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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 2019 Patrick John Hughes Parent Booster award was awarded to Ann Leever of North H.S., NE.

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Ann Leever grew up with a love of music she got from her parents. In high school, she had an amazing band director – Gary Davis - who gave her a deep appreciation for the marching arts, as well as music overall. Leever's parents showed her the importance of volunteering by being presidents of the band boosters during her high school years.

Fast forward - now she's the band parent! Leever started working with the Millard North Band Boosters in 2007 when her son was a freshman. She was secretary of the boosters 2008-2009 and in 2010 she became president of the band boosters for a year.

In 2012, her daughter joined the Millard North band, and Mr. Ryan Placek became the head band director. Craig Mathis joined him as assistant band director a year later. Listening to their vision for the band program, Leever wanted to help in any way she could, so in 2013 she again became president of the band boosters. Leever remained president until her daughter graduated in 2016.

Once her daughter graduated, Leever could see how far Mr. Placek and Mr. Mathis had brought the band program, but she knew they still had more to do, and she wanted to help the band keep growing. Since Lever couldn’t hold an elected office, she offered to help with fund raising, as she knew the band had considerable needs (and still does).

Why does Leever continue to help the MN band? Because the Millard North Band is a family, a huge wonderful, all inclusive family. She believes the band directors are second to none, the kids are the best, and she wants those kids to have a great high school band experience like she had.

How does she continue to help the MN band? By raising funds in any way possible. Here are some of the things she does with the band:

  • March-A-Thon – We parade through neighborhoods, playing “lawn concerts” for residents for a donation to the band. (Leever's favorite fundraiser.)
  • Working Baseball Concessions
  • Hosting the State Marching Competition
  • Building shipping boxes for Omaha Steaks
  • Mattress Fundraiser
  • The “200+ Family Garage Sale”
  • Big Band Dance and Silent Auction
  • Getting band “sponsors” who are thanked by putting their logos on the back of the show shirts.
  • Omaha Gives – A 24-hr, city wide day of donating money to over 900 different non-profits.

Leever gets to work with amazing band parents/boosters on all these projects. She has made many life long friends through the Millard North Band, and she hopes to have many years of volunteering ahead of her.

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 education major.

Congratulations to Jennifer Mahl, Davenport Central High School in Davenport, Iowa, award recipient of the $1,000 Yamaha Scholarship. The scholarship was presented by John Wittmann, Senior Director of Artist Relations and Education at Yamaha Corporation of America.

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Congratulations to Andrew Locke, Panther Creek High School in Cary, North Carolina, 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 Abigail Lane, Siegel High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 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. Edward F. Protzman, Director of Bands at William Mason H.S., OH, the 2019 recipient of the George N. Parks Leadership in Music Education award. Mr. Protzman received the award during the opening finals ceremonies at the 2019 Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha on November 16.

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.

Ensembles, under Mr. Protzman's direction have consistently received top ratings in OMEA, KMEA, and PMEA large and small group festivals. His ensembles have been selected by audition to perform and present clinics at state conferences in Ohio, Kansas, and Pennsylvania. In 2019, the William Mason High School Wind Symphony performed as a featured ensemble at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival and was the Foundation for Music Education National Wind Band Honors Project Commended Winner.

As a clinician and adjudicator, Mr. Protzman has worked with groups across the United States and Canada. He has served as the conductor for the Doylestown Symphonic Winds, Pennsylvania Youth Wind Ensemble, and The University of Cincinnati Community Band. His undergraduate studies include music degrees from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and Moravian College. His graduate work includes a Master's degree in Wind Conducting from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and an Artist's Diploma in Wind Conducting from the University of Calgary. He is currently a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Ohio Music Educators Association, the National Band Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the American School Band Directors Association.

Mr. Protzman believes that all things in music and life can be accomplished through personal commitment, firm determination, and strong support system. He would like to thank his wife Anne Protzman and his mentors Willis M. Rapp, Glenn D. Price, and Andrew Yozviak, for all they have helped him achieve. He would also like to thank colleague and friend Brandon Lesando and the incredible band faculty of Mason City Schools – Kayla Cavano, Chad Fourman, Johnnie Green, Zach Hinson, Avious Jackson, Jason Sleppy, and Joe Woodie.

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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:

2018 David LaMorte
Assistant Principal of Visual, Performing, and Career Arts, Tottenville High School, NY

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

Music for All was honored to have guests from the Tournament of Roses® with us at the 2019 Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha.

Through our unique partnership, each fall a Bands of America Grand National Semi-Finalist band is selected to receive an invitation to perform in an upcoming Rose Parade.

Congratulations to Hebron H.S., TX on being selected during the 2019 Grand National Championships! We’ll be cheering you on in the 2021 Rose Parade!

Previous Grand National Invited Bands in the Rose Parade

2018 Grand Nationals, an invitation for
2020 Rose Parade
Dobyns-Bennett H.S., TN

2017 Grand Nationals, an invitation for
2019 Rose Parade
Flower Mound H.S., TX

2016 Grand Nationals, an invitation for
2018 Rose Parade
Ronald Reagan H.S., TX

2015 Grand Nationals, an invitation for
2017 Rose Parade
Broken Arrow H.S., OK

2014 Grand Nationals, an invitation for 
2016 Rose Parade
William Mason H.S., OH

2013 Grand Nationals, an invitation for
2015 Rose Parade
Round Rock H.S., TX

2012 Grand Nationals, an invitation for
2014 Rose Parade
Carmel H.S., IN

2011 Grand Nationals, an invitation for
2013 Rose Parade
Broken Arrow H.S., OK

2010 Grand Nationals, an invitation for 
2012 Rose Parade
Avon H.S., IN

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INDIANAPOLIS - Music for All has announced three music education leaders who will be inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame as the class of 2020: John Casagrande, Darrin Davis, and Philip Geiger.

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. The 2020 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 14, 2020, in Indianapolis. Hall of Fame members are permanently recognized at Music for All’s Indianapolis headquarters.

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John E. Casagrande served as Executive Administrator for the National Band Association and served as Director of Bands at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax County, Virginia from 1982-2000. He was also Director of Bands at Mount Vernon (VA) High School from 1978-1982, East Stroudsburg (PA) from 1968-1978, and in the Wissahickon (PA) schools from 1963-1968. He joined the faculty of George Mason University in the fall of 1997 as an adjunct professor of music and was promoted to a full-time contract as an associate professor of music in 2002 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2010. Mr. Casagrande was a long-time clinician and evaluator for Music for All. He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Ithaca. His honors include election to the American Bandmasters Association and the American School Band Directors Association, five “Citations of Excellence” from the National Band Association, the Sudler Flag of Honor, the “Mac Award” from First Chair of America, “Who’s Who in American Education”, five awards for “Professional Excellence” from the Fairfax County School Board, W.T. Woodson High School “Teacher of the Year” and finalist for Fairfax County “Teacher of the Year.” John Casagrande was born January 30, 1942 and passed away July 8, 2019.

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Darrin Davis currently serves as the Director of Bands and Assistant Director of Fine Arts for the Broken Arrow school district. He has enjoyed teaching band in the Broken Arrow Public Schools since 1993 and is responsible for guiding the 1,500 band students and 12 band instructors within the school district during this time. Within the band program, Davis is the conductor of the nationally acclaimed Broken Arrow High School Wind Ensemble and director of the Pride of Broken Arrow Marching Band, the 2015, 2011, and 2006 Bands of America Grand National Champion. Davis’ marching bands have marched in the Tournament of Roses Parade in 2017, 2013, and 2009. On three occasions, the John Philip Sousa Foundation has presented the Broken Arrow Marching Band the prestigious Sudler Shield. Broken Arrow is a 24-time Oklahoma State Marching Band Champion, a 13-time Bands of America Grand National Finalist, and a 16-time Bands of America Regional Champion. He is a member of Music for All’s Bands of America marching advisory committee. In March of 2017, Mr. Davis was elected into the membership of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association honored Davis as their 2012 “Band Director of the Year.” At the 2015 Midwest Clinic, the National Band Association awarded Davis with a “Citation of Excellence” for an outstanding contribution to band and band music.

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Philip Geiger completed 23 years as Director of Bands at Westfield High School (TX) in the Spring Independent School District. While at Westfield, Mr. Geiger’s bands were recognized nationally; the marching band was the 2003 Bands of America Grand National Champion and the concert bands performed several times at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival. The Westfield Band was a consistent finalist in the TMEA Honor Band Competition and the Symphonic Band earned the distinction of being selected as the TMEA Honor Band twice during his tenure at Westfield. Concert Bands under his direction have performed twice at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, and while Mr. Geiger worked at Westfield, the program received both the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Shield and Sudler Flag. Mr. Geiger is a 1975 graduate of Southern Methodist University and received post-graduate instruction from Eddie Green, Dr. Gary Garner, and Tom Bennett. Prior to his time at Spring ISD, Mr. Geiger worked for seven years in the Klein ISD both as a middle and high school director. In 2000, Mr. Geiger was recognized by the Texas Bandmasters Association with their inaugural Meritorious Achievement Award.

Music for All congratulates these 2020 Hall of Fame inductees. See the members of Music for All's Bands of America Hall of Fame here.

Music for All is grateful that weather conditions allowed completion of the entirety of the Preliminary Competition at the Bands of America Regional at Powders Springs, GA on Saturday, October 26. We were not as fortunate for Finals. Due to the steady rain during the day which grew heavier at the end of Prelims, and more rain in the evening forecast, Bands of America officials conferred with the Finalist band directors and, after considering the safety and well-being of the participants and audience members, cancelled the evening’s Finals. We would like to thank all involved in ensuring the safety of band members, spectators, and staff during the inclement weather.

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 2019 Regional at Powder Springs:
Cooperative Tickets (issued to bands) - No refund
Day-Pass – $10 refund
Adult Finals Ticket - $21 refund
Discount Finals Ticket - $16 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, 2019 and will be processed by December 31, 2019.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding our refund policies for the 2019 Regional at Powder Springs, please do not hesitate to contact us at 800.848.2263.

Posted Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. local time – Due to ongoing inclement weather, Music for All has cancelled Finals for the Bands of America Regional at Powder Springs, GA.

The decision was made at the Finalist Directors Meeting, after discussing options with the Finalist Band Directors, and for the safety and well-being of the participants and spectators.

Information will be posted on musicforall.org the beginning of next week to answer questions guests might have about tickets and refunds.

Bands of America and Lucas Oil Stadium would like to thank everyone for attending today’s preliminary competition. At the conclusion of the awards announcement, Lucas Oil Stadium would ask for all patrons to exit the facility before the Stadium is opened for the finals competition at 6:30 PM.

Due to inclement weather, the stadium is allowing for guests to exit the facility through the covered connector tunnel to the Indiana Convention Center near section 103. For the awards ceremony, the North gate will remain as an entrance but guests will also be able to enter through that same connector tunnel entrance until 7:00 PM.

Thank you again for joining us all today, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

It is our pleasure to announce the 2019 International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) awards Music for All has received.

Headquartered in Boise, ID, the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) is The Premier Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide. The 64th Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat, presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance was held from September 25-27, 2019 in Colonial Williamsburg, VA.

The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony was held on September 25, where awards were given in 69 different categories. Music for All took home three awards in the Gold Category, five awards in the Silver Category, and eight in the Bronze Category.

Gold
Best TV Promotion - 2021 Bands of America Honor Band in the Rose Parade
Best New Promotion - Music for All Summer Symposium Community Engagement Program
Best Individual Sponsor Follow Up Report - Yamaha Corporation of America

Silver
Best Misc. Printed Material (Single Page) - 2021 Honor Band in the Rose Parade
Best Cover Design - 2019 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
Best Misc. Multimedia - Montage from the 2019 Music for All Summer Symposium. presented by Yamaha
Best Pin or Button - I Believe in Music
Best Give-Away Item - Bands of America folio

Bronze
Best Press/Media Kit - Advocacy in Action
Best Community Outreach - Zippy Zebra
Best Event Program - 2019 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
Best Event/Organization E-Newsletter - Music for All Monthly E-News
Best Event/Organization E-Newsletter - 2019 Daily Buzz, part of the Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha
Best Misc. Printed Materials (Multiple Page) - 2019 Summer Symposium Folder
Best Community Outreach - Music for All Summer Symposium Community Engagement Program
Best Sponsor Gift - Grand Nationals Plaque

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Cecily Yoakam has joined the Music for All staff as Advocacy and Educational Resources Coordinator. Cecily comes to Music for All most recently having taught band at Barton Middle School in Buda, TX as part of the Hays Consolidated Independent School District, where she focused primarily on teaching beginner woodwind students.

Cecily graduated from Union High School in Tulsa, OK, where she was a drum major and played the oboe. She went on to study Music Education at the University of North Texas, graduating in 2017. She is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Bandmasters’ Association.

She is a former Bands of America Championship and Music for All Summer Symposium participant. In the summer of 2017, she served as the Advocacy and Educational Resources Intern. Cecily served on the Summer Symposium SWAG Team for three years.

“The Music for All Education Team along with the Indianapolis office staff are thrilled to have Cecily Yoakam join the organization in this crucial role,” says James Stephens, Director of Advocacy and Educational Resources. “Cecily certainly has the passion, energy, and experience to be a key player in the development and expansion of our educational programming and advocacy work. I am excited to work alongside Cecily through our commitment and support of scholastic music education and access to it for every child.”

“The impact music has had on my life inspired me to become a music teacher so I may have the chance to give others the same experiences, and I feel incredibly humbled and grateful to serve this organization.” says Yoakam, “Without the experiences I had as a student participant and SWAG team member, I would not be who I am today. I firmly believe everyone should have access and opportunity to music, not just the few who can afford it. I believe in Music for All because I believe that through growing young musicians, it is an opportunity to grow a better future. By providing students with diverse and positive opportunities to experience music, Music for All is changing the world -- one student at a time through music.”

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

 

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