If you'll be in Chicago for the Midwest Clinic this week, please come see us at the Music for All booth, Booth #241! Several of our staff will be there to greet you with friendly smiles and hellos, and we will have lots of great materials available, including the 2018 Bands of America Championship Schedule and Application, 2018 Music for All Summer Symposium promotional materials, and application packets for the 2019 Music for All National Festival!

In addition to seeing us at the booth, we hope you'll catch some of these great clinics and presentations that are happening throughout the week. Below is a list of sessions and performances that are being presented by friends of Music for All!


Chat Room
The Focused Rehearsal: Tips for Creating a Climate of Respect
10:30AM - 11:00AM Room W180
Frank Troyka

First Performance: A Beginning Band Demonstration Concert
10:30AM - 11:30AM Room W184
Teresa Hill, Tim Lautzenheiser, Charles Menghini, Mario Moody, Marcia Neel, and Nyle Taylor

Chat Room
"String Crossings" Throughout the Orchestra Program: Strategies and Ideas on Retaining & Recruiting Middle School Orchestra Students to the High School Program
12:30PM - 1:00PM Room W180
Soo Han and Joel Powell

Kell High School Wind Ensemble
1:15PM - 2:15PM Room W375AB
David Roth and Taylor Watts

Good Things Come in Small Packages: Successful Design and Implementation for the Small or Younger Marching Band 
2:30PM - 3:30PM Room W186
Susan Smith

Music Parents Session
4:00PM - 4:30PM Room W181
Tim Lautzenheiser

Clinic - S.H.O.P. TALK
An Innovative Approach for Including Special Education Students in the Instrumental Ensemble 
4:30PM - 5:00PM Room W180
Julie Duty

Cedar Park Winds 
5:00PM - 6:15PM Room W375E
Jeremy Spicer, Jonathan Villela, and Christopher Yee

The Midwest Clinic: Celebrating Musical Excellence Through Diversity 
8:15PM - 9:00PM Room W375 Foyer



Stop, Collaborate, and Listen 
8:15AM - 9:15AM Room W192
Jeremy Clark, Ruth Clark, Katrina Fitzpatrick, and Todd Kelly

Chat Room
Repertoire Selection: The Cornerstone of Our Curriculum
8:30AM - 9:00AM Room W180
James Keene

Chat Room
Yes, You CAN Have it All: A Blueprint for Developing a Comprehensive Band Program
9:00AM - 9:30AM Room W180
Alfred Watkins

Chat Room
Intentionally Inclusive: A Collaborative Approach to Special Education Students and Instrumental Ensembles
10:00AM - 10:30AM Room W180
Julie Duty

Chat Room
Selecting Appropriate Literature for High School Band
10:00AM - 10:30AM Room W180
Randy Greenwell

Doing "Within" When You're Doing "Without!" Practical Scoring Solutions for Small Bands
10:00AM - 11:00AM Room W184
Stephen Cox, Juan Hernandez, Jett Lowrance, and William Owens

Shining a Light on Urban Music Education 
11:30AM - 12:30PM Room W179
Nola Jones

Karel Husa: A Retrospective
1:00PM - 2:00PM Room W185
Frank Battisti, Stephen Peterson, H. Robert Reynolds, Mark Scatterday, Scott Teeple, and Mallory Thompson

Why We Do What We Do: Creating Memorable Masterpieces in a World of Stick Figures 
1:00PM - 2:00PM Room W179
Joel Denton

Music Parents Session
1:30PM - 2:00PM Room W1780
Tim Lautzenheiser



VanderCook College of Music Symphonic Band
8:15AM - 9:30AM Room W375AB
Stacey Larson Dolan and Brian Logan

The Interactive Rehearsal: Empowering Students to Think, Listen, and More 
8:30AM - 9:30AM Room W184
Travis Cross and David Lesser

Jazz New Music Reading Session 
10:30AM - 11:30AM Room W196
J. Richard Dunscomb and Chief Warrant Officer Jac’kel R. Smalls

Strategic Boosters: How to Thrive, Not Survive! 
10:30AM - 11:30AM Room W179
David Vandewalker

Unlocking Creativity Through Focused Repetition 
10:30AM - 11:30AM Room W184
Michael Pote, Richard Saucedo, and Kyle Young

Music Parents Session
11:00AM - 11:30AM Room W180
Tim Lautzenheiser

Chat Room
Why We Do What We Do, and How to Do It Better
12:00PM - 12:30PM Room W180
H. Robert Reynolds

Carmel Middle School Chamber Orchestra 
12:00PM - 12:45PM Room W190
Joel Powell

An Interview with Richard C. Crain 
12:00PM - 1:00PM Room W185
Richard Crain and Tim Lautzenheiser

Chat Room
Some Things I Believe
1:15PM - 1:45PM Room W180
Craig Kirchhoff

Teaching Intonation Creatively for String Orchestra 
4:00PM - 5:00PM Room W184
Jonathan Glawe and Kirk Moss



The Music-Driven Life: An Exploration of the ‘Life-Long’ Learner Phenomenon
10:00AM - 11:00AM Room W183
H. Robert Reynolds and LCDR Adam R. Williamson

We hope you'll check out some of the above sessions, as well as the many other incredible sessions and concerts offered during the Midwest Clinic. A full schedule of clinics, performances and special events can be found at

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 it can be found on the Midwest Clinic website,

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Please join us in congratulating Mark Sternberg on his recent promotion to Events Manager!

Sternberg has been a part of the Music for All events team since 2013, first as an Events Coordinator, and most recently Senior Events Coordinator. Prior to joining the Music for All staff, he was a band director and music teacher in central Indiana for 10 years.

The Event Manager is a key management level position within Music for All’s Events Department. The Events Department at Music for All organizes and executes the events that provide access to scholastic music education and positively life-changing experiences for thousands of middle school and high school students across the nation. The Event Manager reports to the Director of Events, overseeing the operations of each event Music for All coordinates.

“We’re excited to promote Mark and to have him take on this important role at Music for All,” said Laura Blake, Music for All’s Director of Events. “Mark is a driving force in our department. He is a visionary and innovator who lives our mission. I look forward to working with him as he continues to make a positive impact on scholastic music-making”

Mark Sternberg is a graduate of the Music Education program at Butler University, and also earned his Masters in Music Education from Butler.

Congratulations to Mark on this much deserved promotion! We are thrilled that he will continue to help support Music for All's mission to create, provide, and expand postively life-changing experiences through music for all!


Read full press release here

150x185 earnhart2016Former Director of Fine Arts for Arlington, Texas Independent School District and past National Champion band director to lead Music for All staff and operations

Dr. Jeremy L. Earnhart will join Music for All as Chief Operating Officer in January 2018. As COO, Dr. Earnhart will be a member of Music for All’s executive leadership team and oversee Music for All’s programs and events and their implementation by its 30 full and part-time employees.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Music for All, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 educational organization that annually presents more than 30 scholastic music and arts education programs and events across America and is a voice advocating for student participation and access to music and arts education.

Dr. Earnhart has been the Director of Fine Arts for the Arlington (Texas) Independent School District (AISD) since 2013. Educating over 63,000 students, AISD provides world-class musical, visual, and kinesthetic arts programs. From 2009-2013 he was Director of Fine Arts for the Irving ISD, Texas, where student participation in secondary fine arts increased by over 40%.

Dr. Earnhart has a long association with Music for All, scholastic music teaching, and administration. He is a member of Music for All’s Board of Directors, and has adjudicated numerous Music for All/Bands of America programs and events.

Dr. Earnhart was director of the 2007 Bands of America Grand National Champion and 2004 UIL Texas State Champion L.D. Bell High School Band, and served on L.D. Bell’s faculty from 1998-2009. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music Education, holds certifications in International Baccalaureate Music, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Dallas Baptist University.

“Dr. Earnhart is a respected music professional and experienced educator, whose belief in and support of Music for All has been invaluable,” says Gayl Doster, Chairman of the Board of Music for All. “His successes as an administrator during his tenure with Arlington ISD bring his expertise in advocating for music and arts education to Music for All’s operations.”

“Jeremy will bring unprecedented skills and value to Music for All,” added Eric Martin, Music for All’s President and CEO, “supporting its mission in the design and operation of the programs and events that provide ‘positively life-changing’ experiences for our participants, model success, and advocate and advance the cause of scholastic music education and local, state, and national commitments.”

During Dr. Earnhart’s tenure with the AISD, it increased secondary performing arts participation by 22%, in part through passing a historic $663.1 million bond package which led with Fine Arts initiatives including building a District-wide Fine Arts Center, establishing two Fine Arts & Dual Language Elementary Academies, creating acoustically appropriate strings classrooms for all 54 elementary schools, and allocation of $9.8 million for instruments and uniforms to remove barriers and promote student access. In addition to creation of the Arts & Language Academies, Dr. Earnhart led District efforts supporting student success including establishing a partnership with the University of North Texas for Dual Credit Music and creation of the nation's first public/private partnership course in Musical Instrument Repair with Music & Arts. With the Arlington High School Orchestra, AISD also began the first Texas chapter of United Sound, providing musical performance experiences through peer mentorship for students with special needs, a program sponsored and supported by Music for All.

Raised on New York’s Long Island – son of a band director and special education teacher – Dr. Earnhart has always been immersed in music and education. Skills developed as an all-state trumpet player led to study at the University of North Texas with Dr. Leonard Candelaria and performance in top concert ensembles under Eugene Corporon and Dennis Fisher, and the 2 o’clock Lab Band under James Riggs. Teaching private lessons at L.D. Bell H.S. led to band directing, to Bands of America, and being named the Texas Outstanding Young Bandmaster by Phi Beta Mu, the International Bandmasters Fraternity. Dr. Earnhart will relocate to Indiana with his wife Gwendolyn, an elementary music teacher, and their daughter Kierstyn.

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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!


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.


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

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

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

FJM Family Scholarship Alexis Kilgore

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

FJM Memorial Scholarship Matthew Waggoner

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.


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


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.

Greg Hooper ParentBooster

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


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.