Global Initiative for Talented Students (GIFTS) a 501 (c)(3) organization in collaboration with Perform America – TX, LLC is excited to offer a new educational opportunity for high school marching bands. The Marching Arts Division of Medal of Distinction, will be an unique recording submission process designed to celebrate excellence in performance while simultaneously offering practical and exciting opportunities of growth for both students and directors. All participants will have access to a wealth of knowledge from evaluators with a variety of musical and visual backgrounds.. The Medal of Distinction program serves as a means to bring together a community of musicians and educators striving to better themselves, their programs and the art of music-making through the marching arts.
The National Youth Wind Ensemble of America (NYWE) is excited to announce its inaugural season in 2020. Following a comprehensive audition process, the NYWE will consist of the nation’s premier young musicians. Performers will spend a week in the nation’s capital, with rehearsals led by 2020 guest conductors Colonel Jason K. Fettig, the 28th Director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band and Dr. Kevin Sedatole, Director of Bands at Michigan State University. We are hoping to raise funds for participants to cover costs of masterclasses from members of the top Washington D.C. area bands, tour the national monuments, experience military band performances at the capital, attend the Evening Parade, meals, lodging and transportation. The 2020 experience will be from June 16-20th culminating in a performance in the historic Warner Theater in Washington D.C.