Music for All Announces Ensembles Invited to Participate in National Festival, March 14-16
NEW YORK – Westfield High School Wind Ensemble from Westfield, NJ will be one of the select musical ensembles that are invited to perform at the 28th annual Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, March 14-16, 2019 in Indianapolis. Ensembles were selected following a recorded audition process, which was evaluated by a panel of nationally-esteemed conductors and music educators.
The Music for All National Festival showcases the finest high school and middle school music ensembles and student musicians in America, shining a spotlight on outstanding music-making and the importance of music education. Seventy-one concert bands, orchestras, choirs, percussion ensembles, and chamber ensembles across America have been selected to perform at the 2019 Festival.
The Westfield High School Wind Ensemble under the direction of Chris Vitale and Trevor Sindorf will perform in concert in one of Indianapolis’s premier halls, receive a post-concert clinic for future growth, and be provided an educational experience for both teachers and students. The ensembles will also participate in master classes and special events, including a 3,000-guest Gala Awards Banquet. “Being invited is the achievement,” says Debbie Laferty Asbill, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Music for All. “Once an ensemble has been invited and arrives, the Festival is non-competitive, with no placements awarded. It’s a celebration of musical excellence and achievement.”
The Westfield Wind Ensemble has been preparing for this performance since December. Instrument specialists have been visiting rehearsals to facilitate sectionals and area collegiate conductors are visiting rehearsals to assist the students and directors in preparing for their performance. “We are extremely excited for this opportunity. Our students are working tremendously hard in rehearsals and are devoting a lot of time to practicing and preparation. We are anxious to head to Indianapolis in March to participate in the festival and are looking forward to becoming part of a community of high school bands attending from all over the country that share the same drive and passion for music as our students at Westfield High School,” said Director Chris Vitale.
The 2019 selected bands hail from 15 states:
Bentonville High School Wind Symphony - Bentonville, AR; Mr. Timothy Hendrix
Blue Springs South High School Wind Symphony - Blue Springs, MO; Mr. Kenny Hansen
College Park High School Wind Ensemble - The Woodlands, TX; Mr. Jeffrey Gorring Edmond
North High School Wind Ensemble - Edmond, OK; Mr. Greg Mangus
Evanston Township High School Wind Symphony - Evanston, IL; Mr. Matthew Bufis
Keller Central High School Wind Ensemble - Fort Worth, TX; Mr. Kevin McNulty
Lakeland Senior High School Wind Symphony - Lakeland, FL; Mr. Zachary Murdock
Mill Creek High School Wind Ensemble - Hoschton, GA; Mr. Erik Mason
Mountain Ridge High School Wind Ensemble - Glendale, AZ; Mr. Aaron Vogel
North Hardin High School Wind Symphony - Radcliff, KY; Mr. Brian Froedge
Oconomowoc High School Wind Symphony - Oconomowoc, WI; Mr. Michael Krofta
Oswego High School Wind Symphony - Oswego, IL; Ms. Stephanie San Roman
Permian High School Symphonic Band - Odessa, TX; Mr. Jeff Whitaker
San Marcos High School Wind Symphony - San Marcos, CA; Mr. Geoffrey Radant
William Mason High School Wind Symphony - Mason, OH; Mr. Edward Protzman
Coral Reef High School Wind Ensemble - Miami, FL; Mr. Kennan Torgerson
Cypress Bay High School Wind Symphony - Weston, FL; Mr. Michael Scott
Potomac Falls High School Symphonic Band - Sterling, VA; Mr. Tim Niebergall
South County High School Symphonic Band - Lorton, VA; Mr. Kevin Engdahl
West Valley High School Wind Ensemble - Yakima, WA; Mr. Jeremy Freisz
Westfield High School Wind Ensemble - Westfield, NJ; Mr. Chris Vitale & Trevor Sindorf
Yorktown High School Symphonic Band - Arlington, VA; Mr. Brian Bersh
About Music for All
Since 1975, Music for All has set the standard for scholastic music ensemble performance and music education advocacy. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization, Music for All’s mission is to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all, working to ensure that every child in America has access to active music making in his or her scholastic environment. Music for All’s advocacy efforts inspire and develop models and strategies for successful music programs, including the Advocacy in Action Awards and programs for underserved communities. Music for All draws more than 500,00 attendees each year – including more than 125,000 students – with 45+ annual events, including the prestigious Bands of America Grand National Championships and Regional Championships for marching bands, the Music for All Summer Symposium camp for students and teachers, and the Music for All National Festival for bands, orchestras, choirs, percussion and chamber ensembles. Music for All also presents affiliate regional music festivals and national student honor ensembles including the Bands of America Honor Band that will march for the fifth time in the Rose Parade® in 2021. For more information and to support the efforts of Music for All, visit www.musicforall.org.
Music for All efforts are supported through sponsorships, including current partnerships with National Presenting Sponsor: Yamaha Corporation of America; Official Uniform Sponsor: Fred J. Miller, Inc.; Official Student Travel Partner: Music Travel Consultants; Official Spirit Wear Sponsor: PepWear; Official Performance Equipment Sponsor: Wenger Corporation; Corporate Sponsors: Ball State University, Visit Indy and the City of Indianapolis, and Strategic Advocacy Partner: NAMM; Associate Sponsors: BAND the mobile app, Delivra, DANSR, Director’s Showcase International, REMO, Woodwind & Brasswind. Music for All is also supported by the Indiana Arts Commission, Arts Council of Indianapolis, Ball Brothers Foundation, Lilly Endowment Inc., George and Frances Ball Foundation, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, CMA Foundation, Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr. Memorial Foundation, Inc., and Arthur Jordan Foundation.