The College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), Music for All (MFA), and National Band Association (NBA) are dedicated to the attainment of a high level of excellence for bands and band music at all levels of instruction. The Dr. William P. Foster Music Education Alliance “Award of Excellence” recognizes quality programs serving historically disadvantaged student populations. This exciting initiative honors select educators, and their band programs, which are challenging students and reaching a high level of excellence.
20-21 Middle School Award of Excellence
Schools receiving the Dr. William P. Foster Music Education Alliance “Award of Excellence” will be visited by national committee members and presented with a commemorative plaque. In addition, the school will receive the following during the committee visit:
At least one full school day of rehearsals, meetings and master classes will be provided during the regular school day on the school’s home campus. The visit agenda will be negotiated with the host band director. Area band directors will be invited to participate and benefit from this visit. Part of the visit must include an informal meeting and discussion with the school principal, head guidance counselor, and other administrators.
Other agenda options might include specific needs of the program; review of music library, instrument and equipment inventories; review of instruction facilities, rehearsal/class schedule, etc. to help define future program needs and goals.
The host band director will assist in the selection of the visiting clinicians. These clinicians will be of national stature and will be selected from Conn-Selmer, KHS America or Yamaha educational resources. The Music Education Alliance will pay and be responsible for all costs related to the provision of visiting clinicians. A concert is encouraged as a venue for the award presentation and a culminating event to the visit.
Schools can opt to extend the stay of visitors at their own expense. The dates for the event will be held during the following calendar year after the Midwest Clinic, as determined by the recognized school.
Community Development Award
The Community Development Award will be given to the band director that shows the most favorable music education and humanitarian impact on their students, school and community and will only be awarded at the national level. This decision will be based on the materials submitted for the Award of Excellence and will be determined by the National Evaluation Panel chosen from the Dr. William P. Foster Project Advisory Board.
This award will recognize high school programs on even-number years (spring of the school year), and on odd-number years (spring of the school year), junior high schools and middle schools will be recognized.
For example, High School program award presentations will be delivered in the spring of even-numbered years. High school programs will apply on or before June 15, 2017, and winners will be announced in the fall of 2017. The program award presentation will occur in the spring of 2018. The Middle and Junior High School program awards will be presented on odd years. Middle and Jr. High School programs will apply on or before June 15, 2018, and winners will be announced in the fall of 2018. The program award presentation will occur in the spring of 2019.
Schools and band directors are eligible to apply for this award regardless of membership in NBA or CBDNA. However, all applicants are strongly encouraged to join their national professional organization.
Band directors need to be in their position for at least five years before they are eligible to apply.
The intent of the award is to serve underserved and historically disadvantaged students and schools. 50% of the school must be on free or reduced lunch to be considered for the award. Schools with less than 50% free or reduced lunch may still apply, but must include a rationalization for consideration of the award consistent with the intent of serving disadvantaged students and schools.
WAIVED FOR 20-21 A video, no more than 15 minutes in length, of a rehearsal from the primary auditioning ensemble showing student interaction. Videos will only be used for the evaluation process and will not be shared with anyone beyond the evaluation committee, or on social media.
Completed application signed by the principal and band director indicating that the submitted recordings have not been edited and are live recordings from a concert, as well as the fact that your school has 50% or higher free or reduced lunch. Also, the signature acknowledges that all division winners/national finalists will be invited to the Midwest Clinic in Chicago for their award presentation.
A summary of the school’s demographics that has been verified by a school administrator. This should include verification that over 50% of the school is on free or reduced lunch as established by Federal standards. Verification should be in the form of a link to an official school district, state or federal web page indicating the most recent free or reduced lunch information, in addition to verification from the administrator. Schools with less than 50% free or reduced lunch may still apply, but must include a rationalization for consideration of the award consistent with the intent of serving disadvantaged students and schools.
Letters of endorsement from the following people testifying to the impact and quality of the band program:
a. An administrator or master educator within their building who can address the impact on students and the building culture.
b. An established community member or a respected music educator in the area. They should address the impact on the music education community in the area and/or the community that the school serves.
A summary of following in a word document:
a. The band program’s history
b. Band involvement in the school
c. Band involvement in the community
d. Parent involvement in the band program
e. Funding for the band program, including district funding and fund-raising
f. Student profile: student leadership positions, student-led learning, participation in summer camps or private lessons, general description of student life including those holding full-time jobs out of school
g. Notable alumni of the program, including graduates that have pursued careers in music.
A high resolution digital photograph (if possible) of the band director (within the guidelines of the school district). This photo should be the best available, but it does not have to be a professional photo.
A high resolution digital photograph (if possible) of the applying band (within the guidelines of the school district). If this band is a division winner, this photo will be used in all national publicity. A picture from the most recent school year is highly recommended. This photo should be the best available, but it does not have to be a professional photo.
Biographical information of the band director(s), including education, teaching positions, professional activities and memberships.
a. High School (even years): Up to 30 minutes of unedited, recorded music from a live concert or public concert band performance, if a concert band exists in the school. If concert band is not available, a recording of what the director deems as the primary ensemble in their school can be submitted.
b. Middle School (odd years): Up to 20 minutes of unedited, recorded music from a live concert or public concert band performance, if a concert band exists in the school. If concert band is not available, a recording of what the director deems as the primary ensemble in their school can be submitted.
c. Directors have the option of also including additional ensembles from the program that display notable performance strengths within the time limit noted above.
d. Submissions must include musical material from at least two different school years and they must be recorded within three years of the date of application.
e. Recording dates and locations should be included with the recordings.
f. There should be NO voice identification on the recording of the performing ensemble.
g. Recordings should be submitted as mp3 files only. Use of the best recording equipment available is acceptable. If assistance is required, contact the Program Administrator. Contact information can be found at the end of this document.
Applications should be completed through our online system (see link on this page). Documents (PDF files only) and recordings (MP3 files only) should be uploaded through the online application. Videos must be submitted as an on-line link via YouTube, Vimeo, etc. An account is created to access the online application. Applications may be updated/re-visited but must be fully completed and submitted by the June 30 deadline.
PLEASE NOTE:The application must include an accompanying statement of explanation for any absent required items. Missing items will strongly impact the viability of the application. Missing items not explained in the application will disqualify the entire application from consideration.
Applications are due by June 30. There is no application fee for this program.
An Evaluation Committee will be formed in the summer prior to the beginning of the school year, comprised of members and/or designees of CBDNA, MFA, and NBA, including successful and experienced band directors from disadvantaged communities. This committee will evaluate all applications and administer this process.
Submitted applications and supporting materials will be organized and forwarded to the Evaluation Committee by September 1.
Materials will be reviewed by the Evaluation Committee and up to five finalists will be selected by October 15.
Applications and supporting materials for the division winners will be organized and forwarded to the National Evaluation Committee by November 1.
An Evaluation Committee will meet via conference call prior to the Midwest Clinic to select the final award winner(s).
The finalists and national award winner(s) will be announced at the NBA Annual Membership Meeting at the Midwest Clinic, the CBDNA Forum, and the Music for All booth.
All Division winners will be recognized at the Midwest Clinic Diversity Reception held annually in Chicago. It is the hope that all division winners will be present. Please explain to your administration.
All funding will be administered by the National Band Association, including stipends, travel, hotel and meals for all clinicians.
Applications should be completed through our online system. Documents (PDF files only) and recordings (MP3 files only) should be uploaded through the online application. An account is created to access the online application. Applications may be updated/re-visited but must be fully completed and submitted by the June 30 deadline.