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Time to start packing for camp!

Thursday, 20 June 2013 15:10 Written by Erin Fortune

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It’s just about time to dust off the suitcases, grab some sunblock and start packing for camp!

Personally, I cannot survive without my lists. I cannot even begin to tell you how many lists I have made in preparation for camp. But one of the most important lists in my opinion is a packing list!

Not only do we use packing lists at Music for All to help make sure all event related supplies get loaded to the truck and make their way to camp, but I’m also an advocate of a packing list when I’m packing for myself to get to camp! By the time the night before camp rolls around, my brain is so full of my to-do lists, I HAVE to have that packing list to make sure everything makes it into my suitcase. How else would I make sure I remember to pack every MFA polo I own, my hair dryer and my phone charger?

So in celebration of my love of lists and the Music for All Summer Symposium, I am compiling yet another packing list. This time, it’s for you!

There are seven student tracks- and each track has some varying “needs” for what to bring.  So first I’ll give you the overall- what EVERYONE should bring list. And then I’ll give you additional lists for track specific items!

So here we go!

Summer Symposium Packing List

  • Comfortable Clothes for your whole camp stay (no time for laundry-so pack enough!)
  • Light jacket/ sweatshirt for cool weather
  • Backpack
  • Rain gear in case of inclement weather
  • Personal Toiletries
    •     Shampoo
    •     Conditioner   
    •     Soap
    •     Toothbrush
    •     Toothpaste
    •     Deodorant
  • Sunscreen (this is very important- DON’T FORGET IT)
  • Water bottle
  • Alarm Clock
  • Pens/ Pencils
  • Notebook
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Towels
  • Washcloths
  • Blanket (sheets, pillow and pillowcases are provided, but you may want a blanket as the dorm rooms are fairly cool in the evening)
  • An awesome attitude
  • Lip balm

 

Leadership Weekend Packing List
Leadership Weekend students will have several sessions outside- so make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • Comfortable clothes
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Notebook (there will be a lot of sessions in which you are encouraged to take notes- don’t forget this!)


Drum Major Institute Packing List
Make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • Twirling baton or mace if you wish to have instruction. Bring a stick or mace equivalent to 44” long
  • Appropriate conducting baton, if desired
  • Musical score for current or previous year, if available
  • Comfortable clothes (shorts & Tshirts- you will be outside for a majority of your time at camp)
  • Lace-up athletic shoes with proper arch support for all practices (NO SANDALS ALLOWED)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen


Marching Packing List
Make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • Your marching instrument (in good working condition, please mark your name, address and school marked on the case)
  • A fold-up music stand marked with your name, address and school. This is required of ALL marching band members
  • Any necessary supplies or accessories, such as reeds, neck straps, valve oil, etc
  • Comfortable clothes (shorts & Tshirts- you will be outside for a majority of your time at camp)
  • Lace-up athletic shoes with proper arch support for all practices
  • Athletic (or thick) socks
  • Khaki shorts for DCI show and Final Performances
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen


Jazz Packing List
Make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • Your instrument (please mark your name, address and school marked on the case)
  • Any necessary supplies or accessories, such as reeds, neck straps, valve oil, etc
  • Comfortable clothes (shorts, jeans & shirts- you will be in air conditioning for the majority of the day)
  • Performance Attire (blue jeans, white button down shirt, tie and black shoes)
  • Guitar and Bass students: You do NOT need amplifiers (they will be provided), but please bring a cable to connect your instrument to the amplifier- cables will NOT be available for you to use,  but the Muncie Music Center will be on campus should you need to purchase one
  • Jazz Drum Set: A drum set will be provided, but please bring your own sticks, brushes, a practice pad and cymbals (hi-hat, crash, ride)


Concert Band Packing List
Make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • Your instrument (please mark your name, address and school marked on the case)
  • A fold-up music stand marked with your name, address and school.
  • Any necessary supplies or accessories, such as reeds, neck straps, valve oil, etc
  • Comfortable clothes (shorts, jeans & shirts- you will be in air conditioning for the majority of the day)
  • Performance Attire (Girls- long black skirt (below the knee) or slacks with a white blouse and black shoes. Boys- black pants, white shirt, dark colored tie, black socks and black shoes)



Concert Percussion Packing List
Make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • Concert sticks
  • Keyboard mallets for orchestra bells
  • Xylophone, vibes, marimba and timpani mallets
  • Practice pad
  • Hand towel for a stand cover
  • A tuning key
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle with clip
  • Beater(s)
  • Woodblock
  • If you do not own any of the items listed above, please try to borrow them from your school. LABEL ALL PERSONAL ITEMS!
  • Performance Attire (Girls- long black skirt (below the knee) or slacks with a white blouse and black shoes. Boys- black pants, white shirt, dark colored tie, black socks and black shoes)


Marching Percussion Packing List
Make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • Your instrument & carrier marked with your name, address and school
  • Bring stadium hardware and carriers if possible
  • Sticks/ Mallets (extra pair if possible)
  • Tuning key- a high tension key if you own one
  • Practice pad
  • Hand towel for a stand cover
  • White stick tape
  • Lace-up athletic shoes
  • Sunglasses/hat
  • Backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Khaki shorts for the DCI show and Final Performance


Orchestra Packing List
Make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • Your instrument
  • Bow, rosin, mute, music stand, shoulder rest (for violin and viola players)- clearly label your equipment with your name, address and school.
  • Extra strings
  • Cello/Bass Students: bring your rock stops
  • Comfortable clothes (shorts, jeans & shirts- you will be in air conditioning for the majority of the day)
  • Final Performance attire: Concert Black
  • Girls: long black skirt (below the knee) or slacks are acceptable, white blouse and black shoes
  • Boys: dark suit, white shirt, tie, black socks and black shoes


Color Guard Packing List
Make sure you follow this track specific packing list IN ADDITION to the full Summer Symposium packing list above.

  • You are encourages to bring ALL THREE pieces of equipment: Flagpole, rifle and/or sabre
  • Multiple equipment students should bring their equipment in a simple equipment or flag bag- please mark each piece of equipment with your name, address and school
  • Most weapons are acceptable. Rifles must range from 36-39” and should be taped. White is the preferred color and straps are optional. Sabres vary based on experience, but most band supply company sabres are in range of 36-39”. Metal or plastic hilt will be accepted for use. All weapon students may want to bring an additional weapon to Symposium in case of any breakage.
  • It is REQUIRED that ALL students (including weapons) bring a flagpole (6 feet in height). Students should bring two solid colored silks(NOT show or performance flags) with the following size dimensions: 35’’x 50’’ (min) or 35’’x 60’’ (max). If you do not have two silks with these dimensions, please try and stay closer to 35”x 50”. One flag will be your primary practice flag for the week and the other will be available to use in case of inclement weather.
  • TWO 1” carriage bolts(found at local hardware store, 1-2” in length) to weight your flagpole. Your flagpole needs to be weighted, as students WILL BE tossing throughout the week. If your poles are already properly weighted, please bring extras if possible.
  • It is recommended that all students bring white and black electrical tape in case of any needed repairs.

Color Guard Appropriate Items (Please bring)

  • Athletic shorts
  • T-shirts/tops
  • Warm-up suits/outside dancewear
  • Hats/headbands/scarves
  • Small towel
  • Sunglasses and SUNSCREEN
  • Water bottle
  • 2 pairs of lace-up tennis shoes with proper arch support
  • Dance sneakers
  • Layers are recommended with the possibility of extreme weather
  • Sports bras/swimwear (ONLY allowed if worn under t-shirts)
  • Final Performances: bring dark (black, dark gray, dark blue) shorts, white top or t-shirt, and tennis shoes


Color Guard Inappropriate Items (Don't Bring)

  • Boxer/spandex/short shorts
  • Halter/tube Tops
  • Sports bras/swimwear (not unless worn under shirt)
  • Flip Flops/Sandals
  • Dance shoes (we are outside most of the week

 

Did I miss anything? If you have any recommendations of items that should not be forgotten, leave a comment. We will see everyone in just a few days for a week of postively life-changing experiences!

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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 nearly 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.

Mindi Abair at the Music for All Summer Symposium

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 20:52 Written by Erin Fortune

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Mindi Abair is no stranger to being in the spotlight. She has performed with artists as diverse as American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, Aerosmith and Josh Groban. And this Tuesday, she will be blowing up the stage at Emens Auditorium at Ball State University as part of the Music for All Summer Symposium Concert Series.
 
Mindi started playing the saxophone as many do, in elementary school. Traveling with her father as he played sax in a band influenced her to pick it up on the day of instrument. It wasn’t an easy path from that fourth grade music class to playing on the American Idol stage with Phillip Phillips, but she always believed that if you love what you’re doing and you try hard, you will succeed.
 
Hear all about it from Mindi herself:
 
Mindi’s latest album, a collaboration with fellow saxophonists Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot, hit #1 on the Amazon.com Best Sellers for Jazz before it was released on June 11. If you want some cool tunes to help you beat the heat, check it out.
 
See more of Mindi’s amazing performances on her YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialMindiAbair
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Not only does Mindi have a passion for performance, but she also serves the musical community as President of the Los Angeles chapter of NARAS, the company that puts on the Grammys. According to her website, Mindi will “preside over all chapter meetings and guide the board's work with charities like MusiCares and educational music work with kids through the Grammy Foundation as well as advocacy efforts in Washington DC and decisions about the membership and governance of the Grammys.”

We are excited to have Mindi with us at the Summer Symposium! If you are a student or director enrolled in camp we will being seeing you for this concert on Tuesday evening! If you arn't enrolled in camp this year, don't worry, this concert is open to the public! Tickets are $15 for Adults (reserved balcony seating) and $5 for Students/Seniors. Children 10 and under are free. Click here for more information on tickets and how to order!

 

-Rachel
 
Rachel McFadden is currently the Participant Relations Coordinator at Music for All and is thrilled to get back to her band nerd roots after so many years of trying to "blend in." She has a degree in Communication Studies from Manchester University and has previously held such varied jobs as Copywriter, Arts and Crafts Director and Aeronaut. Summer Symposium is her favorite Music for All event.

Family Opportunities at Summer Symposium

Friday, 14 June 2013 10:42 Written by Erin Fortune

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.

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Admittedly, a summer camp experience for some kids serves as a temporary separation from home and family. It's a chance to briefly be on your own and experience a taste of "dealing with the world" in a developmentally appropriate way. Having worked with a variety of summer camps – from Boy Scout camps to Girl Scout camps, collegiate camps to cabin camps, church camps to band camps – I can personally attest to Music for All having one of the finest music summer camp programs in the country!

Not just because of the spectacular staff, the high-calibre clinicians, the first-class concerts and super SWAG Team volunteers. But more uniquely than other camps, the welcoming and closing activities Music for All intentionally creates for parents. You see many camps are a "dump and run" proposition for both parents and kids. Yet Music for All understands their mission to reach beyond students and directors to parents and communities. For one week, we strive to create a kind of community that cares about everyone involved. Bringing parents in on both the beginning and ending of Symposium significantly ties together the experience for students and their families. Plus, it provides a bridge from home, to what we do at Ball State, to back home again – where ideally the lessons learned at camp are brought to life the rest of the year.

When more people in a student's life are "in on that process," the more impactful the inspiration and instruction they receive becomes – long term. That's why as a fellow parent (with a daughter who's also attending the 2013 Summer Symposium) I want to sincerely encourage every parent who can make the roadtrip to attend the first day and the last day of this year's camp experience. I promise both days will be inspiring. To see 1,000+ students, performers and teachers launch one of the largest summer camps in America is a sight to see. Plus, you'll get to have an exclusive sneak peek into "how we do what we do" following the opening session. Consider it a behind the scenes chance to find out how Music for All brings its mission to life.

drum circle 4 blogThen plan on coming back Saturday morning. We'll buy you breakfast, share a bit about how YOU can "be in on making the magic last longer back home," and share some constructive ideas on how students tend to decompress after such an intense camp experience. You'll get to see and hear final performances and concerts as well as participate in our family picnic – where anyone and everyone can take part in a drum-circle team-building leadership hands-on experience. (No previous drum skills required!)

 

Please do join us Monday and Saturday at the 2013 Music for All Summer Symposium so we can KICK IT IN!

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Read more about Parent and Family Activities

Download Flyer for Parent and Family Activities at Camp

Reserve your spot online

 

Directors' Academy: It's worth it!

Thursday, 13 June 2013 09:23 Written by Erin Fortune

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As an avid fan of the Music for All blog, (we know everyone currently reading is a subscriber. No? Well what are you waiting for?) you probably know all about the Directors’ Academy and what is has to offer.

But JUST in case you don’t know about the sessions offered at Summer Symposium FOR DIRECTORS- I’m going to tell you about it. (And even if you think you know, humor me and read this post? It helps my self-esteem when my work gets read; my ego thanks you in advance.)

First of all, the Summer Symposium really is an amazing opportunity. It brings you the absolute best to provide a comprehensive experience. It truly is a TOTAL experience, with something for every band director: high school and middle school, from the most experienced to the younger teacher at the start of his or her career. Music for All offers tools that will allow you to achieve peak performance for your ensembles and yourself. The Symposium is the place to get a head start on next year’s thinking. It’s a place to make connections, get new ideas and learn new strategies.

At the Music for All Summer Symposium Directors’ Academy, you get: SAM 9730
• Control of your own experience
• The Cavaliers in Residence
• Peer-to-Peer Networking
• Professional Development
• Dream Team Faculty
• Great Facilities
• One-on-one directors’ lounge: personal consultation with the masters
• Universal Pedagogy for Schools Small and Large, Suburban, Rural and Urban
• Nightly concerts
• An opportunity to play in the Directors’ Band
• And everyone’s favorite part: Director Socials in the evening!


Now I realize that everything I just told you is a very general overview and you are probably still reading this and thinking, “But WHAT will I really be learning in sessions at camp? Is it worth it?”

Well, I can tell you that we have directors from all different backgrounds and school sizes who come back to camp year after year. And if those directors were sitting across from you today they would all absolutely tell you it’s worth it.

But don’t take it from me- hear it from those directors themselves!

 

We know sometimes it’s hard to make a case for attending a workshop/convention/camp without first knowing exactly what sessions will be available. Maybe you are looking to brush up on new technology, talk with someone about your marching band show design, or just looking for a chance to play your instrument and hear new music coming out in the next year. Well, we understand that completely! Here's the full, tentative schedule of sessions for the 2013 Directors' Academy!

So check out what sessions will be offered- there’s bound to be several that interest you!

You can also watch a collection of featured Directors’ sessions on the MusicforAlltv YouTube channel: 

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Don’t forget- if you are a Color Guard or Percussion Instructor, there are specialized tracks within the Directors’ Academy for you!

Read more about the Percussion Specialist Academy

Read more about the Color Guard Instructor Academy

 

So make sure you register today and I'll see you in Muncie in just a few weeks. Make sure you stop by headquarters and say hi and tell me about your camp experience!

 

Musically,

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Erin Fortune is the Marketing Coordinator at Music for All, and has been working with Music for All for nearly 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.

 

If you are a band director, orchestra director or percussion ensemble director who is considering applying for the 2014 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, don't forget that applications and audition recordings must be received by June 5, 2013.

We hope by now you know everything you need to know about why you should apply to be a part of the Music for All National Festival, but if you don't, here are some highlights to consider:
 
What IS the Music for All National Festival?
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The MFA National Festival is an invigorating gathering of outstanding high school and middle school concert bands, orchestras and percussion ensembles from across America. Once invited, by recorded audition, the "competition" is completed – the Festival itself is non-competitive, with no rankings or ratings. Instead, the focus is on performing for peers and for the evaluator panel of esteemed conductors and clinicians.
 
What are the Highlights of the Music for All National Festival?
  • Recorded and Written evaluation: All who apply receive recorded and written evaluation from the listening panel, making the audition process itself an educational resource.

  • A national stage: High School and Middle Schools concert bands, orchestras and percussion ensembles from all over the country are invited to apply to be a part of the Festival.

  • Expanded opportunities for concert bands: The National Concert Band Festival will now include two stages (opportunities) for high school bands- "Featured Bands"" on the Honors Stage at Clowes and "Invited Bands" on the Festival Stage at the new Howard L. Schrott Center for the Performing Arts, both at Butler University. Read more about these NEW exciting opportunities here.
  • A non-competitive experience: without the worry of ratings or rankings, directors are free to explore and stretch themselves, and students can enjoy music-making without the pressure of competition.

  • Concert Performances and Clinics: Each ensemble performs a concert before a knowledgable audience, including the Festival evaluation panel, music educators and fellow band and orchestra members. Ensemble directors will receive recorded and written comments from evaluators and input on their conducting as well. Following the peformance, each ensemble will have a clinic providing even more educational opportunties.

  • Master Classes: All students participate in instrumental master classes, led by top applied faculty and professional musicians. 

  • Social Events for Students and Directors: The Festival social gives students the chance to relax, have fun and get to know students from other programs across the country. The director and evaluator reception and hospitality opportunities offer networking and informal interaction with colleagues, guest artists and icons of music education.

  • Gala Awards Banquet: The "black-tie-optional" banquet for students, directors, parents, staff and evaluators culminates the Festival with first-class standards that distinguish the Music for All National Festival. The formal banquet with over 2,000 guests is sure to be unforgettable for you, your students, parents and supporters.

  • Clowes-StageWorld-Class Venues and Facilities: Featured Bands perform at Clowes Memorial Hall and Invited Bands at the new Howard L. Schrott Center for the Performing Arts, both on the Butler University campus. Percussion ensembles perform at Warren Performing Arts Center and Orchestras at Hilbert Circle Theatre, home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
  • DVD & CD Package: Each student member and director gets a recording package of their concert, including professionaly-produced video on DVD and audio on CD.

  • Ensemble Hosts: Each invited ensemble will be assigned a "host" to help guide you through the Festival weekend and is committed to ensuring that you have the best possible experience before and during the Festival. Hosts are familiar with, and in most cases have had an ensemble perform at, the Festival.

  • Opportunities for Additional Ensembles: Many groups want to travel with all of the students in their school's band program and Music for All provides educational options to allow as many of your instrumental music students as possible to participate. Directors can choose to submit audition applications for multiple bands from one school for the Featured Band and/or Invited Band stages. Selected bands from both stages can choose to bring additional ensembles- concert bands, percussion ensembles, or orchestras- to participate in additional opportunities during the Festival.

 
Do you still feel like you don't have a complete picture of the Music for All National Festival? Watch the video below and hear from the directors and students from Vero Beach H.S. in Vero Beach, Flordia as they experienced the Music for All National Festival for the first time!
 
Don't miss this opportunity! The 2014 Festival will take place March 6-8 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Send your ensemble audition materials now!
 
 
 
Today's guest post is from Michael J. West who will be on the Bands of America Drum Major Institute faculty at the Music for All Summer Symposium presented by Yamaha. Thanks for giving us a look at what you will be teaching at camp this June, Michael!  
 
 
This summer, I will be joining the staff at the Bands of America Drum Major Institute to teach mace technique. I recently graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a master's degree in music education and have been spinning mace for the past nine years. I was a drum major at Carl Sandburg H.S., IL for two years and a drum major for the Marching Illini at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana for two years. 
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Because of tradition with the Marching Illini Drum Majors, I spent a great deal of time with my mace during those two years. The Marching Illini pregame show, a traditional "Big Ten Conference" production, has been the same since the 1970's. Serving as a central role to that legacy and being able to spin the mace routines that have been passed down to only a few select people each year was a great honor and a wonderful memory. Performing for tens of thousands of fans at Memorial Stadium every fall was a thrill like no other. 
 
MaceVarietyShowBeing able to collaborate with colleagues skilled in this area has been a great deal of fun as well. I have been able to work with a lot of gifted people including past Illini drum majors and other talented individuals from other universities. One of the most fulfilling mace experiences I have had is taking the mace off the field and onto the stage. This past fall I programed and produced a variety show of sorts, which included performing a mace routine to spliced music. It allowed me to explore the more creative side of the mace. Performing this choreography was one of the more expressive opportunities I had. 
 
At the Bands of America Drum Major Institute, I want to teach and refine the basic mace fundamentals. However, we will not limit ourselves to just the basics. It is important that those fundamentals are strong, but I also believe in giving students the tools to create something on their own. I want them to take those ideas, return home, and turn it into something that matches the values of their music program and their individual style. 
 
Looking foward to seeing everyone this summer!
 
-Mike West
 
 
Michael J. West
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 
Former Drum Major Marching Illini
 
 
Have you enrolled in the Bands of America Drum Major Institute yet? Don't wait any longer, enroll today!
Need more reasons to enroll? Check out the amazing BOA Drum Major Institute faculty, camp videos on YouTube, read Student Testimonials, and check out the Symposium coverage from 2012!
 
 

Are you planning to apply for the 2014 Music for All National Festival?

Music for All is receiving applications and audition recordings now for the 2014 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, March 6-8 in Indianapolis, IN. Applications and audition recordings are due June 5, 2013. So that we can be sure to expect your application and prepare for the listening process, we invite you to submit this form indicating your intention to apply for the 2014 Festival.

All submissions are confidential and non-binding. This simply helps us to plan for the listening process and to ensure that we receive audition materials you might send (we'll be on the look out for your application).

The Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha celebrates outstanding music making by the nation's finest concert bands, orchestras and percussion ensembles. Learn more about the Festival here.

To celebrate the end of the 2012-13 school year and look forward toward next fall's marching band season, Music for All is making the entire Finals performance of the Carmel High School Marching Greyhounds, Carmel, Indiana, the 2012 Bands of America Grand National Champions, available for viewing FREE online through the end of June 2013.

You can watch that performance right here:

 

There are many more great full-length performances from the 2012 Bands of America Championships available for your viewing pleasure with a subscription to MFA Video. There are several different subscription plans to choose from to fit your needs!

Choose from:

Live Premium- one-year subscription that includes all Live Webcasts that will happen in the next year (including Grand Nationals 2013!) as well as all On-Demand, post-event video. (includes everything listed in MFA Encore subscription below)

MFA Encore- one-year subscription that includes all On-Demand, post-event video. MFA Encore allows you to view our entire archive of events at your convenience. See all Bands of America Championship shows, prelims and exhibitions since 2008, all Super Regional Final and Grand National Final performances since 2004 and other selected performances dating back to 1979. See all Music for All National Festival Performances from 2012 and 2013 (post-event).

Subscribe to MFA Video TODAY to watch all of the 2012 BOA performances online. The subscription if active for an entire year, so subscribing today will get you ready by reviewing the past year's championships as well as take you through the whole upcoming 2013 fall season!

Check out more details about subscribing to MFA Video here: http://www.musicforall.org/video/subscriptions

 

The Pizitz Middle School Band, Vestavia Hills, Alabama has been awarded the Sudler Cup by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.

Both the Pizitz Middle School Symphonic Band, under the direction of Kim Bain, and Concert Band, under the direction of Leah Seng, performed at the Middle School National Festival in March 2013 in Indianapolis as part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. The Vestavia Hills High School Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Jerell Horton, also performed at the Festival.

Congratulations to Ms. Bain, Ms. Seng and the students, administrators and boosters of the Pizitz Middle School Band Program!

Read the full story here.

For more information on the Sudler Cup, go to www.sousafoundation.net.

Winston-Salem Regional expanded to a two-day Super Regional

Music for All is excited to announce that this year's Winston-Salem Regional will be expanded to a two-day Super Regional format, to be held October 18-19 at Bowman Gray Stadium. The show is currently a 37-band show with 12 bands competing in Finals. One panel of judges will serve this event and show enrollment is limited to 50 bands.

We are still taking applications for Friday preliminary performance times until an enrollment of 50 is reached. Enroll online or call the Music for All office at 800­.848­.2263 if interested in participating in this newest Super Regional.

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New BOA Affiliate Regional Announced: Oregon

Music for All is pleased to announce a partnership with the West Salem High School Band Boosters and the Northwest Association of Performing Arts to bring a show to the Pacific Northwest. This Bands of America Northwest show will be hosted and operated by the West Salem Band Boosters at Hillsboro Stadium in Hillsboro, Oregon on October 12, 2013.

The show will use BOA field operation procedures and Adjudication Handbook and be judged by a Bands of America assigned panel using Bands of America sheets.

This 2013 offering is a precursor to the launch of a full-fledged BOA Pacific Northwest Regional in 2014. We hope you will support West Salem, NWAPA, and choose to participate. Click here to learn how to register for this new performance and BOA evaluation opportunity.

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