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Highland High School Student Selected to Perform with National Honor Band at the Music For All National Festival in Indianapolis, March 12, 2016


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Maya Davis, a Class of 2016 student at Highland High School, will join other outstanding musicians from across the nation as part of Music for All's 2016 Honor Band of America. Davis was selected from numerous applicants from across the nation for membership in this prestigious honor ensemble. Davis is the daughter of Darrin and Patricia Davis. Davis is a member of the concert, marching, jazz and pep bands under the direction of Mr. Brian Blocker.

Davis plays clarinet (as well as piano, flute, and saxophone) and was selected by audition to rehearse and perform in concert as part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, March 9-12 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Honor Band of America students will first come together, from 24 states representing 74 high schools, Wednesday, March 9 and will perform in concert Saturday, March 12, at 8:00 p.m., at Clowes Memorial Hall, located on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Maya Davis was Drum Major for the Marching Trojan Pride for 2015. She has earned Gold ratings at ISSMA solo and ensemble festival and qualified for State for both piano and Clarinet solo events. Davis has performed in Indiana Bandmasters All District ensembles for multiple years. Over her summers, Davis has attended Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp as well as Music For All's Summer Symposium and Leadership Weekend. The Honor Band of America is a national ensemble that will rehearse and perform under the direction of Richard Floyd, State Director of Music (retired), University of Texas at Austin and Music Director, Austin Symphonic Band.

The Honor Band of America members are selected by recorded audition, evaluated by leading music educators. "To be selected for membership in this elite national ensemble is a great achievement and honor," says Eric Martin, Music for All President and CEO. "The 2016 Honor Band of America members are ambassadors of America's music programs, as well as their states, schools and communities." The Music for All National Festival includes the National Concert Band Festival, the Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival, the Chamber Music National Festival, the Orchestra America National Festival and the Middle School National Music Festival, all taking place simultaneously in major venues throughout Indianapolis. In addition to the many performance and audience opportunities, students at the Music for All National Festival participate in Master Classes taught by some of the leading music instructors in the country, as well as a motivational sessions and social events. In addition to the Honor Band of America, the Festival includes two other honor ensembles, the Jazz Band of America and the Honor Orchestra of America. In its 25th year, the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha is an annual program of Music for All, one of the nation's largest and most influential organizations in support of active music making, headquartered in Indianapolis.

A full schedule of Festival ensemble concerts, times and locations is available at www.musicforall.org/festival, or for more information call 800-848-BAND (2263).

About Music for All
Music for All (MFA) is one of the nation's largest and most influential organizations in support of active music making. Since 1975, MFA, through its Bands of America and Orchestra America programs, 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, MFA's mission is to create, provide and expand positively lifechanging experiences through music for all. MFA's vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child in America has access and opportunity for active music-making in their scholastic environment. MFA's programs include 20+ annual events, including the Bands of America Grand National Championships and Regional Championships for marching band, the Music for All Summer Symposium camp for students and teachers, the Music for All National Festival for concert bands, orchestra, jazz and percussion ensembles and national honor bands and orchestras.

Music for All Sponsors
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 Performance Equipment Sponsor Wenger Corporation; Official Student Travel Partner Music Travel Consultants; Title Sponsor of Texas Championships, Texas Dairy Queen®; Corporate Sponsors Visit Indy and the City of Indianapolis, Vic Firth Company, Zildjian and United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corp, Strategic Advocacy Partner, NAMM; Associate Sponsors DANSR, Remo, Inc., Tresona Multimedia, Director's Showcase International, Delivra and Woodwind & Brasswind. Music for All is also supported by the Indiana Arts Commission, Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Ball Brothers Foundation, George and Frances Ball Foundation, Lilly Endowment Inc.

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