Presented by Yamaha

We are thrilled to announce the 2022 Music for All National Festival

presented by Yamaha.

March 24-26, 2022 • Indianapolis, IN

June  5, 2021: Application Deadline for Bands, Orchestras, Choirs, and Percussion Ensembles
September 15, 2021: Application/Audition Deadline for Chamber Ensembles
Honor Ensembles Deadlines

Student musicians from across America will gather in Indianapolis to make music together once again!

Our Mission

Music for All’s mission is to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all.

The 2022 Music for All National Festival for:

  • High School and Middle School Ensembles
  • Concert Bands
  • Orchestras
  • Choirs
  • Percussion Ensembles
  • Chamber Ensembles

Music for All’s National Honor Ensembles for high school musicians:

  • Honor Band of America
  • Honor Orchestra of America
  • Jazz Band of  America

The Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, celebrates outstanding music-making by the nation’s finest high school and middle school scholastic ensembles. The Music for All National Festival is an integral part of Music for All’s mission to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all.

All applying ensembles receive feedback on their audition recording from a panel of Music for All National Festival evaluators.

For invited ensembles, directors select their own programs; there is no required repertoire. There are no ratings or rankings, so directors and their ensembles are free to stretch themselves, reach for new heights, and strive for innovation, growth, and excellence, rather than focusing on a rating or placement.

The non-competitive atmosphere of the Music for All National Festival provides a place for growth, cooperative encouragement, and mutual respect among music programs, students, parents, boosters, and administrators. To receive an invitation by audition is to be recognized as one of the finest scholastic music ensembles in America.



About the Music for All National Festival

Founded in 1975, Music for All is one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations in support of active music-making through educational and performance programs and advocacy. From roots in marching band championships as Bands of America, the organization launched the National Concert Band Festival in 1992. Today, the Music for All National Festival provides a world-class educational performance experience for outstanding bands, orchestras, percussion ensembles, and chamber ensembles.

The Music for All National Festival has been comprised of the National Concert Band Festival, Orchestra America National Festival, the National Choir Festival, the Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival, the Chamber Music National Festival, and national honor ensembles for outstanding high school musicians.

Special considerations for the 2022 Festival

We are excited to be back with the Music for All National Festival in 2022, with these special considerations in place:

  • The 2022 Festival concerts will be held in venues at Butler University. Performance stages will be selected and scheduled based on ensemble types and appropriateness.
  • The performance experience for ensembles will consist of: pre-concert warm-up, concert for audience with evaluation panel, post-concert clinic in a clinic location with one of the performance evaluators.
  • There will not be an option with on-stage clinics for bands in 2022, in order to accommodate the schedule. All post-concert clinics will take place in a separate space with one of the festival evaluator/clinicians.
  • Invited ensemble directors will attend two virtual familiarization sessions in August and December. There will not be a mandatory “Fam Trip” in Indianapolis in November adjacent to the Bands of America Grand National Championships, although directors of 2022 Festival ensembles who wish to attend Grand Nationals will receive an All-Events Grand National VIP pass (travel and accommodations are the responsibility of the school/ensemble).