There is no longer "special permission" to request to play a piece not on the concert list, but instead you are encouraged to submit pieces to the list that you feel should be available to perform at MPA. All requests must be submitted by October 1.
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John Rusnak, band director at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, passed away early Wednesday August 6. He was the first and only band director at Stoneman Douglas High School, starting the program 25 years ago. He was a true educator, dedicated to music education, and had a positive impact on the lives of his students. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Denise, daughters Kristen & Katie, and the entire Eagle Regiment family.
Denise Rusnak, and daughters Katie and Kristen, will welcome close friends of John and Band Directors wishing to pay respects to the family, Monday, August 11, at the Kraeer Funeral Home, 1655 University Drive, Coral Springs, FL, from 4 pm – 8 pm. There will be a short memorial service beginning at 7:00 pm.
On Tuesday, August 12, there will be a celebration of John’s life, at the “Church By the Glades”, located at 400 Lakeview Drive, Coral Springs (at the Exit of the Sawgrass Expressway and Atlantic Ave.), beginning at 7:00 pm. All are invited.
The application form and information about the Henry Fillmore Composition contest is available on the Forms page. A completed application, full score, parts, and a recording must be submitted by October 1, 2014.
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Interviews with Keith Ledford, Terry Pattishall, Randy sonntag, F. Lewis Jones, James "Chief" Wilson, Bentley Shellahamer, Don Schmaus, and Melvin Maxwell have been recently added. Be sure to take advantage of this priceless resource available to you while you still have some free time during the summer.
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It is with extreme sadness that we pass on the news that our colleague, Duane Hendon, outstanding band director, FBA Hall of Fame member, and past FBA Executive Director, passed away following a stroke on June 24. Please keep Marge and the family in your prayers during this difficult time. We have lost another giant in the music world and an outstanding advocate of the Arts.
From the Ocala Star Banner:
Hendon was a public school bandmaster in South Florida and Marion County who was always ready to give advice to and mentor his fellow bandmasters. He influenced many bandmasters teaching in schools across the state, including his daughter, Susan Morden, who is a bandmaster in Palm Coast. Teaching music and band was a passion rather than an occupation, said Marge Hendon, Duane's wife of 40 years. That passion started when Duane was a boy, after he was sent to summer band camp in Miami. Duane Hendon studied at Florida State University and was a member of the school's Marching Chiefs band. After graduation he taught in South Florida for much of his career. After the family moved to Marion County, he taught at Howard Middle School for several years before he retired. After he retired, he held several positions with the Florida Bandmasters Association, including executive director. He was inducted into the association's hall of fame as well as the FSU wall of fame.
A celebration of Hendon's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on July 19 at the Ocala Golf Club, 3130 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Please bring your instrument and a folding music stand. Dress for the celebration is casual to smart casual.
Watch Duane's FBA Legacy Project Interview
State S&E North: March 23-24, 2015 (Buchholz HS, Gainesville)
State S&E South: March 26-27, 2015 (Stoneman Douglas HS, Parkland)
State S&E Central: March 30-April 1, 2015 (Tenoroc HS, Lakeland)
State Band North-East: April 20-22, 2015 (Daytona Beach State College-News Journal Center)
State Band North-West: May 1-2, 2015 (Northwest Florida State College) - Tentative
State Band Central: April 30 & May 2, 2015 (Florida Southern College)
State Band Central: May 1, 2015 (Vero Beach HS)
State Band South: April 29-30, May 1, 2015
The Audition Requirements for the 2014-2015 All-State Bands are now available.
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Andrew J. (Jack) Crew passed away Friday, March 21 at the Margaret Dozier Big Bend Hospice House, Tallahassee. Jack enjoyed an illustrious career as a music educator in the public schools of Florida, serving as band director at Plant City High School, Riverview High School, Sarasota; Mosley High School, Panama City; Lakeland High School, and Lincoln High School, Tallahassee. Throughout his career, his bands performed at the highest level and were showcased in concerts and outdoor performances at the local, regional, and national levels. Highly sought as a conductor/clinician, Mr. Crew was very active throughout Florida and the Southeast, providing critique and assistance to students and fellow band directors.
He held membership in the Florida Bandmasters Association, Florida Music Educators Association, National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu, and the American Bandmasters Association. Throughout his affiliation with these organizations he was selected by his peers to hold various leadership positions. His individual honors were many, represented by such awards as the Teacher of the Year (Riverview HS/1975 and Lakeland HS/1992); "Man of the Year" (VFW-Sarasota/1980); Outstanding Bandmaster (Phi Beta Mu/1986), and Outstanding Music Educator of the year (FMEA/1991). In 1990, Crew was chosen as a recipient of the "Legion of Honor" award by the John Philip Sousa Foundation; recognizing him as one of the "Ten Best Band Directors" throughout the United States. Mr. Crew was elected to the Florida Bandmasters Association "Hall of Fame" in 1994.
A memorial service for Andrew "Jack" Crew is scheduled for Saturday, April 5 at Trinity United Methodist Church at 3 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to establish an endowed scholarship in his memory and for the benefit of future instrumental music educators.
Contributions may be made to The Florida State University Foundation in memory of Andrew (Jack) Crew.
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The following documents present the findings of a select committee which was formed to describe a band program that represents policies, procedures, and fundamentals that can be defined as Best Practices in Florida school band programs. read more ...