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The 2016 William D. Revelli Scholarship was awarded to Emma Fell of Thompson High School in Alabaster, Alabama on Saturday, March 10th during the Gala Awards Banquet at the Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Music for All Annual Fund Manager Gregg Puls and scholarship winner Emma Fell

This annual scholarship of $1,000 was created in memory of Dr. William D. Revelli, one of America’s finest and most accomplished conductors, to help one graduating high school senior each year that is performing at the Music for All National Festival study music education at the university level. Each recipient is chosen based upon his or her academic, musical and community service accomplishments, a personal essay written about music education and a nomination from a his or her band director.

Fell is a three-time Honor Band of America member, has been selected for numerous honor bands, district bands, and All State bands. She is the principle horn player for the Thompson High School Wind Ensemble, a section leader for the Marching Southern Sounds, and has even taught herself how to play clarinet to a grade 3 level.

Since each recipient must intend to pursue a degree in music education, this scholarship has become an extension of Music for All’s mission to create, provide, and expand positively live-changing experiences through music for all. Music for All also offers opportunities for students, parents, and directors to perform and improve their musical and leadership skills through its workshops, competitions, festivals, and honor ensembles.

Music for All will continue to offer this scholarship in future years and encourages all qualifying students to apply. The application for next year’s scholarship will be released in late 2016.

March Madness just wrapped up with the men’s and women’s title games. Congratulations to Villanova and UConn. It is a national phenomenon that grabs hold of sports fans as they try to determine who is win and who is out, filling out the perfect bracket, and of course always cheering for the underdog.

There is always a sense of hype and buildup for the NCAA brackets to be announced. The same could be said when we (Music for All) release the Bands of America Marching Championships band lists.

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People begin to talk of who is attending what show. How many Texas bands are coming to Grand Nationals? What new schools have signed up that have never participated in Bands of America? Is there a Midwest band making the trip down south to Atlanta or San Antonio? Will there be another Hawaii band attending a Bands of America show? So many questions, but never any answers. Until now…

We are ready to announce the bands that have applied to be a part of the 2016 Bands of America Marching Championships. But remember, these are lists of ALL bands that have sent in applications, some shows may be over enrolled and include bands that will be waitlisted. 

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Let the debates begin, throw a dart in the dark on predictions, and most of all get excited for another fun-filled season of marching band. #boa2016 is right around the corner!


View the full fall schedule here.

 

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The Bands of America Marching Championships is known year in and year out for having talented students perform at Regionals, Super Regionals, and Grand Nationals. At those events we also have special exhibition performances by university marching bands. Over the years BOA Grand Nationals week has seen the best of the best perform in exhibition including: West Carolina University, Riverside Community College, Jacksonville State University, and many others! 2016 Grand Nationals will be no different as we continue the tradition of iconic collegiate programs.

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Music for All is proud to announce that The Ohio State University Marching Band will perform at the 2016 Grand National Championships. From their signature pre-show formation and tradition of Script Ohio, the playing of “Buckeye Battle Cry” and “Across the Field” (OSU’s fight songs), and their creative drill design, such as their Michael Jackson and Star Wars shows, we are ecstatic to have one of the most publicized marching band programs in mainstream media. Make sure to mark your calendar for November 12th, 2016, as The Ohio State Marching Band will be concluding our Semi-Final performances.

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Make sure to follow The Ohio State University Marching Band on their social media platforms below to stay in the loop on upcoming performances, new videos, and news.

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Facebook: @The Ohio State University Marching Band
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Clips of The Ohio State University Marching Band:

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Music for All is thrilled to share exciting staffing news for three Director-level positions.

Cam Stasa, Bands of America Hall of Fame member who served BOA and Music for All on staff from 1989 to 2010, will return to Music for All as Director of Participant Relations and Special Projects, effective mid-May, 2016. Stasa most recently served as Associate Director of Admissions at Vandercook College of Music in Chicago.


Laura Blake has been promoted to Director of Events, having served as Events Manager since 2013. Blake has been with Music for All in the Indianapolis office since 2005.

Ashlee Walls has been promoted to Director of Advancement and will oversee sponsorships and partnerships, as well as fund development. Walls joined the Music for All staff as Corporate Relations Manager in October 2014.

Music for All will publish a press release soon with more details. Please join us in congratulating these Music for All team members.

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Due to final stadium schedules, Music for All is announcing important schedule changes for both of the California Bands of America Regional Championships.

The Southern California Regional, which was originally scheduled for October 22, is moving to October 29 and will once again be held in Long Beach at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Northern California Regional, which was originally scheduled for October 29 is moving to October 22 and will be held at Spartan Stadium at San Jose State University, a new venue for this regional.

We believe these date changes are necessary so that Music for All can operate both events in venues that are of the quality that Bands of America and Music for All strive to offer those we serve.

There are still opportunities for bands to enroll in either show. You can view the full fall schedule here.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Brackets for Good: Round 1

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All of us at Music for All are extremely excited that we are one of 64 nonprofits selected to participate in the Brackets for Good competition in Indianapolis!

Every March, Brackets for Good hosts an online, bracket-style fundraising tournaments in philanthropic communities around the United States. Participating nonprofit organizations compete to out fundraise their opponents, earn increased exposure, and have a chance to win $10,000 from a generous corporate sponsor.

Brackets for Good Overview

Not only is Brackets for Good a really fun way to fundraise, we are excited about learning more about other nonprofit organizations in our community. And of course, we hope people learn a little bit more about us as well!

The tournament is broken down into the following rounds:

First Round: February 26th – March 4th
Second Round: March 4th – March 11th
Supported Sixteen: March 11th – March 18th
Engaged Eight: March 18th – March 25th
Philanthropic Four: March 25th – March 29th
Championship: March 29th - April 1st

Basically every $1 raised equals a point. Two nonprofits go up against each other, and the nonprofit who raises the most money will advance to the next round! You can see the official bracket here: https://indianapolis.bfg.org/bracket.

Please consider supporting Music for All 

Since this is our first year, we aren't completely sure what to expect. But we are excited to have the opportunity to participate and raise some funds to help give scholarships to students to attend our summer camp, the Music for All Summer Symposium this June at Ball State University. 

Music for All has been providing positively life-changing experiences at its summer camp for 40 years. It’s “America’s Camp:” the national summer learning experience for band and orchestra students, and teachers. We bring together the best faculty, exciting concerts and events, and students from band and orchestra programs from coast-to-coast who share a love of music-making, performance, and student leadership.

Last year 86 full scholarships and 50 partial scholarships were given out for the Summer Symposium. Only 11% of students in 2015 received any type of financial assistance. With your help, we can make camp possible for even more students in 2016! No donation amount is too small. Just think how many dollars could be raised if everyone who has been touched by music, gave up one Starbucks latte this week. The impact would truly be incredible.

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Some of our 2015 Music for All Summer Symposium Scholarship Recipients

The competition begins at 8:00 PM (EST) on Friday, February 26th. Round One will begin at this time, and end at 8:00 PM (EST) on Friday, March 4th.

Click here to donate to Music for All in the Brackets for Good competition!

 

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Music for All has rescheduled the Bands of America Regional Championship that was scheduled for October 8 in North Carolina for October 15, at Wake Forest University.

We'll return with a BOA Championship at Wake Forest for the third consecutive year. The date was originally published as October 8, but after the recent release of Wake Forest's football schedule and home game on that date, the NC Championship was moved to October 15, still at Wake Forest, a date which BOA had on hold.

The Bands of America Championship at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, NC is now confirmed, for October 15. 2016.

We hope to see you at the 2016 Bands of America Regional Championship at Winston-Salem, NC on October 15th.

View Full Fall Schedule here.

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Congratulations to one of our favorite volunteers, Paige Rauschuber, for receiving the Indiana Music Educators Association Outstanding Future Music Educator Award! 

Paige, originally from Louisiana, has been involved in music since she picked up the saxophone in 4th grade. She fell in love with the instrument and practiced every day during recess. In 6th grade her family moved to Indiana and she became a part of Mr. Josh Weirich’s middle school concert band program. Mr. Weirich was also a saxophonist and would often play for the class. 

After witnessing her director's talent and enthusiasm to teach, Paige became inspired to become a music educator herself. Ten years later, Paige is only a few months shy of graduating with a degree in Music Education and plans to impact her students in a similar way. 

The IMEA Outstanding Future Music Educator Award is given annually to a NAfME collegiate member who is nominated by a music instructor for his or her dedication to teaching and involvement in the organization. Paige has been an active member of Butler University's NAfME Collegiate Chapter for four years and has served on the executive board for two. She was nominated for this award by one of her professors, and after filling out an application detailing her involvement with NAfME, her teaching experiences, and the other ways she's given back to music, she was selected for the award.

"I'm incredibly humbled to have received this award and I owe it all to the fantastic music educators that I have had over the years, the teachers who have allowed me to work in their classrooms and have mentored me, as well as my incredible family who have always been extremely supportive of me and my dreams of one day being a music educator," said Paige.

Paige started volunteering with Music for All during her Freshman year of college. She helped coordinate the Music for All National Festival and decided to come back to every other event we've hosted near Indianapolis ever since. During the summers she's spent her time at the Music for All Summer Symposium as a part of the SWAG team, a group of counselors who make sure the camp runs smoothly and all the campers have positively life-changing experiences. In the fall Paige has helped out numerous times with our Indianapolis Super Regional Marching Championship and Grand National Championships. 

"The best part of volunteering with Music for All is the people I have gotten to know and taking part in the wonderful experiences that MFA creates for its students," said Paige. "My favorite memories have been when serving as part of the SWAG team because I remember how the SWAGs at camp impacted me when I attended Summer Symposium as a student and to know that I could have the same impact on someone else is an incredible feeling."

Post-graduation Paige aspires to find a job teaching Elementary General Music. Some of her goals include instilling a love for music like her teachers did, helping them recognize their fullest potential and teaching them the job in pursuing music in life, as either a career or a hobby. 

"There is so much that can be taught through music that extends beyond the four walls of a classroom. I learned so much through my music teachers over the years about leadership, how to treat others, and simply how to live a life that you can look back on and be proud of," said Paige. "If I can do that for my students I will consider myself to be a successful teacher."

We wish Paige the best in her future endeavors and hope that she continues to be a part of the MFA family. 

"I have grown so much as a musician, educator, and person because of Music for All and can honestly say that I would not be who I am today had it not been for this organization."

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Registration is now live for the 2016 Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha, June 27- July 2!

This positively life-changing week-long summer camp is aimed to provide students and directors opportunities to learn from highly regarded music educators from across the nation and boost leadership skills that tailor to success in all areas of life.

Music for All is committed to creating a unique camp experience for every student, offering seven different divisions including:

  • Marching Band
  • Color Guard
  • Percussion
  • Concert Band
  • Orchestra 
  • Jazz Band
  • Drum Major

New to camp this year is a Middle School Concert Band Division! Directors and new music educators are also invited to join us for the Summer Camp Directors' Academy for a week of innovative tailored professional development. 

Lastly, don't miss out on Leadership Weekend on June 25-26, 2016 to "Kick It In" with Fran Kick and other leadership experts. You'll gain skills and strategies to becoming an example for your peers and colleagues. 

You can find more information and register by visiting our new MFA Summer Symposium website at http://camp.musicforall.org/.

The deadline for the Super Saver Discount has been extended to February 29, 2016.

We hope to see you there! If you have further questions, please call Music for All at 800.848.2263.

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Registration is now live for the Festival Directors’ Academy at the 2016 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, March 10-12, in Indianapolis.

Read on for more details, or, if you're ready, you can register now.

This incredible opportunity for current and future music educators offers connection with iconic music educators, and observation of many of the nation’s most outstanding concert ensembles. Directors will have small-group instruction with:

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James Keene
H. Robert Reynolds
Scott Weiss

…as well as networking time with Festival evaluators and performing ensemble directors during special sessions and social events.

You’ll find the link to register today, plus a reminder of the details of this new program and the incredible roster of presenters, on the Festival Directors’ Academy page. The deadline to register is February 15, 2016.

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Music for All National Festival, and the inaugural Festival Directors’ Academy. We hope to see you there! If you have further questions, please call Music for All's Education department staff at 800.848.2263.

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