BOA National Concert Band Festival

General Trip Information (Updated 2/13/18)

Trip dates are set for Wednesday, March 14th through Sunday, March 18th. 

Most events center around the Indiana Convention Center and the JW Marriott Hotel. Performances will be at Butler University, Clowes Memorial Hall.

Attire while attending the MFA National Festival is business casual - no jeans, t-shirts, tennis shoes, or shorts are allowed while attending any event at the festival. Attire for banquets is semi-formal or formal (that includes a jacket and tie for gentlemen). 

All Jenks students will be staying at the Courtyard Marriott, 601 West Washington StreetIndianapolisIndiana 46204, (317) 822-9029.

Trip general schedule currently includes (Updated 2/13):

Wednesday
Early morning departure, Lunch & Dinner enroute, Hotel Check In, Honor Band Student Orientation Meeting, Chaperone Meeting with MFA 
Thursday
Rehearsal Time, Opening Session, HS Parent Session, Concert Attendance, Director's Academy, High School Student Social
Friday 
Master Classes, Rehearsal Time, Concert Attendance, Dinner at Noteable Restaurant
Saturday
Jenks WS Performance - 9:00 am, Clinic with Adjudicators, Gala Awards Banquet, Honor Group Concerts 
Sunday
Early morning departure, Lunch & Dinner enroute, Late Arrival in Jenks

An tentative festival itinerary from Music for All is set to be made available in mid February. Updates and added information regarding the trip itinerary could be available for Jenks students in late February. 

Rules for Overnight Trips

Click HERE to review Trip Rules.

Send-Off Performance (Updated 1/16/18)

Unfortunately, a suitable location or date was not avaiable at appropriate times and will not be able to give a send off performance. Family and friends will still have the opportunity to hear much of the music performed at the festival at the TCC Pre-State Contest Music Festival and the Jenks HS Concert Band Preview Concert. 

Family & Friends Package and Ticket Information (Updated 1/24/18)

For families that want to plan and travel on their own, it is possible to purchase tickets for various events at the festival. The Wind Symphony Performance (Saturday morning at 9:00 - Concert Block 3 and the National Honor Band Performance are the two main events that our students are involved in.

Tickets can be purchased online through the Music for All website. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster by phone at 800-745-3000, or the Ticketmaster website coming soon.

Ticket orders are also available in person at the Clowes Memorial Hall ticket office on the Butler University campus. Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

General Admission: Children 10 years old and younger are admitted free for General Admission (G.A.) seating at all Music for All events. No discounts are available for reserved seating.

All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

Music for All offers Family & Friends Packages for family members that want to travel separately to the festival. The deadline to purchase packages is Monday, January 15th. Click HERE to view that information. Grueninger Tours will not be offering a Family & Friends package for this trip.

Live Stream Performance (Updated 1/29/18)

For family, friends, and supporters who cannot make the trip to Indianapolis, all of the ensemble concerts of the 2018 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, will be live streamed. Venues and concerts that will be live streamed include all 2018 Festival Concet Bands, school choirs, orchestras, percussion ensembles, and chamber ensembles, as well as the honors concerts: the Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, Jazz Band of America, and the Mass Choir with the Ball State University Orchestra. 

Live streamed performances will be available on the FloVoice online channel, to subscribers of FloVoice and any of the FloSports family of channels. Subscribe to watch live at FloVoice at http://bit.ly/2qXHDCF

Payment Information (Updated 1/24/18)

The final cost is $1,200.00. The last two payments have been adjusted to reflect the actual cost of the trip. Payments are divided up into four draws. The draws will occur approximately a week before each payment due date. Payments will begin in December and continue through the beginning of March. Payment schedule is listed below:

Payment Due Date Amount Trip Balance

 12/08/2017

 $300.00

 $   300.00

 01/12/2018

 $300.00

 $   600.00

 02/09/2018

 $300.00

 $   900.00

 03/09/2018

 $300.00

 $1,200.00

 

Opt in/Opt out forms were passed out to students on Tuesday, November 21st. Signed forms were due back by Friday, December 1st. Click HERE for a copy of the Opt In/Opt Out Form.

Students and parents should be thoroughly familiar with the Trip Fund and High School Band Handbook Policies. Payments may be made Online (under categories, choose trip payments) or mailed check to:

Jenks Band Parents
P.O. Box 425
Jenks, OK 74037-0425

Chaperone Information (Updated 2/13)

Thank you to all the parents who applied to be a chaperone for this trip. We had more parents apply than spots were available. With so many well qualified parents, it was not easy trying to make a choice. Parents selected to be chaperones for this trip are:

Steve Shoemake, Brian Morris, Christine Alsbrooks, and Misty Craig

Parents wishing to serve as chaperones for overnight trips will be required to go through the application process with the Jenks Band Parents Organization. The deadline to apply to be a chaperone for the Indinapolis Trip is Thursday, February 1st.

Chaperone Application for Overnight Trips

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For more information, families should refer to the high school band handbook and trip fund policy. Students and parents who have questions about this may also email Mr. Hillock.

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Music for All Initial Announcement

PRESS RELEASE: Jenks High School Wind Symphony from Jenks, Oklahoma has been invited to perform at the 2018 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, the nation’s most prestigious festival for scholastic musical ensembles. The 27th annual Festival will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana, March 15-17, 2018. The Wind Symphony, under the direction of Scott Hillock, was selected to perform by a panel of esteemed music educators and conductors by recorded audition.

Music for All is one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations advocating in support of music education. The Music for All National Festival showcases the finest music ensembles and student musicians in America, shining a spotlight on outstanding music-making and the importance of music education. Being invited is the achievement: with no ratings or rankings awarded, the non-competitive Festival provides a supportive environment for cooperative encouragement for all of the ensembles.  Evaluators give feedback on the performances, and groups receive a post-concert clinic for future growth, providing an educational experience for both teachers and students.

The Music for All National Festival takes place in Indianapolis’ finest concert venues, and is comprised of several events:  National Concert Band Festival, Orchestra America National Festival, National Choir Festival, Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival, Middle School National Music Festival, Chamber Music National Festival, and three national honor ensembles: The Honor Band of America, the Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America. With the premiere of the National Choir Festival at the 2018 event, the Festival now includes all types of large ensembles that traditionally are part of a school music program – band, orchestra, and choir.

Jenks High School Wind Symphony is one of 16 high school bands from across the nation selected to perform at the 2018 Festival as a Featured Band. They will perform in concert, be evaluated by renowned music educators, and participate in master classes and special events. Invited concert bands, choirs, orchestras, chamber ensembles, percussion ensembles participating in the 2018 Festival come from 20 states including: Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

STUDENT INFORMATION: As soon as concert band auditions are completed and personel defined, initial trip information including the opt in/opt out form will be distributed to students/families. Plans and reservations are currently being made and defined at this time, but it is anticipated that the approximate cost of this trip will be around $1,000.00. There will be a quick turn around for the deadline on the opt in/opt out form. It is strongly recommended that students decide beforehand if they want to participate at this event or not. Decisions could affect personel for the Wind Symphony. Payments for this trip will begin in December and continue through the beginning of March. Students who were in Wind Symphony last year and/or students who anticipate being in Wind Symphony this year should begin to save and plan financially to make this trip possible. The potential of a family and friends package for this trip could be in the works. More details will be shared as information becomes clear and available. 

BOA requires an initial meeting and site visit for all student participants and their families. This meeting has been scheduled to take place at the regular parent meeting on Thursday, November 2nd. All students (and a parent) who have been in or anticipate being in the Wind Symphony are required to attend this meeting. Roll will be taken. BOA's portion of the meeting lasts about 45 minutes and is intended to build excitement for the event, deal with some of the general logistics, as well as answer questions that you might have.