Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Don't Miss These Sessions at TMEA This Week

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If you're heading to San Antonio for TMEA this week, we hope you'll stop by the Music for All booth #5077. We will have the 2017 Bands of America Championship Schedule and Application, 2017 Music for All Summer Symposium promotional materials, and application packets for the 2018 Music for All National Festival! (and of course a lot of smiles and hellos for all of our friends!)

In addition to stopping by to see us, we hope you'll catch some of these great clinics and presentations that are happening throughout the week. We've compiled a list below of sessions that are being presented by friends of Music for All!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Collegiate Texas Music Educators (CTME) Leadership Summit
6:00 p.m. - 9:00p.m. 
Marriott RW Salon ABC
Tim Lautzenheiser

Thursday, February 9, 2017

KEYNOTE: The Dreams of Our Founding Fathers and What They Mean for Music Education
8:30 a.m.
Lila Cockrell Theater
Bob Morrison

Q&A with Bob Morrison
10:00a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
CC 305
Bob Morrison

If I Knew Then What I Know Now
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
CC Stars at Night Ballroom 1-2
Tim Lautzenheiser

Marketing Your Music Program
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
CC 224
James Stephens

Using EEi for Student Self-Evaluation and Accountability
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Product Showcase #3
Steve Smith and Richard Saucedo

Friday, February 10, 2017

Recruit, Retain, and Train Your Low Brass
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
CC 221
Thomas Bough

Warm-up and Ensemble Development Exercises That Work
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Product Showcase #1
Peter Boonshaft

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Passion in Music Education: Teaching to the Goosebumps!
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Grand Hyatt Texas Ballroom
Richard Saucedo

25 Things You Can Do Tomorrow to Improve Your Ensemble
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Grand Hyatt Texas Ballroom
Peter Boonshaft

We hope you'll check out one of the above sessions, and many of the other sessions and incredible concerts during TMEA. For a full schedule visit Clinic times may change from when we gathered the information listed above, so make sure that you check the official schedule before you head to a session.

Glass Bowl

Toledo Regional Announcement:

We are proud to announce that we have officially confirmed The Glass Bowl at the University of Toledo for the 2017 Fall Marching Band Championship season.

The Regional Championship will be on Saturday, September 23rd.

We hope to see you there for the always-competitive Regional Championship at Toledo!

BBT Field

Winston-Salem Announcement: 

We are proud to announce we have officially confirmed BB&T Stadium at Wake Forest University, This will mark the fourth year being at this phenomenal stadium.

The Regional Championship will be on Saturday October 14th.

Mark your calendars and we hope to see you at the Regional Championship at Winston-Salem!

Band Directors: There's still time to enroll for these two regionals (as well as others, check out the Full Schedule here).


Two stadiums will be a familiar site as Music for All confirms The Glass Bowl (Toledo Regional) and BB&T Field (Winston-Salem Regional) for the 2017 Fall Bands of America Championships. Mark your calendars and we will see you this Fall! #boa2017

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The Bands of America Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have had a positively life-changing impact on Music for All’s Bands of America programs, participants, and music education. 2017 inductees were announced during the Finals of the 2016 Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha, Saturday, November 12, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Bruce Burritt, Bands of America adjudicator, long time band director, and Supervisor of Music in New York.

Michael J. Cesario, world championship award-winning visual and uniform designer, educator, and adjudicator.

John Miller, recently retired as the 30-year director of the acclaimed American Fork High School band in Utah.

Music for All will induct these newest members into the Bands of America Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 11, 2017 during the Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis. They will be permanently recognized in the Bands of America Hall of Fame at Music for All’s Indianapolis headquarters, along with all the BOA Hall of Fame members inducted since the first in 2003.

Join us in congratulating these inspiring inductees!


Bands of America Hall of Fame Members

Frank Bischoff
Frank Troyka

Remo D. Belli
Richard L. Saucedo
Mark Jolesch
Dr. Nicholas Valenziano

Eugene Migliaro Corporon
Fred and Marlene Miller
Camilla M. Stasa

James Campbell
Bruce Dinkins
Vic Firth (1930-2015)

Chuck Campbell
Chuck Henson
Stu and Sharon Holzer

Debbie Laferty Asbill
Richard Floyd
Michael Rubino

Anthony Maiello
L. Scott McCormick
H. Robert Reynolds

James F. Keene
Norman Ruebling

Marie Czapinski
Colonel Arnald Gabriel
Alfred Watkins

Gary Green
Michael Kumer
Wayne Markworth

Ray E. Cramer
Gary Markham
George N. Parks (1953-2010)

Greg Bimm
Bob Buckner
Richard and Gayle Crain

Tim Lautzenheiser
Tom McLeRoy (1929–2003)
Kenneth M. Snoeck

Col. Truman W. Crawford (1934–2003)
Frederick Fennell (1914–2004)
L.J. Hancock (1952–2002)
Larry McCormick
John P. Paynter (1929–1996)
Dr. William D. Revelli (1902–1994)

Gayle Ruth Crain, born August 19, 1941, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016. Those who had the privilege to know and work with Mrs. Crain throughout her life know that she is a force of nature – a passionate teacher, supporter, and organizer of that about which she feels most passionately. She is survived by her loving husband Richard, The Woodlands, Texas; and sons Scott, Chris, and Steven, of Texas, and their families.

CrainGayleRichardI don’t remember exactly when I first met Gayle and Richard – it seems to me that they were always part of my life and work history with Bands of America from my earliest times in the late 1980s. It was probably while I was working at one of many Texas Band Association conferences; Gayle served on the Board of the Texas Bandmasters Association Spouses for seven years and is a Past President.

My fondest memories of Gayle are from her work as the coordinating assistant for the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, now the Music for All National Festival. “Coordinating assistant” doesn’t feel to be like the best descriptor for her role in the creation and implementation of the Festival. She and husband Richard were the coordinators of the Festival – putting their hearts, souls, and talents completely into making sure that the Festival, from its launch in 1992 at Northwestern University and beyond, fully realized the vision of Bands of America and the musical icons who were part of its creation. The Festival today remains infused with their high standards, their vision, and the work and care they provided.

For her work on the Festival, as well as her other many contributions to music education, Gayle was inducted, along with Richard, into the Bands of America Hall of Fame in 2005.

On hearing of her passing, Eric Martin, President and CEO of Music for All, wrote: “My heart and prayers are with Richard Crain and his family. There are people, principles and concepts that have defined Music for All and Bands of America for me. Gayle and Richard Crain are amongst those people. Thank you, Gayle, for your quiet and principled witness by example, and to Richard for your leadership, encouragement, mentorship, witness, and, most importantly, friendship.”

My personal memories will always be of working with Gayle side by side (score organizing, anyone?), the sincere hugs “hello” and hearty laughs, no matter how hectic pre-Festival preparations might become.

Gayle’s many accomplishments, honors, and activities make me wonder when she ever found the time to do it all. I’ve included her biography below at the closing of this piece.

For now, I hope everyone who knew her will continue to be inspired by her example of hands-on servant leadership, and that all who read this will keep her family – especially her husband Richard who is one of the kindest and wonderful people I’ve ever known – in their thoughts as they process their loss during this holy season.

Watch Mr. and Mrs. Crain's Bands of America Hall of Fame Induction Video:


The viewing for our new heavenly angel Gayle will be Tuesday evening, December 27 at the Forest Park Funeral Home, 18000 Interstate 45 S, The Woodlands, TX from 6-8 pm.

The funeral service will occur on Wednesday, December 28 at Spring Baptist Church, 633 East Louetta Road, Spring, TX at 2:00 pm. There will be additional viewing time prior to the start of the service.

Richard and the family ask that donations go to a scholarship fund that will be created in Gayle’s name at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, TX, her alma mater, and where she served as Director of Alumni and Alumni president.

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Gayle Ruth Crain, born August 19, 1941, crossed the Jordan Friday, December 23, 2016. She is survived by her loving husband Richard, The Woodlands, TX; sons, Scott and Chris, Kingwood, TX, and Steven, Houston, TX. Daughters-in-laws, Jennifer and Melissa, Terry Polovina; sisters, JoAnn Thompson, Garrison, TX, and Vicki Franze, Welborn, TX; Grandchildren, Lauren, Emily, Joshua, Jacob, Caroline, and EmmaKate; Cousins, Pat Baggerly and Sue O'Bannon, Belton, TX.

Gayle Crain earned the Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a major in Business and a minor in English. She was a member of Alpha Chi Honor Fraternity and Sigma Alpha Business Honor Fraternity and at the commencement was presented with the Outstanding Business Graduate award for having the highest four-year average in Business. She earned the Master of Business Education degree from the University of North Texas with a major in Business and a minor in Education and was a member of the Delta Pi Epsilon business education fraternity there.

Her teaching experience included teaching business subjects as a fulltime instructor at Temple (Junior) College for four years. She was promoted to Director of Financial Aids and Placement shortly before moving to the Houston area. While teaching at TJC, she supervised student teachers at Temple College for the nearby University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and also taught business courses at UMHB in the summer. After graduating from college and teaching only one year, she was asked by the UMHB Education Department to be the sponsoring teacher for a student teacher in her English class during her second year of teaching.

Through the years, Gayle has traveled as a sponsor with band groups to Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Japan. One of the trips was the Texas Baptist All-State Band and Orchestra to the Baptist World Alliance in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Before devoting her life to serving music education organizations with her husband Richard, Gayle Crain taught business, English, and journalism courses at several Texas colleges and secondary schools for 25 years. She was promoted to Chairman of the Business Department of the new Klein Oak High School after teaching at Klein High School for only a few months. She was asked by the principal to assist in interviewing prospective teachers. The department grew from three to eleven teachers during the three years she served as Chairman. She also taught as the Office Administration Cooperative teacher at three high schools in the Belton, Klein, and Spring school districts as she moved with her husband across Texas. For the Office Administration classes, she secured part-time office jobs for her students and visited their supervisors on the job each six weeks for a total of eleven years.
She received the Outstanding Occupational/Technical Teacher award for Spring ISD and was elected to the State Board of the Vocational Office Education Teachers Association of Texas and was elected Secretary of the State Board of the Office Education Teachers Association of Texas. Her administrative experience includes Director of Alumni Affairs at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Director of Financial Aids and Placement at Temple College, and Assistant to the President of two Houston international corporations. In earlier years, she was co-owner of The Apple Tree, an antiques and crafts gift shop with stores in Belton and Salado, Texas, and did all of the accounting for that business.

While serving as the Lambda Theta Chapter Sponsor, Assistant State Advisor, and National Convention Secretary for Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Fraternity for junior colleges, Gayle was named to the Phi Theta Kappa National Hall of Honor. She also was elected President of the Alumni Association of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor for a term of three years, presiding over the Alumni Board meetings and planning and presiding over Homecoming during those years. During her years as a college student, she was elected as an officer of the College Council, the Business Administration Club, and the Luncheon Club, which planned college socials. She also was Elected Miss Temple Junior College. During her two years as a student at Temple Junior College, she was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa honor fraternity and worked as a report writer for the Retail Merchants Association (credit bureau) on a part-time basis. She served as President of the College and Career Class at her church while in college. She began her college experience with a full scholarship from the Kiwanis Club for her first year. She had not applied for the scholarship but was nominated by the principal of her high school.

Gayle Crain served as the Festival Coordinating Assistant for the National Concert Band Festival from its inception in 1991 until 2008, and she was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame in 2005. Gayle served on the Board of the Texas Bandmasters Association Spouses for seven years and is a Past President. She was Associate Executive Secretary for Region IX UIL Music Contests from 1994 to 2006 and has provided bookkeeping and organizational support to the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity since 1977. She was inducted as an honorary member of Phi Beta Mu at the International meeting at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in 2006.

Gayle was named to the Who's Who of Women Executives in the 1989-1990 edition, was included earlier in the Outstanding Young Women of America, received the Spring ISD Achievement award, and received several awards from UMHB, including "The Second Mile Award" for recruiting for the university. She was a speaker at a Charter Day (Homecoming) program, President of the Bell County UMHB Club, a member of the Alumni Board and numerous committees through the years, and Chairman of a major fundraising drive for the university.

She currently serves as the reporter for a monthly newsletter she publishes for the Joyful Age Sunday School Class at Spring Baptist Church. She also is both a reporter for and the editor of the 36-page SALT OF THE EARTH magazine, which is published on a quarterly basis for the Senior Adults departments of the Spring Baptist Church. The spiritual magazine includes both classes' news and individual reporters' devotionals. In past years, she taught children, youth, and adult Sunday School classes, assisted in Vacation Bible School, and was the Bible teacher for a children's choir.

Gayle grew up in a Christian family that included a grandfather who was a minister, a grandmother who was one of the strongest Christians she has ever known, an aunt who was a missionary to Korea, and parents who went with her to Sunday School and church every Sunday and took her to youth meetings. Though she can't remember when she did not believe and she walked the aisle when she was a child, she still went through a time of questioning-not of her God but of her own faith-when she was a young adult. That questioning led her to deeper study and a confirmation of her faith in God the Father, Who created us; God the Son, Who gave His life for us; and God the Holy Spirit, Who lives in us as our conscience and guide. Through the years as a teacher, she witnessed to her students in public schools from the first year she taught in the 1960's through the last year she taught in the 1990's. She believes that God led her to marry her husband of 55 years, Richard Crain, and together they have prayed and sought God's leadership in all walks of their lives. The oldest son is a deacon in the church, the sons' wives are workers in their churches, and the grandchildren who are eleven and nine years old have already prayed to accept Christ and have been baptized. Their five-year-old grandson began quoting scripture and praying out loud when he was four. Though Richard and Gayle lost their home and two cars to Tropical Storm Allyson in 2001 and two of their grandchildren have endured numerous surgeries by ages five and three, God has always been there to see through whatever life holds. The Crain family has indeed been blessed. God is good….all the time.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Investing in the Power of Music

Invest In MFA

More student musicians were impacted by MFA's programming this year than ever and we hope to serve more in 2017. However, as a non-profit, our ability to serve a growing number of students depends on our ability to fund the activities that make it possible. These activities go beyond participation fees, which is why we're asking you to invest in Music for All and the power of music. Will you support our 2017 education and advocacy efforts by investing $10, $15, or $20 today?

Your investment will give us the resources needed to bring the power of music to more students - especially those in underserved communities.


Midwest Blog

If you're heading to Chicago for the Midwest Clinic this week, we hope you'll stop by the Music for All booth #1325. We will have the 2017 Bands of America Championship Schedule and Application, 2017 Music for All Summer Symposium promotional materials, and application packets for the 2018 Music for All National Festival! (and of course a lot of smiles and hellos for all of our friends!)

In addition to stopping by to see us, we hope you'll catch some of these great clinics and presentations that are happening throughout the week. We've compiled a list below of sessions that are being presented by friends of Music for All!


Chat Room: Program Management and Booster Volunteers
11:30AM - 12:00PM Room 375D
David Vandewalker

Clinic: Generation Next
Designing Total Program Success

1:15PM - 2:15PM Room W185
Bobby Lambert and Jeff Young

Clinic: If I Knew Then What I Know Now?
1:15PM - 2:15PM Room W183
Tim Lautzenheiser

Clinic: Inspired Teaching: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue!
1:15PM - 2:15PM Room W184
Peter Boonshaft

Clinic: Directors Icons Panel: Reflections of the Past; Thought About the Future
4:00pm - 5:00pm Room W185
Alfred Watkins, John Casagrande, John Thomson, Paula Crider



Chat Room: The Art of Teaching and Making Music
10:30AM - 11:00AM Room 375D
Richard Floyd

Clinic - Generation Next
Rehearsing the High School Band: Valuable Lessons from Extraordinary Directors
12:00PM - 1:00PM  Room W185
Stephen Meyer, Gary Markham, Roy Holder, Bill Watson, David Vandewalker

Clinic - Music Administration Collaborative
The Dreams of Our Founding Fathers and Creating A World of Music for All
12:00PM - 1:00pm Room W186
Robert Morrison

Clinic: The Dark Side of Tradition: Strategies for Eliminating Hazing and Bullying in the School Band Program
1:30PM - 2:30PM  Room W179
Patrick Dunnigan

Clinic: Finding The Perfect Fit: Beginning Band Recruitment and the Instrument Fitting Process
3:00PM - 4:00PM Room W181
Wendy Higdon



Clinic: An Interview with Colonel Arnald Gabriel
8:30AM - 9:30AM Room W185
Arnald D. Gabriel and Tim Lautzenheiser

Clinic: The Jazz Combo: An Inside View
8:30AM - 9:30AM Room W196
Steve Houghton

Chat Room: Growing the Program in Numbers and Musical Quality
9:00AM - 9:30AM Room 375D
Freddy Martin

Chat Room: Culture Setting
10:30AM - 11:00AM Room 375D
Alfred Watkins

Clinic: Small Schools Initiative
Voicing and Re-voicing YOUR Band's Success!
10:30AM - 11:30AM Room W183
Robert W. Smith

Clinic: The Woman as Band Director: Cultivating Success on and off the Podium
12:00PM - 1:00PM Room W185
Kim Shuttlesworth and Catharine Sinon Bushman, Courtney Snyder, Elizabeth Peterson, Nicki Sawel, Cynthia Johnston Turner

Chat Room: Beginning with Beginners
12:30PM - 1:00PM Room 375D
Cheryl Floyd

Chat Room: Composer Robert W. Smith
2:30PM - 3:00PM Room 375D
Robert W. Smith

Clinic: Marching Band/Concert Band: It's All Band - Using Every Opportunity To Teach Good Fundamental Playing Skills
3:00PM - 4:00PM Room W185
Andrew Seally, Greg Bimm, Joel L. Denton, John Miller, Roy Holder


We hope you'll check out one of the above sessions, and many of the other sessions and incredible concerts during the Midwest Clinic. For a full schedule visit Clinic times may change from when we gathered the information listed above, so make sure that you check the Midwest official schedule before you head to a session. Maybe even check out the newly updated Midwest Clinic app so you can check out the schedule on the go! Information about the app, and how to download, can be found on the Midwest Clinic website.


Here are details on the Visitation and Celebration Services for Tommy Smith of Houston, Texas, beloved Bands of America volunteer.

Visitation Service :
Monday Dec. 5 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. 
Settegast-Kopf Funeral Home
15015 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land TX 77478

Celebration Service:
Tuesday Dec. 6
12 p.m.-1 p.m. Visitation
1 p.m. Celebration Service

Living Word Lutheran Church
3700 South Mason Road
Katy, TX 77450

Reception to follow.

From the family: In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the programs that were most important to Tommy:

Bands Of America
Houston Golf Association
First Tee of Houston
The ARC of Fort Bend County
Carolina Crown
Houston Rodeo Association
Wakeland High School Band

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 Tommy Smith, back row, left, with some of his fellow 2016 Bands of America Grand National Volunteers.

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Congratulations to Mr. Thom Hannum, Associate Director of the Minuteman Marching Band, and the Director of the Marimba Bandand Marimba Ensemble program at the University of Massachusett, who is the 2016 recipient of the George N. Parks Leadership in Music Education award. Mr. Hannum received the award during the opening finals ceremonies at the 2016 Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha on November 12.

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


Thom Hannum has long been regarded as one of the nation’s foremost percussion arrangers, instructors, and clinicians having presented numerous seminars and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Thom teaches at the University of Massachusetts where he serves as the Associate Director of the Minuteman Marching Band, and the Director of the Marimba Band and Marimba Ensemble program. In 2009, Mr. Hannum was recognized by the university, receiving the prestigious Distinguished Teaching Award.

He is a product consultant and clinician for the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company and Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets where he has developed several Signature Series drumsticks and keyboard mallets. Thom is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society where he serves on the Marching Percussion Committee.

Mr. Hannum is currently on the design team and the percussion director for the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. He is also known for his work with the DCI World Champion Cadets of Bergen County and Star of Indiana, and is a member of the design team for the Tony and Emmy Award Winning show "Blast!" In the summer of 2001, Mr. Hannum was selected for induction into the DCI Hall of Fame, and in 2008, was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. Mr. Hannum is also a member of The Cadets and the Crossmen Hall of Fame.

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Prior recipients:

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 Grand Nationals the 2016 Patrick John Hughes Parent Booster award was awarded to Robert Edwards of Fort Mill, SC.


Booster Award

Each year, Music for All honors a band parent, booster, or volunteer who selflessly gives their time and support to a band program. The people we honor come from a variety of different backgrounds, and each has a unique story to tell. However, what they all have in common is that we can truly consider them to be our heroes. For over 30 years, devoted father, grandfather, and husband Robert (Bob) Edwards has been Fort Mill H.S. Band’s hero. Since his three daughters began with the marching band starting in 1983, Mr. Edwards has been a pivotal figure with the program. With a background in engineering, it only makes sense that Mr. Edwards is the primary design and construction coordinator for the props used in Fort Mill Band’s shows. From designing giant Christmas trees to the New York skyline, to flawlessly solving technical issues, his commitment is tireless. Between director changes and campus changes, Mr. Edwards has always remained a constant source of dedication. A former member of the Fort Mill Band revealed that Mr. Edwards is at the school working most of the day on different jobs for the band, and returns later on in the evening to help the other parent volunteers.

Mr. Edwards gives the students a peace of mind and makes sure they are taken care of. His dedication and commitment certainly do not go unnoticed. “He has a certain way of fixing things and building things, and whenever I know he’s worked on props or something for our show, I’m pretty confident it will go pretty smoothly whenever we use them,” a student stated. 

“Bob Edwards is a unique band dad. He has been at this since the 1980s, and you always see him coming here early to set things up. He’s our go-to engineer, and if you need something to be fixed, he’s our guy to call on,” stated one of his grandsons in the band. Yes, you read that correctly. Mr. Edwards doesn’t have just one grandson; he has four that are currently in the Fort Mill Marching Band, with one of them being the head drum major. His commitment extends beyond the marching season, as he has helped repair and build equipment for the indoor percussion and winter guards. Mr. Edwards also helps wherever it is absolutely needed, from replacing door knobs in the band room and repairing instruments, to volunteering at the Fort Mill Playhouse and going on missionary trips with his Church. He has also been a part of a fundraiser since 2012, that helps collect, sort, dismantle and load over 50,000 pounds of scrap metal per year.

Often described as generous, selfless, with an energetic spirit, he is loved by his grandsons and the rest of the students, with whom he has loved and cared
for like they were his own. So to Mr. Edwards, thank you for showing what it means to be dedicated to advocating music for all.

Award Winners Past and Present Mr. Edwards 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.

Adapted to an indoor performance and clinic experience

Due to extreme weather conditions from Typhoon Songda, the Bands of America Regional Championship at Hillsboro on Saturday, October 15 has been adapted to an immersion experience indoors, where bands will perform for each other, receive independent clinics with all judges, and enjoy a Bands of America Leadership Experience with John Pollard and Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser.

The event will be held inside at:

Prairie High School
11311 NE 119th St.
Vancouver, Washington

The Eastside Catholic H.S. and Mead H.S. Marching Bands will present standstill performances of their shows and participate in an immersive clinic and leadership experience.

Parents and fans are welcome to attend the performances and observe the clinics. Spectators will be admitted free of charge - first-come, first-served - on a “space available” basis. Bands of America’s Official Merchandise Company, PepWear, will be onsite with commemorative souvenirs.


11:30 AM - Doors Open

12:00 PM - Eastside Catholic H.S. Marching Band, WA
12:30-1:30 PM - Clinic

2:45 PM - Mead H.S. Marching Band, WA
3:15-4:15 PM - Clinic

Awards Ceremony

4:30-5:30 PM - The Bands of America Leadership Experience with John Pollard and Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

Other bands scheduled to perform were unable to attend due to disallowed school travel, due to the extreme weather.

There will be no live stream of this indoor event.

Music for All thanks Barbara Kujava and Prairie High School for their cooperation and help to move the event. Thanks also to the bands, teachers, staff, parents, and boosters of the bands enrolled in the Bands of America Regional at Hillsboro for their support.