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What is your hometown? City, State.
I grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?
Franklin Central High School. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Class of 2019

What is your musical background?
I played violin since 5th grade until my senior year in high school. I played in my high school’s orchestra all four years, and I have always had a deep love and appreciation for classical music and orchestral pieces.

What has been your favorite part of this internship experience?
Being able to work with the students, parents, and guests at each event. Often I don’t get to directly see the fruit of my labors in other workplaces, so having the chance to directly interact with and help make those we serve happy and having a positive impact on their experience has meant the world to me.

What is an interesting fact about you?
I am a certified 1st Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and I recently traveled abroad in Poland.

Who are your top three favorite artists?
In no particular order: Zach Hemsey, Powerwolf, and Mick Gordon

Would you rather be able to talk to animals or speak all the foreign languages?
Since I’ve been abroad and often served others from different countries, I’d like to be able to speak all languages to have that connection with everyone I meet.

What division at camp would you want to participate in if you were still in school?
Leadership Weekend

What are you currently reading?
It’s one of my favorite pastimes, but I haven’t had much time to really sit down and read anything recently.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” -Christopher Reeve, the original Superman.

What show have you binge watched recently?
The last thing I watched was the finale of Game of Thrones and One Punch Man Season 2.

What actor or actress would play you in a movie written about your life?
Probably Keanu Reeves or Ansel Elgort

What is your hometown? City, State.
Columbus, Indiana

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?
Columbus North High School
Anderson University, December 2019

What is your musical background?
Since sixth grade, I’ve bounced back and forth between trumpet and bassoon depending on the needs of my ensembles at the time. In high school, I did marching band, wind ensemble, jazz, and orchestra, and in college I’ve continued on with wind ensemble and orchestra. I’ve done chamber ensembles and a few musicals as well.

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What has been your favorite part of this internship experience?
I love having a wide variety of projects and the fun, passionate people with whom I get to work on them. I love being able to support educators.

What is an interesting fact about you?
I collect coffee mugs and stickers from local coffee shops

Who are your top three favorite artists?
Hippo Campus
COIN
Arlie

Would you rather be able to talk to animals or speak all the foreign languages?
Definitely speak foreign languages. It would make understanding history and culture so much easier and it would be cool to be able to communicate with so many people.

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What division at camp would you want to participate in if you were still in school?
I would probably attend the marching band division!

What are you currently reading?
Right now I’m about halfway through Crazy Rich Asians

What show have you binge watched recently?
I did Stranger Things 3 on July 4!

What actor or actress would play you in a movie written about your life?
I've been told Emma Stone but I'm not sure I agree

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Congratulations to the master educators who have been selected to serve on the staff of the Bands of America Honor Band in the Rose Parade that will march in the 2021 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

"The response to the call for applications was fantastic, with the largest pool of well-qualified applicants since 2005," says Richard Saucedo, Director of the 2021 Honor Band.

The online application for students to perform in the 2021 Honor Band is now open. 

The 2021 experience for members will be December 27, 2020 through January 3, 2021. The final application deadline is January 15, 2020 but it's not too early to apply. Early decision deadlines are September 15, 2019 and November 1, 2019.

The splendor and excitement of the Rose Parade is an experience of a lifetime for student performers. The Bands of America Honor Band gives students from every high school band program in the country the opportunity to audition for this unforgettable event. 

2021 Staff

Richard L. Saucedo, Director and Music Arranger
David Starnes, Program Director 

Instrumental Staff
Brianna Slone, Kennesaw, GA
Tim Allshouse, Blue Springs, MO
David Lesser, Clovis, CA
Andrew Carr, West Chester, OH
Tanner Smith, Frisco, TX
Cheryl Lee, Overland Park, KS
Jerell Horton, Birmingham, AL
Nolan Jager Loyde, Round Rock, TX
Michael Stone, Lexington, KY

Marching Instructor
Jeff Young, Carmel, IN 

Percussion Staff
Michael McIntosh, Shakopee, MN
Marty Griffin, Toms River, NJ

Colorguard Staff
Lindsey Vento, Blue Springs, MO
John Leonard, Flower Mound, TX

Dance Staff
Samia Mooney, Avon, IN
Aylin Vural, Washington D.C.

After more than eleven years of great impact at Music for All, our Chief Financial Officer Nancy Carlson will be stepping down from that role, and Music for All invites you to participate in our search for our next CFO.

When Nancy Carlson joined Music for All as Chief Financial Officer in 2008, the organization was in need of expert financial guidance to recover from recent years’ losses. Along with the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer Eric Martin, Carlson immediately got to work and implemented a fiscally-responsible cost structure for the organization, strengthened internal controls, and made tough decisions in order to reduce expenses. Thanks to these efforts, Music for All recovered, allowing us to continue serving the mission to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all.

As to the future of the Music for All finance team, while Ms. Carlson has elected to step down from her role as CFO, she will remain with Music for All as Senior Financial Analyst and a source of institutional knowledge for our next CFO. Our Controller, Sarah Loughery, who has made a significant positive impact at Music for All since joining us in 2018, has accepted another position. We congratulate Ms. Loughery and thank her for her service. We now ask for your help in spreading the word and helping identify the next leader of our finance team. This is an exciting time of transition, and our next CFO will have significant influence on the future of Music for All.

Since our merger with Bands of America in 2006, the past decade has been one of growth and maturity for Music for All. We are so much more today than an organization providing positively life-changing experiences to students through events. As we prepare to enter the next stage of the organization’s life, we are working hard to achieve our vision of providing access and opportunity to music-making and addressing issues of equity.

“I am grateful for having had the opportunity to serve through Music for All for many years,” says Eric L. Martin, President and CEO. “As we draw nearer to our half century mark, we are looking for people for not only their skill sets, but also to play a role in serving our mission and vision to provide equity and opportunity for all Americans.”

Music for All exists because of students, teachers, schools, and communities who, with support from our donors and sponsors, choose to participate in our educational programming. This is your organization and you are included every time we use the pronoun our. We have a duty to inform you of major staffing changes, and we ask that you join us in celebrating the 11+ years of dedicated service of Nancy Carlson as our CFO. Frankly, no position at Music for All is easy, but the rewards of servant leadership (and witnessing the successful outcomes achieved thanks to a laser focus on mission and vision) are worth the effort. With every vacancy we are looking for an expert in his or her field who is also fully committed to Music for All’s mission and vision. Perhaps one of our 1.7 million alumni will become our next CFO. Application information and job description for Music for All Chief Financial Officer can be viewed at musicforall.org/employment.

We look forward to seeing over 1,700 of you at the Summer Symposium in a few days, and well over 120,000 of you this Fall! Thank you for being part of the Music for All family.

Please join us in welcoming David Schlenk to the team as the Annual Fund Manager. David graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor of Science, Arts Administration and Music degree. After graduating, David interned and taught at Butler’s Community Arts School and went on to work at the Jordan College of Arts, and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir.

Most recently, David worked at St. Richard's Episcopal School in a development role where he was responsible for assisting with data management, annual giving, strategic communications, technology, and capital campaign strategies.

“We are pleased to welcome David,” said Paul St. Angelo, Music for All’s Vice President of Advancement. “David joins us with valuable donor data base experience, which will be helpful as we move toward our planned data base conversion. He has managed many donor recognition events during his tenure and has developed donor and alumni stewardship programs. I know he will dedicate himself to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all."

David is a longtime percussionist and believes in music's tremendous impact on children. He regularly plays for groups around Indianapolis such as Cathedral High School Choirs and Young Voices of Indianapolis. In addition, David comes from a family who enjoy marching band experiences. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two young kids. They enjoy visiting the wonderful museums and attractions around Indy, spending time with friends and family, and watching sports.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Music for All, Inc. is a nonprofit, a 501(c)3 educational organization that presents more than 45 programs and events across America annually and is a voice for music and arts education in all scholastic environments.

InternSpotlight EmilyT

What is your hometown? City, State.
Carmel, Indiana

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?
I graduated from Carmel High School in 2015 and I will graduate from IUPUI in May 2020.

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What is your musical background?
I was a member of the Carmel Guard program for 7 years! I feel very lucky to have been a staff member for the Carmel JV Guard since I graduated and have gotten to teach students at Elwood Jr./Sr. High School and Noblesville High School.

What has been your favorite part of this internship experience?
I love getting to interact with directors, and I love getting to watch students benefit from some of the same great experiences Music for All provided me with when I was a student.

What is an interesting fact about you?
I have a sleep disorder called Narcolepsy

Who are your top favorite artists?
Taylor Swift and Zac Brown Band

Would you rather be able to talk to animals or speak all the foreign languages?
Definitely speak to animals

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What division at camp would you want to participate in if you were still in school?
Color Guard of course!

What are you currently reading?
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Do you have a favorite quote?
"What comes easy won’t last. What lasts won’t come easy”

What show have you binge watched recently?
Dead to Me and That 70’s Show

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What actor or actress would play you in a movie written about your life?
Reese Witherspoon

InternSpotlight Kayla 1

What is your hometown? City, State.
O’Fallon, IL

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?
-O’Fallon Township High School -Indiana University – Bloomington Class of 2020

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What is your musical background?
I have played flute for 11 years. In high school, I was a section leader in the marching band and a member of the wind ensemble. I participated in various musicals, flute choirs, and ILMEA District/All-State.

What has been your favorite part of this internship experience?
My favorite part about being a Music for All intern is being able to see the impact that music has on students, directors, and staff members from the perspective of a former participant to now an intern.

What is an interesting fact about you?
I studied abroad in Dubai and toured 8 different companies in 7 days; every dog that I’ve had has been named after construction trucks.

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Who are your top three favorite artists?
-Lauryn Hill
-Daniel Caesar
-J. Cole

Would you rather be able to talk to animals or speak all the foreign languages?
As much as I would like to know what my dog thinks about, I think I would rather speak all languages because it would make traveling the world even better.

What division at camp would you want to participate in if you were still in school?
Leadership Weekend and Marching Band

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Do you have a favorite quote?
“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference” -Serenity Prayer

What show have you binge watched recently?
I just started Game of Thrones two weeks ago. I am very behind, but I decided to try it out.

What actor or actress would play you in a movie written about your life?
Tracee Ellis Ross

Please join us in welcoming Abi Tarnow to the Marketing Team as Marketing Coordinator!

Abi is a graduate of IUPUI with a degree in Visual Communication Design and Certificate in Pre-Art Therapy. While at IUPUI, Abi was a member of Sigma Kappa Kappa-Psi Chapter, Jagathon Dance Marathon Marketing Committee, and AIGA, where she held leadership positions. Tarnow was a Graphic Design and Multimedia intern at Alpha Chi Omega National Headquarters and she does freelance graphic design in her free time. Over the past five years, Abi has taught color guard and indoor percussion around Indiana. Most recently, Abi served as the Marketing Intern at Music for All in the Spring of 2019.

"We are pleased to welcome Abi to Music for All," says Debbie Laferty Asbill, Music for All Vice President of Marketing and Communications. "With her passion for music education and her talents in design and messaging she will be a wonderful part of our marketing team who works every day to fulfill Music for All's mission to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all."

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Music for All, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 educational organization that presents more than 45 programs and events across America annually and is a voice advocating for music and arts education in all scholastic environments.

 

Many places you can shop, including the following brands, have loyalty programs:

  • AmazonSmile: Support MFA while shopping on Amazon! Visit smile.amazon.com, select Music for All, and start shopping. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Music for All.
  • Soon you will be able to shop at Goodshop, Kroger, Target, and other retailers, and a percentage of your purchase will be donated back to “Music for All”.

Donate your car or truck to MFA– CARS

      1.Picks up your vehicle
      2.Gives you the full market value for your vehicle
      3.Completes all the state and federal tax forms required for your tax deduction
      4.Music for All receives the vehicle’s sale without tying up the staff with paperwork.
      5.And, when you utilize CARS, you can donate most anything on wheels.

This is a hassle free way to give to MFA and a good way to get your garage or driveway back to what it was intended for.

Watch how it works:

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Appreciated stock, held for more than one year, can be the ideal choice for individuals who want their gifts to make the biggest impact for the lowest possible cost. The secret ingredient: double tax benefits.

This is how it works. Suppose Ann gives MFA 100 shares of a stock she purchased 10 years ago for $1,000. That stock has risen to its current fair market value of $5,000. Today, Ann can deduct the full $5,000 on this year’s income tax return. The $4,000 capital gain is not taxed, even though the gain is quadruple the purchase price. Avoiding capital gains tax and receiving an income tax deduction makes it possible to give stock at the lowest possible after-tax cost.

Which stocks are best to give? The best choices depend on your portfolio, investment goals, and taxes. There are no definite rules for suitable stocks, but there are a few guidelines:

  • Stocks must have been held for more than one year to deduct the appreciation.
  • Stocks with the greatest amount of appreciation provide the most leverage for the untaxed gain.
  • Investors who follow set portfolio ratios (e.g., 40% stocks, 40% municipal bonds, and 20% cash) might choose to give a stock that would provide an opportunity to reposition investments, balance ratios, and enjoy valuable tax relief.
  • A stock that lowered or cut its dividend might be a good option.

If you have questions, speak with your tax advisor or stockbroker. Then, contact Paul St. Angelo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 317.636.2263 for instructions on stock transfers.

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