Music for All History
2009
  • BOA Honor Band performs before millions, January 1, in the Tournament of Roses Parade® as part of the President's Award-winning unit created with NAMM and Sesame Street.
  • The BOA Alumni Campaign reaches its fundraising goal of $250,000, raised in 81 days prior to Feb. 28, 2009.
  • Music for All debuts the Middle School National Music Festival.
  • Music for All wins fifteen International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) Pinnacle awards.

2008
  • Gayl & Beverly Doster donate $100,000 - the largest individual gift ever received by the organization.
  • BOA's Sound Check is the first marching event in the new Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
  • Music for All celebrates the first Grand National Championships in Lucas Oil Stadium.
  • Music for All is awarded its largest grant to date, $495,000 from the Lilly Endowment, to support implementation of a mature fundraising program.
  • Music for All wins six International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) Pinnacle awards.

2007
  • Music for All launches a new website, www.musicforall.org.
  • BOA hosts a record 21 events during the Fall marching band season.
  • Music for All debuts the Jazz Band of America.
  • Newly-named Music for All National Festival comprises National Concert Band Festival, National Percussion Festival and Orchestra America National Festival.
  • 2007 Grand National Championships will be the final marching event in the RCA Dome before moving to Lucas Oil Stadium in 2008.
  • MFA presented with 10 IFEA Pinnacle Awards.

2006
  • Bands of America and Music for All Foundation merge to create Music for All, Inc.
  • The Orchestra America National Festival debuts in Hilbert Circle Theatre in cooperation with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
  • INergy, Indy's Official Musical Ambassadors, debuts as a coproduction of Bands of America and the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association.
  • BOA launches non-competitive Fall Preview Experiences
  • BOA is awarded seven IFEA Pinnacle Awards
  • Music for All's California research and policy efforts pay off: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the California State Legislature allocate $500 million as a reinvestment into music and arts education in public schools.

2005
  • BOA celebrates 30 years of positively life-changing experiences!
  • BOA Honor Band performs before millions January 1 in the Tournament of Roses Parade with more than 330 outstanding high school band members from across the nation
  • Orchestra America, a division of BOA, debuts the Honor Orchestra of America at the National Concert Band Festival

2004
  • BOA and the National Band Association agree to partner to present the NBA conference in conjunction with the BOA Summer Symposium.

2003
  • BOA holds its first Super Regional in San Antonio, TX at the Alamodome.
  • BOA opens its new headquarters office suite in historic Union Station, downtown Indianapolis.
  • BOA creates the Bands of America Hall of Fame and inducts the inaugural class.
  • BOA receives an invitation for the Bands of America Honor Band to perform in the 2005 Tournament of Roses Parade.

2002
  • Bands of America debuts a program of instruction for string musicians at the Summer Symposium.
  • The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra presents a special Bands of America tribute concert at the National Concert Band Festival & National Percussion Festival.
  • BOANetwork tops 60,000 members.
  • The new www.bands.org is unveiled featuring online event registration.
  • BOAis honored with three IFEA Pinnacle Awards.

2001
  • The BOA Summer Band Symposium hits its highest-ever enrollment to date with more than 1,900 student, director, instructor & booster participants.
  • BOA receives the Silver Medal for Best Newsletter and the Gold Medal for Best Sponsorship Video from the IFEA.

2000
  • Bands of America celebrates 25 years of Positively Life-Changing experiences!
  • BOA wins four medals at the 2000 IFEA awards ceremony including Silver Medal-Best Newsletter, Bronze Medal-Best Website, Bronze Medal-Best Sponsor Solicitation Video Production, Bronze Medal-Best Television Production (Grand Nationals).

1999
  • The BOA Honor Band of America conducted by H. Robert Reynolds presents a concert tour of Japan, performing exchange concerts with top Japanese bands.
  • BOA Grand National pin program wins IFEA award for best fundraising program.

1998
  • The Regional Championship schedule expands to 12 events nationwide.
  • '97 Grand National video program wins Gold Award, Best Television Program, from International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA).

1997
  • The National Concert Band Festival moves to Indianapolis, IN. Percussion ensembles perform for the first time.
  • The Honor Band of America travels to Europe for performances including at the World Association of Symphonic Bands & Ensembles conference in Austria.
  • The first BOA Regional Concert Band Festival is held at the University of North Texas.
  • Yamaha Corporation of America becomes BOA's first National Presenting Sponsor.
  • BOA Newsletter wins Silver Award from IFEA.

1996
  • Grand Nationals expands to 80 bands-3 day prelims/semi-finals/finals format.
  • The Regional Championship schedule expands to 10 events nationwide.
  • The first BOA Express summer camp is held in Texas.
  • BOA web site wins Bronze Award from IFEA.

1995
  • BOA Web Site bands.org launched.
  • BOA Newsletter wins Gold Award from IFEA.

1994
  • BOA wins four awards for newsletter & program books from IFEA.

1993
  • BOA wins three Gold Awards for newsletter & program books from IFEA.

1992
  • The National Concert Band Festival debuts-a non-competitive performance event for high school concert bands.
  • The Summer Band Symposium moves to Illinois State University.

1990
  • The Summer Band Symposium expands to include concert band & jazz band. The World Percussion Symposium is added in 1991.
  • BOA wins two Gold Awards for print & promotions from IFEA.

1989
  • The final Summer National Championship is held at the Summer Workshop/Festival.
  • The first BOA Marching Percussion Festival is held during the Grand National Championship weekend.
  • BOA wins award from IFEA for promotion design.

1988
  • The Internal Revenue Service recognizes Bands of America, Inc. as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, retroactive to 1984 when BOA filed for status.
  • Bands of America is now governed by the laws regarding non-profit organizations by the IRS.

1987
  • Grand Nationals is held in the Pontiac (MI) Silverdome in 1987 & 1988.

1986
  • The Student Leadership Workshop is added to the Summer Workshop.

1984
  • Grand Nationals moves to the newly completed Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis, IN.
  • 1984 marks a major turning point in Bands of America's history. Formerly part of a parent company, BOA separates to become a new self-supporting organization renamed Bands of America, Inc.
  • On November 15, 1984, BOA files for not-for-profit status with the IRS.
  • Scott McCormick becomes executive director.

1983
  • Dave Gillum named executive director.

1981
  • Tim Lautzenheiser succeeds Nick Valenziano as executive director.
  • Grand Nationals held at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City in 1981, 1982 & 1983.

1980
  • First BOA Grand National Championships held at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, FL.

1978
  • First Bands of America Regional Championships held. Dr. Nicholas Valenziano succeeds Beckner as executive director.

1976
  • First Bands of America marching band championship is held-the Summer National Championship in Whitewater, WI, part of the Summer Workshop/Festival.

1975
  • Bands of America is founded as "Marching Bands of America," a subsidiary of a band supplies company.
  • Gary Beckner is the first executive director.