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Monday, November 18, 2013

We're all just a stadium full of band kids!

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Today's guest post is from Larry Harper, Jr. Thank you, Larry for allowing us to share your thoughts on the 2013 Grand National Championships!

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"To create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all."
 
If you've never attended a BoA Grand Nationals, you probably have an idea in your head of what to expect. Bands with multiple semis, props that can fill a stadium, a hearty helping of vocals and electronics. While all those things are certainly present, they are the things furthest from my memory today on the drive home.

The countless amazing interactions between bands in the hallways before heading to the field to compete, the countless number of staff and volunteers who give unbelievable hours of their time and simply the experience had by each and every performer over the course of the event. Those are the things that stick with you.

Resist your preconceived notion of what a 'BoA Band' is, because you don't have to look far to see countless examples of just how far off-base it is, or how much that idea has nothing to do with the experience provided to the participating bands at Grand Nationals.

Seeing two of the top drumlines passing each other in the hall sharing fist-bumps.

fist bumpSeeing smaller bands go out and completely win over the crowd inside a massive stadium.

Witnessing so many countless acts of complete selflessness you don't even bother trying to note them all.

Although the performance might be the highlight of the trip for many bands, I guarantee that the experiences had from the time they arrived in the parking lot, until they left on Saturday night were unlike any found elsewhere and had very little to do with competition.

Competition is healthy and has its place in our activity. It pushes us to work harder and to achieve things we never thought possible, but at Grand Nationals, its about the common bond and experience that all of those performers, parents and staff shared.

photo-1Those life-changing experiences are what makes the event great.

Not the props, not the giant eagle, not even the stadium. The fist-bump, the high-five, the "Good Luck".

It's not just being able to have the opportunity to perform at the highest level; its about being supported by, and sharing the experience with 90 other bands.

Regardless of who we are, this week we're all just a stadium full of 'band kids.'

- Larry Harper, Jr.

Larry Harper, Jr. has spent the majority of the last fifteen years living in the Triangle area of North Carolina and filling a variety of roles in the marching-arts world. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Carolina Gold, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a stimulating and rewarding social experience by promoting responsibility and self-discipline through music education, competitive performance and community engagement. After attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Larry served as the Assistant Marching Percussion Instructor to the UNC Athletic Bands program in addition to serving as a visual instructor and drill writer for a variety of other area programs. Larry has spent a significant amount of time in service to organizations such as Winter Guard International and Music for All as well as having coordinated events in partnership with Drum Corps International.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Grand National Championships Finals Live Blog

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Live Blogs for Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha

Click here for Semi-Finals Live Blog

Click here for Prelims Live Blog

Click here for IMBT Live Blog

 

2013 Grand National Championships Finals Live Blog

 


Live Blogs for Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha

Click here for Finals Blog

Click here for Prelims Live Blog

Click here for IMBT Live Blog

 

2013 Grand National Championships Semi-Finals Live Blog

 

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Congratulations to all of the bands who participated in the 2013 Bands of America Super Regional Championship at Indianapolis, presented by Yamaha! Here are some photos from both the Prelims and Finals awards ceremony. Looking for more action photos of your band? Jolesch Enterprises will have photos available on their website coming soon - so make sure you check here for group photos as well as action shots that they took at the event.

Can't view the slide show? Click here. 

Looking for Results and Scores from the event? You can find those here. Congratulations to the 2013 Indianapolis Super Regional Champion: Carmel H.S., IN!

This weekend is Music for All's 38th Annual Bands of America Grand National Championships. Gary Markham explains why Music for All's Bands of America Championships were developed so many years ago and why they are so important and impactful for students.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Grand National Championships IMBT Live Blog

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Live Blogs for Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha

Click here for Finals Blog

Click here for Semi-Finals Blog

Grand Nationals Prelims Live Blog

 

Live Blog of the 2013 Indianapolis Marching Band Tournament at the Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha

 

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Throwback Thursday: 2008

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For Throwback Thursday we are heading back to the first year we called Lucas Oil Stadium home to the Grand National Championships- 2008!

Pictured above are the very first Grand National finalists to ever grace the field of Lucas Oil Stadium:

Class A Exhibition: Bourbon County HS and Finalists: Avon, LD Bell, Lawrence Central, Marian Catholic, Carmel, Broken Arrow, Tarpon Springs, Kennesaw Mountain, Centerville, Ben Davis, Plymouth-Canton Ed. Park and Lafayette! (If you can't help yourself and want to check out scores after reading this list- you can find those here.)

And who was the very first band to be named Grand National Champion in Lucas Oil Stadium? That would be Avon H.S. from Avon, Indiana!

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 We are excited to be back in Lucas Oil Stadium again this weekend for the Bands of America Super Regional Championship at Indianapolis and then once again next week for the 2013 Bands of America Grand National Championships!

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Join us for the Tim Lautzenheiser Student Leadership Workshop during the 2013 Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha! Work with the man himself, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser on Friday, November 15th. This leadership workshop encourages the growth of the group via a nurturing of agreed-upon organizational values that establishes a solid foundation for positive growth in every aspect of your band program.

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This is a MUST on your list of things to do while at the Grand National Championships. And the best part? The early pricing has been extended! Register online BEFORE you arrive and you can register for the workshop for $30 per person! Remember: one director attends FREE for every 10 students enrolled! (But register now for these savings, it will be $35 per person on site).

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Leadership skills are not just something that will help you in band, or in high school. This is one of those workshops where you will learn things that you will utilize every day for the rest of your life, and have fun while learning them!

So don't wait- register now and get ready for an awesome two hours with the incomprable Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser and more than 500 of your new best friends!

Read more about the Dr. Tim Lauzenheiser Student Leadership Workshop here. Register online for just $30 per person here.
 

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Kick it in: Acknowledging others

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Today's guest post is from Fran Kick, professional speaker, author and division head of the Leadership Weekend Experience at the Music for All Summer Symposium presented by Yamaha. Fran Kick also co-presents the Future Music Educators' Experience during the Grand National Championships.

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Supporting others and acknowledging other groups needs to go beyond just applauding, screaming and spelling. After all, performing for attentive enthusiastic audiences in high-quality settings is one of the hallmarks at each and every Bands of America event/

 So what can we do to ensure every band gets the best audience:

#1 Be as attentive and polite during other band performances as you’d want during your own– looking and listening. While football stadiums hardly require or demand the same kind of concert etiquette as a symphony orchestra hall, we can certainly raise the bar way beyond the average football game.

 #2 Be sure to say hi to other band members acknowledging their performance and/or wishing them the best for a good show.

 #3 If you hear something or see something that excites you on the field, then let the performing band know right then and there with your applause. Later on, be sure to follow up and congratulate them on their performance.

 Acknowledging others in a positive way – both on and off the field – is what sets BOA events apart from other programs. We’re not just there for our own band, we come together to celebrate all the bands of America. And if we want others to pay attention to us, then we need to pay attention to them. You get what you give, so give it all you’ve got both on and off the field acknowledging others.

 

This post was originally released on the “Break Ranks” podcast with Dan Potter. The .mp3 audio file is available to hear, download, and share.

 

Fran Kick currently serves as division head of the Music for All Summer Symposium Leadership Weekend Experience. He is a nationally-recognized speaker and educational consultant who talks with students and the many people who work with them. You can find more information about his work with music-related organizations and events at http://www.kickitin.com/music/

 

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

BOA Regional Championship at St. George

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Congratulations to all of the bands who participated in the 2013 Bands of America Regional Championship at St. George, presented by Yamaha! 

Here are some photos from both the Prelims and Finals awards ceremony. Looking for more action photos of your band? Jolesch Enterprises will have photos available on their website coming soon - so make sure you check here  for group photos as well as action shots that they took at the event.

Can't view the slide show? Click here.

Looking for Results and Scores from the event? You can find those here. Congratulations to the 2013 St. George Regional Champion: American Fork H.S., UT!

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