The Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha celebrates outstanding music making by the nation's finest concert bands, orchestras and percussion ensembles.
The Festival includes:
|National Concert Band Festival
||Middle School National Festival
|Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival
||Orchestra America Festival
|Honor Band of America
||Honor Orchestra of America
|Jazz Band of America
What sets the Music for All National Festival apart?
The non-competitive atmosphere provides a place for growth, cooperative encouragement and mutual respect among music programs, students, parents, boosters and administrators.
Directors select their own programs; there is no required repertoire. There are no ratings or rankings so directors and their ensembles are free to stretch themselves, reach for new heights, and strive for innovation, growth and excellence, instead of focusing on a rating or placing.
Participating students experience an atmosphere of mutual respect for their peers while enjoying concerts from other outstanding ensembles.
A Legacy of Excellence
With the launch of the National Concert Band Festival in 1992, Bands of America rekindled the concert band tradition in America as exemplified by the National Band Contest in the 1930s, which drew national recognition for a young director named William D. Revelli.
No other event for bands has the history and iconic legacy of the National Concert Band Festival. Dr. Revelli was instrumental in the philosophical design of the Festival. John P. Paynter worked closely on the creation of the Festival and hosted the debut event at Northwestern University in 1992. Music education icons, including Col. Arnald Gabriel, Anthony Maiello, Ray Cramer and Gary Green have been part of the Festival since day one and continue to be the unique force behind this powerful experience. Midwest Clinic board member Richard Crain and Mrs. Gayle Crain served for many years as coordinators of the Festival. The Music for All National Festival has an aura of heritage and a unique musical legacy that cannot be duplicated.
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