It was an exciting day at the Music for All National Festival. Honor ensemble students kept busy with sectionals and rehearsals starting early this morning, and ensembles checked in throughout the day.

The opening sessions for both high school and middle school students took place this afternoon. Students heard from Eric Martin, President and CEO of Music for All; David Starnes, Music for All Educational Consultant and Honor Band of America Coordinator; and Gary Markham, Music for All’s Senior Educational Consultant.

Students also listened to keynote speaker and Music for All Senior Educational Advisor Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser. He gave students great advice about how to truly get the most out of the musical experience ahead of them. Students were also introduced to the clinicians and evaluators they’ll work with throughout the weekend.

National Concert Band Festival concerts started this evening at Clowes Memorial Hall, and performances continue tomorrow. Additionally, the middle school social is already under way this evening, and the high school social is about to start. Tomorrow will be another busy day with performances happening at Warren Performing Arts Center, Clowes Memorial Hall and Hilbert Circle Theatre. And the Honor Orchestra of America and Jazz Band of America perform tomorrow evening as well. It’s been a music-filled day, and we can’t wait to hear more tomorrow.