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Emily Ambriz

Please join us in celebrating Emily Ambriz on her recent promotion to Marketing Coordinator!   

As Marketing Coordinator, Ambriz’s responsibilities include email and social media campaigns; web, digital, and print, design; and marketing projects.

"Emily has been a valuable member of the Music for All staff this past year in a different capacity,” says Debbie Laferty Asbill, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “It is a pleasure to bring her on board the Marketing team where her skills and passion for promoting Music for All’s message, programs, and events will continue to be an asset to the organization and our staff."

Ambriz joined Music for All in May 2017 as the Administrative Assistant/Receptionist. She graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations with minors in flute performance, creative writing, and Spanish. Ambriz is originally from the Indianapolis area and is a proud alumna of Pike High School. While attending Pike, she was highly active in the performing arts department.      

Congratulations to Emily 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 postively life-changing experiences through music for all!


Please join us in welcoming Sarah Loughery to Music for All!

Music for All has named Sarah Loughery Controller of the organization, based in its downtown Indianapolis headquarters.

As Controller, Loughery is responsible for the oversight and management of all finance and accounting functions, ensuring proper procedures and systems are in place to support effective planning, program implementation, audits, and internal controls that directly support Music for All’s programming.

“We are delighted to add Sarah to the Finance team at Music for All,” said Nancy Carlson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “She has exactly the combination of experience and knowledge of accounting that we need, as Music for All continues to expand our programs.”

Loughery is a Certified Public Accountant with a corporate accounting background spanning over 20 years. She has held positions such as Senior Controller, Controller, and Accounting Manager at the following organizations: mAccounting, Elements Financial Federal Credit Union (formerly Eli Lilly Federal Credit Union), MS Inspection & Logistics Inc., Milestone Advisors (currently mAccounting), and Mutual Hospital Services Inc. Loughery received her bachelor's degree in Accounting from Indiana University.

For over a year, viewers have been tuned in to professionally recorded live broadcasts of Bands of America events on FloMarching. This is a fantastic virtual option for all of us to experience life-changing performances.

Music for All has additional plans to meet our growing audience interest and to bring life to timeless past performances.

SPIN Logo Horizontal 01Music for All has contracted with the Scholastic Performance Network (The “SPiN Network”) to provide Music for All students, parents, and fans access to on-demand videos of scholastic music performances at a reasonable cost, including archival Music for All and Bands of America performances 2015 and prior.

Students, parents, and fans may access the Network by purchasing SPiN subscriptions for $25 per year. This fee provides access to all channels on the SPiN Network, which will soon include the Music for All channel.

SPiN has agreed to fund the restoration and digitization of Music for All video archives (including Bands of America performances) to allow them to be enjoyed by students and parents, and used by instructors for educational purposes.

Music for All will soon begin uploading its archives onto its SPiN Channel.

"For many years, we have collected a considerable library of content and this new service will allow subscribers to stream and enjoy programming whenever they want and wherever they are," said Eric L. Martin, Music for All’s President and CEO. “Music for All is grateful to the SPiN Network for the time and effort its team expended to make this service possible and its generous support for our legacy and content preservation initiatives. We believe that affordable access to recordings of student performances is central to promoting music education and raising the quality of scholastic music performances. I encourage every teacher, administrator, and school district to take a look at SPiN’s offering and consider the benefits and peace of mind that comes with participation.”

Read Music for All CEO Eric Martin’s letter to The SPiN Network about the Music for All channel.

To learn more about the Scholastic Performance Network and to subscribe, visit


Music for All is excited to announce the release of “One Journey, One Vision,” a full-length documentary about the Bands of America in the 2017 Rose Parade.

A film crew was embedded with the 2017 BOA Honor Band in the Rose Parade during their time in Southern California and Pasadena, capturing the behind-the-scenes moments, performances, interviews with students and faculty, and telling the story from arrival to the Parade itself...and beyond.

Music for All is making this film available at no cost to stream online:

Stream "One Journey, One Vision" Now

It is also available for download for $6.99.

I hope you enjoy the film, and share it so others can see what an amazing group of young people and teachers were part of the 2017 Bands of America Honor Band!

Music for All and FloVoice are pleased to announce that, for the first time, all of the ensemble concerts of the 2018 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, will be live streamed, March 15-17, from Indianapolis, Indiana.

Live streamed performances will be available on the FloVoice online channel, to subscribers of FloVoice and any of the FloSports family of channels.

Venues and concerts that will be live streamed include all 2018 Festival school choirs, concert bands, orchestras, percussion ensembles, and chamber ensembles, as well as the honors concerts: the Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, Jazz Band of America, and the Mass Choir with the Ball State University Orchestra and special guests.

“We are thrilled to be able to make these live streams available to family, friends, and supporters who cannot make the trip to Indianapolis, as well as music-lovers who can enjoy these three days of outstanding music-making,” says Debbie Laferty Asbill, Vice President of Marketing and Communication of Music for All. “Music for All enjoys our partnership with FloMarching with Live Streams of our Bands of America Championships for marching bands in the fall, and we’re excited to bring these Festival performances to the world through FloVoice.”

FloVoice will be the home channel of all 2018 Festival concerts, in celebration of the premiere this March of the National Choir Festival as part of the Music for All National Festival.

Subscribe here to watch live at FloVoice.

See the schedule of 2018 Festival performances.

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Music for All has added the Music Production Boot Camp to the Music for All Summer Symposium starting this year. The Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha, is the largest national weeklong summer music camp for students and teachers. The 43rd annual Symposium will take place at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana from June 25-June 30 at Ball State University.

The Music for All Music Production Boot Camp curriculum is an immersive music production experience for high school students. Participants will study with award-winning recording engineers and producers in a state-of-the art facility. The Production Boot Camp experience is total immersive, hands-on production experience. Students get the opportunity to work with professional musicians and recording engineers as they record, mix, and master a production, as well as learn the music theory and hone in on their songwriting skills.

The Music Production division has a superb faculty that includes Chuck Ainlay – award-winning music producer, Yamaha Artist, and recording engineer-in-residence – and Dr. Christoph Nils Thompson, Division Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Music Media Production at Ball State University.

“At the Music Production Boot Camp, expert instruction meets state of the art technology,” says Dr. Christoph Nils Thompson, Division Coordinator. “This is a great opportunity for high school students with a strong interest in music production to totally immerse themselves for a week in the production process. All the strengths of the instructors and the facilities will come together for this division. As the director of the music production program at Ball State University, I am very excited to extend our knowledge and facilities to high school students. This brand new division is ideal to give students the boost they need to reach the next level in their production skills, regardless of style or area of expertise.”

More than 1,400 high school and middle school band and orchestra students and 300 high school and middle school band directors are expected at this year’s Symposium.

The Symposium brings together student musicians and educators from across the country. Students learn from top music educators in divisions that include concert band, marching band, jazz band, orchestra, percussion, color guard, drum major, peer teaching, and in its third year, the middle school concert band camp. High school and middle school band directors and instructors can choose from several educators’ tracks that hone their professional skills. Student leadership training is a theme that runs throughout all divisions of the Symposium.

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Whitewater Camerata, Richard Prouty, Director
Photo credit: Carolyn Bryan

The Southern Invitational, Music for All’s first choral Affiliate Regional Music Fesitval, took place last fall at Georgia Southern University.

Music for All Affiliate Choral Representative, Dr. Shannon Jeffreys, Director of Choral Activities at Georgia Southern and Dr. David Langley, Assistant Professor of Music Education at Georgia Southern led an exciting two-day choral experience for high school choirs from Georgia and South Carolina.

Dr. Jason Max Ferdinand, Music for All representative clinician and Director of Choral Activities at Oakwood University joined clinicians Kim Mann and Jeffrey Clayton to provide feedback to the participating choirs and conductors.

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Pictured left to right: Dr. David Langley, Dr. Jason Max Ferdinand, Kim Mann, Jeffrey Clayton, and Dr. Shannon Jeffreys. 
Photo credit: Carolyn Bryan

Congratulations to all participants:

Grand Champion, Southeast Bulloch Advanced Chorus, Brent Whitaker, Director

1st place mixed, Johns Creek Chamber Choir, Shannan O’Dowd, Director

2nd placed mixed, Whitewater Chorale, Richard Prouty, Director

3rd place mixed, Cane Bay Cobra Chorale, William Bennett, Director

1st place non-mixed, Duluth Women’s Ensemble, Ivy Overcash, Director

2nd place non-mixed, Southeast Bulloch Women’s Choir, Brent Whitaker, Director

3rd place non-mixed tie, Savannah Arts Academy Bella Voce, Jared Register, Director

3rd place non-mixed tie, Cane Bay Women’s Chorale, William Bennett, Director

Eagle of Distinction Award, Whitewater Camerata, Richard Prouty, Director

Bradwell Institute Women’s Chorus, Monina Morris, Director

Islands High School Chorale, Bakara Nkenge-Hinds, Director

Maynard H. Jackson Concert Choir, Brandon Cash, Director

Savannah Arts Academy Chorale, Russell Watkins, Director

Whitewater Women’s Chorale, Richard Prouty, Director

Cane Bay Cobra Chorale Wm Bennett 3rd place mixed 
Cane Bay Cobra Chorale, William Bennett, Director
Photo credit: Carolyn Bryan

Savannah Arts Acad Bella Voce Jared Register 3rd place treble tie
Savannah Arts Academy Bella Voce, Jared Register, Director
Photo credit: Carolyn Bryan

October 18-19, 2018 will mark the next Georgia Southern Invitational, a regional affiliate of Music for All National Festivals, presented by Yamaha. Interested choirs can contact Shannon Jeffreys at Georgia Southern or Kim Mann at Music for All.


If you'll be in Chicago for the Midwest Clinic this week, please come see us at the Music for All booth, Booth #241! 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 2018 Bands of America Championship Schedule and Application, 2018 Music for All Summer Symposium promotional materials, and application packets for the 2019 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!


Chat Room
The Focused Rehearsal: Tips for Creating a Climate of Respect
10:30AM - 11:00AM Room W180
Frank Troyka

First Performance: A Beginning Band Demonstration Concert
10:30AM - 11:30AM Room W184
Teresa Hill, Tim Lautzenheiser, Charles Menghini, Mario Moody, Marcia Neel, and Nyle Taylor

Chat Room
"String Crossings" Throughout the Orchestra Program: Strategies and Ideas on Retaining & Recruiting Middle School Orchestra Students to the High School Program
12:30PM - 1:00PM Room W180
Soo Han and Joel Powell

Kell High School Wind Ensemble
1:15PM - 2:15PM Room W375AB
David Roth and Taylor Watts

Good Things Come in Small Packages: Successful Design and Implementation for the Small or Younger Marching Band 
2:30PM - 3:30PM Room W186
Susan Smith

Music Parents Session
4:00PM - 4:30PM Room W181
Tim Lautzenheiser

Clinic - S.H.O.P. TALK
An Innovative Approach for Including Special Education Students in the Instrumental Ensemble 
4:30PM - 5:00PM Room W180
Julie Duty

Cedar Park Winds 
5:00PM - 6:15PM Room W375E
Jeremy Spicer, Jonathan Villela, and Christopher Yee

The Midwest Clinic: Celebrating Musical Excellence Through Diversity 
8:15PM - 9:00PM Room W375 Foyer



Stop, Collaborate, and Listen 
8:15AM - 9:15AM Room W192
Jeremy Clark, Ruth Clark, Katrina Fitzpatrick, and Todd Kelly

Chat Room
Repertoire Selection: The Cornerstone of Our Curriculum
8:30AM - 9:00AM Room W180
James Keene

Chat Room
Yes, You CAN Have it All: A Blueprint for Developing a Comprehensive Band Program
9:00AM - 9:30AM Room W180
Alfred Watkins

Chat Room
Intentionally Inclusive: A Collaborative Approach to Special Education Students and Instrumental Ensembles
10:00AM - 10:30AM Room W180
Julie Duty

Chat Room
Selecting Appropriate Literature for High School Band
10:00AM - 10:30AM Room W180
Randy Greenwell

Doing "Within" When You're Doing "Without!" Practical Scoring Solutions for Small Bands
10:00AM - 11:00AM Room W184
Stephen Cox, Juan Hernandez, Jett Lowrance, and William Owens

Shining a Light on Urban Music Education 
11:30AM - 12:30PM Room W179
Nola Jones

Karel Husa: A Retrospective
1:00PM - 2:00PM Room W185
Frank Battisti, Stephen Peterson, H. Robert Reynolds, Mark Scatterday, Scott Teeple, and Mallory Thompson

Why We Do What We Do: Creating Memorable Masterpieces in a World of Stick Figures 
1:00PM - 2:00PM Room W179
Joel Denton

Music Parents Session
1:30PM - 2:00PM Room W1780
Tim Lautzenheiser



VanderCook College of Music Symphonic Band
8:15AM - 9:30AM Room W375AB
Stacey Larson Dolan and Brian Logan

The Interactive Rehearsal: Empowering Students to Think, Listen, and More 
8:30AM - 9:30AM Room W184
Travis Cross and David Lesser

Jazz New Music Reading Session 
10:30AM - 11:30AM Room W196
J. Richard Dunscomb and Chief Warrant Officer Jac’kel R. Smalls

Strategic Boosters: How to Thrive, Not Survive! 
10:30AM - 11:30AM Room W179
David Vandewalker

Unlocking Creativity Through Focused Repetition 
10:30AM - 11:30AM Room W184
Michael Pote, Richard Saucedo, and Kyle Young

Music Parents Session
11:00AM - 11:30AM Room W180
Tim Lautzenheiser

Chat Room
Why We Do What We Do, and How to Do It Better
12:00PM - 12:30PM Room W180
H. Robert Reynolds

Carmel Middle School Chamber Orchestra 
12:00PM - 12:45PM Room W190
Joel Powell

An Interview with Richard C. Crain 
12:00PM - 1:00PM Room W185
Richard Crain and Tim Lautzenheiser

Chat Room
Some Things I Believe
1:15PM - 1:45PM Room W180
Craig Kirchhoff

Teaching Intonation Creatively for String Orchestra 
4:00PM - 5:00PM Room W184
Jonathan Glawe and Kirk Moss



The Music-Driven Life: An Exploration of the ‘Life-Long’ Learner Phenomenon
10:00AM - 11:00AM Room W183
H. Robert Reynolds and LCDR Adam R. Williamson

We hope you'll check out some of the above sessions, as well as the many other incredible sessions and concerts offered during the Midwest Clinic. A full schedule of clinics, performances and special events can be found at

Clinic times may change from when we gathered the information listed above, so make sure that you check the Midwest official schedule before you head to a session. Maybe even check out the newly updated Midwest Clinic app so you can check out the schedule on the go! Information about the app and how to download it can be found on the Midwest Clinic website,

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Please join us in congratulating Mark Sternberg on his recent promotion to Events Manager!

Sternberg has been a part of the Music for All events team since 2013, first as an Events Coordinator, and most recently Senior Events Coordinator. Prior to joining the Music for All staff, he was a band director and music teacher in central Indiana for 10 years.

The Event Manager is a key management level position within Music for All’s Events Department. The Events Department at Music for All organizes and executes the events that provide access to scholastic music education and positively life-changing experiences for thousands of middle school and high school students across the nation. The Event Manager reports to the Director of Events, overseeing the operations of each event Music for All coordinates.

“We’re excited to promote Mark and to have him take on this important role at Music for All,” said Laura Blake, Music for All’s Director of Events. “Mark is a driving force in our department. He is a visionary and innovator who lives our mission. I look forward to working with him as he continues to make a positive impact on scholastic music-making”

Mark Sternberg is a graduate of the Music Education program at Butler University, and also earned his Masters in Music Education from Butler.

Congratulations to Mark on this much deserved promotion! We are thrilled that he will continue to help support Music for All's mission to create, provide, and expand postively life-changing experiences through music for all!


Read full press release here

150x185 earnhart2016Former Director of Fine Arts for Arlington, Texas Independent School District and past National Champion band director to lead Music for All staff and operations

Dr. Jeremy L. Earnhart will join Music for All as Chief Operating Officer in January 2018. As COO, Dr. Earnhart will be a member of Music for All’s executive leadership team and oversee Music for All’s programs and events and their implementation by its 30 full and part-time employees.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Music for All, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 educational organization that annually presents more than 30 scholastic music and arts education programs and events across America and is a voice advocating for student participation and access to music and arts education.

Dr. Earnhart has been the Director of Fine Arts for the Arlington (Texas) Independent School District (AISD) since 2013. Educating over 63,000 students, AISD provides world-class musical, visual, and kinesthetic arts programs. From 2009-2013 he was Director of Fine Arts for the Irving ISD, Texas, where student participation in secondary fine arts increased by over 40%.

Dr. Earnhart has a long association with Music for All, scholastic music teaching, and administration. He is a member of Music for All’s Board of Directors, and has adjudicated numerous Music for All/Bands of America programs and events.

Dr. Earnhart was director of the 2007 Bands of America Grand National Champion and 2004 UIL Texas State Champion L.D. Bell High School Band, and served on L.D. Bell’s faculty from 1998-2009. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music Education, holds certifications in International Baccalaureate Music, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Dallas Baptist University.

“Dr. Earnhart is a respected music professional and experienced educator, whose belief in and support of Music for All has been invaluable,” says Gayl Doster, Chairman of the Board of Music for All. “His successes as an administrator during his tenure with Arlington ISD bring his expertise in advocating for music and arts education to Music for All’s operations.”

“Jeremy will bring unprecedented skills and value to Music for All,” added Eric Martin, Music for All’s President and CEO, “supporting its mission in the design and operation of the programs and events that provide ‘positively life-changing’ experiences for our participants, model success, and advocate and advance the cause of scholastic music education and local, state, and national commitments.”

During Dr. Earnhart’s tenure with the AISD, it increased secondary performing arts participation by 22%, in part through passing a historic $663.1 million bond package which led with Fine Arts initiatives including building a District-wide Fine Arts Center, establishing two Fine Arts & Dual Language Elementary Academies, creating acoustically appropriate strings classrooms for all 54 elementary schools, and allocation of $9.8 million for instruments and uniforms to remove barriers and promote student access. In addition to creation of the Arts & Language Academies, Dr. Earnhart led District efforts supporting student success including establishing a partnership with the University of North Texas for Dual Credit Music and creation of the nation's first public/private partnership course in Musical Instrument Repair with Music & Arts. With the Arlington High School Orchestra, AISD also began the first Texas chapter of United Sound, providing musical performance experiences through peer mentorship for students with special needs, a program sponsored and supported by Music for All.

Raised on New York’s Long Island – son of a band director and special education teacher – Dr. Earnhart has always been immersed in music and education. Skills developed as an all-state trumpet player led to study at the University of North Texas with Dr. Leonard Candelaria and performance in top concert ensembles under Eugene Corporon and Dennis Fisher, and the 2 o’clock Lab Band under James Riggs. Teaching private lessons at L.D. Bell H.S. led to band directing, to Bands of America, and being named the Texas Outstanding Young Bandmaster by Phi Beta Mu, the International Bandmasters Fraternity. Dr. Earnhart will relocate to Indiana with his wife Gwendolyn, an elementary music teacher, and their daughter Kierstyn.