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BOA Regional Championship at Toledo

Monday, 30 September 2013 14:48 Written by Erin Fortune

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Congratulations to all of the bands who participated in the 2013 BOA Regional Championship at Toledo!

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 Toledo Regional Champions: Lake Central H.S. from Indiana!

BOA Austin, TX Finals Cancelled Due to Weather

Saturday, 28 September 2013 17:57 Written by Debbie Laferty Asbill

Due to weather concerns and for the safety of all participants, this evening’s Finals at the BOA Regional at Austin, Texas has been cancelled.

Tickets for Bands of America events are non-refundable. There are no refunds on site. If extraordinary circumstances cause the cancellation of an event, Music for All may offer full or partial refunds as appropriate after the event. Keep your ticket stub and visit musicforall.org after OCTOBER 2, 2013 for posted information about possible refunds. Again, refunds are not possible on site at the event. Information about possible refunds after the event will be posted online at musicforall.org, next week, after October 2.

Music for All thanks all of the directors, students, parents, fans, volunteers and staff who were part of our first BOA show in Austin. Please travel home safely!

Austin BOA Prelims will resume after weather delay with Vista Ridge H.S. at 3:30 p.m. CT. [Updated Saturday, September 28, 3:48 p.m. Central Time.]

Revised prelims schedule:

3:45 p.m. - McCallum H.S.
4:00 p.m. - Birdville H.S.
4:15 p.m. - Cedar Ridge H.S.
4:30 p.m. - Lake Travis H.S.
4:45 p.m. - Hidalgo H.S.
5:00 p.m. - Westwood H.S.
5:15 p.m. - Round Rock H.S.
5:30 p.m. - Westlake H.S.
5:45 p.m. - Presentation of Awards

Updates regarding Finals will be posted as soon as information is available.

See Austin original prelims schedule here.

Throwback Thursday: 1976

Thursday, 26 September 2013 14:59 Written by Erin Fortune

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's everyone's favorite day of the week, Throwback Thursday! Today we are going back to the beginning. 1976 in Whitewater Wisconsin. If you are a true BOA historian you know that 1976 marked the first ever Bands of America marching band championship, the Grand National Championship in Whitewater, WI, part of the Summer Workshop/Festival!

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We are particuarly fond of this photo that has William Revelli presenting an award to one of the Drum Majors from Jenison High School (MI)**

**Update: Facebook fans are weighing in that this is a Drum Major from Sturgis High School in Michigan, and not Jenison. I apologize for the error - that was noted incorrectly on the back on the photograph! But thank you for those who pointed it out so we can fix it!

Were you at the 1st Grand National Championship in Whitewater? We'd love to hear your stories, share them with us in the comments!

 

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Erin Fortune is the Marketing Coordinator focusing on digital marketing at Music for All, and has been working with Music for All for three years, first in the Participant Relations department and now in marketing. She is a graduate from the Music Industry Management program at Ferris State University in Michigan and is a former Percussive Arts Society Intern and a Yamaha Corporation of America, Band and Orchestral Division Intern.

Today's guest post is from our 2012 Patrick John Hughes Parent/Booster Award Winner - PJ Littleton from Franklin, Tennessee. Learn more about the Parent/Booster Award here.

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Everything I ever needed to know, I learned at Band Camp.

"Let me leave you with this piece of advice: Set your goals high because it is very likely that you will achieve them. Make sure that whatever you aspire to do with your life (and it won't be marching band) that it is noble and worthy of the time and investment that you will make in it. If you compromise this, I promise you that in the end you will feel empty and disappointed for not challenging yourself to be all that your potential would have allowed. Don't let this happen.  You are better than this. Give your life away for something good!"

I sat restlessly fidgeting in my seat in the Creative Arts Center Concert Hall at West Virginia University while these words were being spoken from the dimly lit stage by then Director of Bands, the legendary Don Wilcox. I just wanted to get outside, learn drill, play my horn. Hey, it was the first day of Band Camp. This was no time for a long lecture. Let's get on the field and do this!

Our "Chief" knew better.

Funny how thirty-four years later I have long since forgotten my dots in the drill, but these wise words still resonate deep within my core and have helped guide and shape me as a man, as a husband and as a father. This is just one of many lessons I learned while buzzing my pursed lips behind a mouthpiece.

Today you can find me in Franklin, Tennessee, straddling myself between two bands, The Hillsboro Middle School Band and The Franklin High School Band where I respectively serve as Band Booster President and VP of Fundraising. These days have become the days of my life as I aim to apply everything I learned from being in the band so long ago, now for the betterment of not only my two band kids but for the other 339 kids that I love.

Honestly, I'm tired. Really tired. I am sitting in the back row of the balcony of the fabulous restored Franklin Theatre right now, my face aglow from my iPad, listening to FHS alum and daughter of Vince Gill, Jenny Gill perform for a Franklin Football fundraising music event called "Punt, Pass and Pick.” Jenny just spoke of how much it meant to her attending Franklin High where she kept so busy with cheerleading et al that she was able to stay out of trouble and make great memories of her time in school. Some of our current Franklin Band set the tone tonight, kicking off the evening lining the aisles with spirited Rebel music to energize the crowd as they so ably do!

It's been mentioned more than once between songs how laudable it is that our Franklin parents care enough about their children to go to such great lengths to provide the very best experiences for them. We have been able to establish an inspirational and cooperative culture that will nourish not only the football program tonight but the equally admired (and respected) band program as well. This is a rare and wonderful thing--we are so blessed that we can boast of this.

The 45 graduated seniors from last season's BOA Jacksonville Regional Champions and Grand Nationals semi-finalist Franklin Band collectively received in excess of $5.6 million dollars in scholarship funds. This is an average of $125,000 per musician scholar! I contend that they too may have learned a few things at Band Camp as they now embark on the next season of their young lives.

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Core Value #1 at The Franklin Band is Community -- "The community in which we live and our own community within Franklin High School shape who we are and in return, we shape it." I witnessed community at its finest tonight as I sat next to a fellow band booster executive board member as he shared band challenges and victories with a football booster standing behind him, listening with mutual appreciation, admiration and respect.

These are some of the things that I learned about life at Band Camp and this is indeed all I ever needed to know. And you know Mr. Wilcox, as it turns out, it was all about marching band for me after all!

"The only ones among you that will really be happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve." -- Albert Schweitzer

 

- PJ Littleton

 

We thank PJ for his perspective, the Franklin community is lucky to have such a great advocate! To learn more about PJ, read his 2012 Parent/Booster award story. Know an amazing advocate of your music program? Learn more about the Patrick John Hughes Parent/Booster award and how to nominate someone here.

BOA Regional Championship at Monroeville

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 17:39 Written by Erin Fortune

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Congratulations to all of the bands who participated in the 2013 BOA Regional Championship at Monroeville! While the weather was somewhat unaccomodating to us last Saturday, everyone took it in stride and made the day fantastic. As our good friend Chuck Henson pointed out on the BOA Facebook wall, "It certainly was a challenging day. But everyone pulled together and made it happen. No Rain or fog could stop the #excellence on Saturday! Congratulations to all!"

So again, congratulations to all who were a part of the Monroeville Regional. Directors, students, parents, staff, volunteers and fans - thank you for showcasing excellent attitudes and leadership. You truly were legendary!

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

Looking for Results and Scores from the event? You can find those here. Shout out to our 2013 Monroeville Regional Champions: Norwin H.S.!

BOA Regional Championship at Kettering

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 14:41 Written by Erin Fortune

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Congratulations to all of the bands who participated in the 2013 BOA Regional Championship at Kettering! A very special thanks to our hosts, Kettering Fairmont High School, it was a wonderful day and we couldn't have done it without all of the fantastic volunteers who helped us out all day!

Here are some photos from both the Prelims and Finals awards ceremony as well as a few photos taken by our staff. 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.

Looking for Results and Scores from the event? You can find those here. Shout out to our 2013 Kettering Regional Champions: William Mason H.S.!

 

Can't view this slideshow? Click here.

 

NEWS: Monroeville BOA Prelims Moves Inside

Saturday, 21 September 2013 12:25 Written by Debbie Laferty Asbill

Due to inclement weather, Prelims of the BOA Regional at Monroeville, Pennsylvania today – Saturday, September 21 – will be held in the Gateway High School gymnasium. These will be standstill exhibition performances.

Prelims will be open to spectators and not ticketed. Seating is limited, please be prepared to leave the gym after your band’s performance to allow for each band’s parents and followers the opportunity to watch their performance.

Finals is planned to take place on field, in the stadium. Class and Finals Awards will be presented based on tonight’s performances. All 13 bands will perform in this evening’s Finals at Monroeville. Finals will be a ticketed event, you must have a valid Finals ticket to enter the stadium for Finals.

Further updates will be posted here as available. Good luck to all of the bands today!

As we kick off the Bands of America Regional Championships this weekend in Kettering and Monroeville, the 2013 Bands of America Grand National Championships will be here in less than two months! This Throwback Thursday, I thought I would share my first Grand Nationals experience, as a member of the 2005 Centerville Jazz Band:

BLUESprintWhen my family moved to Centerville, Ohio my sophomore year of high school, the marching band was the first and only orientation to Centerville High School I needed. Coming from a small, rural school band that marched high-step and played pop tunes, the Bands of America world I stepped into was new and fascinating. For the first time, staff members were paying attention to every detail of my posture, movement and sound quality. At nearly every rehearsal, some mention of “The Dome” was included as we perfected our production, “BLUESprint.” “You’ll never forget the air lock at the Dome,” said most of my new friends. The hundreds of hours of rehearsal would supposedly be worth it once I reached “The Dome.”

As the evening rehearsals grew darker and colder, three months and an incredible first season with the Centerville Jazz Band was nearly finished. “Rock the Dome” posters for each section covered the hallway leading to the band room, filled with cheering band parents to send us off to Indianapolis. I knew something would be special about Grand Nationals after I learned that we would be attending a marching band competition instead of playing for the playoff football game that same weekend.

We boarded the buses Thursday morning, and I could barely stand the three months of anticipation. From the highway, I can remember first spotting the white roof of the RCA Dome. The indoor warm-up area was unlike anything I had experienced before. Hearing the other ensembles warming up across the pipe and drapes was hectic and distracting, and my nerves got the best of me. As we all gathered into the airlock, completely silent, our director gave us the last motivating words before our performance. “Hearts on fire, eyes cold as steel,” said Andrew Markworth. This phrase was handed down from Centerville Jazz Band to Centerville Jazz Band, creating a common experience for all alumni to relate. As the airlock opened and our wide eyes looked toward the fans, the expansive field and the incredible dome, everything clicked. We were able to hold everything together while soaking in one of the most life-changing experiences to-date.

Celebrate AmericaWe returned to Ohio for classes on Friday, but departed for Indianapolis after classes for the Prelims Award Ceremony. The RCA Dome was filled to the brim with students, parents and fans late Friday night to watch the 2004 Grand National Champion Lawrence Central and the exhibition Stephenson H.S. Marching Bands perform. The energy in the crowd was unlike anything I had ever witnessed. After prelims awards were presented and over 30 bands were announced for Semi-Finals, we headed to Pan Am Plaza for “Celebrate America!” The Riverside Community College and Stephenson High School bands provided entertainment as we awaited the performance order for the next day. For the finale of the evening, a spectacular fireworks display left us with “oohs” and “aahs” as we walked back to the buses. I was in complete disbelief that a marching band contest could warrant a fireworks display, let alone thousands of fans and a professional football stadium.

Saturday morning was a whirlwind of well wishes as we prepared for our Semi-Finals performance. The surroundings were more familiar this time, but the phrase was the same: “Hearts on fire, eyes cold as steel.” We were extremely fortunate to perform our show once more on Saturday night. There were quite a few tears in that last trip through airlock, but “Hearts on fire, eyes cold as steel” remained. After the performance, I watched our peers from across the country perform with such precision and passion I had not witnessed before, including Carmel’s unbelievable visual feats in “Suspended Symbols” and L.D. Bell’s incredible musical performance of “Lux Arumque.”

The Grand Finale celebration was a perfect capstone to the music-filled weekend. I can still remember distinctly my principal placing my finalist medallion during the ceremony. The intense emotions felt during that ceremony are still unmatched today, especially those final words from Chuck Henson, “Go for it – Break Ranks!” I met fellow high school musicians from across the country, sharing in the common Bands of America experience. Each of us embodied the positively-life changing experiences that made Bands of America events so special. After high school, I decided to pay forward my incredible experiences by volunteering at a Bands of America Regional. Six years later, I’m still involved and still indebted to Music for All’s mission, vision and core values. As a volunteer, intern, event staff and employee, I have constantly sought to continue the positively life-changing experiences I was afforded in high school.

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Do you have a memory from your first Grand National Championships or other BOA event? Share it with us in the comments!

 

-Seth

 

Seth Williams is the Development Coordinator at Music for All. Seth is no stranger to Music for All and Bands of America – first as a participant and as an intern in Development and Participant Relations. He is a graduate of Butler University and previously worked in the Broadway theatre industry in New York. A proud alumnus of “The Centerville Jazz Band,” Seth is likely the biggest band nerd he knows.

Throwback Thursday: 1990 Grand National Champions

Thursday, 12 September 2013 17:53 Written by Erin Fortune


Today I nearly forgot about Throwback Thursday. It was a day full of writing and formatting our e-newsletter and spending way too much time looking at lines of code to make sure everything was just right (by the way- keep a look out for your September e-newsletter hitting your email Saturday morning!)

But the good news is, I remembered. Throwback Thursday is probably one of my favorite things to do- so I didn’t mind having to quickly skim through a few piles of photos I pulled from an archive box last week.

As I was flipping through photos- this one made me pause right away. There was something about the faces in this photo that just drew me in.

Plymouth Canton 1990This is Plymouth Centennial Education Park (Plymouth-Canton, Michigan) in 1990 after they were announced as the Grand National Champions. Under the direction of Glen Adsit, they came in first place with a score of 95.35

So what strikes me about this photo?

It’s so familiar. When I saw this photo I couldn’t help but smile. The happiness on their faces just jumps out at you.  I’ve seen those looks before.

carmelDo you see what I mean? This is a photo of the Carmel High School Marching Greyhounds after they were announced as the 2012 Grand National Champions. 22 years between these photos. But the look on their faces is the same: pure joy.

Uniform styles change, hairstyles definitely change- but the joy felt when you are a Bands of America Grand National Champion is timeless!

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Do you have a BOA memory from 1990? Share it with us in the comments!

 

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Erin Fortune is the Marketing Coordinator focusing on digital marketing at Music for All, and has been working with Music for All for three years, first in the Participant Relations department and now in marketing. She is a graduate from the Music Industry Management program at Ferris State University in Michigan and is a former Percussive Arts Society Intern and a Yamaha Corporation of America, Band and Orchestral Division Intern.

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