Music for All, National Honor Band
March 12, 2012By Jaylan Kavanaugh of Jeffersonville High School
LOCAL STUDENTS TO REPRESENT INDIANA IN
MUSIC FOR ALL’S 2012 HONOR BAND OF AMERICA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JAMES R HARDAWAY and BRIAN HERALD, seniors at Jeffersonville High School, will join other outstanding musicians from across the nation March 15-17 as part of Music for All’s 2012 Honor Band of America. Hardaway and Herald were selected from hundreds of applicants from across the country for membership in this prestigious honors ensemble. Hardaway is the son of Jimmy and Peggy Hardaway. Herald is the son of Jeff and Becky Herald. Their band director is Mr. J. Scott Cooksey.
The Honor Band of America will perform in concert, Saturday, March 17, at 8 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall, located on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Honor Band of America is a national ensemble that will be conducted in 2012 by Col. Lowell Graham, Chairman of the Music Department and Director of Orchestra Activities at the University of Texas at El Paso. The students will first come together, from 23 states representing 59 high schools, the Wednesday before the concert.
Hardaway started playing the oboe in 6th grade at Parkview Middle School under the direction of Mr. Dennis Akers. Herald began playing saxophone at River Valley Middle School under the direction of Mr. Todd Gipson. Both young men have been selected throughout their middle and high school years for Indiana All-Region and All-District Honor Bands and have each been multiple ISSMA Gold medal recipients for Solo and Ensemble at District and State Finals levels. As part of the JHS Wind Symphony, Hardaway and Herald performed at the 2009 Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Convention. Both were also selected to play in the Indiana Music Educators Association All-State Honor Band at IUPUI, Ft. Wayne in 2011. Both young men toured seven countries in Europe performing concerts in 2010 with the Ambassadors of Music. Hardaway and Herald are also members of the Floyd County Youth Symphony Orchestra. Jim Hardaway has also recently been selected to represent Jeffersonville High School as a member of the prestigious All State Band. Both Hardaway and Herald intend to pursue music performance as their majors in university next year.
The Honor Band of America is part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, March 15-17 in Indianapolis. Band members are selected by recorded audition, evaluated by leading music educators. “To be selected for membership in this elite national ensemble is a great achievement and honor,” says Eric Martin, Music for All President and CEO. “The 2012 Honor Band of America members are ambassadors of America’s music programs, as well as their states, schools and communities.”
The Music for All National Festival includes the National Concert Band Festival, the Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival and the Middle School National Music Festival, all taking place simultaneously in major venues throughout Indianapolis. In addition to the many performance and audience opportunities, students at the Music for All National Festival participate in master classes taught by some of the leading music instructors in the country, as well as a motivational session and social events. In addition to the Honor Band of America, the Festival includes two other honor ensembles, the Jazz Band of America and the Honor Orchestra of America.
For ticket information, contact Music for All at 800-848-BAND (2263) or visit www.musicforall.org.
Music for All (MFA) is one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations in support of active music making. Since 1975, MFA, through its Bands of America and Orchestra America programs, has been a destination and set the standard for scholastic music ensemble performance and music education advocacy. A 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational organization, MFA uses its national profile programming to recognize, model, showcase and provide individual, teacher and organizational examples of music performance excellence and achievement. MFA’s programs include 20 annual events, including the Bands of America Grand National Championships and Regional Championships for marching band both held in Lucas Oil Stadium; the Music for All Summer Symposium camp for students and teachers at Ball State University in Muncie; and the Music for All National Festival for concert bands, orchestras and percussion ensembles. Music for All's programmatic model is designed to mirror and supplement the classroom and performance model adopted in most American scholastic settings.
Music for All’s efforts are supported through sponsorships, including current partnerships with National Presenting Sponsor, Yamaha Corporation of America; Official Uniform Sponsor, Fred J. Miller, Inc.; Official Equipment Sponsor, Wenger Corporation; Official Student Travel Partner, Music Travel Consultants; Corporate Sponsor, Remo, Inc.; Strategic Advocacy Partner, NAMM; Associate Sponsors, Vic Firth, Inc., Vandoren and SmartMusic®; and Program Sponsor, Center X Productions. Music for All is also supported by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis, by the Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission, the Ball Brothers Foundation, Chase Community Giving and by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.