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Music for All is proud to be a part of this global celebration of giving. 
Join us in supporting The Sophie Rinehart Fund on #GivingTuesday 2017!

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Created by New York’s 92nd Street Y and United Nations Foundation in 2012, #GivingTuesday is a global holiday that celebrates generosity and kindness by giving to nonprofit organizations all around the world. While Black Friday and Cyber Monday start off the buying season, #GivingTuesday starts off the giving season. 

Please consider joining Music for All this year on #GivingTuesday, November 28, with a donation to The Sophie Rinehart Fund.

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The Sophie Rinehart Fund (“The Sophie Fund”) was established in memory of Sophie Grace Rinehart (1999-2016). The Sophie Fund is an endowed fund of the Music for All Foundation, administered by the Castle High School Music Department of Newburgh, Indiana, and awards funds to further and promote music education for students in Warrick County and Southern Indiana.

The Sophie Rinehart Fund celebrates Sophie’s passion for music and the gift of her talent and kindness to the world. We hope this fund will provide new opportunities for generations of students to come. This permanently endowed fund will provide “forever dollars,” helping to continue Sophie’s passion for music and expanding possibilities for students.

Thank you for considering a contribution this #GivingTuesday as we promote opportunities that were so close to the vision and dreams of the Rinehart family in regards to music and its positive impact on the life of individuals and our nation. 

FlowerMound RoseParadePictured: Flower Mound H.S., TX Drum Majors, and Color Guard captains with Tournament of Roses Representatives: Jim Hahn, Music Advisor and Missy Baiunco-Augustyn, Music Chair.

Music for All was honored to have guests from the Tournament of Roses® with us at the 2017 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 Flower Mound H.S., TX who was selected during the 2017 Grand National Championships! We’ll be cheering you on in the 2019 Rose Parade!

 

Grand National Invited Bands in the Rose Parade

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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

 

 

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 Claire Wilcox, O'Fallon Township High School in O'Fallon, Illinois who was awarded 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. 

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Congratulations to Alexis Kilgore, Ooltewah High School in Ooltewah, Tennessee who was awarded the $1,000 Fred J. Miller Family Scholarship. The scholarship was presented by Marlene Miller, President and CEO of Fred J. Miller, Incorporated

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Congratulations to Matthew Waggoner, Castle High School in Newburgh, Indiana who was awarded 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

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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.

To support future scholarships with a donation click here.

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Congratulations to Ms. Marisa Weinstein, Director of Bands, Warsaw Middle School, Pittsfield, ME, the 2017 recipient of the George N. Parks Leadership in Music Education award. Ms. Weinstein received the award during the opening finals ceremonies at the 2017 Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha on November 11.

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.

Learn more about the George N. Parks Leadership in Education Award

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Marisa Weinstein began teaching at Warsaw Middle School in Pittsfield, Maine nearly three decades ago, and in that time, she has had an immeasurable impact on the students, parents, and community in Pittsfield. In addition to teaching three concert bands, two jazz bands, two general music classes, and two choruses, Ms. Weinstein also facilitates musical performances at several community events throughout the year.

A native of Merritt Island, Florida, Ms. Weinstein began her career at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education. While at UMass, she studied conducting with Malcom W. Rowell and percussion with Dr. Peter Tanner. She served ten years as the Associate Conductor for the Casco Bay Wind Symphony in Portland, ME (1990-2000), and she continues to actively perform, evaluate, and guest conduct throughout the New England area today.

Beyond the classroom, Ms. Weinstein demonstrates her commitment to her school and community in a variety of ways. She has coached multiple middle school sports teams for the last 15 years, she has facilitated student performances at several parades and festivals in Pittsfield, and she volunteers to DJ once a month at every Warsaw Middle School dance throughout the school year. Sharon Littlefield, the principal of Warsaw Middle School, said of Ms. Weinstein: “I would like to say that this ‘music family feeling’ she creates is due to the time she spends instructing her students as musicians, but as you can see her connections extend far beyond her program.”

Ms. Weinstein is an active member of the Maine Music Educators Association, and she has served four terms as the District chairperson. She was presented with the Association’s “Educator of the Year” award in 2013, demonstrating the visibility of her commitment to her students and her community. Both former and current students of Weinstein’s said that not only does she connect with students on a personal level, but she also holds them to high standards of excellence. When asked about how she defines success in her programs, Ms. Weinstein emphasized the importance of taking risks and standing up for what you believe in: “When students are willing to risk failure, they learn more about themselves and develop a greater overall appreciation of and for each other.”

Prior recipients:

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
Hofstra University

 

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 2017 Patrick John Hughes Parent Booster award was awarded to Greg Hooper of Powder Springs, Georgia.

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Successful band programs are made of driven students, passionate teachers, and committed parents and boosters (with those adjectives applying to all). Since 2008, the Patrick John Hughes Parent/Booster Award annually honors a parent, booster, or volunteer who selflessly gives their support and dedication to a band program. The recipients of this award come from different backgrounds, yet are revered as heroes by their programs and make a commitment to keeping the students a priority. That’s 2017 Parent/Booster recipient Greg Hooper’s ideology: “the kids come first.”

A former band member of McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia, Greg has been an active member of the McEachern High School Band Booster Club since 1993 when his first child became a member of the band. As all four of his children were active members of the band, Greg served in a variety of positions such as Co-President and Co-Vice President for the McEachern Band Parent Association and chairing different committees including Equipment, Props, Field Crew/Truck Crew, and Fundraising. He was also McEachern’s trip organizer, heading a trip for the Lord Mayor’s Parade in London. Even long after his children graduated from the band program, he continues to serve as a Props Engineer as he builds and designs the vision of each show. For the past 22 years, Mr. Hooper has served the Cobb County School District as head of the staging crew for the Cobb County High School and Middle School Band and Orchestra Large Group Performance Evaluation. He is also a part of logistical services for the Cobb County Marching Band Exhibition.

Jeff Harper, former Associate Director of Bands at McEachern, says Greg is “thoughtful, helpful, and remarkably selfless with his time.” He commends Greg’s passion for music advocacy and unwavering support for the arts in the Cobb Country School District. Most recently Greg has spent time volunteering as part of the stage crew for Music for All’s Affiliate Southeastern Regional Concert Festival at Georgia State University. He also was an attendee of Music for All’s Summer Symposium Parent Booster Institute, while his daughter attended the Summer Symposium as a student.

Highly regarded in his community and band family, Greg is a strong and inspiring figure to everyone around him. He truly personifies Music for All’s mission “to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all” through his selfless actions of ensuring that students are provided the best musical experiences. To Mr. Greg Hooper, thank you for your dedication to the students.

2017 Past Parent Booster WinnersMr. Hooper pictured with past Parent/Booster Award Winners

Read more about Patrick John Hughes and his family and the Parent/Booster Award and find out how to nominate the exceptional parent or booster in your music program here.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Circle City Drum Circle

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Be a part of creating something big on Friday, November 10 in Indianapolis!

Hundreds of colorful, playful hand drums and hand percussion instruments will be provided for this free, all-inclusive community music-making experience. The Percussive Arts Society, Music for All, Remo Inc., and Bongo Boy Recreational Music Center will host this first-ever collaborative facilitated drum circle. It takes place on the Friday during both the Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha in Lucas Oil Stadium, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, both in downtown Indianapolis.

No musical experience needed to fully enjoy yourself, and connect with your creativity at this fantastic Indianapolis community event! 

Where: Indianapolis Convention Center, Georgia Street Lobby
When: Friday November 10, 7:00 pm
Cost: Free!
Contact: Ed Gaus This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 317-407-1804

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Bands of America is grateful that “Mother Nature” allowed completion of the entirety of the Preliminary Competition at the Dayton Regional and Alabama Regional. We were not as fortunate during Finals. Due to extreme weather conditions, Finals were cancelled before the performances commenced. By rule, the preliminary results became the final results of the competition.

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.

Following are Music for All’s policies concerning ticket refunds for the Dayton Regional and Alabama Regional:
Cooperative Tickets (issued to bands) - No refund
Day-Pass - $9 refund

Adult Finals Ticket - $18 refund

Discount Finals Ticket - $13 refund

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. While we have in the past invited patrons to consider foregoing any refund in support of those expense, this year Music for All invites you to, instead of requesting a refund, consider donating the value of the refund to Music for All’s hurricane and disaster relief efforts. Music for All is collecting donations this fall to help those affected by the recent natural disasters. Donations collected will be made to Heart-to-Heart International to help with their relief efforts. If you choose to donate your refund, Music for All will provide you with an acknowledgement of your charitable contribution for your tax records.

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 fax your request to 317.524.6200 or e-mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 
If you choose to donate the value of your ticket refund to Music for All, please indicate this in your request. Refund requests must be received by November 15, 2017 and will be processed by December 31, 2017.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding our refund policies for the Dayton Regional or Alabama Regional event, please do not hesitate to contact us at 800.848.2263.

Posted Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 6:45 p.m. local time – Due to incoming severe weather, Music for All has canceled Finals for the Bands of America Regional at Dayton, OH.

The decision was made with input from the participating directors, after discussing options, for the safety and well-being of our participants and spectators.

We would like to remind you that Music for All's official policy for Bands of America events is that tickets are non-refundable. If extraordinary circumstances cause the cancellation of an event, Music for All may offer full or partial refunds as appropriate at a later time. Please keep your ticket stub and visit musicforall.org next week for further information on possible refunds. Refunds are not available on site.

Posted Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 5:09 p.m. local time

Due to incoming severe weather, Music for All has canceled Finals for the Bands of America Regional at Jacksonville, AL.

The decision was made with input from the participating directors, after discussing options, for the safety and well-being of our participants and spectators.

Music for All's official policy for Bands of America events is that tickets are non-refundable. If extraordinary circumstances cause the cancellation of an event, 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.

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Please join us in congratulating Erin Fortune on her promotion to Director of Sponsorships!

Erin joined Music for All in 2010 as Participant Relations Coordinator. She takes on the position of Director of Sponsorships after working in Music for All’s marketing department since 2012, most recently as Marketing Manager. Erin helped create and manage Music for All’s award-winning social media presence for Music for All. Her work and leadership led to stronger content and increased traffic to Music for All’s website, new media opportunities that showcase the organization’s positively life-changing programs and events, and creation and deployment of effective e-marketing initiatives and campaigns that annually receive award recognition from the International Festivals and Events Association.

The Director of Sponsorships is a key management level position within Music for All’s Advancement Department. The Advancement Department at Music for All combines and unifies the organization’s efforts to engage and build community with alumni of Music for all programs to secure, facilitate, and manage corporate, governmental, and organizational partnerships. The Director of Sponsorships is responsible for garnering individual, corporate, and institutional philanthropic support that contributes to Music for All’s mission and the success of its operations strategic vision.

“We’re excited to promote Erin and to have her take on this new important role at Music for All,” said Eric Martin, Music for All’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Erin is a mission and vision driven professional who offers and provides great value to our organization, the cause of scholastic music education, and the students, teachers, and communities we serve. I look forward to working with her as she continues to make a difference for students and the bright future they will ensure for America.”

Erin is a graduate of the Music Industry Management program at Michigan’s Ferris State University. Her past experience also includes professional music industry internships at the Percussive Arts Society (Indianapolis) and the Yamaha Corporation of America, Band and Orchestral Division (Buena Park, California).

Congratulations to Erin 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!

 

Read the full press release here.

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