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Pictured above, left to right: Mr. Victor de los Santos, Santa Ana High School, CA; Ms. Jennifer Brooks, David Douglas High School, OR; Dr. Ollie Liddell, Memphis Central High School, TN; Mr. Don Stinson, Joliet Central High School, IL; Ms. Heather Taylor, Lakeshore Elementary, NY; and Mr. Trent Cooper, Dekaney High School, TX.

 

The winners of the 2021 Dr. William P. Foster Community Development Awards were honored at a reception at The Midwest Clinic on Thursday evening, December 16, 2021 in Chicago.

The College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), Music for All (MFA), and National Band Association (NBA) have joined forces as the Music Education Alliance to serve bands and music education in the United States. The most prominent collaboration to date is the Dr. William P. Foster collaborative initiative to support bands in historically underserved and under-resourced communities. The Foster program focuses on three specific areas of support: An Awards Program, Mentorship and Best Practice Resources.

Applications for the Middle School Awards of Excellence (high school awards will not be available in 2022) and nominations for the Community Development Award will open in early Spring with a deadline of June 15. Please look for those announcements on social media at that time. Go here for more information about these awards and the Dr. William P. Foster Award: http://www.musicedalliance.org/award/

Dr. William P. Foster Community Development Award Division Winners
Mr. Trent Cooper, Dekaney High School, TX

Ms. Heather Taylor, Lakeshore Elementary, NY
Mr. Don Stinson, Joliet Central High School, IL
Dr. Ollie Liddell, Memphis Central High School, TN
Mr. Victor de los Santos, Santa Ana High School, CA
Ms. Jennifer Brooks, David Douglas High School, OR

Advisory Board
Tom Bracy (Bracy Consulting Group)
Patricia Brumbaugh (Northwestern Michigan College Concert Band)
Shelby Chipman (Florida A&M University)
Richard Crain (The Midwest Clinic)
Cliff Croomes (University of Texas - Austin)
Damien Crutcher (Crescendo Detroit)
Jeremy Earnhart (Music for All)
Arris Golden (Michigan State University)
Corey Graves (Roma Middle School, TX, Midwest Clinic)
Don Jaramillo (Principal, Etiwanda High School, CA, retired)
Nola Jones (Coordinator, Nashville Public Schools, retired)
Reginald McDonald (Tennessee State University)
Matthew McInturf (Sam Houston University)
Chris Pineda (Liberty Jr. High School, TX)
Ronnie Rios (Director of Music Education, Harlingen Public Schools, TX)
James Seda (Southwest DeKalb High School, GA)
Mark Spede (Clemson University, College Band Directors National Association)
Todd Stoll (VP of Education, Jazz at the Lincoln Center)
Matt Temple (New Trier High School, National Band Association)
Daniel Trahey (OrchKids and Archipelago Project, MD)
Kelvin Washington (Howard University)
Alfred Watkins (Cobb Wind Symphony, Minority Band Directors National Association)
James Weaver (National Federation of High Schools)
Julian White (Florida A&M, emeritus)

Division Chairs
Eastern Division: Gregory Drane, Penn State University
Southern Division: Tarik Rowland, Tri-Cities High School, GA
North Central Division: Karen DeBauche, Urbana Middle School, IL, retired
Southwestern Division: John Graham, University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff
Western Division: Nick Gonzales, West Lake Stem Jr. High School, UT
Northwestern Division: Danh Pham, Washington State University

Program Administrators
Scott Casagrande, John Hersey High School, IL (retired)
Armand V. Hall, ROCmusic Collaborative, NY
Tiffany Hitz, Rachel Carson Middle School, VA
Wolson Gustama, Dutchtown High School, GA, NBA
Ben Lorenzo, University of Arkansas, CBDNA
James Stephens, Music for All

The Dr. William P. and Mary Ann Foster Foundation
Mr. Anthony Foster and Ms. Thelma Crump, Board members
www.drwpfosterfoundation.org

Midwest Clinic Diversity and Equity Initiative Administrators
Dr. Richard Crain
Mr. Tom Moore

Jeff.Young webJeff Young will join Music for All in January 2022 as Director of Camps, directing and overseeing the Music for All Summer Symposium and initiatives to expand Music for All’s camp offerings.

Mr. Young will be part of the Music for All staff in the organization’s Indianapolis headquarters. He previously taught science at Carmel HS., IN, where he was also the visual caption head for the Grand National Champion Carmel marching band.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Music for All, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 educational organization that presents more than 60 programs and events across America annually and is a voice advocating for music and arts education in all scholastic environments. Over the past 18 months, Music for All has also launched several webinars and podcasts serving current and future music educators.

“After a long and fulfilling career working at Carmel High School, I am extremely excited to step away from full-time teaching and join the team at Music for All,” says Young. “I will work to ensure the success and sustainability of educational camps, including the Summer Symposium. I have immensely enjoyed working with the Summer Symposium staff and students, which has been arguably my favorite week of the year for more than 15 years. I’m honored to embark on this new adventure with Music for All, creating positively life-changing experiences for students and directors from all over the country.”

“Jeff Young has been a core part of Music for All’s educational team as the coordinator of our Summer Symposium marching band division and member of the Bands of America Honor Band in the Rose Parade faculty,” says James P. Stephens, Director of Education and Advocacy for Music for All. “As Director of Camps, Jeff brings his knowledge and expertise to our preparations for our flagship Summer Symposium while steering our plans for additional camp offerings in the future.”

On this GivingTuesday, November 30, Music for All is celebrating our return to in-person events!

GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea. A day that encourages people to do good. Music for All has joined millions of others across the globe each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to encourage our supporters to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

In September of 2021, after 22 months of not being able to hold in-person events, this fall, more than 90,000 high school musicians from around the country performed LIVE again at the Bands of America Championships. And yet the hard work of recovery and rebuilding is not yet done! 

Today we ask for your support and donations to allow us to provide our free educational resources and advocacy resources. Your gift allows us to serve our mission through future educational programming and helps Music for All thrive and provide positively life-changing experiences for many years to come.

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Music for All asked students and special guests to share why music education is important them them. Watch our playlist to hear how Music Makes a Difference:

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INDIANAPOLIS – Music for All is pleased to welcome D’Addario, the world’s largest manufacturer of musical instrument accessories, as Program Sponsor for its 2022 Bands of America Honor Band in the Rose Parade®.

We are thrilled to have D’Addario join Music for All’s family of sponsors that support our mission to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences,” said Jeremy Earnhart, President and CEO of Music for All.  

"We're excited to partner with Music for All and support the incredible young musicians that participate in their programming, including the 2022 Bands of America Honor Band," says Kyle Thomas, D'Addario's Education Marketing Manager. "Music for All's mission aligns well with our own and we're looking forward to collaborating with their team to inspire performance for generations to come."

D’Addario’s sponsorship will support Music for All and its 2022 Bands of America Honor Band in the Rose Parade. The BOA Honor Band is a 350-piece national ensemble with winds, percussion, and a flag and dance team. Richard Saucedo, composer, conductor, and retired director of the national champion Carmel H.S. (IN) marching band, will direct the 2022 BOA Honor Band. Music educator, conductor, and adjudicator David Starnes, Director of Orchestras at Kennesaw Mountain H.S., GA, is Program Coordinator. 

Music for All’s advocacy efforts help to ensure access and opportunity to music education for America’s children in their scholastic environment. Music for All’s programs and events include the Bands of America Grand National Championships and Regional Championships for marching bands; the Music for All Summer Symposium camp for students and teachers; the Music for All National Festival for bands, orchestras, choirs, and percussion and chamber ensembles; Affiliate Regional Music Festivals held across America; and national student honor ensembles including the Bands of America Honor Band in the Rose Parade® that will march for the fifth time in 2022.

Music for All is grateful that weather conditions allowed completion of the entirety of the Preliminary Competition at the Bands of America Regional at McAllen, TX on Saturday, September 18. Working together with the Fire Marshall to assess conditions and toensure the safety of the student performerswe suspended preliminary performance due to extreme temperatures with eight groups remaining to perform in prelims. We resumed preliminary performances at 7:30 p.m. which allowed all the bands an opportunity to perform in the event but did not allow for a Finals competition. We would like to thank all involved in ensuring the safety of band members, spectators, and staff.

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 has established refund polices for that event and offered full or partial refunds as appropriate.

We request that our patrons note that the costs of the event (stadium rental, stadium personnel, judges’ fees and other expenses) were still incurred and paid by Music for All. We invite you to consider foregoing any refund, and instead donate the value of your refund in support of these expenses. Thank you in advance if you choose to donate your refund, and we will provide you with an acknowledgement of your charitable contribution.

Following are Music for All’s policies concerning ticket refunds for the 2021 Regional atMcAllen, Texas: 
Day-Pass – $8 refund
Unused Adult Finals Ticket - $18 refund
Unused Discount Finals Ticket - $15 refund

To request a refund, please email your name and email used to purchase ticket as well as the eight-digit purchasenumber to:support@aftontickets.comRefund requests must be received by October 4,2021 and will be processed by October 31, 2021.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding our refund policies for the 2021 Regional atMcAllen, please do not hesitate to contact us at 800.848.2263.

 

Music for All is excited to return to its live music performance events with the 2021 Bands of America Championship season, starting September 18. Music for All has announced it will require all salaried employees and contracted personnel to be vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to attendance at the 2021 Bands of America Championships.

“The safety and well-being of thoseattending Bands of America Championships continues to be a top priority for Music for All,” the organization says. “Getting vaccinated is one of the most important ways to keep ourselves and our communities healthy. To ensure we get back to making music and enjoying performances together safely, and based on the latest recommendations of scientists, health officials, and authorities that the COVID-19 vaccine provides the best protection against severe infection, Music for All is requiring that our employees and contractors at BOA events be fully vaccinated.”

Music for all will follow local requirements for safety and policies for event spectators. Policies and guidelines will be posted on marching.musicforall.org prior to each event.

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Music for All is proud to have the U.S. Marines as an Official Corporate Sponsor. We are pleased to share with you an exciting opportunity: the Marine Corps Music Educators' Experience.

 

We are emailing because you are eligible to apply. Please read the letter from the Marine Corps below, as well as the application. Even if you don't meet all of the criteria stated in the application, you still qualify to apply.

 

Not everyone who applies will be selected. Transportation, hotel accommodations, and travel expenses will be provided for those selected.

Apply by March 1, 2021, for priority consideration. 

 

Read below about this unique opportunity!

 

 

Dear Music Educator,

 

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to participate in the Marine Corps Music Educators’ Workshop aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia from May 18 to May 22, 2021. 

 

The workshop is designed to provide you with an opportunity to see firsthand how highly-qualified students are recruited, screened, and developed into Marine Musicians. Additionally, we will provide insight into our Marine training process, benefits and career opportunities and service in the Marine Corps. I am confident that you will depart Quantico with a comprehensive understanding of our process and a unique look into the caliber of men and women who make up the Marine Corps.

 

As part of the Music Educators' Workshop, we strive to provide you with valuable tools and information to enhance your music education style and skillset, thereby allowing you to better connect with your students, positively influencing their overall performance and character. During the course of the workshop, you will observe and participate in aspects of training and performance with Marine Band Quantico, as well as Officer Candidates School and The Basic School. In addition to the training and educational orientation, you will attend the renowned “Evening Parade” at the Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., which features the near-perfect precision of the Silent Drill Platoon and the Drum and Bugle Corps. The workshop will conclude with a tour of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, which provides the overall public with a readily accessible platform for the exploration of our Marine Corps history.

 

Music Educators and Marines both share a passion for transforming young people into high-caliber citizens of our great Nation. Our passion for integrity, strong moral character, education, and developing our greatest asset of the individual Marine/student is where our organization’s foundation lies. My desire is that you will come to learn and understand the exceptional opportunities we offer and share that knowledge with your own students and community. 

 

Transportation, hotel accommodations, and travel expenses will be provided. For additional information, please contact Marine Corps Recruiting Command Community Engagement at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

 

Download the application form here.

 

Sincerely,

 

MGySgt Billy Rulapaugh

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Music for All is proud to have the U.S. Marines as an Official Corporate Sponsor. We are pleased to share with you an exciting opportunity: the Marine Corps Music Educators' Experience. 

We are emailing because you are eligible to apply. Please read the letter from the Marine Corps below, as well as the application. Even if you don't meet all of the criteria stated in the application, you still qualify to apply. 

Not everyone who applies will be selected. Transportation, hotel accommodations, and travel expenses will be provided for those selected. 

Apply by March 1, 2021, for priority consideration.

 

Read below about this unique opportunity!

 

Dear Music Educator, 

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to participate in the Marine Corps Music Educators’ Workshop aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia from May 18 to May 22, 2021.

The workshop is designed to provide you with an opportunity to see firsthand how highly-qualified students are recruited, screened, and developed into Marine Musicians. Additionally, we will provide insight into our Marine training process, benefits and career opportunities and service in the Marine Corps. I am confident that you will depart Quantico with a comprehensive understanding of our process and a unique look into the caliber of men and women who make up the Marine Corps.

As part of the Music Educators' Workshop, we strive to provide you with valuable tools and information to enhance your music education style and skillset, thereby allowing you to better connect with your students, positively influencing their overall performance and character.

During the course of the workshop, you will observe and participate in aspects of training and performance with Marine Band Quantico, as well as Officer Candidates School and The Basic School. In addition to the training and educational orientation, you will attend the renowned “Evening Parade” at the Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., which features the near-perfect precision of the Silent Drill Platoon and the Drum and Bugle Corps. The workshop will conclude with a tour of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, which provides the overall public with a readily accessible platform for the exploration of our Marine Corps history.

Music Educators and Marines both share a passion for transforming young people into high-caliber citizens of our great Nation. Our passion for integrity, strong moral character, education, and developing our greatest asset of the individual Marine/student is where our organization’s foundation lies. My desire is that you will come to learn and understand the exceptional opportunities we offer and share that knowledge with your own students and community.

 

Transportation, hotel accommodations, and travel expenses will be provided. For additional information, please contact Marine Corps Recruiting Command Community Engagement at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Download the application form here.

Sincerely,

 

MGySgt Billy Rulapaugh

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From Jeremy L. Earnhart, Ed.D, President and CEO, Music for All

Music for All has determined we will be unable to hold an in-person Summer Symposium in 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please watch the full statement above, or read the transcript below.

FEB. 25 2021 – INDIANAPOLIS, IN – On behalf of our Music for All staff and board of directors, I hope that you and your family are well.

We know that this continues to be a difficult time for families, students, and teachers. However, this virus will not change student ability to grow and learn. Music for All is committed to providing experiences that help build resiliency and joy.

While this pandemic crisis presents challenges, it has also reminded us of the precious gifts of family, the boundless promise of children, and provided us with the opportunity to find new ways to serve students and teachers.

Music for All places the safety and well-being of our camp community and everyone associated with our programs and events as the highest priority.

Music for All has decided not to hold our Music for All Summer Symposium in 2021. We arrived at our decision in cooperation with our camp directors and coordinators, considering, including:

  • Can we operate camp safely based on the standards and recommendations of state health departments and the CDC?
  • How would we operate during this unusual summer?
  • Most importantly, would campers have the experience we – and you – want them to have?

We did not make this decision quickly. It is based on input from health experts, program leaders, and Music for All’s decades of experience managing a successful camp.

There is hope! The data trends, and information related to the vaccination and mitigation efforts are encouraging. At Music for All, we are busy preparing for an exciting Bands of America Championship season this fall with 24 Regionals, Super Regionals, and the Grand National Championships.

We are also working on virtual summer learning experiences that will offer engaging and meaningful earning offerings. Stay tuned for those details in the coming weeks. You can sign up for updates at camp.musicforall.org.

On behalf of all of us at Music for All, I hope you have a safe and successful finish to this school year. We hope to see you at Bands of America this fall, and at our summer offerings in a few months!

Sign up to get notifications and updates on 2021 virtual summer learning experiences from Music for All and Bands of America.

New Performing Arts Center Benefits Entire Community

Before becoming the renowned performing arts and STEM school that it is today, I.M. Terrell High School was a secondary school located in Fort Worth, Texas. The school opened in 1882 as the city's first public school for black students, during the era of formal segregation in the United States. The school was renamed I.M Terrell High School in 1921, in honor of the former principal. Under the legacy of G. A. Baxter, the music program in the mid-20th century produced many of the prominent jazz and rhythm and blues musicians of that era.

Since then, the school has been through extensive remodeling and expansions and is now the home of the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and Visual and Performing Arts).

The campus combines the original historic school building with a new 65,000-square-foot performing arts center (PAC), connected by a unifying courtyard. It sits atop a hill with beautiful downtown views and is a beacon for the District and the community.

The PAC, featuring a 900-seat theatre, was a focal point, built to serve the many students focused on theatre, music, and other fine arts within the school, but to also serve the surrounding community.

The PAC expansion team included the school’s administration, Corgan Architects, WJHW Theatre Consultants, Batts Audio, Video and Lighting, Turner Construction and Wenger Corporation.

A New PAC

Wenger Photo 2It was important to preserve the historical nature of the century-old school everywhere except the new performing arts center. The new center would house the latest technology and top-notch equipment to best serve the needs of the variety of performances held there.

“We have other performance venues in Fort Worth, but this would be the perfect size not only for the school but for the district and the community. We have various arts organizations that are always looking for affordable space,” said Christina Walk, Head of Visual and Performing Arts at I.M. Terrell.  “We worked with community partners who all agreed that the acoustics were important to make every type of performance sound great.”

“We met with all of the different groups who would be using the space,” explained Jason Mellard, Architect with Corgan. “We talked with every teacher, fine arts directors, music directors and anyone to make sure we met their needs.”

WJHW recommended installing a Wenger Diva® Acoustical Shell with a maple veneer finish. The shell has ten towers and three rows of ceilings.

“We coordinated and communicated frequently with the theatre consultants and structural and mechanical engineers,” Mellard said. “We needed to make sure we supported the weight properly, provided power where it needed to be, and coordinated with the contractor to ensure conditions were correct before installing the shell. There’s always that nitty-gritty detail of the specific dimensions to ensure everything lines up perfectly.”

“The shell can be set up in any configuration very quickly and very safely,” said Director of Dance and Theatre with the Fort Worth Independent School District. He loves having a new space with the latest technology to use at the school and share with the community. “To be able to tuck those large units up into the fly loft when not in use is pretty amazing.”

As the shell was being designed, Mark Batts, CEO of Batts Audio, Video and Lighting (AVL) suggested the move away from incandescent lighting. He recommended multi-colored lighting in and around the stage area.

“Being able to bring them multi-colored LEDs made an impact, Batts said. “One of the first performances they hosted in that space was the United States Air Force Band. The combination of the color and some moving heads that we installed provided an extra bit of flare.”

Batts says they also installed accent strips that provide another unique element.

“I love having the opportunity to bring those fun things into spaces,” he said. “You want your client to say, ‘Wow, I’ve only seen this on Broadway.’ That’s your highest compliment.”

Batts also managed the theatre’s rigging, choosing J.R. Clancy products across the board. They installed three Titan® Hoists, 28 PowerLift® Hoists, a fire curtain line shaft hoist, and a SceneControl 15 with a remote operating pendant.

“We really appreciated that Wenger was very deliberate in making sure we knew how things worked,” said Tim Brendler, Head of the Visual and Performing Arts Department. “Our entire team appreciated that they walked us through every element and possible configuration. The flexibility that it affords us is wonderful.”

The stage includes a custom-designed STRATA® Orchestra Pit Filler, which can be quickly installed with only a small crew. It provides strong support above and open space below with an innovative column-beam design. The acoustically dampened decks fit snugly against the stage to create an extremely quiet, integrated surface.

Black Box Theatre

A Black Box Theatre provides a separate, smaller performance space where Wenger’s StageTek® Seated Risers and Staging equipment can be configured in a variety of ways. There is also a portable sound system with different places to plug in the speakers and LED lighting with a dimmer rack to set the mood for any given performance.

“We can host a larger audience by placing seated risers around the entire room and then performing in the round,” Brendler said. They have hosted robotics competitions and small theatre productions, too. Similar to the shell in the theatre, he says the flexibility of the risers is key.

“It’s great to have so many different levels,” he said. “When hosting show choir competitions, it is great to be able to quickly and easily manipulate the configuration.”

Rooms to Make Music

Wenger PhotoThe new wing also included band, orchestra, and choral rooms.

The band room houses Wenger Nota® chairs and Roughneck music stands, AcoustiCabinets® that line the walls for instrument storage, and four Soundlok® Sound Isolation Rooms with VAE® technology for individuals and small groups to practice.

The rooms are 25 percent quieter than others and have the correct amount of absorption and diffusion so the musician can clearly hear the best possible sound. Virtual acoustics allow students to hear themselves play in different performance spaces and get immediate feedback with record/playback during the practice session.

“When the students are in school, those rooms are used all day every day,” explained Brendler. “They give the students a safe space where they can practice in private. The record, playback, and other capabilities are fun and give them extra incentive to get their practice time in.”

There are already plans to add instrument repair and piano tuning classes which could be held in the ensemble rooms.

The nearby choral room includes a whiteboard for teacher notes, Nota chairs, StageTek risers, Rack ‘N Roll® Garment Racks, four more Soundlok Sound Isolation Rooms, and eight music library units.

Sound and video systems in the choral and band rooms have integrated processors connecting them with each other as well as the auditorium. If they host a large program or competition, the performers waiting in the band room can hear and see what’s happening in the auditorium to gauge when it’s their turn to perform.

“Everyone loves these rooms dedicated to the band, orchestra, and choir,” said Walk. “They were well designed, and the windows offer spectacular views of downtown Fort Worth.”

Rave Reviews

The new PAC is stunning and impressive by all accounts. Wide hallways lead to generous specialty classrooms with all of the latest technology and useful equipment. Everything about it is impressive.

“The community loves it. The symphony plays there, the opera plays there and the Texas Ballet Theater plans to return with their annual Nutcracker performance. When it opened, it was always packed and has made a tremendous difference for the district and the community,” said Mellard.

“The Diva shell and the variety of spaces enable us to do what we love: collaborate to a higher degree at a professional level,” said Brendler.

And the extra effort to get the sound right was well worth it.

“Everyone loves this space,” said Walk. “If it didn’t have excellent acoustics, it wouldn’t have been worth building. In this hall, everything sounds great.”

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