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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?

Jeff Young ssyThe 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

 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Semi-Finals are under way

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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.

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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.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Odd Web Behavior

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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

Music for All is pleased to announce the return of the BOA podcast, Bands of America's Break Ranks! with Dan Potter. Break Ranks features stories and interviews from the 2011 Bands of America Championships. Veteran journalist, radio personality, talk show host and Bands of America (and DCI) announce Dan Potter takes you behind-the-scenes.

You can listen to the first episode now, featuring an interview with Music for All's President and CEO Eric L. Martin.

A note: We're working to get Break Ranks live in iTunes so you can subscribe and download the episodes directly to your computer or mobile devices. The old, 2007-2005 version of Break Ranks currently comes up if you searc for Break Ranks in iTunes. When we get that resolved, I'll let you know so you can subscribe and get the weekly episodes via iTunes.

- Deb Laferty Asbill, Director of Marketing and Communications, Music for All

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

  • American Youth Philharmonic Percussion Ensemble, Annandale, VA, Doug Wallace
  • Buchholz High School Wind Symphony, Gainesville, FL, Alexander Kaminsky
  • Carlton J. Kell High School Percussion Ensemble 1, Marietta, GA, Richard Dietrich
  • Carlton J. Kell High School Percussion Ensemble 2, Marietta, GA, Richard Dietrich
  • Charleston County School for the Arts Middle School Wind Ensemble, North Charleston, SC, Suzanne Reed
  • Conner Middle School Symphonic Band, Hebron, KY, Jim Daughters
  • Desert Vista High School Percussion Ensemble, Phoenix, AZ, Aaron Morales
  • Desert Vista High School Wind Ensemble, Phoenix, AZ, Joshua Thye
  • Fossil Ridge High School Wind Symphony, Fort Collins, CO, Daniel Berard
  • Freedom High School Wind Ensemble, Orlando, FL, Franklin Jennings
  • Freedom High School Percussion Ensemble, Orlando, FL, Franklin Jennings
  • Hill Country Middle School Symphonic Band, Austin, TX, Cheryl Floyd
  • Jefferson Forest High School Wind Symphony, Forest, VA, David Webb
  • Lugoff-Elgin High School Percussion Ensemble, Lugoff, SC, Glenn Price
  • Metamora High School Wind Ensemble, Metamora, IL, Dr. Wally Parks
  • Mt. Lebanon High School Percussion Ensemble, Pittsburgh, PA, Richard Minnotte
  • North Penn High School Wind Ensemble, Lansdale, PA, Michael Britcher
  • Roxbury High School Honors Wind Symphony, Succasunna, NJ, Todd Nichols
  • San Marcos High School Percussion Ensemble, San Marcos, CA, Matthew Armstrong
  • South Lakes High School Wind Ensemble, Reston, VA, Grayson Fore
  • Stephenson High School Wind Ensemble, Stone Mountain, GA, Quentin R. Goins
  • The Colony High School Percussion Ensemble, The Colony, TX, Michael Huestis
  • Union High School Wind Ensemble, Camas, WA, Lewis Norfleet
  • Wheaton North High School Wind Ensemble, Wheaton, IL, Jon Nowaryta
  • Wheeling High School Wind Symphony, Wheeling, IL, Brian Logan
  • Winter Park High School Wind Ensemble, Winter Park, FL, Francis Franqui
Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Remembering Chuck Campbell

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Obit_Chuck_Campbell_for_webI'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.

Here is a newspaper tribute to Mr. Campbell.

Thank you, Chuck, for your decades of creating positively life-changing experiences through your music and teaching.

- Debbie Laferty Asbill

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