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INDIANAPOLIS - Music for All has announced the music education leaders who will be inducted into the 2019 Bands of America Hall of Fame: Gayl W. Doster, Robert W. Smith, and David Starnes.

The Bands of America Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have had a positively life-changing impact on Music for All and Bands of America programs, as well as in music education. 2019 members will be inducted at a ceremony during the Gala Awards Banquet of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, on Saturday, March 16 in Indianapolis. Hall of Fame members are permanently recognized at Music for All’s Indianapolis headquarters.

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Gayl W. Doster is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Music for All. Mr. Doster first connected with Music for All as an event volunteer and has served since not only as Chairman of the Board, but as a significant donor along with his wife Beverly. He is the retired President and Chief Operating Officer of Brooks Drug, Inc. Mr. Doster is a graduate of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. While at Indiana University, he was a member of the Marching Hundred and numerous other musical organizations and is a life member of Kappa Kappa Psi. He serves on the Indiana University Eskenazi Museum of Art National Advisory Board and is a board member and Co-Treasurer of the Lawrence Central High School Performing Arts Association. Mr. Doster has been inducted into the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Business and Industry Hall of Fame, is a member of the Indiana University School of Business Alumni Association’s Academy of Alumni Fellows, is the 2009 recipient of the International Festival & Events Association Zambelli Internationale Volunteer of the Year Award, and was awarded the Indiana University Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 2010.

  

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Robert W. Smith is one of the most popular and prolific composers in America today, with more than 800 publications. Mr. Smith’s credits include many compositions and productions in all areas of the music field. His original works for winds and percussion have been programmed by countless military, university, high school, and middle school bands throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America, and Asia, and have become standards for developing bands throughout the world.

Mr. Smith’s music has received extensive airplay on major network television as well as inclusion in multiple motion pictures. As a conductor, clinician and keynote speaker, Mr. Smith has performed throughout North America, Asia, South America, Europe and Australia. Mr. Smith is a long-time member of Music for All’s faculty at the Summer Symposium and Music for All National Festival. He serves as the division coordinator for the Middle School/Young Teacher track of the Directors’ Academy at the Summer Symposium.

Mr. Smith is currently teaching in the Music Industry program at Troy University in Troy, Alabama.

  

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David Starnes is Assistant Professor/Director of Athletic Bands, where he directs the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band and the Symphonic Band. Prior to coming to Western Carolina, Starnes was the founding Director of Bands at Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw, Georgia, where he served for 11 years. His bands performed at Bands of America Championships, earning accolades on the Regional and National level. He is currently a Music for All Educational Consultant for student programs, is the camp director for the Student Divisions of the Summer Symposium, and program director for the Bands of America Honor Band, which appeared in the Tournament of Roses® Parade in Pasadena, California in 2005, 2009, 2013, and 2017, and will appear again in 2021.

Mr. Starnes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. He is sought out nationally and internationally as an adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor and creative designer. He serves as an adjudicator for several state, national and international organizations, including Music for All and Bands of America. He currently serves as Design Advisor for Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps.

 

Congratulations to our 2019 Hall of Fame inductees!

Music for All is grateful that weather conditions allowed completion of the entirety of the Preliminary Competition at the Bands of America Regional at Bedford, TX. We were not as fortunate during Finals. Due to heavy rain and accompanying lightning, a weather delay began during Wakeland High School’s finals performance. After monitoring the storm system with the aid of local authorities and the THOR lightning warning system, the remaining Finals performances were cancelled due to continued severe weather in the area. 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 foregoing any refund, and instead donate the value of your refund in support of these expenses. Thank you in advance if you choose to donate your refund, and we will provide you with an acknowledgement of your charitable contribution.
Following are Music for All’s policies concerning ticket refunds for the 2018 Bedford Regional:
Cooperative Tickets (issued to bands) - No refund
Day-Pass – $9 refund
Adult Finals Ticket - $18 refund
Discount Finals Ticket - $13 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

Alternatively, you may email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or fax your request to 317.524.6200. 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 Bedford Regional, please do not hesitate to contact us at 800.848.2263.

Posted Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 9:26 PM CT – Due to ongoing inclement weather, Music for All has canceled Finals for the Bands of America Regional at Pennington Field in Bedford, TX tonight.

The decision was made for the safety and well being of the participants and spectators.

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.

Preliminary performances will resume at 3:00 p.m. CT, starting with Carroll Senior H.S., TX. Gates will open at 2:15 p.m. CT. For more schedule information visit here.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Weather Delay at BOA Austin, TX

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As of 12:25 p.m. CT performances at the Bands of America Regional in Austin, TX are on a weather delay. We will posts updates when we know what time performances will resume. The safety of the students, spectators, and everyone at the event are our priority.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

New Music for All affiliate marching event

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Music for All is proud to announce our newest affiliate event – and the first Music for All affiliate marching event – the Power Band Classic Invitational Contest, a Music for All Affiliate Marching Band Regional Event in Percy, Arkansas, Saturday, October 13, at Lake Hamilton High School.

This new partnership with the Power Band Classic marks the first “Music for All” affiliate marching band contest. The partnership will enable both organizations to enrich the musical experience of students through the marching arts. Music for All President and CEO Eric Martin will be at the affiliate event, greeting participating bands “at the gate.”

For information about the Power Band Classic Invitational Content, an Affiliate Marching Band Regional of Music for All, please visit: http://www.powerbandofarkansas.org/

For more information about about Music for All schedule of Affiliate Regional Music Festivals, please visit us here.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

2018 Northern California Stadium Confirmed

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We are excited to confirm that the Bands of America Northern California Regional Championship will take place at Diablo Valley College!

For more information on tickets and how to live stream the event, please visit the Regional page.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Music for All Affiliate Choral Festival

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Music for All is proud to announce Georgia Southern University will host its 4th annual Southern Invitational High School Choral Competition and Festival in its second year of collaboration with Music for All.  After reviewing numerous applications and recordings, the music faculty of Georgia Southern will host 15 selected choirs from Georgia and South Carolina on October 18 and 19  in Statesboro, Georgia.

Over 400 students have the opportunity to receive evaluation from and work with master teachers Dr. Kent Hatteberg, Music for All Choral Artistic Committee Member and Director of Choral Activities at University of Louisville; Mr. Ryan Marsh, Music for All ENVOY member and Choral Director at Lafayette High School in Lexington, KY; and Dr. Sara Lynn Baird, Professor Department of Music, College of Liberal Arts, Auburn University.

Dr. Shannon Jeffreys, Director of Choral Activities, and Dr. David Langley, Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Georgia Southern will be joined by vocal/choral faculty to offer private voice instruction and many diverse sessions and activities. Georgia Southern University choral students will perform in concert for participating choirs as they continue to work hard to make memories for the high school students and directors. Dr. Jeffreys stated “We look forward to announcing all of our winners in mid-October and hope they will apply for the Music for All National Choir Festival in 2020!”

As a Music for All Affiliate Festival, each participating choir will receive a scholarship toward application for the 2020 National Choir Festival in Indianapolis where Artistic Director, Henry Leck will be joined by Guest Conductor, Elena Sharkova; Composer in Residence, Rosephanye Powell; Evaluator-Clinicians: Angela Broeker, Rollo Dilworth, Eric Stark, Ly Wilder, Brandon Boyd, Joseph Flummerfelt, Jason Max Ferdinand; and Guest Choir, the Oakwood Aeolians. Visit https://choir.musicforall.org/ for more information on the Music for All National Choir Festival.

Please join us in welcoming Jessica Morgan to the Marketing Department as a Marketing Coordinator!

As Marketing Coordinator, Morgan’s responsibilities include maintaining web, digital, and print materials, assisting with preparation for Music for All’s presence at national conventions, updating and maintaining Bands of America announcer scripts, design, and various marketing projects.

"We are very pleased to have Jessica join Music for All's marketing team," says Debbie Laferty Asbill, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. "Jessica gained experience helping and talking with our participants and supporters in her previous role with Music for All. As part of the marketing team, she now brings that spirit of service and background in marketing to our efforts to promote and share our programming and music education advocacy."

Jessica joined Music for All in February 2018 as the Administrative Assistant/Receptionist. She graduated from Indiana State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Music Business with a focus on Marketing and Product Merchandising. During her collegiate career Jessica served as President of Sigma Alpha Iota, as well as the manager of the ISU Flute Choir. Morgan is originally from Terre Haute, IN and is a proud alumna of Terre Haute North Vigo High School. While attending Terre Haute North, she was highly active in the Music and Theater departments. 

Join us in congratulating Jessica on this much deserved promotion. We are thrilled that she will continue to help support Music for All's mission to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through Music for All!

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Music for All has named Karissa Mills as Administrative Assistant/Receptionist.

Mills joins Music for All full-time after completing a six-month internship with the Advancement Department. During her internship, Mills projects included: sponsorship fulfillment support, donor relations support, grant research, and assisting with the coordination of the Yamaha Directors’ Academy Scholarship program for the 2018 Music for All Summer Symposium. As Administrative Assistant/Receptionist, Mills is the first point of contact for those who visit and call the office. Her responsibilities include general administrative tasks, preparing documents and correspondence, conducting data entry for applications that are received, being attuned of staff schedules, meetings, and travel, and general upkeep of the office.

“We are delighted to have Karissa Mills join the Music for All team,” said Norman Lasiter, Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the CEO and COO. “Relying on solid education and experience in music and business and her passion for the arts, Karissa will contribute meaningfully to our organization and the delivery of its mission. I’m excited to have another “product” of band join the team.”

Mills graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Music Business. She was also a part of the Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity for women, where she served as the Vice President of Ritual and Sergeant-at-Arms.

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