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Darin was born on this date at 6:03 PM. He weighed 8 lbs 3 1/4 ozs and 21″.


Destin, Have a safe trip to Indy today.

Hope Parker feels better today.

Love you both

The mother of one of my former long-time piano, saxophone and drum-major students is pictured in her drum-major uniform, about the fourth photo below. Jill Cordonnier, who studied with me for twelve years, is currently attending college at Bowling Green State University.

Good times!

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BOA Championships2011 Bands of America Championships are under way!

The 2011 Bands of America Championship season, presented by Yamaha, gets under way today, Saturday, September 24, with Regional Championships in Richmond, KY at Eastern Kentucky University and in North Huntingdon, PA at Norwin High School Stadium.

There are a myriad of ways to participate in the BOA Championships this fall, both live and in person and from wherever you might be:

Break Ranks! with Dan PotterBOA’s Podcast returns! Break Ranks! with Dan Potter

You may know Dan Potter’s voice from the Bands of America or DCI shows where he serves as announcer, or from his work as a newsman, talk show host and radio journalist. Now Dan guides you through the Bands of America season with the stories and people beyond and behind the performances with this free podcast. Check out the episodes already available, including interviews with MFA’s CEO Eric Martin as well as interviews with Avon High School, Indiana’s band director Jay Webb and BOA adjudicator and MFA’s orchestra programming coordinator Dean Westman.

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FNscreenshot.pngWatch BOA Championships Online at MFA Fan Network

There’s nothing like experiencing the BOA Championships in person, but no one can be there for them all! Subscribe to the MFA Fan Network to enjoy all the BOA Championship performances On Demand, post-event. Your best value is the Plus Subscription, which gives you all On Demand access, plus Live Webcasts of all four Super Regional Championships – St. Louis, Atlanta, San Antonio, Indianapolis – and the full Grand National Championships.

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Parent imageShow Your Support at Grand Nationals Through a Special Tribute Message

Place a special message to honor your student, band, director or booster program in the keepsake Grand Nationals program book.

• Congratulate a senior band member for his or her dedication.
• Tell someone how proud you are of him or her.
• Honor a band director or booster volunteer.

Learn more, and place your order by October 7.

Grand Nationals Finale OverviewWould you like to be part of the Grand Nationals Finale?

Music for All is taking applications for Medallion Bearers during the 2011 Grand National Championships Finale, Saturday evening, November 12 in Indianapolis. We’re looking for compelling stories and a representation of years, geography and schools. Current high school students are not eligible.

Learn more about this exciting opportunity to be part of marching band’s most spectacular night!

Drum MajorSave with Student Group Ticket Discount to BOA Championships

Bring a student group and experience the excitement of Bands of America Championships this fall. Music for All is offering deep discounts on general admission tickets for student groups of 20 or more to all of the 2011 Regionals, Super Regionals and Grand National Championships. BOA Championships offer a memorable way to motivate and inspire students, giving them an opportunity to observe performances by high school band members.

Learn about special offers for directors, and download the order form.

Tickets for all BOA Championships are also available at the gate. See ways to save on site, too

ky_fanguide.pngBOA Championship Online Fan Guides: Now for Mobile

You can go to BOA Championship Fan Guides for each show from the Full Fall Schedule page. Click on the show link to see preliminary performance schedules (when published), link to GoogleMap stadium location and directions, download parking information, and more. We’re optimizing the fall show pages for Mobile devices, to make it even easier to get BOA information on the go.

Lucas Oil StadiumYou can still order your Grand National Finals Tickets

Several sections of Grand National Finals Super Tickets are sold out so order now for the best available seats. MFA Club Experience Finals seating offers significant refinements and improvements. MFA Club seats are prime (larger, more plush) Club seats (on the 300 and 400 levels, between the 30 yardlines) and include exclusive access to Lucas Oil Stadium Club Level amenities and services. Plus, when you choose to purchase MFA Club Experience seating, you will get the best seats in the house and be showing your support for Music for All, Bands of America and arts education.
See more Grand Nationals Ticket Info

Center X ProductionsProgram Sponsor Center X represented at BOA events

Congratulations to the Center X Productions marching bands performing this year at Bands of America Regional Championships and Grand National Championships. The bands include:

Canyon High School – CA, Centerville High School – OH, Castle High School – IN, Davis High School – UT, Ft. Osage High School – MO, Franklin High School – TN, Foothill High School – NV, Grant High School – MI, Greenwood High School – KY, Harbor Creek High School – PA, Harrison High School – GA, Highland High School – ID, Lebanon High School – OH, Liberty High School – CO, Limestone Community High School – IL, Mayfield High School – NM, McGuffey High School – PA, Monticello High School – IL, Montgomery County High School – KY, Walton High School – GA, Westlake High School – UT, Wheaton North High School – IL, Santa Fe High School – TX, and Simon Kenton High School – KY

Learn more about Center X Productions.

Percussive Arts SocietyPercussive Arts Society Marching Percussion Festival: November 11-12 in Indianapolis

Recognized as one of the premier marching percussion festivals in the country, the Percussive Arts Society Marching Percussion Festival is an excellent opportunity for high school and college individuals and ensembles to be critiqued by the leading percussion specialists in the field of marching percussion. This year’s festival includes a non-competitive, interactive clinic where two accomplished and experienced clinicians will evaluate the group performance and work with the students for up to 30 minutes. The Marching Percussion Festival is November 11 and 12 at the Indiana Convention Center, located in downtown Indianapolis, during Grand National Championships. Music for All is a proud Strategic Partner of PAS. Deadline to participate in the festival is October 8. More information and applications are available at

Patrick John HughesParent/Booster Award Deadline extended to October 1

We know that the first weeks of school are incredibly busy for high school band directors, boosters and students. In order to help make it possible for additional nominations to be submitted for the 2011 Patrick John Hughes Parent/Booster Award, we’ve extended the nomination deadline to October 1. Recognize the incredible, standout music parent/booster in your music program!

Learn more, and download the nomination form and requirements

America's CampLearn more about America’s Camp!

The time to start planning for the 2012 Music for All Summer Symposium is…now! Mark your calendars and join us June 25-30 at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana (add June 23-25 for the Leadership Weekend Experience). It’s America’s Camp, because it is a place for every student and band director who wants to grow – as a musician, performer, leader and person. Watch upcoming MFA eNewsletters for exciting new programs to make it even easier for you to attend.

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Next Up: Bands of America Regional Championships, presented by Yamaha

September 24

Richmond, KY

North Huntingdon, PA

October 1

Arlington, TX

Mason, OH

See full Regional schedule

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