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A New Voice Makes a Bands of America Debut

Thursday, 18 October 2018 23:03 Written by Debbie Laferty Asbill

camdelawareSince her arrival as Director of Operations in 1989, Camilla Stasa has been a face of Bands of America at its events and music educator conventions where she represents the organization.

On Saturday, October 20, Camilla will become a Voice of Bands of America, when she becomes the first female announcer for a Bands of America Championship, announcing the BOA Regional at the University of Delaware in Newark.

While this is her Bands of America announcing debut, this is not Camilla’s first announcing gig. She has been the Master of Ceremonies at the Chicagoland Invitational Concert Band Festival since 2003. For over 20 years, she has announced the Lake Park Lancer Joust, a high school marching band competition held annually on the campus of Lake Park High School in Roselle, IL. In fall of 2016, Cam had the privilege to announce the 51st Annual State of Illinois Invitational High School Marching Band Championship at Illinois State University.

A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Camilla taught in secondary schools prior to joining Bands of America. She is currently Director of Participant Relations for Music for All. She previously served as Associate Director of Admissions at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago before returning to Music for All and rejoining the staff in its Indianapolis headquarters. In March 2014, Camilla was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame.

All of her colleagues at Music for All wish Camilla the very best as she makes Bands of America history in Delaware – Go for it!

Live Blog: Indianapolis Super Regional

Thursday, 18 October 2018 16:46 Written by Emily Ambriz

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“I think every single student would say they can hear and feel a difference with the VAE Rehearsal System,” says Philip Brown, Choral Director at Bloomington Jefferson High School (BJHS) in Bloomington, Minn. “It’s adding to their skill set and enhancing their music education.”

Wenger’s Virtual Acoustic Environment (VAE) technology enhances and accelerates music learning by creating realistic acoustic simulations of a variety of performance spaces, including recital hall, auditorium, arena or cathedral. Wenger acoustical engineers also simulated the BJHS’ auditorium’s acoustics with a custom setting.

Brown considers this custom setting very convenient because it’s difficult to hold many rehearsals in the auditorium. He says high school auditoriums are more heavily scheduled these days, including with rental events.

The beauty of this VAE Rehearsal system is threefold. First, its simplicity makes the system very easy to use. The environment can be changed at the touch of a button. Second, the system’s different acoustic environments offer flexibility and because they are preset, users don’t have to worry about them.

Finally, the digital record and playback capability works with any of the nine acoustical settings – for immediate listening in rehearsal, to save for future use or to create an audition recording.

Brown agrees. “The VAE Rehearsal’s record-playback function is awesome,” he notes. “We can hear problems, make adjustments and listen for improvements.”

Wenger will offer live demonstrations of its Virtual Acoustics technology at Midwest Clinic in Chicago December 19-21. To learn about these demonstrations and other Virtual Acoustics installations, click here.

It is our pleasure to announce the 2018 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 63rd Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat, presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance was held from October 1-3, 2018 in San Diego, CA.

The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony was held on October 1, where awards were given in 69 different categories. Music for All took home four awards in the Gold Category, four awards in the Silver Category, and one in the Bronze Category.

Gold
Best Cover Design: 2018 Grand Nationals program book cover
Best Event/Program with an Event to Benefit a Cause: The Sophie Rinehart Fund
Best Event/Organization E-Newsletter: Music for All e-newsletter
Best Miscellaneous Multimedia: You are Light: Please Stay with Dr. Lynda Hasseler

Silver
Best Miscellaneous On-Site Decor: Grand Nationals backdrop banner
Best New Event: National Choir Festival
Best Event/Organization E-Newsletter: The 2018 Daily Buzz
Best Festival/Event Mobile App: Sched at the Music for All Summer Symposium

Bronze
Best Promotional Brochure: 2018 Summer Symposium

Lynda Hasseler, Capital University, OH, and Jason Max Ferdinand, Oakwood University, AL, will serve on the artistic panel for the 2019 National Choir Festival, March 14-16 in Indianapolis.

In these days of political, personal and spiritual disintegration, music is not a luxury but a necessity, not just because it is the universal language, but because it is the persistent focus of our intelligence, our aspirations, and our good will.’ Though written many years ago, Robert Shaw’s words speak directly to the struggles of our current culture. Never have we needed music more. The work of Music for All to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music is precisely what we need to inspire us to reach across the differences that divide and alienate us from one another. I am honored and excited to be serving this dynamic organization and making music with the many talented young musicians who will be participating in the 2019 National Festival! Together we will focus our intelligence, our aspirations, and our good will - and make the world a better place!” –Lynda Hasseler

After providing feedback to festival applicants during blind listening, Lynda Hasseler spoke to young leaders at 2018 Summer Symposium about working together to destigmatize mental illness and to support those who are battling depression and thoughts of suicide. View her presentation featuring Capital University Chapel Choir performing Please Stay by composer Jake Runestad here:

The Oakwood Aeolians under the direction of Jason Max Ferdinand provided a moving guest choir performance for participants of the premiere National Choir Festival. Hear the Aeolians in rehearsal here:

“My initial festival experience with Music for All was mind blowing. It renewed my faith in music advocacy and music education. The world needs more music. Music for All is helping to better lives and in so doing, making the world a better place. I cannot wait for the 2019 festival!” –Jason Max Ferdinand

Music for All is proud of their esteemed committees who teach and advocate for choral music throughout the year; See our current and past Artistic Choral Committees here.

Check out the awards photos from the 2018 Bands of America Northeast Ohio 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: http://www.bandgroupphotography.com/BOA/Index.html

Check out the awards photos from the 2018 Bands of America Orlando 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: http://www.bandgroupphotography.com/BOA/Index.html

Music for All is grateful that weather conditions allowed completion of nine of 25 scheduled performances during the Preliminary Competition at the Bands of America Regional at Waco, TX. Due to heavy rain, lightning, and a tornado watch in the area, the remaining prelims performances and all of finals were canceled. This decision was made in consultation with participating directors after carefully monitoring weather conditions with the aid of local authorities and the National Weather Service. 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 donating the value of your refund to help offset these expenses. Thank you in advance if you choose to donate the value of your refund. We will provide you with an acknowledgement of your charitable contribution.
Following are Music for All’s policies concerning ticket refunds for the 2018 Waco Regional:

Cooperative Tickets (issued to bands) - No refund
Adult Day-Pass – $21 refund

Discount Day-Pass - $17 refund
Adult Prelims Ticket - $12 refund

Discount Prelims Ticket - $8 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 fax your request to 317.524.6200 or e-mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 
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 Waco Regional, please do not hesitate to contact us at 800.848.2263.

Check out the awards photos from the 2018 Bands of America South Carolina 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: http://www.bandgroupphotography.com/BOA/Index.html

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.

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