controller. “We look forward to her future with Music for All and all that she will accomplish!”

Watson has previously held positions with Crowe Horwath as a Senior Healthcare Consultant, AES Corp as a Senior Accountant, IU Health as a Business Intelligence Coordinator, and several other accounting positions. She also traveled to Central America and Asia on a sabbatical. She received her degree in Business Administration and in German from Missouri Southern State University and her M.B.A. from the University of Indianapolis.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Music for All, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 educational organization that presents more than 45 programs and events across America annually and is a voice advocating for music and arts education in all scholastic environments.

Nearly 100 winners from schools and school districts across America have been recognized as recipients of the Music for All Advocacy in Action Awards for 2019.

Behind most great school music programs are strong recruitment, retention, and booster programs. The Music for All Advocacy in Action Awards recognizes music programs, schools, and communities across the United States that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide access to music education for all students.

Music for All received more than 95 entries for the 2018-2019 school year – the debut year of the awards.

To qualify for the Advocacy in Action Award designation, schools or districts submitted a detailed description of its music program and its project entry. Submissions were reviewed by a national panel of educators, administrators, and community and business leaders.

“For too long music advocacy has leaned mainly on research-based justifications. Music for All’s Advocacy in Action Awards collect and share ideas so music programs and their supporters can get practical and inspire each other,” says Eric Martin, President & CEO, Music for All.

It is Music for All’s vision to be a catalyst to ensure that every child across America has access and opportunity to participate in active music-making in their scholastic environment.

2018-2019 award-winners are recognized online at advocacy.musicforall.org. The website curates the winning entries as a resource for arts educators.

PepWear and Music for All Enter Into An Unprecedented 10-Year Agreement

PepWear and Music for All are poised for an exciting future. The two organizations, which have been working together for more than 15 years, have agreed to a new 10-year merchandise and sponsorship agreement.

With the new agreement, PepWear will continue to design, produce, and sell commemorative merchandise for all Music for All events, including Bands of America Championships, Music for All Summer Symposium, and Music for All National Festival for bands, choirs, and orchestras. In addition, PepWear will be an Official Corporate Sponsor of Music for All.

“Music for All and PepWear have worked side by side for more than 15 years and have developed a very close bond,” said Craig Johnson, President of PepWear. “By entering into a new 10-year merchandising agreement, we are mutually endorsing our shared values. I couldn’t be more proud or supportive of what Music for All stands for.”

“In addition, we will now be an Official Corporate Sponsor of Music for All, strengthening our relationship and reach,” he added.

“We are thrilled to continue our journey with PepWear,” says Music for All President and CEO, Eric Martin. “For more than a decade, PepWear has stood side-by-side with Music for All in commemorating the ‘positively life-changing’ programming and experiences provided to our participants and attendees. We look forward to PepWear’s increased and extended role in advocating and delivering on our mission and vision to make music education and its benefits more available and accessible.”

The new agreement secures PepWear’s long-term partnership with Music for All, one of the nation’s largest and leading organizations in support of scholastic music education, through educational programs, performance events, and music education advocacy efforts.

Merchandise will be sold at all Music for All events and can be purchased online at: shop.musicforall.org

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If you'll be in Chicago for the Midwest Clinic this week, please come see us at the Music for All booth, Booth #1531! Several of our staff will be there to greet you with friendly smiles and hellos, and we will have lots of great materials available, including the 2019 Bands of America Championship Schedule and Application, 2019 Music for All Summer Symposium promotional materials, and application packets for the 2020 Music for All National Festival!

In addition to seeing us at the booth, we hope you'll catch some of these great clinics and presentations that are happening throughout the week. Below is a list of sessions and performances that are being presented by friends of Music for All!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A Question of Proportion and Ethics: Synthetic Sounds in "Live" Marching Bands
1:30-2:30 p.m., Meeting Room W185
Joseph Allison. Bob Buckner, Amanda Drinkwater, 
Jarrett Lipman, Freddy Martin, and Kenneth Snoeck 

Title I School Model Arts Integration Grades 6-12
1:30-2:30 p.m.,Meeting Room W186
Dr. Oscar Petty Jr.

Creating Passion on the Podium
3:30-4:00 p.m., Meeting Room W178B
Anthony Maiello

Music Parents Session with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser
4:30-5:00 p.m., Meeting Room W178B
Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

Thursday, December 20, 2018

How to Succeed in Your Next (or First!) Job
8:30-9:00 a.m., Meeting Room W178B
Col. Thomas Palmatier

Performance Techniques for the Young Timpanist
8:30-9:30 a.m., Meeting Room W179
Dr. David Collier

The Midwest Clinic Jazz Performance Application Workshop: Advice from the Board
8:30-9:30 a.m., Meeting Room W192
J. Richard Dunscomb

Connect 4: Practical Music Advocacy Communication Strategies
10:00-11:00 a.m., Meeting Room W187
Dr. Jeremy Earnhart and William Earvin

Copyright: A Composer, a Teacher, and a Lawyer
10:00-11:00 a.m., Meeting W181
Barry Morgan, Robert W. Smith, and David Starnes

Nurturing the Master Teacher: Effective Rehearsal Evaluation
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Meeting Room W179
Col. Timothy Holtan

Performance Preparation for the Middle School or Young Bands
1:00-1:30 p.m., Meeting Room W178B
Charles Jackson, Jr.

Music Parents Session with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser
2:15-2:45 p.m., Meeting Room W178B
Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

Addressing the Critical Need to Develop Student Leaders in Challenging Times and Places
3:00-4:00 p.m., Meeting Room W181
Scott Lang

David Maslanka: A Retrospective
3:00-4:00 p.m., Meeting Room W185
Gary Green, Dr. Mallory Thompson, and Dr. Emily Threinen

Excellence and the Inclusive Ensemble
3:00-4:00 p.m., Meeting Room W184
Rachel Maxwell

Jazz Rehearsal Techniques and Strategies
3:00-4:00 p.m., Meeting Room W192
J. Richard Dunscomb

Cobb Wind Symphony
4:30-5:45 p.m., Skyline Ballroom W375AB
Alfred Watkins

Musashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble
7:30-8:45 p.m., Skyline Ballroom W375AB
Ray E. Cramer

Friday, December 21, 2018

VanderCook College of Music Symphonic Band
8:15-9:30 a.m., Skyline Ballroom W375AB
Stacey Larson Dolan

Everyday Instrumental Inclusion: Making It Work
8:30-9:00 a.m., Meeting Room W178B
Julie Duty

Directors for Diversity: Grade 1-4 Band Works by Women
8:30-9:30 a.m., Ballroom W183
Jerry Junkin, Dr. Kevin Sedatole, and Dr. Mary K. Schneider

An Interview with John Whitwell
10:30-11:30 a.m., Ballroom W183
Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

Jazz New Music Reading Session
10:30-11:30 a.m., Ballroom W196
J. Richard Dunscomb

Learn to Think “Principal” and Increase Your Professional Credibility and Effectiveness
10:30-11:30 a.m., Meeting Room W186
Scott Koter

Ronald Reagan High School Wind Ensemble
12:00-1:00 p.m., Skyline Ballroom W375AB
Dan Morrison

Music Parents Session with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser
12:45-1:15 p.m., Meeting Room W178B
Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

The Bocalphone: Teaching Fundamentals for Bassoon and Other Winds Using the Reed and Bocal
3:00-3:30 p.m., Meeting Room W178B
Douglas Spaniol

Rio Grande Valley Jazz Orchestra
4:15-5:30 p.m., Ballroom W196
Ronnie Rios

Apply to Perform at the Midwest Clinic
4:15-5:30 p.m., Meeting Room W185B
Dr. Rodney C. Dorsey

Music for All is pleased to announce that Paul St. Angelo has joined the organization as its Vice President – Advancement. “We are delighted to have Paul join us because he brings years of fundraising and management experience to our cause,” said Eric L. Martin, Esq./CFEE, President and CEO of Music for All.

St. Angelo has previously held positions with the Children’s Home Foundation, the International School of Indiana, Ivy Tech Community College, Culver Educational Foundation, the Indiana University School of Dentistry, Marian University, and began his career in the nationwide United Way system. He has also owned his own consulting company and has been a resident of Indianapolis for many years.

“I am quite impressed with the Music for All organization and mission,” said St. Angelo. “It’s an organization that started with the nationally recognized Bands of America (BOA) and Orchestra America programs in 1975. Now, its events are recognized as the pinnacle of educational programming for high school and middle school instrumental and choral music programs nationwide. Each year, more than 500,000 people attend our events, more than 125,000 students participate, and 100,000 people subscribe to its online services. It’s got an impressive history and reputation and I am proud to be a part of the organization.”

Eric Martin commented, “In the coming years, Music for All hopes to increase its philanthropic revenue as it has its sponsorship, grants, and event income streams. We believe Paul can accomplish this objective and look forward to more success for the organization and the youth that we serve and educate.”

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Music for All, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 educational organization that presents more than 45 programs and events across America annually and is a voice advocating for music and arts education in all scholastic environments.

This year, Music for All introduced its newest advocacy initiative - the Advocacy in Action Awards. In the inaugural year of this program, we received a record-setting number of applications representing music programs, schools, and communities across the United States. We are extremely grateful for those who took the time to showcase their advocacy efforts on the national stage by applying for this program.

The Advocacy in Action Awards program is a radically different call to action which collects and shares the best methods to elevate music education in your community. Mark your calendars, the 2018 award recipients will be announced Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Please join us in thanking all of these outstanding programs:

B.E. Mays H.S., GA
Baker H.S., LA
Biloxi H.S., MS
Brighton H.S., MI
Broken Arrow H.S., OK
Buchholz H.S., FL
Burrell School District, PA
Canton Public Schools, MA
Capistrano Valley H.S., CA
Carmel H.S., IN
Castle H.S., IN
Cedar Grove H.S., NJ
Cedar Hill H.S., TX
Centerville H.S., OH
Central M.S., MI
Charlottesville H.S., VA
Creekside M.S., IN
Decatur Central H.S., IN
Desert Hills H.S., UT
Desert Vista H.S., AZ
DuBois Area M.S., PA
East Central H.S., TX
Fishers H.S., IN
Glen Ridge H.S., NJ
Greenwood Community H.S., IN
Haltom H.S., TX
Hastings H.S., MI
Hastings M.S. ,MI
Highland H.S., AZ
Hillcrest Intermediate School, PA
Indian Valley School, OH
Jay County H.S., IN
Jensen Beach H.S., FL
JL Long M.S., TX
John Foster Dulles H.S., TX
John M. Harlan H.S., TX
Lake Hamilton H.S., AR
Lava Ridge Intermediate School, UT
Longwood Central School District, NY
Marshwood M.S., ME
Mater Dei H.S., CA
Morton School District 709, IL
North Cobb H.S., GA
Northbrook Jr H.S., IL
Norwin H.S., PA
Norwin M.S., PA
O'Fallon Township H.S., IL
Open World Learning Community, MN
Orleans Jr./Sr. H.S., IN
Owasso H.S., OK
Princeton City School District, OH
Prosper H.S., TX
Reidland Intermediate School, KY
Rouse H.S., TX
Rowan-Salisbury School System, NC
Spring Valley Academy, CA
St. Francis Prep, NY
St. Ignatius College Prep, IL
Tarpon Springs Leadership Conservatory for the Arts, FL
Vestavia Hills H.S., AL
Wando H.S., SC
Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School, NY
West Brook M.S., NJ
Windsor H.S., NY
Youth Orchestras of Lubbock, TX

The Music for All Foundation awards several scholarships annually. During the Grand National Championships, Finals Opening Ceremonies several students were presented with college tuition scholarship awards. These scholarships were established to contribute to the future of music and music education by honoring the achievements of outstanding graduating seniors who intend to pursue collegiate study as a music major.

Congratulations to Sean Yuxin Chen, Homestead High School in Cupertino, California, award recipient of the $1,000 Yamaha Scholarship. The scholarship was presented by John Wittmann, Director of Artist Relations and Education at Yamaha Corporation of America Band and Orchestra Division.

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Congratulations to Paul Nguyen, Mustang High School in Mustang, Oklahoma, award recipient of the $1,000 Fred J. Miller Family Scholarship. The scholarship was presented by Marlene Miller, President and CEO of Fred J. Miller, Incorporated

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Congratulations to Isaac Tepperman, Brazoswood High School in Clute, Texas, award recipient of the $2,000 Fred J. Miller Memorial Music Education scholarship. The scholarship was presented by Marlene Miller, President and CEO of Fred J. Miller, Incorporated

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Music for All’s efforts to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences include awarding a number of scholarships each year. For more information about Music for All's scholarships click here.

To support future scholarships with a donation click here.

Congratulations to Mr. David LaMorte, Assistant Principal of Visual, Performing, and Career Arts at Tottenville H.S., NY, the 2018 recipient of the George N. Parks Leadership in Music Education award. Mr. LaMorte received the award during the opening finals ceremonies at the 2018 Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha on November 10.

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.

Under Mr. LaMorte's leadership, Tottenville's six bands, three symphonic orchestras, four choruses, training ensembles, and championship marching band enjoy a reputation for musical excellence which is a beacon for New York City and NY State. His symphonic band regularly receives a NYSSMA Gold Rating in Level VI, as do many other of Tottenville's bands, orchestras, and choruses. A professional trombonist as well as conductor, Mr. LaMorte received his education at Montclair State College and the University of Buffalo. He is a recipient of the DaVinci Award; Phi Delta Kappa Leadership in Education Award; City of New York Proclamation Award; Music Educators of New York City Outstanding Service Award; The Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award; and many more. 

Mr. LaMorte also serves as Executive Director of the Summer Arts Institute, a special program that attracts gifted New York City music and art students to participate in a summer of rigorous and creative performance endeavors. He is also conductor of the Staten Island Community Band, NYC's longest-running community band. He has conducted at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and throughout the metropolitan area. Fans of classic movies can see a young David LaMorte in the legendary film, "Fame", which was made as his alma mater, the High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan. 

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Congratulations to Mr. LaMorte and thank you for all you do to help create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences for your students. 

Prior recipients:

2017 Marisa Weinstein
Director of Bands, Warsaw Middle School in Pittsfield, ME

2016 Thom Hannum
Associate Director, Minutemen Marching Band, the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA

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

The Patrick John Hughes Parent Booster Award recognizes the extraordinary commitment, dedication, support, and sacrifice of music parents and boosters across the nation by shining a spotlight on a recipient who exemplifies these qualities.

The award is named in honor of Patrick John Hughes, the father of Patrick Henry Hughes. Patrick Henry is a remarkable young man who, despite physical challenges that would seem overwhelming to many, has excelled as a musician and student, singing and playing piano and trumpet with the Louisville Marching and Pep Bands, with the help of his father, who tirelessly maneuvers his son’s wheelchair through the formations with the other 220+ members of the Cardinal Marching Band.

On Friday night during the Grand National Championships, the 2018 Patrick John Hughes Parent Booster award was awarded to Randy Barnett of Blue Springs H.S., MO.

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For seventeen years, Randy Barnett has been a volunteer and the cornerstone of the Blue Springs Golden Regiment of Blue Springs H.S. Through the many changes the program has been through, Randy has been a consistent driving force within the band family. With his last child being in the band in 2004, Randy has continued to serve as their key volunteer.

Randy is a veteran of the Vietnam War and his service to our country blends perfectly with his service to the band program. As a supporter of the marching arts, the students are his main focus. He sees the importance of the character development of the students and the lessons the marching arts can teach the youth of today. He’s a shining example of how humanity should be, with his kindness and his can-do attitude. Randy makes tremendous strides to make sure the students of Golden Regiment have everything they need to be successful; from designing and overseeing the repairs and renovations of two trailers for the band to helping the program maximize the space in their band room.

Blue Springs’ band motto is "A Culture of Unstoppable Commitment" and Randy completely embodies that motto. Even though he lives 45 minutes away from Blue Springs, he still makes the drive each way to help the band. He has even attended every performance by the Golden Regiment since 2002, including 24 Bands of America Regional Championships. Randy’s magnanimous nature is apparent, as he once took six days off to travel to California with other truck drivers to pick up props the band had ordered. He did it all with a smile on his face because he knew it needed to be done for the kids.

Highly regarded in his band community, Randy is loved by the students, volunteers, and band director Dr. Allhouse. They believe The Golden Regiment is a better program because of him and future generations will benefit from his selfless actions. He embodies Music for All's mission to "create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all" because of his unity, his selflessness and his amazing attitude. Congratulations Mr. Barnett, thank you for all you do.

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