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Please join us in welcoming Jessica Morgan to the Marketing Department as a Marketing Coordinator!

As Marketing Coordinator, Morgan’s responsibilities include maintaining web, digital, and print materials, assisting with preparation for Music for All’s presence at national conventions, updating and maintaining Bands of America announcer scripts, design, and various marketing projects.

"We are very pleased to have Jessica join Music for All's marketing team," says Debbie Laferty Asbill, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. "Jessica gained experience helping and talking with our participants and supporters in her previous role with Music for All. As part of the marketing team, she now brings that spirit of service and background in marketing to our efforts to promote and share our programming and music education advocacy."

Jessica joined Music for All in February 2018 as the Administrative Assistant/Receptionist. She graduated from Indiana State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Music Business with a focus on Marketing and Product Merchandising. During her collegiate career Jessica served as President of Sigma Alpha Iota, as well as the manager of the ISU Flute Choir. Morgan is originally from Terre Haute, IN and is a proud alumna of Terre Haute North Vigo High School. While attending Terre Haute North, she was highly active in the Music and Theater departments. 

Join us in congratulating Jessica on this much deserved promotion. We are thrilled that she will continue to help support Music for All's mission to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through Music for All!

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Music for All has named Karissa Mills as Administrative Assistant/Receptionist.

Mills joins Music for All full-time after completing a six-month internship with the Advancement Department. During her internship, Mills projects included: sponsorship fulfillment support, donor relations support, grant research, and assisting with the coordination of the Yamaha Directors’ Academy Scholarship program for the 2018 Music for All Summer Symposium. As Administrative Assistant/Receptionist, Mills is the first point of contact for those who visit and call the office. Her responsibilities include general administrative tasks, preparing documents and correspondence, conducting data entry for applications that are received, being attuned of staff schedules, meetings, and travel, and general upkeep of the office.

“We are delighted to have Karissa Mills join the Music for All team,” said Norman Lasiter, Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the CEO and COO. “Relying on solid education and experience in music and business and her passion for the arts, Karissa will contribute meaningfully to our organization and the delivery of its mission. I’m excited to have another “product” of band join the team.”

Mills graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Music Business. She was also a part of the Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity for women, where she served as the Vice President of Ritual and Sergeant-at-Arms.

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Music for All welcomes Lucia Smith as Accounts Receivable Clerk!

As Accounts Receivable Clerk, Smith is responsible for assisting with the processing of summer camp and fall registrations, maintaining the integrity of all accounting records and files for vendors, customers, and participants; and assisting with other finance and administrative duties as needed and directed.

“We are thrilled to add Lucia to the Music for All Accounting Department,” said Tonya Bullock, Accounting Manager. “She is a wonderful asset to our staff and customers.”

Lucia graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Business, experience in Accounting and Customer Service. In the past Lucia has volunteered with various organizations including Children’s Bureau and Feed the Children.

Please join us in welcoming Lucia Smith to Music for All!

Drum Corps International has delayed the start time of the DCI Central Indiana show in Muncie, Indiana today, Friday, June 29, to 8 p.m. due to a Heat Advisory.

For more information on the show, visit https://www.dci.org/events/dci-central-indiana

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The 2018 Bands of America Southern California Regional Championship will take place at Monarch Stadium at L.A. Valley College in Van Nuys, California!

Stay tuned for ticket information coming soon. 

This summer, 1,700 student musicians and directors will travel from across the country to “America’s Camp,” the Music for All Summer Symposium presented by Yamaha. One road, in particular, will provide the path for select educators and students from urban city centers to experience the Symposium. Interstate-65, one of the major U.S. highways that travels right through the heart of Indianapolis, will bring together 34 students and 12 teachers from 9 districts along the corridor to take part in an exciting new initiative: the Interstate-65 Corridor Project.

Directors and students from the Corridor will have the opportunity to network, share ideas and resources, and participate in special workshops as part of this unique experience. The newly formed Music for All Urban Education Advisory committee has developed a specialized curriculum geared towards growth and opportunities for these participants, with topics such as team-building, collaboration, and strategic planning.

About the “I-65 Corridor Project”

Music for All, with the generous support of the Country Music Association Foundation, has launched this initiative as the first step towards serving urban music education on a national level. The goals for this initiative include increasing support and fostering positive opportunities for these programs, as well as decreasing barriers often present in core urban school communities like those found along the Corridor.

The I-65 Corridor was chosen for this initiative based on existing relationships with Indianapolis Public Schools, observed challenges and achievements in communities along the Corridor, and Music for All’s organizational capacity to effectively engage new communities in our programming. By providing guidance and ongoing professional development to these music programs, Music for All hopes to enhance musical instruction and performance-based achievement, which will help us realize our ultimate goal of helping build self-sustaining music programs in these communities.

About the Urban Education Advisory Committee

In order to ensure that the efforts of this initiative are relevant and engaging, Music for All has assembled an Urban Education Advisory Committee, a team dedicated to the strategic planning and facilitation of all efforts related to the I-65 Corridor Project. The Committee is composed of six distinguished music educators and industry leaders who not only have experience working with programs similar to those along the Corridor, but also have been recognized as competent music educators, innovative thinkers, and facilitators of comprehensive educational programming. The committee is excited to work with directors and students in the I-65 Corridor Project during the Summer Symposium and throughout the academic year. The team is comprised of the following music education consultants:

  • William J. Earvin, Baker HS, Director of Bands – Baker, LA
  • Zachary Harris, William-Carey University, Assistant Professor of Music Education – Hattiesburg, MS
  • Sybil James, Willowridge HS, Director of Bands – Houston, TX
  • Tim Linley, Dallas Independent School District, Director of Visual & Performing Arts – Dallas, TX
  • Myran Parker-Brass, Boston Public Schools, Executive Director for the Arts – Boston, MA
  • Ayatey Shabazz, Devmusic Publishing Company, LLC, Founder/President & CEO – Biloxi, MS

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What is your hometown? City, State.

New Palestine, IN

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?

New Palestine High School
Ball State University : Graduated December of 2017

What is your major/degree?
Major: Public Relations
Minor: Marketing

What is your musical background? 
I have been involved in choir as long as I can remember. At Ball State I was a four year member of the Ball State University Singers and served as the Company Manager this year.

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What has been your favorite part of this internship experience?

The favorite part of my internship was the opportunity to attend and work at the Music for All National Festival. I enjoyed listening to various ensembles and appreciate the many talented students who attended.

What is an interesting fact about you?

I am traveling to London, England on May 12!

Who are your top three favorite artists? This could be any genre of music.

One Republic, Ben Rector, and Keith Urban

One thing you couldn’t live without?

My family

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What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy hanging out with my friends, singing, and eating.

What are you currently reading?
101 Secrets For Your Twenties

Do you have a favorite quote?

“Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.” – Jim Rohn

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What's a show you've binge watched recently?

Parks and Rec, New Girl, and Westworld

Favorite movie not many people have seen?

She’s All That

 

Music for All has elected two new members to its Board of Directors: John Pollard, Hurst, Texas and Kathy Pitts, Greenwood, Indiana.

John Pollard has been involved with Music for All programming for more than two decades, serving as an announcer for Bands of America Championships and for the Music for All National Festival. He also served as a drum line coordinator at the Music for All Summer Symposium, and as a percussion coordinator for the Honor Band of America at the Music for All National Festival and the inaugural Bands of America Honor Band in the 2005 Rose Parade®. From 1997-2005, John was an Associate Director of Bands at L.D. Bell High School, alongside Music for All’s current Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jeremy Earnhart.

“For over 30 years I have witnessed the profound and positively life-changing experiences created and provided by Music for All” says John Pollard. “I am humbled and honored by my election to the Board of Directors, and working to expand the reach of this amazing organization.”

Outside of his devotion to Music for All, John is the United States Director for Crafted By Infinity Diamonds of Antwerp, Belgium, a specialized producer of the world’s most high-performance diamonds. He oversees all United States operations and finances. He is also an announcer for Colorado’s State Marching Championships and various other pageantry events; and has written for Percussive Notes and Drum Corps World, and has a collection of percussion solos published through Row-Loff Productions.
Kathy Pitts is a certified public accountant, and previous employee for major corporations such as Shell Oil, General Motors, and Anthem. During her tenure with these companies, Kathy managed accounting and project teams, process
improvement plans, and acquisition consolidation plans. She worked in accounting firms, applying the strengths built in her previous work at these large corporations to provide management support and process improvement plans for her clients. Eventually, Kathy found her passion for non-profit management and joined her client GEO Foundation (located in Indianapolis) on a full-time basis, where she currently serves as the Chief Accounting Officer.

“I am honored and flattered to have the opportunity to serve Music for All and its incredibly valuable mission,” says Kathy Pitts. “It will be a pleasure to work with the impressive directors and staff. Having been the beneficiary of a strong music education environment in my youth, I recognize the important life lessons and bonds that are created by the music programs supported through Music for All.”

Kathy is a lifelong lover of music and had the privilege of playing the clarinet at Greenwood Community High School, under the direction of Herman Knoll. Kathy resides on the north side of Indianapolis with her husband, attorney Rick Pitts, and is a graduate of Butler University.

“I am pleased to welcome John Pollard and Kathy Pitts as the newest members of the Board of Directors for Music for All,” says Gayl Doster, Chairman of the Music for All Board of Directors. “Both bring a wealth of knowledge and experiences to Music for All that will be helpful to the future of the organization.”

StaffSpotlight Jessica

Hometown: Terre Haute, IN

How long have you been with Music for All?
Three Months

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
My favorite part of working at Music for All has been experiencing the passion and dedication that everyone has for the mission of Music for All.

Do you have a favorite memory of working an event with Music for All?
In my short time with the organization, my favorite memory so far has been hearing the Honor Orchestra of America perform at the Music for All National Festival.

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What is your musical background?
I’ve played the flute for over ten years! I’ve played in marching band, orchestra, wind symphony and flute choir. I majored in Music Business at Indiana State University where I continued my musical studies.

One thing you couldn’t live without?
Coffee and cats

What kind of music do you listen to?
I listen to everything! I really love Lana Del Rey, Meghan Trainor, Ariana Grande and Bruno Mars. I also listen to a lot of musical soundtracks.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to go hiking and canoeing when the weather is nice. I also like to paint and draw typography. But most often I like to hang out with my cat Darcy and watch Netflix :)

What are you currently reading?
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

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Do you have a favorite quote?
“There’s the whole world at your feet. And who gets to see it but the birds, the stars, and the chimney sweeps.” -Mary Poppins

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
Gilmore Girls always, but recently I’ve been watching the Netflix Original, A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
Lady Bird

Friday, April 27, 2018

Educator Spotlight: Chris Pineda

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Chris Pineda
Director of Bands, Liberty Junior High, in Richardson, TX

Chris Pineda understands the importance of music education in historically underserved student populations. He shares his thoughts on how schools like his can continue to improve their programs and community they serve.

Chris Pineda was the youngest of five kids in an active, athletic family. “All of my siblings were varsity athletes, and in fifth grade I raised my hand when they asked who wanted to join band, and I came home instituted with a tuba,” Pineda said. He was fortunate to have the ability to participate in sports and band all the way through high school which lead him to pursue a career in music.

Pineda was the first person in his family to attend college after receiving a full music scholarship from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX to study tuba performance. During his senior year at SMU, he was accepted to the Cincinnati Conservatory to obtain his Master’s in Performance. To reach the required number of credits to be a full-time student Pineda enrolled in a music education course with Lynn Jackson. Due to the class and teaching private lessons throughout his college career, Pineda realized he enjoyed teaching more than playing. He decided to decline the offer from Cincinnati and stay at SMU for his Master’s in Music Education.

After obtaining his master’s degree, Pineda received the job of Assistant Director at Liberty Junior High in Richardson, TX. During his second year at Liberty Junior High, he was named Head Director. “I was a second-year teacher with a first-year teacher as an assistant, so it was kind of like the blind leading the blind through those first couple of years,” Pineda said, “we worked really hard to develop the positive culture in the band program and in the community.”

Pineda believes the Liberty Junior High band program has become successful due to many factors. One of those factors is the support that has been provided through initiatives like the Dr. William P. Foster Project. Pineda says, “Most schools aren’t getting any richer, and I’m so glad to see there’s a proactive approach and people are joining forces because that’s just utilizing more resources.”

A partnership including The College Band Directors National Association, Music for All, and the National Band Association made the Dr. William P. Foster Project possible. This initiative recognizes quality programs serving historically underserved student populations. The Dr. William P. Foster Project also incorporates a mentor program including many peer consultants who are committed to connecting with individual teachers leading band programs in underserved schools and communities. It also provides music educators with successful teaching materials to reference.

“I find myself fortunate that in my position I did have mentors and guidance, and I had people to reach out to,” Pineda said, “But, there are a lot of teachers out there that might feel they’re on an island and need someone to support them.”

Along with mentors and support, Pineda also has had prior experience walking the halls of a historically disadvantaged populated school. “My parents didn’t have a lot of money, and joining the band program not only opened doors that were closed, it opened up doors that I didn’t know were there,” he said. Pineda is passionate about providing those same opportunities to his students who might be in a similar situation as he was. He had no idea what raising his hand in fifth grade to play the tuba would do for him, but it paid for college and led him to his future career in music education.

Music for All is proud to be a part of the Music Education Alliance, alongside the College Band Directors National Association and the National Band Association. Learn more about the Alliance and its William P. Foster Project at musicedalliance.org.

 

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