Marching Band Division at the Music for All Summer Symposium at Ball State University June 25-30
Brought to you by Center X Productions and staffed by Dynamic Marching
Although 2012 has just begun, before we know it, it will be March and band directors all over the country will be starting to think ahead to the marching band season. Despite being in the middle of the busiest time of year for concert band festivals and competitions, by March most directors are taking care of important long-range planning such as hiring staff members, choosing music arrangers and/or composers, and choosing drill writers. In addition, this is a very important time of year for choosing drum majors and potential sections leaders for the upcoming summer and fall season. Soon after drum majors are chosen, band directors typically sign up these students for camps, such as the very successful drum major academies put on by the late, great George Parks. At a well-run drum major camp, students learn important lessons in conducting, musicianship, and leadership. Hopefully, after returning from camp these highly-motivated drum majors are able to put their lessons to work to help the band directors and staff members to achieve a successful season.
What about the section leaders? Band directors should take the same steps toward nurturing and training these students as they do with their drum majors!
Where can you send your marching band section leaders to learn music ensemble fundamentals from the director of the 2005, 2009 and 2010 Grand National Champion marching band?
Where can you send your marching band section leaders to learn marching fundamentals from the author and producer of the critically-acclaimed Dynamic Marching DVD series?
Where can you send your marching band section leaders to learn section-specific fundamentals with individualized instruction from current teachers at literally the top band programs in the country? (Our staff comes from Avon High School (IN), Carmel High School (IN), Center Grove High School (IN), Pomona High School (CO), Murietta Valley High School (CA), and McEachern High School (GA)!)
How can you guarantee that in one week your section leaders will learn the most current and educationally-sound fundamentals and bring back these concepts to YOUR program?
The Music for All Summer Symposium Marching Band is exactly the kind of place. Band directors will see immediate and measurable gains when these students return home.
In addition, these students get to perform with the Carolina Crown Dum and Bugle Corps in front of a packed stadium full of cheering DCI fans.
As a director attending camp, YOU can be in the rehearsal rooms and on the football field where these nationally-renowned teachers and instructors teach your kids! Even if you don't bring your kids, the experience for band directors is unbelievable.
By Jeff Young, MFA Summer Symposium Marching Band Division Coordinator
Maggie Vetter of Kings High School in Kings Mills, Ohio received a $2,000 scholarship from Jolesch Photography.
“Maggie is driven toward excellence, and she loves to practice,” her band director Greg Mills says. “She possesses an engaging, upbeat personality and views obstacles as opportunities to improve.”
Observations of her father, who is a music teacher, and Mr. Mills helped Vetter to form her future teaching philosophies as well as define her passion for being an educator.
“I will be patient with my students as they begin to learn,” Vetter says. “I will also be flexible and love the art of music making, all while keeping the passion of teaching music so students can see, feel and embrace it too, and, of course, I will encourage students to practice.”
Maggie has not only learned the importance of arts in her own life, but she already knows the difference a music educator can make in the lives of students and has begun to put these traits into practice.
“The first [trait] is patience. The second is time. One of the last traits of a successful music educator is love for the art,” Vetter says. Music is a part of who I am, Vetter says, and she looks forward to the rest of her life as a music teacher.
The Fred J. Miller Family presented a $1,000 scholarship to Benjamin Clemons from Victor J. Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Illinois.
Clemons grew up surrounded by music and music educators, as both of his parents are music educators. However, it wasn’t until high school that Clemons became inspired to become a music educator. In his scholarship essay, he wrote that being a section leader gave him insight into becoming a music teacher. He enjoyed teaching a group and pushing them to meet their goals. Clemons says he aspires to be a teacher who has a vast array of musical knowledge and technique, someone who is an effective communicator and, most importantly, a teacher with the ability to inspire his students to keep music in their lives.
“Ben has all the talents and qualities that you would expect to see in a fellow educator,” Mr. Mark Iwinski, Victor J. Andrew High School’s band director, says. “He will be a fine teacher and an excellent trumpet player because he recognizes high quality performances and is inspired by great musicians and educators.”
Yamaha Corporation of America presented a $1,000 scholarship to Devon Gordon of Danville High School in Indiana. Gordon was nominated by Adrian Hartsough, Danville High School’s band director, due to his strong musicianship, leadership qualities and strong work ethic.
“Devon’s a gifted French horn player and percussionist and has the strongest musical ear I’ve encountered from a high school student,” Hartsough says.
Gordon leads by example while encouraging others and supporting his peers. Gordon’s first experience assisting his band director with the middle school band provided him with an opportunity that would set his sights on becoming a music educator one day.
“I will always remember the day of their band contest,” Gordon says. “I sat myself down at the side of the gym, fully confident they were going to make me proud no matter what award they took home – they took home a gold rating. I still remember that being one of the proudest moments of my life.”
For Gordon, a valuable lesson was learned and a music educator was born.
“I realized that being a music educator is more than scores and successes,” Gordon says. “My dedication to these students has been my pride and joy, and I would love nothing more in the world than to be able to do this for the rest of my life.”
The Music for All Foundation presented three scholarship awards at this year’s Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha. The MFA Marching Band Scholarships were established to honor graduating seniors who plan to major in music education in college. These one-time awards are made possible through generous gifts from the Yamaha Corporation of America, Fred J. Miller Family and Jolesch Photography.
You can also create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all by donating to the Music for All scholarship fund today. A gift to the scholarship fund provides lifelong impact and is a wonderful way to show support of music and arts education. Learn more about Music for All’s scholarships, or click here to donate to the scholarship fund.
It's Saturday, the last day of the 2011 Grand National Championships, and Semi-Finals performances are already under way this morning. You can find the Semi-Finals Performance Schedule here.
Congratulations to the Semi-Finalists and all 92 amazing bands that participated in preliminary competition. We saw such amazing performances Thursday and Friday during prelims, and we were so impressed by the outstanding performances and the dedication exhibited by all the bands.
You’ve likely seen bands in performance on the field, but have you ever wondered about the behind-the-scenes happenings at Grand Nationals? Check out this video to learn more and take a behind-the-scenes tour. And, view additional videos on Music for All’s YouTube channel.
You can also see behind-the-scenes photos here, on the BOA Facebook page.
We hope you enjoy today’s Semi-Finals performances!
The first Live Webcast of the Bands of America 2011 Championship season is this weekend. The BOA Super Regional Championship at St. Louis, presented by Yamaha, will be Webcast live, Friday and Saturday, October 14-15 from Edward Jones Dome.
You can subscribe to get all four Super Regional and Grand National Championships Live Webcasts, plus video on demand, post-event, of all Regional Championship performances – this Plus Subscription is your best deal at only $59 (we held pricing flat for 2011 from 2010).
There is also a Pay-Per-View option if you want to only order one Live Webcast event.
If you cannot be there in person, watch it online! Subscribe at http://mfa.thefannetwork.org/.
Check out the preliminary performance schedules for both of this weekend's BOA Championships, St. Louis and Akron, Ohio.
I’ve been emotional this morning thinking about the passing of Steve Jobs. Part of it is a bit of fear – the reminder that life is short. No matter how visionary, successful, smart, creative, hard-working, kind or wealthy we are, our time is finite. The greater part of the emotion, though, is gratitude.
The “products” that rose from Steve Jobs' vision have shaped my life. I put products in quotes because they are more than just widgets, they enable a way of life, of communicating, connecting and creating.
Every printed piece – program book, newsletter, poster, flyer, ad, form – that Music for All/Bands of America has put out there since 1986 has been created on a Macintosh computer, whether by me or other talented MFA staff and outside designers. When I first came to Bands of America in 1985 our printed pieces were created the old-fashioned way. Text sent to typesetters. An Exacto knife, proportion wheel, pica ruler, spray mount were my tools. In 1986, I created the BOA newsletter on a Mac SE using Aldus Pagemaker 1.2 for the first time and there was no looking back.
My work history on Macs is like an Apple history lesson: Mac SE with two floppy drives, Mac II, Quadra 700, a Mac clone whose brand I cannot remember, then Macbook Pros of various sizes and configurations. My Macbook is more than a work tool, it’s a companion, a workplace colleague, an extension of myself.
My work life in Macs, 1986-2011
Jobs’ vision has shaped my personal life, too. My iPhone is with me every hour of the day and night. iTunes is open on my screen nearly all day. I read 90% of books these days (I’m a voracious reader) on my iPad. Thanks to Pixar, I actually don’t mind watching the same “kids” movies dozens (maybe even hundreds) of times – I am moved, amused and entertained every time.
This Saturday, I’ll be working at the Bands of America Regional Championship in Conroe, TX. I’ll have my Macbook Pro in the press box, my iPad on my shoulder and my iPhone in my pocket – and the knowledge that one person can make a profound difference in the world.
– Debbie Laferty Asbill, Director of Marketing and Communications, Music for All
If you haven't yet checked out the great podcasts from our friends over at Marching Roundtable, you should!
In Episode 30, posted: 28 Sep 2011 07:00 PM PDT, Joe Allison talks with Eric Martin, the President and CEO of Music for All and Bands of America. Eric shares his philosophy for participation and competition, and they discuss the Fall BOA Regional schedule, noting how any band, student, or family member can benefit from the competition experience.
You may have already noticed that the musicforall.org Web site is exhibiting some odd behavior today, with menus and links taking you to incorrect pages. We are working on this issue, as well as a resolution to the circumstances that cause the site to be alternately inaccessible and accessible-but-slow-to-load over the past few days.
We know that our fans and participants rely on the Web site for information, especially now that we've started the 2011 Bands of America Championship season. Please know that we're working on solutions and hope to have things ironed out soon.
- Deb Laferty Asbill, Director of Marketing and Communications