Yamaha Corporation of America
National Presenting Sponsor
Since 1887, when it began producing reed organs, the Yamaha Corporation in Japan has grown to become the world's largest manufacturer of a full line of musical instruments, and a leading producer of audio/visual products, semiconductors and other computer related products, sporting goods, home appliances and furniture, specialty metals, machine tools, and industrial robots. Yamaha owns numerous subsidiaries and affiliates in overseas markets in addition to a number of related companies in Japan. The Yamaha Corporation of America was established in 1960 and offers a full line of musical instruments and audio/visual products to the U.S. market. YCA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, Japan, and is the largest of all global subsidiary companies. Learn more at usa.yamaha.com.
Fred J. Miller, Inc.
Official Uniform Sponsor
For over 55 years, Fred J. Miller, Inc. (FJM) has been in the business of providing quality uniforms. Recognized as a leader in pageantry arts costume design, FJM infuses innovation and creativity in every project, big or small. The FJM production and design team are among the best in the industry. Led by Michael J. Cesario, our craftsmanship has been setting new standards for decades through imaginative and inspiring design. Based on three distinct principles, Visibility, Identity, and Practicality, the FJM difference is obvious to those we serve and those who observe. Today, the standard-setting “Cesario™" uniform is worn by more Bands of America semi-finalists and finalists than all other companies combined. It has become the preference of forward-looking University Bands as well, making FJM the fastest growing band uniform manufacturer in America. Customer service is second to none and an important cornerstone in our business model. Our goal is to offer each and every client the FJM "difference" in everything we do. FJM … The Company That Changed Everything. Learn more at www.fjminc.com.
Music Travel Consultants
Official Student Travel Partner
Since 1987, Music Travel Consultants, led by accomplished band directors, has become first choice for student performing group travel by hearing customers, providing industry-leading on-line services and having professional Tour Escorts direct most trips. Focused on creating custom trips that provide relevant, memorable and rewarding student travel experiences, Indianapolis-based Music Travel successfully partners with customers to do just that, in destinations within the United States and world-wide. Over 165 years combined travel expertise earned in over 68 countries enables Music Travel Consultants to anticipate group needs and deliver group wishes, without surprises or hidden costs. Learn more at https://musictravel.com/.
Official Performance Equipment Sponsor
The Wenger Corporation was established in the basement of Harry Wenger in Owatonna Minnesota in 1946. He and his wife Ruth would travel to state music conventions and take orders for products like the Sousaphone Chair that helped students support the bulky instrument. By 1970 Wenger grew from $3 million to $21 million with the introductions of popular new product lines. Today Wenger employs over 500 manufacturing, marketing and sales professionals and offers nearly 600 products and sell all over the world. Wenger is a classic American success story. For over 60 years this has been a place where good people have put hard work behind good ideas. Learn more at www.wengercorp.com.
As a public research university, we focus on students and high-quality, relevant educational outcomes. Disciplinary knowledge is integrated with application. We do this in a manner that fundamentally changes students, researchers, and our external partners, who look to the university for guidance. We transform information into knowledge, knowledge into judgment, and judgment into action that addresses complex problems. Learn more at http://cms.bsu.edu/.
National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)
Strategic Advocacy Partner
NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), commonly called NAMM in reference to the organization's popular NAMM trade shows, is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry. Founded in 1901, NAMM has been the engine driving the music products industry, enabling both large and small businesses to maximize productivity and reduce the costs of doing business. With more than 9,000 Members in the United States and 100+ other countries, NAMM is ultimately dedicated to expanding the market and giving people of all ages the opportunity to experience the proven benefits of making music. Learn more at www.namm.org.
Vic Firth Company
For over 40 years, Vic Firth has been a leader in design, innovation and technology. He has pioneered new concepts and methods to constantly improve upon the manufacturing process, resulting in the world's best drumsticks and mallets. The company began when Firth, who had been performing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 12 years, was asked to perform pieces, which he felt required a higher quality drumstick than those that were currently being manufactured. Firth decided to design a set of his own sticks. Today, the Vic Firth, Inc. product line has grown two products to approximately 300 products in its catalog, and the company manufactures 12 million sticks a year. Learn more at www.vicfirth.com.
Visit Indy and the City of Indianapolis
Visit Indy, a nonprofit organization, serves as the official sales and marketing arm for the city of Indianapolis. Visit Indy drives economic growth by strategically selling Indy as a destination to conventions, meetings, events and leisure travelers. According to a recent study by Vantage Strategy, 22 million people visit Indianapolis annually, generating $3.95 billion in economic impact and supporting 75,000 full-time employment positions. To learn more about the city of Indianapolis and Visit Indy, visit: http://visitindy.com.
For both professional drummers and drumming enthusiasts, Zildjian is the leading manufacturer of percussion instruments, delivering the widest spectrum of the highest quality acoustic and electronic sounds in the world. With over 390 years history of innovation, Zildjian continues to define the cymbal category with its legacy Z, A, and K families of sound, while introducing the next generation of acoustic-electronic percussion to the world with Gen16. Learn more at www.zildjian.com.
Used by 80,000 band directors & coaches across the U.S., the BAND app is designed to help busy leaders communicate effectively with a large group of people. You can post announcements, gather RSVPs on game schedules, share images & videos, privately message one or more members, conduct group polls, and more, all for FREE! Download the BAND app for iOS or Android or learn more about how the BAND app can help you to communicate more effectively with your band.
DANSR is the U.S. importer for Vandoren products and North American Importer of Denis Wick mouthpieces and mutes. Our mission is very clear: We want to make you the most successful musician, dealer or educator you can be. On this site you'll find information on products, tips for better teaching and ways to improve your bottom line. It's our vision to help you be successful, our passion to follow through and provide you exactly what you need and if we do so the results will be extraordinary. Learn more at www.dansr.com.
Delivra has been providing email software and professional services for over 12 years. Delivra helps businesses and organizations execute effective email marketing campaigns by providing dynamic software and professional services - from full out consulting engagements to help when you need it in areas such as: Design, Production, Deliverability and Testing. Voted one of the 2011 Best Places to Work in Indiana and one of Inc 5000's fastest growing companies, Delivra partners with businesses and organizations across all industries and verticals. To learn more about Delivra, visit www.delivra.com or call 866.915.9465.
Director's Showcase International (DSI)
Director's Showcase International (DSI) is a leading wholesale distributor of marching band accessories, guard equipment, and concert & choral attire. Our most notable brands include the MTX marching shoe, Viper marching shoe, Velocity marching shoe, Command Center podiums, Ever-Dri performance gloves, Ever-Jazz dance shoe, StarLite 2 dance boot, Excalibur Sabre and Elite Rifles. For over 30 years DSI has supplied products to schools, band boosters, students and teachers around the globe. Through our exclusive dealer network we have a presence in every US state and in 12 countries around the world. DSI is headquartered in Ligonier, Indiana. Visit us online at http://dshowcase.com.
Remo is an American drumhead and banjo head company founded by Remo D. Belli in 1957. Remo D. Belli experimented with PET film as a possible material for the production of drumheads after World War II due to its consistency in tonal qualities and resistance to weather changes. Throughout the 1960s, it was a fight to gain market acceptance, as purist jazzmen preferred the sound of natural calfskin. Rock drummers, however, appreciated the added durability and attack. In addition to drumheads, Remo also produces drumsets and ethnic percussion instruments. Learn more at www.remo.com.
Woodwind & Brasswind
For almost 40 years, Woodwind & Brasswind has been committed to offering the right musical products at the right price, backed by our expert advice and first-rate customer service. We offer more than 65,000 products including instruments, accessories and musical supplies plus sheet music for all levels of players. Our passion for musicians starts with music education, so we have a dedicated staff of specialists to serve schools, music educators, government and military customers. We also support several organizations dedicated to music education, including Music for All, DonorsChoose.org, and Drum Corps International. We are proud to serve our customers online at WWBW.com and via phone at 800.348.5003.
With 140 years of service to music and music education, J.W. Pepper has launched Cut Time®, an online group management tool for music directors and parent booster groups. Cut Time® will help directors manage their music programs and minimize the time spent on administrative tasks. To add to its convenience, Cut Time® is fully mobile, with all the features of the desktop version available on the go with no app required. Core features of Cut Time® include a robust system to manage students, parents, staff, and volunteers; free and easy communication through text and email; event and calendar management; financial tracking; inventory tools; and much more. Learn more at www.CutTime.net
Drum Corps International (DCI)
From modest beginnings more than three decades ago, Drum Corps International (DCI) has developed into a powerful, nonprofit, global youth activity with far-reaching artistic, educational and organizational influence. Through the annual DCI Tour and more than 35 World Championships in 17 North American cities, Drum Corps International provides entertainment to millions through live performances and nationally-televised events. Drum Corps International is Marching Music’s Major League. Learn more at www.dci.org.
Jazz Education Network (JEN)
The Jazz Education Network (JEN) is a 501 (c)(3) international non-profit organization that was founded in 2008 and is dedicated to building the jazz arts community by advancing education, promoting performance, and developing new audiences. JEN has membership in 23 countries, all 50 U.S. States and 7 Canadian Provinces. The organization has hosted five conferences comprised of professional and student performers, a student jazz festival, workshops, research presentations and an exhibition hall in St. Louis (2010), New Orleans (2011), Louisville (2012), Atlanta (2013) and Dallas (2014). Our 6th annual conference will be held January 7-10, 2015 in sunny San Diego at the beautiful Grand Hyatt Manchester Hotel. In addition to our annual conference we have several programs that help to advance jazz education: the JAZZ2U community outreach program, a mentorship program, a composition showcase, and scholarships and awards for jazz educators and students. You can find out more information about JEN by visiting www.JazzEdNet.org.
Kick It In®
Educational consultant, author, speaker, and owner of Instruction & Design Concepts, Fran Kick has been KICKin’ IT IN with Bands of America/Music for All since 1990 as a speaker and a clinician. During the 1998-99 school year his involvement moved from purely a presenter to a more consultative year-long relationship with Music for All. As a member of the Music for All Education Team he primarily focuses on developing and coordinating the leadership curriculum for Summer Symposium at Ball State University as well as the Future Music Educators’ Experiences at both the DCI World Championship Semifinals and BOA Grand National Semifinals in Lucas Oil Stadium every year. Fran Kick brings his interactive high-energy inspiration and insight to both music and non-music events, conferences, associations, and organizations across North America all year long. http://www.kickitin.com/music/
National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
The National Association for Music Education, among the world's largest arts education organizations, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME's mission is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all. Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. NAfME's resources have been largely responsible for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education. Learn more at www.nafme.org.
Percussive Arts Society (PAS)
The Percussive Arts Society is the world's largest percussion organization and is considered the central source for information and networking for percussionists and drummers of all ages. Established in 1961 as a non-profit, music service organization, our mission is to promote percussion education, research, performance and appreciation throughout the world. For over 45 years the Percussive Arts Society has been serving all levels of percussion performers as well as the percussion industry. Each year PAS hosts the largest percussion convention in the world, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), featuring the top names in drumming and percussion. Learn more at www.pas.org.
For more than 20 years, PepWear has been commemorating high school experiences. We started out selling t-shirts at band competitions, and now PepWear attends more than 800 school-related events throughout the United States each year. Originally called Music T’s, PepWear was formed in 1987 when a father realized that band kids weren’t getting the recognition they deserved for their musical accomplishments. Over the years, we expanded our offerings to serve any group needing custom apparel and merchandise—whether a sports team, marching band, church youth group, corporation or charity event. Not only are we creating great memorabilia, we are also supporting nonprofit organizations running music and sporting events all over the country. Learn more at www.pepwear.com.
Winter Guard International (WGI)
WGI was founded in 1977 to draw together the growing winter guard activity, standardize rules, and provide leadership and guidance. WGI Sport of the Arts is the world's premier organization producing indoor color guard and percussion ensemble competitions. As a non-profit youth organization, WGI serves as the leading governing body of the winter guard and indoor percussion activities. WGI offers a network of Regional contests in the U.S., Canada, and Europe culminating in an annual International Championship in April. Now entering its 33rd year, the sport continues to evolve and grow. Learn more at www.wgi.org.
Partnering with existing music programs around the country, United Sound is a peer mentoring program that pairs students with special needs and their typical peers in the band and orchestra setting. New Musicians (students with intellectual or developmental disabilities) are taught by Peer Mentors to play the instrument of their choice at a personally modified level. United Sound teachers, student volunteers, and generous partners, United Sound is dedicated to providing musical performance experiences to students with special needs.
Halftime Magazine highlights the sights, sounds, and spirit of the marching arts including high school band, college band, drum corps, winter guard, indoor percussion, indoor winds, all-age groups, and more. The bi-monthly print magazine and website connects instructors, students, parents, alumni, and fans with profiles, first-person accounts, and thought-provoking feature stories--because every performer and every band has a story. Visit www.halftimemag.com to read articles and to subscribe.
Marching.com is a one-stop source of high school marching band events, links, resources, news and photos. Find details of major parade and field competitions, links to marching bands on the net, and a directory of services and supplies for your marching band, color guard or drum line.