This year, Music for All introduced its newest advocacy initiative - the Advocacy in Action Awards. In the inaugural year of this program, we received a record-setting number of applications representing music programs, schools, and communities across the United States. We are extremely grateful for those who took the time to showcase their advocacy efforts on the national stage by applying for this program.
The Advocacy in Action Awards program is a radically different call to action which collects and shares the best methods to elevate music education in your community. Mark your calendars, the 2018 award recipients will be announced Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Please join us in thanking all of these outstanding programs:
B.E. Mays H.S., GA
Baker H.S., LA
Biloxi H.S., MS
Brighton H.S., MI
Broken Arrow H.S., OK
Buchholz H.S., FL
Burrell School District, PA
Canton Public Schools, MA
Capistrano Valley H.S., CA
Carmel H.S., IN
Castle H.S., IN
Cedar Grove H.S., NJ
Cedar Hill H.S., TX
Centerville H.S., OH
Central M.S., MI
Charlottesville H.S., VA
Creekside M.S., IN
Decatur Central H.S., IN
Desert Hills H.S., UT
Desert Vista H.S., AZ
DuBois Area M.S., PA
East Central H.S., TX
Fishers H.S., IN
Glen Ridge H.S., NJ
Greenwood Community H.S., IN
Haltom H.S., TX
Hastings H.S., MI
Hastings M.S. ,MI
Highland H.S., AZ
Hillcrest Intermediate School, PA
Indian Valley School, OH
Jay County H.S., IN
Jensen Beach H.S., FL
JL Long M.S., TX
John Foster Dulles H.S., TX
John M. Harlan H.S., TX
Lake Hamilton H.S., AR
Lava Ridge Intermediate School, UT
Longwood Central School District, NY
Marshwood M.S., ME
Mater Dei H.S., CA
Morton School District 709, IL
North Cobb H.S., GA
Northbrook Jr H.S., IL
Norwin H.S., PA
Norwin M.S., PA
O'Fallon Township H.S., IL
Open World Learning Community, MN
Orleans Jr./Sr. H.S., IN
Owasso H.S., OK
Princeton City School District, OH
Prosper H.S., TX
Reidland Intermediate School, KY
Rouse H.S., TX
Rowan-Salisbury School System, NC
Spring Valley Academy, CA
St. Francis Prep, NY
St. Ignatius College Prep, IL
Tarpon Springs Leadership Conservatory for the Arts, FL
Vestavia Hills H.S., AL
Wando H.S., SC
Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School, NY
West Brook M.S., NJ
Windsor H.S., NY
Youth Orchestras of Lubbock, TX
The Music for All Foundation awards several scholarships annually. During the Grand National Championships, Finals Opening Ceremonies several students were presented with college tuition scholarship awards. These scholarships were established to contribute to the future of music and music education by honoring the achievements of outstanding graduating seniors who intend to pursue collegiate study as a music major.
Congratulations to Sean Yuxin Chen, Homestead High School in Cupertino, California, award recipient of the $1,000 Yamaha Scholarship. The scholarship was presented by John Wittmann, Director of Artist Relations and Education at Yamaha Corporation of America Band and Orchestra Division.
Congratulations to Paul Nguyen, Mustang High School in Mustang, Oklahoma, award recipient of the $1,000 Fred J. Miller Family Scholarship. The scholarship was presented by Marlene Miller, President and CEO of Fred J. Miller, Incorporated
Congratulations to Isaac Tepperman, Brazoswood High School in Clute, Texas, award recipient of the $2,000 Fred J. Miller Memorial Music Education scholarship. The scholarship was presented by Marlene Miller, President and CEO of Fred J. Miller, Incorporated
Music for All’s efforts to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences include awarding a number of scholarships each year. For more information about Music for All's scholarships click here.
Congratulations to Mr. David LaMorte, Assistant Principal of Visual, Performing, and Career Arts at Tottenville H.S., NY, the 2018 recipient of the George N. Parks Leadership in Music Education award. Mr. LaMorte received the award during the opening finals ceremonies at the 2018 Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha on November 10.
Developed by NAfME, the National Association for Music Education, and Music for All, the award is named for George N. Parks (1953–2010), director of the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1977 until his death, and honors an exemplary music educator who embodies the characteristics and leadership that Mr. Parks personified.
Under Mr. LaMorte's leadership, Tottenville's six bands, three symphonic orchestras, four choruses, training ensembles, and championship marching band enjoy a reputation for musical excellence which is a beacon for New York City and NY State. His symphonic band regularly receives a NYSSMA Gold Rating in Level VI, as do many other of Tottenville's bands, orchestras, and choruses. A professional trombonist as well as conductor, Mr. LaMorte received his education at Montclair State College and the University of Buffalo. He is a recipient of the DaVinci Award; Phi Delta Kappa Leadership in Education Award; City of New York Proclamation Award; Music Educators of New York City Outstanding Service Award; The Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award; and many more.
Mr. LaMorte also serves as Executive Director of the Summer Arts Institute, a special program that attracts gifted New York City music and art students to participate in a summer of rigorous and creative performance endeavors. He is also conductor of the Staten Island Community Band, NYC's longest-running community band. He has conducted at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and throughout the metropolitan area. Fans of classic movies can see a young David LaMorte in the legendary film, "Fame", which was made as his alma mater, the High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan.
Congratulations to Mr. LaMorte and thank you for all you do to help create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences for your students.
2017 Marisa Weinstein
Director of Bands, Warsaw Middle School in Pittsfield, ME
2016 Thom Hannum
Associate Director, Minutemen Marching Band, the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA
2015 Patrick M. Erwin
Director of Bands at Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs, GA
2014 Cynthia Napierkowski
Director of Bands at Salem High School in Salem, MA
2013 Dr. Barry Shepherd
Superintendent of Cabarrus County Schools, NC
2012 Daniel Kirk
Blue Valley West, KS
2011 Dr. Peter Boonshaft
The Patrick John Hughes Parent Booster Award recognizes the extraordinary commitment, dedication, support, and sacrifice of music parents and boosters across the nation by shining a spotlight on a recipient who exemplifies these qualities.
The award is named in honor of Patrick John Hughes, the father of Patrick Henry Hughes. Patrick Henry is a remarkable young man who, despite physical challenges that would seem overwhelming to many, has excelled as a musician and student, singing and playing piano and trumpet with the Louisville Marching and Pep Bands, with the help of his father, who tirelessly maneuvers his son’s wheelchair through the formations with the other 220+ members of the Cardinal Marching Band.
On Friday night during the Grand National Championships, the 2018 Patrick John Hughes Parent Booster award was awarded to Randy Barnett of Blue Springs H.S., MO.
For seventeen years, Randy Barnett has been a volunteer and the cornerstone of the Blue Springs Golden Regiment of Blue Springs H.S. Through the many changes the program has been through, Randy has been a consistent driving force within the band family. With his last child being in the band in 2004, Randy has continued to serve as their key volunteer.
Randy is a veteran of the Vietnam War and his service to our country blends perfectly with his service to the band program. As a supporter of the marching arts, the students are his main focus. He sees the importance of the character development of the students and the lessons the marching arts can teach the youth of today. He’s a shining example of how humanity should be, with his kindness and his can-do attitude. Randy makes tremendous strides to make sure the students of Golden Regiment have everything they need to be successful; from designing and overseeing the repairs and renovations of two trailers for the band to helping the program maximize the space in their band room.
Blue Springs’ band motto is "A Culture of Unstoppable Commitment" and Randy completely embodies that motto. Even though he lives 45 minutes away from Blue Springs, he still makes the drive each way to help the band. He has even attended every performance by the Golden Regiment since 2002, including 24 Bands of America Regional Championships. Randy’s magnanimous nature is apparent, as he once took six days off to travel to California with other truck drivers to pick up props the band had ordered. He did it all with a smile on his face because he knew it needed to be done for the kids.
Highly regarded in his band community, Randy is loved by the students, volunteers, and band director Dr. Allhouse. They believe The Golden Regiment is a better program because of him and future generations will benefit from his selfless actions. He embodies Music for All's mission to "create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all" because of his unity, his selflessness and his amazing attitude. Congratulations Mr. Barnett, thank you for all you do.
Music for All was honored to have guests from the Tournament of Roses® with us at the 2018 Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha.
Through our unique partnership, each fall a Bands of America Grand National Semi-Finalist band is selected to receive an invitation to perform in an upcoming Rose Parade.
Congratulations to Dobyns-Bennett on being selected during the 2018 Grand National Championships! We’ll be cheering you on in the 2020 Rose Parade!
2017 Grand Nationals, an invitation for
2019 Rose Parade
Flower Mound H.S., TX
2016 Grand Nationals, an invitation for
2018 Rose Parade
Ronald Reagan H.S., TX
2015 Grand Nationals, an invitation for
2017 Rose Parade
Broken Arrow H.S., OK
2014 Grand Nationals, an invitation for
2016 Rose Parade
William Mason H.S., OH
2013 Grand Nationals, an invitation for
2015 Rose Parade
Round Rock H.S., TX
2012 Grand Nationals, an invitation for
2014 Rose Parade
Carmel H.S., IN
2011 Grand Nationals, an invitation for
2013 Rose Parade
Broken Arrow H.S., OK
2010 Grand Nationals, an invitation for
2012 Rose Parade
Avon H.S., IN
Since her arrival as Director of Operations in 1989, Camilla Stasa has been a face of Bands of America at its events and music educator conventions where she represents the organization.
On Saturday, October 20, Camilla will become a Voice of Bands of America, when she becomes the first female announcer for a Bands of America Championship, announcing the BOA Regional at the University of Delaware in Newark.
While this is her Bands of America announcing debut, this is not Camilla’s first announcing gig. She has been the Master of Ceremonies at the Chicagoland Invitational Concert Band Festival since 2003. For over 20 years, she has announced the Lake Park Lancer Joust, a high school marching band competition held annually on the campus of Lake Park High School in Roselle, IL. In fall of 2016, Cam had the privilege to announce the 51st Annual State of Illinois Invitational High School Marching Band Championship at Illinois State University.
A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Camilla taught in secondary schools prior to joining Bands of America. She is currently Director of Participant Relations for Music for All. She previously served as Associate Director of Admissions at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago before returning to Music for All and rejoining the staff in its Indianapolis headquarters. In March 2014, Camilla was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame.
All of her colleagues at Music for All wish Camilla the very best as she makes Bands of America history in Delaware – Go for it!
It is our pleasure to announce the 2018 International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) awards Music for All has received.
Headquartered in Boise, ID, the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) is The Premier Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide. The 63rd Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat, presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance was held from October 1-3, 2018 in San Diego, CA.
The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony was held on October 1, where awards were given in 69 different categories. Music for All took home four awards in the Gold Category, four awards in the Silver Category, and one in the Bronze Category.
Best Cover Design: 2018 Grand Nationals program book cover
Best Event/Program with an Event to Benefit a Cause: The Sophie Rinehart Fund
Best Event/Organization E-Newsletter: Music for All e-newsletter
Best Miscellaneous Multimedia: You are Light: Please Stay with Dr. Lynda Hasseler
Best Miscellaneous On-Site Decor: Grand Nationals backdrop banner
Best New Event: National Choir Festival
Best Event/Organization E-Newsletter: The 2018 Daily Buzz
Best Festival/Event Mobile App: Sched at the Music for All Summer Symposium
Best Promotional Brochure: 2018 Summer Symposium
Music for All is grateful that weather conditions allowed completion of nine of 25 scheduled performances during the Preliminary Competition at the Bands of America Regional at Waco, TX. Due to heavy rain, lightning, and a tornado watch in the area, the remaining prelims performances and all of finals were canceled. This decision was made in consultation with participating directors after carefully monitoring weather conditions with the aid of local authorities and the National Weather Service. We would like to thank all involved in ensuring the safety of band members, spectators, and staff during the weather emergency.
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 donating the value of your refund to help offset these expenses. Thank you in advance if you choose to donate the value of your refund. We will provide you with an acknowledgement of your charitable contribution.
Following are Music for All’s policies concerning ticket refunds for the 2018 Waco Regional:
Cooperative Tickets (issued to bands) - No refund
Adult Day-Pass – $21 refund
Discount Day-Pass - $17 refund
Adult Prelims Ticket - $12 refund
Discount Prelims Ticket - $8 refund
To request a refund, please send your name, address, and copy of your ticket to:
Music for All, Inc.
39 W. Jackson Place, Suite 150
Indianapolis, IN 46225
If you choose to donate the value of your refund to Music for All, please indicate this in your request. Refund requests must be received by November 15, 2018 and will be processed by December 31, 2018.
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding our refund policies for the Waco Regional, please do not hesitate to contact us at 800.848.2263.
Posted Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 12:44 PM CT – Due to ongoing inclement weather and for the safety of our participants and spectators, Music for All, in consultation with the participating band directors, has made the decision to cancel the remainder of the Bands of America Regional Championship in Waco, TX.
Please travel safely.
Music for All's official policy for Bands of America events is that tickets are non-refundable, however, Music for All may offer full or partial refunds as appropriate at a later time. Please keep your ticket stub and visit www.musicforall.org next week for further information on possible refunds. Refunds are not available on site.
Waco, TX, Oct. 13 (8:24 a.m. CT) – Performances will resume at the Bands of America Regional Championships at Waco at 9:30 a.m. CT with the Sachse H.S. marching band.
Preliminary performances were suspended earlier due to weather. Any further updates will be posted on the musicforall.org blog and on Facebook and Twitter (Bands of America ).