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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

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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.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

2017 Grand Nationals Finals Review

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Written with assistance from Michael Reed

November 11, 2017
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN

The Bands of America Grand National Championships Finals was once again held in the inviting confines of Lucas Oil Stadium over four days; November 8-11. Yamaha continued the company’s support of music education by sponsoring the events, as it has continuously done for decades. Finals capped off an exciting season that witnessed 20 Regional Championships held throughout the United States

The Grand National Championships is far from the end of Music for All’s yearlong season. The Music for All National Festival will be in Indianapolis the weekend of March 15-17, 2018. After schools let out for the summer, the Music for All Leadership Weekend Experience will be held at Ball State University, June 23-24, 2018, followed at the same location by the Music for All Summer Symposium, June 25-30. The Grand National Championships will return to Indianapolis November 7-10, 2018.

In the Indianapolis Marching Band Tournament, held on Wednesday night, November 8, Arsenal Technical H.S. captured 1st place in the Corps Style division, winning the Best Music, Best Visual, and Best General Effect awards. George Washington H.S. finished in 2nd place. The Show Style division was won by Broad Ripple H.S., which also took Best Music, and Best Visual. Crispus Attucks H.S. took 2nd place and the award for Best General Effect. Crispus Attucks also won the tournament’s Spirit Award, which includes a $1,000.00 scholarship and is awarded to the school demonstrating the best enthusiasm and support for their band. This is the fourth year the band won that honor.

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Sadly, this is the last year that Broad Ripple H.S. will exist. The school is one of three high schools in the Indianapolis Public School system to be closed as the district reconfigures itself within four remaining high schools. Music for All has pledged $1,000 to each of the four high schools that will be forming new bands in 2018.

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After 100 bands competed in Prelims on Thursday and Friday, the following 37 bands (listed in performance order) advanced into Semi-Finals: Adair County H.S. (KY), Jenison H.S. (MI), DeSoto Central H.S. (MS), Central Hardin H.S. (KY), Norton H.S. (OH), Beechwood H.S. (KY), Archbishop Alter H.S. (OH), Franklin H.S. (TN), Prosper H.S. (TX), James F. Byrnes H.S. (SC), Bassett H.S. (VA), Union H.S. (OK), Broken Arrow H.S. (OK), Marian Catholic H.S. (IL), The Woodlands H.S. (TX), Owasso H.S. (TN), Round Rock H.S. (TX), Marcus H.S. (TX), Avon H.S. (IN), Castle H.S. (IN), O’Fallon Township H.S. (IL), Plymouth-Canton Educational Park (MI), Blue Springs H.S., (MO), Center Grove H.S. (IN), Carmel H.S. (IN), Centerville H.S. (OH), Flower Mound H.S. (TX), North Hardin H.S. (KY), Homestead H.S. (IN), Walton H.S. (GA), Dobyns-Bennett H.S. (TN), Winston Churchill H.S. (TX), Lawrence Township H.S. (IN), William Mason H.S. (OH), Fort Mill H.S. (SC), Fishers H.S. (IN), and Mililani H.S. (HI).

Semi-Finalists included the top 11 bands from both Prelims days, plus the next eight high scores regardless of performance day. The other seven bands were due to the requirement that the top two bands from each class will advance into Semi-Finals from Prelims if those bands hadn’t already advanced on score alone.

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After the performances of all Semi-Finals bands and the exhibition of the University of Alabama Marching Band, caption highest achievement awards and caption placement awards were presented to the top bands in each of the four competitive Semi-Finals classes.

In Class AAAA, 1st place Carmel H.S. took Outstanding Visual Performance and Outstanding General Effect, and 2nd place Broken Arrow H.S. took Outstanding Music Performance. In 3rd place was Avon H.S. In Class AAA, 1st place Castle H.S. took all three caption awards, followed by 2nd place Dobyns-Bennett H.S., and 3rd place Fort Mill H.S. 1st place Marian Catholic H.S. took all three caption awards for Class AA, followed by 2nd place North Hardin H.S. and 3rd place Bassett H.S. In Class A, 1st place Adair County H.S. took Outstanding Music Performance and Outstanding General Effect outright, and tied 2nd place Norton H.S. for Outstanding Visual Performance. Beechwood H.S. placed 3rd in the class.

The Finalist bands were randomly announced as being The Woodlands H.S., Carmel H.S., Marcus H.S., Broken Arrow H.S., Avon H.S., Flower Mound H.S., Castle H.S., Blue Springs H.S., Marian Catholic H.S., Round Rock H.S., Union H.S., and Dobyns-Bennett H.S. .

Representatives from each band drew for their performing position in Finals in two blocks; the 7th-12th place bands followed by the 1st-6th place bands. After Miami University Marching Band opened the Finals festivities with a performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the Class A Champion Adair County H.S. (KY) band performed an exhibition of its “Ex Machina” production, which explored the wonders and dangers of artificial intelligence.

In Finals, Carmel H.S. was awarded the Outstanding Visual Performance and Outstanding General Effect awards outright, and shared the Outstanding Music Performance Award with Broken Arrow H.S. The Al Castronovo Memorial Espirit de Corps Award went to Hawaii’s Mililani H.S., and Flower Mound H.S. received the invitation to the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade.

Among special awards was the presentation of the George N. Parks Leadership Award to Marisa Weinstein of Warsaw Middle School (MN). The Yamaha Scholarship was awarded to Claire Wilcox of O'Fallon Township High School (IL). Alexis Kilgore of Ooltewah High School (TN) received the Fred J. Miller Family Scholarship, and the Fred J. Miller Memorial Scholarship was bestowed upon Matthew Waggoner of Castle High (IN).

Carmel H.S. , 1st place: 97:500
One could sense drifting off to a higher plane of consciousness during “Serenity,” a show that explored relaxation from Amicability to Zen. Billowing clouds on the flags and a plethora of Tibetan singing meditation bowls melted away anxieties amongst the raked Zen gardens, gently swinging swings, and stacked rock balancing. Breathing in deep, relaxing, and focusing has never been done with such musical sensitivity.

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Broken Arrow H.S. , 2nd place: 96.925
“Age of Discovery: The Return to Xeno” introduced a large fleet of interplanetary pedal cart rovers that transported guard members and wind players around the distant planet, allowing the intrepid explorers to explore and then escape when the space aliens became disagreeable. How the winds played their instruments, while piloting the carts demonstrated a level of training far beyond that of the average earthling civilian.

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Avon H.S. , 3rd place: 96.475
“Test4ment” utilized David Maslanka’s staggeringly difficult “Symphony No. 4” and was based on a speech given to the band members each year by the band’s retiring director. His admonishment to note what holds up the bricks in a wall was reflected in the various brick elements of the costumes, the entire lesson leading to the realization that no wall/band could stand without the contribution of each and every brick/band member.

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Marcus H.S. , 4th place: 95.700
The opening set full of googly eyes coldly stared into the souls of the audience as “PrODDigy” lived up to the capitalized middle letters of the title. Referencing the virtuoso violinist Paganini, set to Rachmaninoff’s musical tribute, huge neon fluorescent violin bridges and strings—plus green violin f-holes—visually vibrated throughout, forcibly turning the audience’s own peepers into additional ¬¬googly eyes.

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Flower Mound H.S. , 5th place: 95.625
“Fractured Moments” explored the work of architect Antoni Gaudi. Whites and grays gave way to the fractured ceramics and stained glass of his most extravagant creations, imbuing the band’s jackets with the colors of his wildest palettes. With cracked pieces of color appearing atop the members’ heads, the field came alive with the breathing, heaving intensity of Gaudi’s most eccentric and cherished works.

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Dobyns-Bennett H.S. , 6th place: 92.725
Colorful aqua vines entwined amongst the vivid orange flowers of “Paradisum,” sprouting a fantasy garden of earthly delights. Like seeds scattered in the wind, the metallic repartee in the background of “Pines of Rome” was carried across the field like a summer derecho windstorm, embedding the chaff of the windswept music into the curlicues of the drill forms and making both the visual sets and music shimmer in the light.

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The Woodlands H.S. , 7th place: 91.825
“In the Garden of Cosmic Speculation” was inspired by the maniacal setting of the same name in Scotland, which itself was inspired by cosmology, the science of the origin and development of the universe. Like waking up from an overdose of cough syrup to find everyone around you pulsating with the music of the spheres, the show explored the mysticism of the garden that is at once of the Big Bang and also eons yet to unravel.

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Castle H.S. , 8th place: 91.200
“Fly to Paradise” was an emotional tribute to band member Sophie Rinehart, who lost her life on the road home from last year’s Grand Nationals. The titles of the selections tell you everything you need to know about this loving production; “One Day I’ll Fly Away,” “The Hands of Fate,” “Benedictus,” “I’m Alive,” and “Fly to Paradise.” There was hardly a dry eye in the stadium as angel wings appeared and embraced the hearts of all.

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Blue Springs H.S. , 9th place: 91.175
“Burtonized” was inspired by the quirky feature films of director Tim Burton, filled with visual references to twisted Burton classics as diverse as “Edward Scissorhands,” “Beetlejuice,” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Dark and creepy, but with a heavy infusion of quirky levity, the audience walked a figurative emotional balance beam alongside the gymnastic band member who was poised upon a real one.

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Union H.S. , 10th place: 91.025
“This Bitter Earth” was subtitled, “Five Ritual Celebrations in the Future, in the Past,” and explored the sometimes beneficial, often dangerous, always theatrical mixing of machine and nature. Red was the color of the day, appearing just about everywhere in the sets, the costumes, and many of the tribal headdresses. Ramps and stairs leading up to a huge variety of small and large stages elevated the members and the music.

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Marian Catholic H.S. , 11th place: 89.800
Marian Catholic made Finals for the 34th consecutive year with “Paradise Found.” Artificial and mechanical elements fought off nature and serenity, with dials and cogs dominating trees and other natural wonders. Though the planet turned gray and ashen from air pollution and oil spills, nature had the final say as vines overgrew the machines, with the new life of leaves and butterflies filling the planet with hope.

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Round Rock H.S. , 12th place: 89.625
“Errand Into the Maze” utilized the music of Revueltas’ “Sensemaya” to convey the story of Ariadne and the Minotaur, a menacing tale in Greek mythology about a granddaughter of Zeus and the monstrous half man, half bull creature that ate humans to survive. Prior to being slain, the Minotaur was not only confined to a labyrinth controlled by Ariadne, but also added a new element to the tale by proving it could spin a mean rifle.

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See the list of all Grand National Finals results, as well as all 2017 BOA Championship awards results.

For almost four decades, Michael Boo has covered a large variety of pageantry events. He is the Staff Writer for Drum Corps International and has written for BOA and WGI for much of the existence of the two organizations. Michael Reed writes and blogs for WGI Indoor Marching Percussion and Color Guard events.

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Music for All is proud to be a part of this global celebration of giving. 
Join us in supporting The Sophie Rinehart Fund on #GivingTuesday 2017!


Created by New York’s 92nd Street Y and United Nations Foundation in 2012, #GivingTuesday is a global holiday that celebrates generosity and kindness by giving to nonprofit organizations all around the world. While Black Friday and Cyber Monday start off the buying season, #GivingTuesday starts off the giving season. 

Please consider joining Music for All this year on #GivingTuesday, November 28, with a donation to The Sophie Rinehart Fund.


The Sophie Rinehart Fund (“The Sophie Fund”) was established in memory of Sophie Grace Rinehart (1999-2016). The Sophie Fund is an endowed fund of the Music for All Foundation, administered by the Castle High School Music Department of Newburgh, Indiana, and awards funds to further and promote music education for students in Warrick County and Southern Indiana.

The Sophie Rinehart Fund celebrates Sophie’s passion for music and the gift of her talent and kindness to the world. We hope this fund will provide new opportunities for generations of students to come. This permanently endowed fund will provide “forever dollars,” helping to continue Sophie’s passion for music and expanding possibilities for students.

Thank you for considering a contribution this #GivingTuesday as we promote opportunities that were so close to the vision and dreams of the Rinehart family in regards to music and its positive impact on the life of individuals and our nation. 

FlowerMound RoseParadePictured: Flower Mound H.S., TX Drum Majors, and Color Guard captains with Tournament of Roses Representatives: Jim Hahn, Music Advisor and Missy Baiunco-Augustyn, Music Chair.

Music for All was honored to have guests from the Tournament of Roses® with us at the 2017 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 Flower Mound H.S., TX who was selected during the 2017 Grand National Championships! We’ll be cheering you on in the 2019 Rose Parade!


Grand National Invited Bands in the Rose Parade

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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

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2012 Rose Parade
Avon H.S., IN



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 major.

Congratulations to Claire Wilcox, O'Fallon Township High School in O'Fallon, Illinois who was awarded the $1,000 Yamaha Scholarship. The scholarship was presented by John Wittmann, Director of Artist Relations and Education at Yamaha Corporation of America Band and Orchestra Division. 

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Congratulations to Alexis Kilgore, Ooltewah High School in Ooltewah, Tennessee who was awarded 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 Matthew Waggoner, Castle High School in Newburgh, Indiana who was awarded 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.

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Congratulations to Ms. Marisa Weinstein, Director of Bands, Warsaw Middle School, Pittsfield, ME, the 2017 recipient of the George N. Parks Leadership in Music Education award. Ms. Weinstein received the award during the opening finals ceremonies at the 2017 Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha on November 11.

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.

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Marisa Weinstein began teaching at Warsaw Middle School in Pittsfield, Maine nearly three decades ago, and in that time, she has had an immeasurable impact on the students, parents, and community in Pittsfield. In addition to teaching three concert bands, two jazz bands, two general music classes, and two choruses, Ms. Weinstein also facilitates musical performances at several community events throughout the year.

A native of Merritt Island, Florida, Ms. Weinstein began her career at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education. While at UMass, she studied conducting with Malcom W. Rowell and percussion with Dr. Peter Tanner. She served ten years as the Associate Conductor for the Casco Bay Wind Symphony in Portland, ME (1990-2000), and she continues to actively perform, evaluate, and guest conduct throughout the New England area today.

Beyond the classroom, Ms. Weinstein demonstrates her commitment to her school and community in a variety of ways. She has coached multiple middle school sports teams for the last 15 years, she has facilitated student performances at several parades and festivals in Pittsfield, and she volunteers to DJ once a month at every Warsaw Middle School dance throughout the school year. Sharon Littlefield, the principal of Warsaw Middle School, said of Ms. Weinstein: “I would like to say that this ‘music family feeling’ she creates is due to the time she spends instructing her students as musicians, but as you can see her connections extend far beyond her program.”

Ms. Weinstein is an active member of the Maine Music Educators Association, and she has served four terms as the District chairperson. She was presented with the Association’s “Educator of the Year” award in 2013, demonstrating the visibility of her commitment to her students and her community. Both former and current students of Weinstein’s said that not only does she connect with students on a personal level, but she also holds them to high standards of excellence. When asked about how she defines success in her programs, Ms. Weinstein emphasized the importance of taking risks and standing up for what you believe in: “When students are willing to risk failure, they learn more about themselves and develop a greater overall appreciation of and for each other.”

Prior recipients:

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