Congratulations to the master educators who have been selected to serve on the staff of the Bands of America Honor Band in the Rose Parade that will march in the 2021 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

"The response to the call for applications was fantastic, with the largest pool of well-qualified applicants since 2005," says Richard Saucedo, Director of the 2021 Honor Band.

The online application for students to perform in the 2021 Honor Band is now open. 

The 2021 experience for members will be December 27, 2020 through January 3, 2021. The final application deadline is January 15, 2020 but it's not too early to apply. Early decision deadlines are September 15, 2019 and November 1, 2019.

The splendor and excitement of the Rose Parade is an experience of a lifetime for student performers. The Bands of America Honor Band gives students from every high school band program in the country the opportunity to audition for this unforgettable event. 

2021 Staff

Richard L. Saucedo, Director and Music Arranger
David Starnes, Program Director 

Instrumental Staff
Brianna Slone, Kennesaw, GA
Tim Allshouse, Blue Springs, MO
David Lesser, Clovis, CA
Andrew Carr, West Chester, OH
Tanner Smith, Frisco, TX
Cheryl Lee, Overland Park, KS
Jerell Horton, Birmingham, AL
Nolan Jager Loyde, Round Rock, TX
Michael Stone, Lexington, KY

Marching Instructor
Jeff Young, Carmel, IN 

Percussion Staff
Michael McIntosh, Shakopee, MN
Marty Griffin, Toms River, NJ

Colorguard Staff
Lindsey Vento, Blue Springs, MO
John Leonard, Flower Mound, TX

Dance Staff
Samia Mooney, Avon, IN
Aylin Vural, Washington D.C.

After more than eleven years of great impact at Music for All, our Chief Financial Officer Nancy Carlson will be stepping down from that role, and Music for All invites you to participate in our search for our next CFO.

When Nancy Carlson joined Music for All as Chief Financial Officer in 2008, the organization was in need of expert financial guidance to recover from recent years’ losses. Along with the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer Eric Martin, Carlson immediately got to work and implemented a fiscally-responsible cost structure for the organization, strengthened internal controls, and made tough decisions in order to reduce expenses. Thanks to these efforts, Music for All recovered, allowing us to continue serving the mission to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all.

As to the future of the Music for All finance team, while Ms. Carlson has elected to step down from her role as CFO, she will remain with Music for All as Senior Financial Analyst and a source of institutional knowledge for our next CFO. Our Controller, Sarah Loughery, who has made a significant positive impact at Music for All since joining us in 2018, has accepted another position. We congratulate Ms. Loughery and thank her for her service. We now ask for your help in spreading the word and helping identify the next leader of our finance team. This is an exciting time of transition, and our next CFO will have significant influence on the future of Music for All.

Since our merger with Bands of America in 2006, the past decade has been one of growth and maturity for Music for All. We are so much more today than an organization providing positively life-changing experiences to students through events. As we prepare to enter the next stage of the organization’s life, we are working hard to achieve our vision of providing access and opportunity to music-making and addressing issues of equity.

“I am grateful for having had the opportunity to serve through Music for All for many years,” says Eric L. Martin, President and CEO. “As we draw nearer to our half century mark, we are looking for people for not only their skill sets, but also to play a role in serving our mission and vision to provide equity and opportunity for all Americans.”

Music for All exists because of students, teachers, schools, and communities who, with support from our donors and sponsors, choose to participate in our educational programming. This is your organization and you are included every time we use the pronoun our. We have a duty to inform you of major staffing changes, and we ask that you join us in celebrating the 11+ years of dedicated service of Nancy Carlson as our CFO. Frankly, no position at Music for All is easy, but the rewards of servant leadership (and witnessing the successful outcomes achieved thanks to a laser focus on mission and vision) are worth the effort. With every vacancy we are looking for an expert in his or her field who is also fully committed to Music for All’s mission and vision. Perhaps one of our 1.7 million alumni will become our next CFO. Application information and job description for Music for All Chief Financial Officer can be viewed at

We look forward to seeing over 1,700 of you at the Summer Symposium in a few days, and well over 120,000 of you this Fall! Thank you for being part of the Music for All family.

Please join us in welcoming Abi Tarnow to the Marketing Team as Marketing Coordinator!

Abi is a graduate of IUPUI with a degree in Visual Communication Design and Certificate in Pre-Art Therapy. While at IUPUI, Abi was a member of Sigma Kappa Kappa-Psi Chapter, Jagathon Dance Marathon Marketing Committee, and AIGA, where she held leadership positions. Tarnow was a Graphic Design and Multimedia intern at Alpha Chi Omega National Headquarters and she does freelance graphic design in her free time. Over the past five years, Abi has taught color guard and indoor percussion around Indiana. Most recently, Abi served as the Marketing Intern at Music for All in the Spring of 2019.

"We are pleased to welcome Abi to Music for All," says Debbie Laferty Asbill, Music for All Vice President of Marketing and Communications. "With her passion for music education and her talents in design and messaging she will be a wonderful part of our marketing team who works every day to fulfill Music for All's mission to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all."

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Music for All, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 educational organization that presents more than 45 programs and events across America annually and is a voice advocating for music and arts education in all scholastic environments.


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Student Success From Day One

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Vandoren Editorial Image JUNOVandoren has been the preferred reed of professionals since 1905. However, during much of this time beginning students have often had to resort to inexpensive, lower quality reeds to save money. With Vandoren’s introduction of JUNO reeds in recent years, beginning students are finally able to enjoy that trademark, unparalleled Vandoren quality from their first note at an affordable student price.

Designed specifically for beginners, Vandoren JUNO reeds are designed with a special cut that provides young players with everything they need to hit the ground running – immediate response, easy articulation, and a warm, round sound right from the start. Instead of fighting against their reeds, JUNO allows kids to do what they want to do most – PLAY!

“My students have been very successful on JUNO reeds!  The ease of playing with these reeds allows students to focus on other concepts that we're building upon in rehearsal, without sacrificing quality of sound.” – Chris DiMassimo, beginning and Middle School Band Director

Vandoren is keenly aware of the musical needs of young musicians, and is extremely proud to offer a variety of products appropriate for each stage of their development. Most students who begin with JUNO will move to professional Vandoren reeds as they develop.

JUNO reeds are available for Eb, Bb and bass clarinet as well as soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones.

Learn more

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Above: the "after" photos. See the "before" photos at the bottom of the story.

When Wenger Corporation got the call from a producer at The Ellen DeGeneres Show about participating in a music room makeover to help two local drummers at a Baltimore High School, they simply had to say yes.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show introduced Baltimore drummers Timothy Fletcher and Malik Perry, better known as A1 Chops, to the world. The duo began drumming in high school and decided to take their talents to the streets of Baltimore performing songs with complex drum tricks and popular dance moves. Ellen brought them on her show to perform and show how the two have been giving back to their community along the way.

Wenger partnered with their team to supply a roomful of equipment that converted an old, outdated and disorganized music room into a beautiful, orderly, acoustically superior space. Wenger items now installed include acoustic wall treatments, music chairs, music stands, instrument storage cabinets and conductor’s equipment.

Watch the series and the students’ emotional reactions to the stunning new space on ellentube. The music room makeover portion airs during episodes three and four.

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"Before" the music room makeover.

Savannah Mellichamp of Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina was awarded The Revelli Scholarship on Saturday, March 16 during the Gala Awards Banquet at the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, in Indianapolis.

The Revelli Scholarship is a $1,000 award given annually to a senior who will be attending college as a music major and who is participating in the Music for All National Festival. The scholarship honors the legacy and memory of Dr. William D. Revelli and his vision for music education.

In addition to being an Honor Band of America member and a two-time Summer Symposium participant, Savannah has performed in South Carolina's All State and All Region ensembles for three years. As a drum major at Wando High School, she believes music has shaped her into who she is today and she recognizes that music education changes lives. She looks forward to becoming a music educator!

Congratulations to the 2019 Revelli Scholarship Recipient, Savannah Mellichamp

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

2019 Hall of Fame Members Inducted

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The three newest members of Music for All's Bands of America Hall of Fame were inducted Saturday night, March 16, at the Gala Awards Banquet of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, in Indianapolis, IN.

Gayl W. Doster, Robert W. Smith, and David Starnes were inducted during a ceremony at the 2,800+ guest Festival Banquet in the JW Marriott Grand Ballroom.

Learn more about our four newest Hall of Fame Members from the announcement of the class of 2019, and the Festival Ceremony Hall of Fame videos.

Please join us in welcoming Courtney Richmond to the Finance Team as the Accounts Receivable Clerk!

Courtney is a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in arts management and minors in marketing and music. While at Indiana University, Courtney was a member of the Marching Hundred, Big Red Basketball Band, and Tau Beta Sigma-Rho Chapter, where she held leadership positions. Richmond spent the last two summers working with Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival doing community relations and visual design. Most recently, Courtney served as an Events Intern at Music for All in the Fall of 2018.

"We are so excited to have Courtney join the Accounting Team,” says Sarah Loughery, Music for All Controller. “With her previous experience as an Events Intern and her attention to detail, she is a natural fit to join us as an Accounts Receivable Clerk. We are glad to welcome Courtney back to our family!"

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Music for All, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 educational organization that presents more than 45 programs and events across America annually and is a voice advocating for music and arts education in all scholastic environments.

Jason Max Ferdinand, Conductor of the Oakwood Aeolians has been named Associate Artistic Director of the Music for All National Choir Festival. “I am filled with joy that Jason has accepted this position,” stated Henry Leck, Founding Artistic Director of Music for All Choral Activities. “Jason has a magnificent sense of artistry. His affirming and inspiring heart is truly aligned with the Music for All philosophy of positively life-changing experiences through music.”

Ferdinand, known for his focus to “Execute the all-important crescendo…the crescendo of the human heart,” serves as Chair of the Music Department and Director of Choral Activities at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. A native of Trinidad & Tobago, Ferdinand received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Oakwood University in Piano, the Master of Arts in Choral Conducting from Morgan State University and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting with a minor in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Maryland.

Under the baton of Dr. Ferdinand, the Oakwood Aeolians have won numerous gold medals at the World Choir Games in the United States and South Africa; were named “Choir of the World” at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales, and were the featured choir in Russia as part of the Russia-US Bilateral Presidential Commission on development of cooperation between Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama. During the recent American Choral Directors Conference, the Oakwood Aeolians became a popular featured choir by presenting a program of international music ranging from Bach to Ken Burton’s “Promised Land.”

The Music for All National Choir Festival is for advanced High School and Middle School Choirs who audition for invitation. Held annually in Indianapolis Indiana, the Festival is part of the bigger Music for All National Festival that includes Concert Band, Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble and Chamber Ensembles.

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

In Memoriam: Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt

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It is with an enormous sense of loss that I acknowledge the passing of my colleague and friend Dr. Joe Flummerfelt. I really only got to know Joe well after he moved to Indianapolis, but immediately he felt like a life-long friend. He never took the time a brag about himself or his accomplishments. You sort of had to find out about his greatness indirectly. With his character of humility and calmness he always seemed much more interested in what others were doing or in the music itself. This last year he and I attended a dress rehearsal of Penderecki’s St. Luke Passion at Indiana University. We walked into the quiet, near empty auditorium, sat down …. and almost immediately there was a flock of doctoral choral students surrounding us, each paying tribute and offering their unbridled admiration and thanks to the maestro. He had previously just done a week of seminars. Then as the rehearsal was getting ready to begin. Krzysztof Penderecki and his wife entered and immediately they rushed over to greet their lifelong friend. Little did I know that Joe had been instrumental in the American premiere of the work with Robert Shaw. You could immediately feel the mutual love and respect between these colleagues. Penderecki immediately saw that we had a full score to follow during the rehearsal. We shared the score … commented on various sections and had a very complete musical evening. But I noticed something….. Joe didn’t really need the score. He knew the work. If you want to know about the professional accomplishments of Joe Flummerfelt, you don’t have to look very far. He prepared choruses for the New York Philharmonic and nearly all the great conductors for years. His recordings from Westminster Choir College are a testament to his knowledge of the craft and the art of choral music. As I think of him today I realize we not only suffer the loss of a friend but also his wealth of knowledge, insight and experience.

When it came to starting a new project in Indianapolis… (the Music for All National Choir Festival), Joe was one of our strongest supporters. He loved choral music and loved the idea of creating more choral music in his home city. But he took on the mantle of helping conductors grow. He became a teacher to each conductor by providing a “Conductor’s Critique” experience. Each conductor was video recorded in performance. He created written comments and then met individually with each of them. Almost without exception, the conductors considered it to be a life changing experience. This position at the festival will continue in his honor.

Joe we will miss you, but your friendship, your teaching, your humility, your leadership, and your love for choral music will remain with us always. Thank you my friend.