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2018 Music For All National Festival

Music for All National Festival
March 15-17, 2018
Indianapolis, IN

There’s a fantastic opportunity to hear some great concert bands and percussion ensembles from all over the country next week, but we find many people don’t even know its happening right here in our backyard!  It’s the Music for All National Festival, featuring high school percussion ensembles, concert bands and orchestras from across the US.  The festival also includes a middle school concert band festival, along with Honor Ensembles for concert band, jazz band, and orchestra.  This is a non-competitive festival, meaning its all about just creating and listening to great music, created by some of the best high school and middle school music programs in the nation.

Here’s a general schedule for the event:

2017 BOA Finals Recap

Over the weekend of November 9-11, marching bands from across the nation gathered at Lucas Oil Stadium for the culmination of marching season in the Bands of America Grand National Championships.

On Wednesday evening the competition began with the Indianapolis Marching Band Tournament. The following schools from across the city participated, along with a couple from Hawaii in exhibition:

Summer Symposium Percussion Specialist Academy 2017

The Percussion Specialist Academy at the Music for All’s Summer Symposium, happening June 26 – July 1, offers a great opportunity for some world-class percussion instruction and insight. Whether you’re a beginning instructor or a veteran who likes to stay current, this is a great chance to meet and interact with other instructors and professionals from across the country and exchange ideas on how to run your program.

This year’s faculty is a who’s-who of percussion experts, and they’ll be covering a wide variety of topics.

  • Branding your program
  • Ethics and professional development
  • The RIGHT gear
  • Starting a successful winter program
  • Sampling 101
  • The concert percussion secret
  • De-mystifying the Yamaha 01V
  • Hand drumming
  • The digital audio workstation
  • The history of percussion and essential literature
  • Creating sponsorship opportunities
  • Indoor and outdoor staging
  • Preventative medicine for the drummer in you
  • Winter percussion design and orchestration
  • Essential composition techniques for outdoor
  • “Mic”ing made easy
  • The fundamentals of running sound, EQ and other essential plug-ins

The event is coming up quick, so go here to learn more and register for the academy.

2016 Bands Of America Grand National Championships

Over the weekend marching bands from across the nation gathered at Lucas Oil Stadium to participate in Music for All’s Bands of America Grand National Championships.

lucas oil stadium

On Wednesday evening the competition began with the Indianapolis Marching Band Tournament. The following schools from across the city participated:

Arlington Community H.S.
John Marshall Community H.S.
Northwest Community H.S.
Crispus Attacks Community H.S.
Broad Ripple Magnet H.S.
Emmerich Manual H.S.
George Washington Community H.S.
Arsenal Technical H.S.