Music for All Returns To Ball State University June 22-29 With Its National Summer Symposium

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By: Brooke Leader—

Muncie Organizations are Offering Free Concert Tickets as Part of the Music for All Community Engagement Program

INDIANAPOLIS – The 44th Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha, returns to Muncie and the Ball State University campus June 22-29, drawing more than 1,800 music students and teachers from 38 states and Queensland Australia.

Ball State University, will be hosting the Music for All Summer Symposium. Ball State is a Corporate Sponsor of Music for All.

About 1,500 high school and middle school band and orchestra students and 250 high school and middle school band directors are expected at the Symposium. The full week camp, June 24-June 29, includes student divisions for concert band, jazz, orchestra, music production, percussion, color guard, and drum majors. The Symposium kicks off with a weekend of intensive student leadership training June 22-23.

“The Music for All Summer Symposium provides character-building and leadership development, while teaching skills,” says Debbie Laferty Asbill, Music for All Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “The Symposium helps students develop core competencies like collaboration, effective communication, and self-confidence.”

Music for All Summer Symposium Community Engagement Program
Several community organizations in Muncie have partnered with Music for All to provide complimentary tickets to the evening concerts, Monday, June 24 through Thursday, June 28. This year’s evening concert and event series includes:

Yamaha Young Performing Artists — Monday, June 24, 8 p.m. at Emens Auditorium. Admission to this concert is free, balcony seating only for non-campers.

U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors – Tuesday, June 25, 8 p.m. at Emens Auditorium

Grace Kelly, Saxophone, Yamaha Performing Artist – Wednesday, June 26, 8 p.m. at Emens Auditorium

Ahn Trio – Thursday, June 27, 8 p.m. at Emens Auditorium

The camp week also includes the Drum Corps International Central Indiana show, on Friday, June 28, 7 p.m. at Scheumann Stadium. Tickets for the DCI show are not part of the community ticket offer and are available directly through DCI. Tickets are $25-$40 and available at or by phone at 317.275.1212.

Cornerstone Center for the Arts will be hosting a free community drum circle with Music for All’s staff member, Matt Savage on June 26. All ages are welcome, no experience is necessary. You can see more information about this event and preregister at

Learn more about our nightly concert series and how to request free tickets from our community partners at

Camp Scholarships for Central Indiana Students

Music for All’s camp scholarship program includes scholarships for individual students in Marion County who otherwise could not afford to attend, as well as scholarships in partnership with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra to provide scholarships to the Summer Symposium to members of its The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra.

In addition, 25 scholarships were awarded for the 2019 Symposium to Indianapolis Public School students from Shortridge Magnet H.S, Crispus Attucks H.S. Arsenal Technical H.S, Edison School of the Arts, and Butler Lab School 60. Indianapolis Public Schools are part of Music for All’s I-65 Corridor Project, which aims to help develop well-rounded, self-sustaining music programs in urban communities and school districts located in major cities along the I-65 corridor, including Gary, Indianapolis, Muncie, and Louisville, as well as Nashville, and several cities in Alabama. This opportunity was made possible by the generous support from the CMA Foundation and the Lilly Endowment Summer Youth Program Fund.

“CITSA Day” at camp brings students and teachers from the member schools of the Central Indiana Track Show Association (CITSA) to campus on Friday, June 28, to tour camp and its offerings, guided by Ball State University music students.

About Music for All

Since 1975, Music for All has been a destination and 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. Music for All’s vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child in America has access and opportunity for 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, through programs like its Advocacy in Action Awards, the I-65 Corridor Project, and support of Indianapolis Public Schools, the Central Indiana Track Show Association, and Indiana State Fair Band Day, and programs like United Sound and Be Part of the Music. Music for All’s programs include more than 45 annual events, including the Bands of America Grand National Championships and Regional Championships for marching bands; the Music for All Summer Symposium camp for students and teachers; the Music for All National Festival for bands, orchestras, choirs, percussion and chamber ensembles; 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.

Sponsor Information

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, DANSR, Director’s Showcase International, REMO, Woodwind & Brasswind. Music for All is also supported by the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis; Ball Brothers Foundation; Lilly Endowment Inc.; George and Frances Ball Foundation; Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc.; CMA Foundation; Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr., Memorial Foundation, Inc.; and Arthur Jordan Foundation.