Grand National Championships presented by YAMAHA
Broad Ripple

Broad Ripple H.S.
2009 IPS Champion & Spirit Award Winner

Broad Ripple

T.C. Howe H.S.
2009 IPS Class B Champion
IPS Marching Band Tournament
presented by Yamaha and Sharp Business Systems

Nov. 11, 2009
Indianapolis, Indiana
Lucas Oil Stadium

Bands of America kicks off the Grand National Championships by hosting the IPS Marching Band Tournament presented by Yamaha and Sharp Business Systems, with the support of the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis.

Read a letter of support from Superintendent of IPS, Dr. Eugene White.

"This is a way that we can extend our resources to IPS band program students and teachers to celebrate and recognize the achievements of these students and showcase them in Indianapolis' finest stadium facility as a part of the Bands of America Grand National Championships," says Scott McCormick, Music for All President and CEO.

BOA has provided the venue to IPS at no cost to the school system and will continue to host the event at Lucas Oil Stadium. "We're committed to supporting the growth and development of band and music education at IPS and using resources already in place to provide a world class venue for the Tournament is one way to show its commitment," says McCormick.

Spirit Award
In an effort to increase awareness of music education, the IPS Marching Band Tournament Spirit Award was created. Spectators are judged on their school spirit by a celebrity panel of judges, and the winning school receives a trophy and a $1,000 scholarship to be used for the school's music program.

The 2009 Judging Panel includes: Brandi Jones, Jimmy Finnie, Ryan Bowman, Roosevelt Colvin, Rob Davidson and Consul Juan M. Solana. Read bios for the 2009 Spirit Award Judging Panel. Celebrity Spirit Award judges have included former Deputy Mayor of Indianapolis, Steve Campbell; Indiana Black Expo's Joyce Rogers; Circle City Classic's Tony Mason and many others!

Judging is based on four criteria: Pride, which includes cheers, banners, signs, painted faces and school color representation; Sportsmanship; Noise level (produced by a school's fans when its band is participating) and Attendance.

Past Results

IPS Champion - Broad Ripple H.S.
Spirit Award winner - Broad Ripple H.S.

IPS Champion - Broad Ripple H.S.
Spirit Award winner - Arlington H.S.

IPS Champion - Broad Ripple H.S.
Spirit Award winner - T.C. Howe H.S.

IPS Champion - Arlington H.S.
Spirit Award winner - T.C. Howe H.S.

IPS Champion - Arlington H.S.

2009 Spirit Award Judges Bios

Brandi Jones
NFL Pro Bowl cheerleader Brandi Jones retired after cheering in Super Bowl XLI with the Indianapolis Colts. She continues to perform as a singer, entertainer, and motivational speaker. Her talents have led her to perform worldwide including Japan, London, and Nassau, Bahamas. Brandi has sang the National Anthem at several NFL events including Monday Night Football. She comes from a lineage of great musicians with a rich musical heritage, including the late jazz musician, Wes Montgomery. As a talented entertainer, Brandi continues to perform alongside her sister and brothers in a newly established band called SOULOVE UNIVERSE. Atop of these accolades, she was featured in the Ebony Magazine article "African-American Cheerleaders: Showcasing Beauty And Brains (Nov. 2002). Brandi is also a Health Educator and motivational speaker.

Jimmy Finnie:
Jimmy Finnie, percussionist, joined the Indiana State University music faculty in 1994. Before moving to Indiana, he taught at East Texas State University and performed with the Northeast Texas Symphony and the Panhandlers Steel Drum Band. He is featured as marimba soloist on the Indiana State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble's 1997 compact disc, Symphonic Moments, and has completed several recording projects with the Indiana State University Faculty Wind Ensemble. As director of Indiana State University's Percussion Ensemble and Steel Drum Band, he has presented numerous concerts on public school and university campuses throughout the State of Indiana, and he is a consistent presenter at the Indiana Chapter, Percussive Arts Society, Day of Percussion.

In 1996, his ensembles were featured at the Indiana Music Educators Association annual conference in Indianapolis, Indiana; and in 1997 presented a concert at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. Along with teaching responsibilities at ISU, Finnie was also principal timpanist for the Terre Haute Symphony from 1994 to 1999 and was featured during the fall 97 season as percussion soloist with the orchestra. Jimmy has presented concerts in both solo and chamber settings throughout the United States and Canada. He also performs regularly in the region on drum set and steel drum. He has been a summer faculty member at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and is an Artist Clinician for the Zildjian Cymbal Company, and Innovative Percussion Mallet Company. He holds the degrees: Bachelor of Music Education from East Texas State University, Master of Music from The University of Georgia, and Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of North Texas.

Ryan Bowman:
Ryan Bowman represents the Indianapolis Indians baseball team, the Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Indians are a corporate partner of IPS schools and the Be Against Drugs (BAD) program. In addition to their support of IPS, the Indians contribute over $600,000 annually in cash and in kind services to IPS and other deserving Indiana not-for-profit organizations.

Roosevelt Colvin:
Known for playing with discipline and focus, Rosevelt Colvin became a dominantÊand commanding presence for the New England Patriots' defense during his 5-yearÊstint with the team. After spending 4 productive years with the Chicago Bears alongside Brian Urlacher,ÊCoach Bill Belichick lured Rosevelt away in 2002, signing him as a free agent to give the Patriots a strongÊoutside pass-rushing threat. Those plans were put on hold in September of 2003 when Rosevelt sufferedÊa broken and dislocated left hip in just his second game with the team. Following surgery that included a metal plate and four screws being inserted into his hip, it was unknown whether he would ever be able to play football again. However, Rosevelt never lost this focus or motivation, and committed himself to returning to the Þeld. After an intense 10-month recoveryÊprogram, he rebounded from his gruesome injury to help anchor the Patriots Linebacking Core in 2004. Despite playing with constant stiffnessÊand decreased mobility, he recorded 5 sacks while appearing in every game for the Patriots and winning a Super Bowl Ring. At the close of theÊseason, Rosey's teammates honored him by selecting him to receive the Patriots' Ed Block Courage Award. By the end of the 2005 season,ÊRosevelt had returned to form as one of the most explosive and intimidating linebackers in the NFL. After a short stint with the Houston Texans to begin 2008, Coach Belichick signed him back to theÊPatriots for the Þnal 4 games of the season as Rosevelt knew this defensive system better than most. He started each game and recorded 7 moreÊtackles to help the Tom Brady-less Patriots get to 11-5 and the cusp of the playoffs. While Rosevelt was extremely fortunate to overcome all of the obstacles associated with his injuries, it was a humbling experience for him. ItÊforced him to consider life after football. Numerous athletes often suffer career-ending injuries and Þnd themselves ill-prepared for the unexpectedÊcontingency of not playing sports.

More important than setting the all-time Purdue career sack record with 35, his Industrial Technology Degree primed him for future business ventures. After the injury, Rosevelt andÊ his wife Tiffany, further solidiÞed hisÊpost-football career with the purchase of two UPS Store franchises in their hometown Indianapolis. During his recovery, he realized that enteringÊthe business world was an endeavor that would suit his strengths and be best for his family in the long run. Acquiring the UPS Stores was not the climax of his off-Þeld dealings in business. On November 14th 2009, he and Tiffany willÊopen their third venture, SweeTies Gourmet Treats offering specialty desserts with catering and function capabilities. He also co-founded TEN5NINE LLC, a company providing exclusive getaway golf vacations for participants who pair with current and retired NFL players for interactiveÊand extended weekends. Back in June '08, the Inaugural G3 took place in St, Kitts with Shaun Phillips, Vince Wilfork, Terry Cousin, Mike AlstottÊand Jim Miller as just some of the NFL personalities who attended. Although he is out of football, Rosevelt'sÊwork ethic and business sense have shined through in his very successful enterprises. Ê Rosevelt has not stopped his peripheral projects with his acquisitions and industry developments.Ê HisÊcharitable efforts have been seen and felt nationwide. In 2006, he developed and launched his signatureÊ"Rosey's Sack Pack." With the sale of each Sack Pack, $5 was donated directly to Easter Seals to beneÞtÊchildren and adults with disabilities.Ê Most recently Rosevelt hosted his "2nd Annual R59 Shootout,"Êa 5 on 5 charity basketball tournament at Broad Ripple High School, his Alma Mater, in Indianapolis.Ê The event beneÞts a scholarship fund and the Athletic Department for Broad Ripple High School.Ê For all of his on and off-Þeld accomplishments, Rosevelt continues to receive recognition fromÊthose he's been associated with. In May 2005, Rosevelt was voted Broad Ripple High School'sÊ"Most Disquinshed Alumnus of the Year." On June 21, 2007 he was back in the Lafayette area toÊhelp the Northwest Indiana Chapter of the National Football Foundation stage its third annualÊNFF Honors Dinner, "Celebrating Our Legends III," at the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms.Ê Former Purdue Quarterback Drew Brees, now the All-Pro quarterback of the New Orleans Saints,Êpresented the chapter's Drew Brees Mental Toughness Award to his former Purdue teammate, Colvin. In October 2007, Rosevelt was inducted into the Indianapolis Public Schools Alumni HallÊof Fame, joining fellow IPS Alum, Oscar "The Big O" Robertson, as he continues to support the communities closest to him. Rosevelt is also no stranger to the media. In 2001-02 while playing for the Chicago Bears, Rosey co-hosted, with Keith Traylor, a show on ESPNÊ Radio called the Keith & Rosey Show. When he made the move to New England, Rosey picked up right where he left off.Ê He was hired by bothÊ CBS Channel 4 and the New England Sports Network (NESN), to appear in studio each week. Rosey spent three years with each station, provingÊhis on camera presence was well worth retaining. He is also still a regular contributor on WEEI in Boston, the #1 Rated Sports Radio Network inÊthe country, almost a full year after his departure from the region. And now, back in his hometown Indiana, he is the target of many a networks there to speak on everything from high school and college football, to the pros.Ê When he's not playing football or working at his UPS Stores, Rosevelt enjoys spending quality time with his wife TiffanyÊand their four children, Xavier, Nijah, Raven and Myles.

Rob Davidson:
Rob Davidson serves as Program Director for VH1 Save The Music Foundation, working with, among many others, the Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Houston, Indianapolis, Little Rock, Philadelphia and Washington DC School Districts to advocate for and restore music education programs. Rob joins VH1 Save The Music after ten years experience in Education and Orchestra Management. Most recently, Rob served as the Director of Education and Community Engagement with the Brooklyn Philharmonic where, during his tenure, he doubled the number of services offered for NYC public school students and brought the organization into the National music education advocacy arena. Before Brooklyn, Rob spent four years in the Education and Community Engagement Department at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his Orchestra Management experience, Rob taught music and performed with Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA and worked with the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Rob holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Music Performance from Truman State University (Kirksville, MO) and a K-12 Music Education Certification from Carnegie Mellon (Pittsburgh, PA).

Consul Juan M. Solana:
On December 3, 2007 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, appointed Mr. Juan Manuel Solana as Consul at the Mexican Consulate in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Solana is an economist with a solid background in the fields of marketing, finances, international commerce and diplomacy. Born in Mexico City on February 22, 1959, he graduated from the "Universidad Iberoamericana" in 1981 and continued his graduate studies on the National College of Economy. He specialized in Econometrics, Systems, Finances and Strategic Planning. In 1996 Mr. Solana started his diplomatic career as Consul of Economic Affairs at the Mexican Consulate in Houston, Texas. This experience was expanded as Consul of Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico were he was appointed from 2001 until his nomination to the Consulate in Indianapolis, Indiana

From 1993 to 1996 he served as Senior Vice-president for the "Nego-centros Project" for the Mexican Small Business Administration System. This program was supported by "Nacional Financiera," the largest Mexican development bank at that time. From 1989 to 1993 he was a part of a consulting firm as Senior Partner with clients in the national and international fields, among others; the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the University of Tokyo, the Mexican Ministry of Industrial Development and Commerce and several Mexican banks. Mr. Solana banking experience came from working from 1983 to 1989 as Director for Planning and Development of New Products at "Banco Mexicano Somex" that was the fourth Mexican leading bank. Before arriving in the financial arena he served for two years, from 1982 to 1983, in the advisory to the president of "Pemex" in the areas of marketing and policy pricing. In the academic field, he worked as Professor for ten years in the "Universidad Iberoamericana," where he taught Microeconomics, Econometrics and Monetary Theory. In 1987 he published "A Macroeconomic Model for the Closed Mexican Economy."