Music for All loves Time for Three! Zach DePue, Nick Kendall and Ranaan Meyer are not only amazing musicians, they are incredible people. We've had the pleasure of having Time for Three perform at our Music for All Summer Symposium, and, most recently, Nick and Ranaan were artists-in-residence at this past June's Summer Symposium String camp.
Now they are working on their first music video, with a top-shelf crew lead by the very experienced Brian Lazzaro who's directed music videos for Pink, Rilo Kiley, Rooney... and the list goes on.
But here's the deal: they can't begin shooting the video until they raise the funds for the project, by the start of the scheduled shoot in LA on August 26th.
The idea is very cool, online they say: "The music video we're making follows a young boy (age 10-14, we're still casting) who is passionate about playing the violin but is bullied at school for not fitting in. He goes to one of our concerts with other kids from the orchestra and is inspired by our show. A chance encounter with us backstage and a few encouraging words give him the confidence to sign up for the school talent competition. After overcoming his stage fright and channeling the support he received from his teachers and the band, he gives a performance of our song and brings the house down."
Let's help! Check out Time for Three's music video project page now, and see how you can play a part.
from Deb Laferty Asbill, Music for All
Congratulations to the ensembles that have been invited to perform at the 2012 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, March 15-17 in Indianapolis. Ensembles were invited following a recorded audition process, evaluated by a panel of music educators.
School and Ensemble, City, State, Director
I've tried for a couple of days to come up with the right words to express my sadness at the passing of Chuck Campbell. Mr. Campbell died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday, July 30, 2011, after a four month valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.
As a high school student at Rowan County High School in Morehead, Kentucky, I admired Mr. Campbell's work with the George Rogers Clark H.S. band (GRC!). I enjoyed getting to know and work with Chuck on a professional level when I came to Bands of America in 1985, and his work with the North Hardin bands and as an adjudicator and clinician across the nation.
There was no classier gentleman or more passionate music educator than Chuck. He will be greatly missed and my thoughts, as well as my Music for All colleagues' thoughts, are with his family and friends.
Thank you, Chuck, for your decades of creating positively life-changing experiences through your music and teaching.
- Debbie Laferty Asbill
Please see this information below from SchoolJam USA, brought to you by our friends at NAMM:
Third Annual SchoolJam USA Program to Award More Than $50,000 in Cash and Prizes to Teen Bands and Their Local School Music Programs
This battle of rising stars is produced by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), and its promotional sponsors NAfME: the National Association for Music Education, School of Rock, SchoolJam Germany, Music for All, TakeLessons.com, Drum Corps International, In Tune Monthly, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, Vans Warped Tour and Channel One News. The competition highlights quality musical teen talent, gathers students to support music and the arts, provides funding for school music programs, and promotes active participation in school music programs.
Unsigned teen musicians between the ages of 13 and 19, with the majority of band members currently registered in a U.S. middle or high school, are eligible to participate and apply from Aug. 1 to Oct. 21, 2011. Bands can perform any genre of music but the song must be original content or designated as "public domain." To view full competition rules and regulations, and for information about how to apply, visit www.schooljamusa.com.
From Nov. 1 to Nov. 30, 2011, participating bands' submissions will be posted on the SchoolJam USA website, where online voting will be open to the public. Eight finalist bands will be chosen by a combination of the public vote and by a panel of musical professionals. On Jan. 21, during the weekend of the world-famous NAMM Show, the top-ranking eight finalists will take the big stage in the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, Calif., and perform live in front of a panel of professional judges and hundreds of fans for the chance to take the title of "Best Teen Band in the USA." The winning band will walk away with the grand prize trip of a lifetime to perform at the original SchoolJam festival in Frankfurt, Germany, as well as receive a private music video recording session on the John Lennon Educational Bus, $1,000 toward the purchase of new gear and $5,000 for their school music programs.
"NAMM is looking forward to crowning the next SchoolJam USA champion at our show in Anaheim," said Joe Lamond, president and CEO, NAMM. "So right now, we encourage all of the teen bands out there to take their shot at greatness by entering this competition and adding recognition to the list of benefits they get from playing music."
SchoolJam is an established music initiative, originally developed by MM MusikMedia Germany to promote popular and rock music in schools throughout Germany. The program has provided thousands of music-loving young adults with the opportunity to perform and network with their peers, increasing their love for playing music and encouraging them to become active musicians.
The National Association of Music Merchants, commonly called NAMM in reference to the organization's popular NAMM trade shows, is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $17 billion global musical instruments and products industry. NAMM is the sponsor of the Wanna Play? campaign, a public awareness initiative designed to get more people connected with the proven benefits of playing music. For more information about Wanna Play?, please visit www.wannaplaymusic.com. For more information about NAMM, please visit www.namm.org.
The SWAG Team is a special group of volunteers who give their talent and time at the MFA Summer Symposium to ensure the best possible experience for students and directors. The Inaugural SWAG Scholarship was awarded at the 2011 Summer Symposium to Fiona McGowan, a senior music education and German major at the University of Dayton. McGowan has served as a SWAG for the last three years and was a student participant at the 2006 Symposium. Anmol Mehra, SWAG alumnus, created the $1,000 scholarship to support an exceptional SWAG with college tuition. The scholarship recipient was chosen based on exemplary leadership skills, academic excellence, service to others and a commitment and passion for music and arts education.
Congratulations, Fiona and thank you, Anmol!
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If you're a college student currently majoring in music education (undergraduate or graduate level), you can attend the 2011 DCI World Championship Semifinals as our guest! You'll experience the event inside and out, beginning the day with a special educational workshop led by author and professional speaker Fran Kick. Following this workshop, you'll get a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium, experience drum corps in their warm-up setting and more, all before watching the Semifinals performances from reserved seating! This opportunity is also available to NAfME collegiate members and 2010 DCI alumni.
Space is limited and only offered on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP is required. Watch for information on MFA's Grand National Championships music education major event in upcoming MFA eNewsletters.
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The Patrick John Hughes Parent/Booster Award annually recognizes the extraordinary commitment, dedication, support and sacrifice of music parents and boosters around the world by shining a spotlight on an individual who exemplifies these qualities. All current, active parents, boosters or supporters of any scholastic music education program are eligible for nomination (nominees do not have to be affiliated with Bands of America or Music for All participating bands). Former or inactive parents, boosters and supporters of Bands of America and Music for All participating programs may also be nominated. The 2011 recipient will be recognized during an awards ceremony at the BOA Grand National Championships in Indianapolis.
Music for All will be exhibiting at Get IndyVolved tomorrow (Tuesday, July 19) from 6-8 p.m. at the Indianapolis City Market. We'd love to see you - stop by and say hello if you're attending! In fact, if you stop by and tell us you read this blog post, we'll give you a complimentary MFA bracelet (or two)!
IndyHub's 6th annual Get IndyVolved will showcase dozens of Indianapolis organizations and is geared specifically toward 20- and 30- somethings looking for places to plug into the city. It's a casual affair - attendees stop by after work and chat with peers representing groups they're involved with. The 2010 event drew a crowd of more than 400 attendees + 72 exhibitors! The 2011 Get IndyVolved is presented by Frost Brown Todd, with additional support from the Indianapolis City Market.
For more information and to RSVP, visit the Get IndyVolved Facebook page found here.
For more information about IndyHub, visit their website.
Music for All's email marketing efforts, working with our Strategic Partner Delivra, are in the news this week. Read about how MFA's marketing team uses email to communicate with friends and fans in a more targeted way about the information that most interests them.
The third annual Jazz Education Network Conference, January 4-7, Louisville, KY, is calling for submission of research papers related to the conference theme, Developing Tomorrow's Jazz Audiences Today!
The Jazz Education Network is a Strategic Partner of Music for All. Read the complete information and submission guidelines.
It’s hard to believe that the 2011 Summer Symposium is over. Today, I’m writing from a much quieter space – my cubicle at the Music for All office in Indianapolis. It’s good to be home, and I was thrilled to see my family again. But, I also find myself feeling nostalgic, and the quiet of our office is a stark contrast to the music, laughter, hustle and bustle that was all around at camp.
Symposium was a positively life-changing experience for me, and I hope it was for all participants as well. Even though this was my third Symposium, it’s still always amazing for me to see so many musicians and music-enthusiasts gathered on one campus for the purpose of celebrating and learning about the power of music and music education. Music holds a very special place in my heart, and it is truly satisfying to see what so many musicians can do when given a week to rehearse and perform together. The final performances on Saturday were a true testament to all the hard work the students put in over the course of the week.
Saturday and Sunday were quite busy so today has been my first chance to take a deep breath and really reflect on what I experienced last week at Summer Symposium. Last night, I took a moment to watch the Symposium Highlight video montage a second time. (You can find it here if you haven’t had a chance to view this video yet.) It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces, and I find myself already looking forward to next year’s Symposium. Seeing students experience life-changing musical experiences is reenergizing and revitalizing – it reminds me why I do what I do, and why music education is so important.
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 2012 Symposium. I hope to see you there.
Until next year,
We’ve reached the final day of Summer Symposium, and even though it’s early, it has been a busy morning already!
The morning started with a Parent Breakfast at 7 a.m. at The Atrium. Shortly after breakfast, parents and family members participated in a session about their child’s experience at Symposium and what to expect upon returning home. This session also gave family the opportunity to participate in a special session with Fran Kick, Leadership Division Coordinator.
At 9 a.m., the final performances will begin! From 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., the Concert Band, Orchestra, Percussion and Jazz performances will run concurrently on campus. The Concert Band and Orchestra performances will take place in the Music Instruction Building – Sursa Hall. The Jazz performances will take place in Pruis Hall, starting at 10:00 a.m. These concerts provide students with the opportunity to showcase what they’ve learned this week for friends and family.
At 11:30 a.m., the Community Day Picnic will take place on the Quad. Families will enjoy the opportunity to relax a bit and grab a bite to eat before afternoon performances. And, it looks like a gorgeous, sunny day so hopefully families will have a chance to soak up some sun!
Afternoon performances from the Color Guard, Marching Percussion, and Marching Band will take place, as will the Drum Major March Off. All these performances will take place in Scheumann Stadium.
Speaking of Scheumann Stadium, the DCI show was last night. What a great night! The show featured some of the world’s best drum and bugle corps - Blue Stars, Carolina Crown, The Cavaliers, Glassmen, Madison Scouts, Pioneer, Teal Sound and Troopers. Plus, there was a performance by the Center X Productions Summer Symposium Marching Band. The Marching Band Division students marched side-by-side with Carolina Crown, Summer Symposium artists-in-residence. Imagine being able to stand and rehearse shoulder-to-shoulder with the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps! What a great experience for these students.
Campus is buzzing with activity as parents and families are arriving on campus for final performances. I know the performances will be wonderful. It’s hard to believe the week is drawing to a close. Today will be a busy day so I may not have a chance to blog more until early next week, but check back then for an update and wrap up.