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Rainout Ticketing Policy for 2012 Bands of America Regional at Denton, TX

Bands of America is grateful that "Mother Nature" allowed completion of the entirety of the Preliminary Competition at the Denton Regional. We were not as fortunate during Finals. Due to extreme weather conditions (and following the counsel, advice and preference of the participating Finalist directors), Finals were cancelled before the performances commenced. By rule, the preliminary results became the final results of the competition.

The overriding ticketing policy for Music for All/Bands of America events is that tickets are "non-refundable." Nevertheless, where extraordinary circumstances, like severe weather, cause the cancellation of all or a substantial portion of an event, Music for All establishes event-specific refund policies that may include full or partial refunds, as appropriate.

Following are Music for All's policies concerning ticket refunds for the 2012 Denton Regional:

Cooperative Tickets (issued to bands) - No refund
Day-Pass - $9 refund
Adult Finals Ticket - $17 refund
Military or Senior Finals Ticket - $14 refund
Student Finals Ticket - $10 refund

We request that our patrons note that the costs of the event (stadium rental, stadium personnel, judges' fees and other expenses, and the like) were still incurred and paid by Music for All. We invite you to consider foregoing any refund. If you require a refund, we ask that you consider donating the value of the refund to Music for All in support of its educational programs and music education advocacy initiatives. If you choose to donate your refund, Music for All will provide you with an acknowledgement of your charitable contribution for your tax records.

To request a refund or, please send your name, address, and tickets to:

Music for All, Inc.
39 W. Jackson Place, Suite 150
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Alternatively, you may fax your refund request to 317.524.6200 or e-mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please include your actual tickets if requesting a refund via mail, or a copy of each ticket if requesting via fax or e-mail. If you choose to donate the value of your ticket refund and request a tax receipt, please indicate this in your request. Refund requests must be received by November 30. 2012.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding MFA refund policies or the Denton Regional event, please do not hesitate to contact us at 800.848.2263.
The Finals of the Bands of America Regional Championship at Denton, TX have been canceled due to weather. You can see prelims awards results here. Full prelims results will be posted at a later time.

Thank you to all of the directors, staff, students, families and fans who came out today at Denton!

If you are a ticket holder of a non-refundable Finals ticket and have questions, please note that no refunds will be issued on site. Information on any potential refunds will be posted next week on
For those attending the Bands of America Regional Championship in Denton, Texas, Saturday, September 29 at the University of North Texas, Apogee Stadium:

Spectators should allow plenty of extra time to arrive and get to stadium. In the event of rain, the largest spectator parking lot near stadium – which is a grass lot – will not be opened. Spectator parking will be limited around the stadium. Overflow parking will be free at Fouts Field, on north side of I-35. Please plan accordingly.

Google Map of Apogee Stadium Location

Bands of America events proceed rain or shine. In the event that the weather is deemed a danger to participants and spectators, and if a delay or other show adjustment is implemented, MFA will post details as soon as available on, Facebook and Twitter.
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Heartland Truly Moving Pictures
will hold the 21st Annual Heartland Film Festival on October 19-27 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The festival showcases inspiring independent films from all over the world and will hold screenings this year at AMC Showplace Traders Point 12 and AMC Castleton Square 14.

The Heartland Film Festival is a fellow nonprofit arts organization. Their mission is to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. We are excited to participate in the 2012 Heartland Film Festival $2BACK Program, which gives us $2 back for every ticket purchased online! Use the promo code Music4All. This is an amazing opportunity to support both Heartland Truly Moving Pictures and Music for All!

To top it off one of the films that is showcased during this festival is "Stronger," a story of an extraordinarily talented violinist deals with the problem of bullying at school, featuring our friends Time for Three! For any of our students who were at Summer Symposium this past year, the "Stronger" is what played at the beginning of the evening Time for Three concert! Any students who were a part of the Orchestra track at Symposium would also have fond memories of performing with Time for Three! You can see clips of that here and relieve the memories!

We definitly want to get as many people out to see and support Time for Three's film, it has such a powerful message! You can find more information about the film and show times here:

Also, check out Time for Three on Facebook and Twitter if you get a chance!

So if you are looking for something fun to do in Indianapolis and want to get out and support the arts, we definitely recommend you check out Stronger, or any of the other films this festival has to offer!

And if you decide to purchase a ticket, why not use our promo code and help support Music for All's "I believe" campaign.

Just use the promo code: Music4All when purchasing your tickets online!

For more information about the Heartland Film Festival, check out their website . or

Facebook: Heartland Truly Moving Pictures on Facebook

Twitter: @heartlandtmp

Music for All is pleased to announce that Joseph Alessi, principal trombone with the New York Philharmonic, will perform with the 2013 Honor Band of America. The Honor Band of America is part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Jerry F. Junkin, Director of Bands at University of Texas at Austin will conduct the Honor Band at the 2013 Festival, to be held March 14-16 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Honor Band members meet on March 12 for orientation and to begin rehearsals. The band will perform in concert Saturday, March 16, in Clowes Memorial Hall on the Butler University campus.

Joseph Alessi was appointed Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic in the spring of 1985. He began musical studies in his native California with his father, Joseph Alessi, Sr. As a high school student in San Rafael, California, and was a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony before continuing his musical training at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music. Prior to joining the Philharmonic, Mr. Alessi was second trombone of The Philadelphia Orchestra for four seasons, and principal trombone of L’Orchestre symphonique de Montreal for one season. In addition, he has performed as guest principal trombonist with the London Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall led by Pierre Boulez.

If you missed the final Honor Ensemble application deadline (September 15), but are interested in applying, please call Music for All as soon as possible at 800.848.2263 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The audition recording deadline has been extended for winds for the Honor Band and Honor Orchestra of America until November 1, 2012.

Music for All has learned that I-264, the major westbound artery for Louisville, will be closed for repaving this weekend. Below is the official notice from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. We encourage you to take a look at your route to see how this will affect your travel time to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium for the Bands of America Regional in Louisville on Saturday, September 22. The westbound exit to Crittenden Dr. will be open. 

Go to Google Map of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

Westbound I-264 closed September 21-24 for pavement repairs

Additional ramp closure needed on eastbound I-264

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (September 20, 2012) –The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) reminds motorists that a portion of westbound Interstate 264 (the Watterson Expressway) will be closed this weekend for concrete pavement repairs.  Contract crews will be performing corrective work on a project that began last year.

The westbound lanes of I-264 will be closed between I-65 and Dixie Highway (mile points 12.0 and 7.4).  This road closure is scheduled from 10 p.m. EDT Friday, September 21, to 6 a.m., Monday, September 24.   

During this closure, motorists traveling westbound on I-264 will be detoured via northbound I-65 to westbound I-64 and then reconnected with I-264.

All entrance and exit ramps for westbound I-264 will be closed at the Taylor Boulevard and Third Street/Southern Parkway interchanges.  

In addition, the exit ramp from eastbound I-264 to Crittenden Drive will be closed this weekend for repairs.  This ramp closure will prevent access to the Louisville International Airport.  Motorists should follow the signed detour via eastbound I-264 to Poplar Level Road to westbound I-264.  Follow westbound I-264 to access Crittenden Drive and the airport.   

The eastbound lanes of I-264 between Dixie Highway and I-65 are scheduled for closure the weekend of September 28- October 1.

For construction and traffic updates, visit .  Traffic information for all eight counties in District 5 is also available at  Dial 511 or log on to for the latest in traffic and travel information across Kentucky. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

I Believe- A Day at the Penrod Art Fair

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Music for All staff were lucky enough to get the chance to exhibit at the Penrod Art Fair in Indianapolis this past weekend.

Penrod is an art fair who’s mission focuses on the cultivation, encouragement and development of public interest in and support of those arts, cultural and educational institutions located in and around Marion County, Indiana, its surrounding counties and the Central Indiana area in general.

We at Music for All love to see our community engaging and supporting public interest in the arts, so naturally this was a perfect fit for us! We joined over three hundred artists, six stages of entertainment and more than 50 arts-related non-profit organizations for what’s known as “Indiana’s Nicest Day.”

And what a gorgeous day it was!

Not only was the weather pretty much perfect, but everyone who stopped by to talk to us during the fair was incredible and had wonderful stories to share about their love of music.

For this particular exhibit our Development department wanted to do something extra special. They decided to create a fun and engaging activity that goes along with our “I Believe” campaign (if you are not familiar with the campaign, you should check it out here).

They created a tri-fold poster board with the heading “Tell us why you believe” and three panels that said: in music, in music in our schools, in Music for All.

The responses to the prompt were incredible. As someone who walked up to the booth toward the end of the day, I can tell you that the board had an incredible impact filled with the post-it note responses!

Here are some of the things that people wrote on the post-its.

In music in our schools:
  • Because music helps us learn to express ourselves
  • Because it installs creativity in students
  • Because it improves test scores!
  • Music in our schools is a safe haven for students to express themselves. It's crucial that all students have access to ALL music
  • Music makes kids smarter
  • It teaches students to work together toward a common goal
In music:
  • Music makes you smarter
  • Music moves you mind, body & soul
  • Music is always there for you
  • Music speaks across the universe
  • Because it is the window to the soul
  • Music takes you away (amen added by another!)
  • Expression and inspiration
  • It's my livelihood
  • Kids need exposure and education beyond the core subjects
  • It transformed my life
  • Because it heals the soul
  • It changes lives
  • It is essentially inexplicable
  • When words fail, music speaks
  • Music goes beyond facts and logic to the sublime!
  • So much expression- so much hope!
  • Music connects to everyone
  • Because music is my life
In Music for All
  • Every kid should be able to have good things about them and that means trying new things.
  • To find it!
  • Because music opens door of your soul to soar
  • Because helps the soul
  • Sounds are good
  • Because music is truly the universal language
  • Because music is for everyone
  • Music is reflection of the soul
  • Because it changes lives
  • Music is an art that you listen to and connect to
  • Music education develops the WHOLE person
  • Because music gives people a place to belong


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Penrod was on Saturday and I can tell you that I haven’t stopped thinking about these responses. I find it reassuring that there are so many people out there (and in my community!) that feel the same way about music as I do. I know that there are people across the country that feel this way as well.

Reading all of the responses encouraged me to come up with my own responses for why “I believe.”

So why do I believe?

  • I believe in music because music enriches my life and the lives of others.
  • I believe in music education because EVERY child deserves to be touched by music.
  • And I believe in Music for All because I believe in the power of music and the power of the positively life-changing experiences that Music for All brings to students across our country.

So today as you take a break from work, from school, from rehearsal, your busy life in general, read through the repsonses again on why people at the Penrod Art Fair in Indianapolis, Indiana believe.

And then? Tell me why you believe.



Erin Fortune
Marketing Coordinator
Music for All

Music for All is moving to a new platform for it's online video streaming beginning this fall, including for the 2012 Bands of America Championships.

The new Music for All Video will be launched in early September and available directly on The subscription and Pay Per View pricing is comparable to the former MFA Fan Network with $59 Premium and $39 subscription options, and pay per view options. Premium will include the full library available on-demand, plus live webcasts of the four BOA Super Regionals and Grand National Championships.

All subscriptions to the MFA Fan Network expired on August 31, 2012. The Fan Network, powered by DCI, has a set expiration date of all subscribers, regardless of when the subscription began. We coordinated the September launch of the new Music for All Video after all former MFA Fan Network subscriptions expired to eliminate crossover of subscriptions.

With this new video service your subscription will be for one year from your subscription date, regardless of when you subscribe.

When the new Music for All Video is launched in the coming days, all of the same library of archived Bands of America and Music for All videos that was previously available on the MFA Fan Network will be available on the new MFA Video.

The new network will be have a multi-bitrate delivery system that streams a bandwidth version that will best perform to your viewing device. For the desktop viewing experience the web-browser will utilize Flash for delivery. On tablets and smartphones, the system will automatically serve the video via the HTML 5 protocol.

The highest available bitrate will be similar to the YouTube 720p HD option. When viewing video at full-screen you will achieve the highest image quality. Viewing High Definition video content is a resource intensive process, regardless of platform.

Music for All will make an announcement online and by email to MFA Network web subscribers when the new MFA Video is launched on

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More than 30 members of the Bands of America Honor Band, who will perform in the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade®, met for the first time in June during the Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha. The students were enrolled in various camp divisions and met for a special lunch gathering for TOR honor band members, as well as for students interested in applying for select open spots.

Speakers included Bob Buckner, director of the BOA Honor Band; David Starnes, program coordinator; Eric Martin, President and CEO of Music for All. Members had the opportunity to meet several other honor band and Music for All staff.

Honor band members gathered for the first official BOA Honor Band group photo after the luncheon. Shown above, seated in the front row: Bob Buckner, Donna Buckner, David Starnes, Susie Harloff (honor band auxiliary instructor), Debbie Laferty Asbill (MFA Director of Marketing and Communications), Travis Tester (MFA Participant Relations Manager), Eric Martin. Standing: Tonya Bullock (MFA Accounting Specialist, middle row, far left), Carolyn Ealy (MFA Executive Assistant, middle row, far right), and student members of the BOA Honor Band! Music for All is still accepting applications for limited spots in the BOA Honor Band on all instruments, except for piccolo, alto and bari saxophone. Learn more about the experience, and call 800.848.2263 if you have questions before you apply!

DMmarchoffwinnerSY12It’s hard to believe the 2012 Summer Symposium is now over. I’m now back at the Music for All office in Indianapolis and writing from a much quieter space. It’s good to be back home, and I’ve enjoyed a chance to rest and see family.

I’m sure many of our campers have also enjoyed a chance to rest and get reacquainted with family and friends. But, I’m also discovering that I really miss the wonderful, musical world that was created on the campus of Ball State University last week. It’s always so amazing to be surrounded by people who love music and care deeply about music education!

Even though this was my fourth time at the Music for All Summer Symposium, I’ve discovered each year (and this year was no different), that I always learn something new about myself or am able to take away new lessons. And, I always have a positively life-changing experience. I hope the week was equally life-changing for all participants as well.

The final performances on Saturday truly showed off all the hard work the students put in over the course of the week. I’m so proud of the students’ accomplishments!

Last night, I was feeling a bit nostalgic and sad that camp was over. I took a moment to watch some of the Symposium videos, and I found that really helped me reflect on the fun moments from last week. (You can find the webisode playlist here, if you haven’t had a chance to view Symposium videos yet.)

I hope you had a great week at the Music for All Summer Symposium! For me, the week was reenergizing and revitalizing. It truly reminded me why I believe in music education – and why I believe in Music for All.

I was so impressed with all the students at this year’s Symposium. I hope to see many back next year. We’re already starting to think about the 2013 Symposium. I hope to see you there.

Until then,