Georgia Dome Hosts The Atlanta Super Regional Championships
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – Outstanding high school marching bands from throughout Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma and Ohio will compete in one of the nation’s most prominent championships, Music for All’s Bands of America Super Regional Championship at Atlanta, presented by Yamaha, at the Georgia Dome (One Georgia Dome Drive) on October 25th and 26th.
The championship event, hosted by North Cobb Orchestra, will feature 36 high school marching bands in the preliminary competition, all of which will be evaluated by a panel of nationally recognized music educators and marching band experts. The top 12 bands will advance to the evening finals competition, which will ultimately name the Super Regional Champion.
“Bands of America Championships are a program of Music for All, which has a mission to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all,” according to Eric L. Martin, President and CEO of Music for All. “Active participation in music and arts is a vital part of a meaningful educational experience. The thousands of students who will perform at this championship showcase the dedication, teamwork and mastery required and fostered through music and arts education.”
Schedule - The preliminary competition begins Friday, October 25th at 4:00 p.m. and will conclude at approximately 7:15 p.m. Preliminary competition resumes at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 26th and will conclude at approximately 4:30 p.m. Gates will open for the finals at 7:00 p.m. with performances beginning at 8:00 p.m. Georgia State University marching band will perform in exhibition at the conclusion of prelims and the West Chester University marching band will perform in exhibition at the conclusion of finals. All times are tentative pending the final schedule of performing bands. Current times will be listed at musicforall.org.
Ticket Information - Ticketing and schedule information is available online at musicforall.org or by calling 800.828.2263. Tickets will also be available at the gate. Standard general admission is $17 on Friday and $19 on Saturday for preliminaries. Finals general admission is $23 and finals reserved (upper deck) is $28. A super ticket day pass is $48 and includes Friday and Saturday general admission preliminaries and finals premium reserved seat. Children ages 10 and under are free for general admission seats. Discounts will be available at the gate for college students and spectators 11-18 years of age for $7 off any general admission ticket including individual preliminaries, finals or full day passes. Military members and spouses (military ID required) as well as spectators age 62 and over can receive $3 off the applicable adult ticket price.
Sponsorship Information - Music for All efforts are supported through sponsorships, including current partnerships with National Presenting Sponsor Yamaha Corporation of America; Title Sponsor of Texas Championships, Texas Dairy Queen®; Official Uniform Sponsor Fred J. Miller, Inc.; Official Performance Equipment Sponsor Wenger Corporation; Official Student Travel Partner Music Travel Consultants; Corporate Sponsors Visit Indy and the City of Indianapolis, Vic Firth Company and Zildjian; Strategic Advocacy Partner, NAMM; Associate Sponsors DANSR, Delivra, Remo, Inc., SmartMusic, The Woodwind & Brasswind and Director’s Showcase International; and fall Supporting Sponsors Purdue University and Marian University, Marching Show Concepts and Center X Productions. 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., Arthur Jordan Foundation, The D’Addario Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
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 life-changing 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.
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Enhancements To Atlanta Marathon Safety And Security Procedures
ATLANTA - Atlanta Track Club announced recently that it will implement enhancements to safety and security measures for the Atlanta Marathon events on Sunday, October 27. The enhanced plans will impact the Atlanta Marathon and 10 Miler as well as the 5K and Kids Fun Run presented by American Family Insurance.
“Safety is Atlanta Track Club’s top priority, and we work closely with the City of Atlanta and its agencies to ensure safe, fun events for our participants, volunteers and spectators,” said Sue Payne, Atlanta Track Club interim executive director. “Just as we enhanced our security plans for the 2013 AJC Peachtree Road Race following the Boston Marathon tragedy, we are continuously evaluating our safety and security plans for all our events, including the upcoming Atlanta Marathon.”
The comprehensive safety and security plans include an increased law enforcement presence and an increased number of restricted areas on race day, especially around the start and finish of each event. Additionally, clear bags will be used for gear check for Atlanta Marathon participants. All event participants are asked to do the following:
* Pack light: Leave backpacks and unnecessary items at home. If you don’t need it, don’t bring it.
* See something, say something: If you see something suspicious, contact the nearest police officer or call 911.
* Utilize the clear plastic bags for gear check: Items in anything other than the clear plastic bags distributed at number pick-up will not be accepted in the gear check area on race day.
* Be familiar with the Event Alert System (EAS): Colored flags will be located at the start line, along the course at the water stations and at the finish areas. The flags will communicate the specific alert level based on a variety of factors, including weather conditions. Participants can learn more about the EAS system at atlantatrackclub.org.
The Atlanta Marathon is an urban marathon that starts and finishes at Atlantic Station. The challenging course takes participants on a tour of the city going past well-known sites and neighborhoods such as Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Tech, CNN Center, Turner Field, The King Center, Grant Park, Virginia-Highlands, Piedmont Park, Buckhead and along stretches of the famous Peachtree Road. The new 10 Miler will start just outside Piedmont Park and follow the last 10 miles of the Atlanta Marathon course, while both the Atlanta Marathon 5K and Kids Fun Run presented by American Family Insurance will take place at Atlantic Station.
Online registration for all of the Atlanta Marathon events is open through Wednesday, October 23 or until capacity is reached. Participants can register at atlantatrackclub.org or at number pick-up at Atlantic Station on Saturday, October 26.
The Atlanta Track Club is a nonprofit established to inspire and engage the community to achieve health and fitness through running. With more than 19,000 members, the Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race (peachtreeroadrace.org) ? the largest 10K running event in the world, the Atlanta Marathon (atlantamarathon.org), and the Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K (atlantahalfmarathon.org), the Atlanta Track Club directs more than 30 events per year. Through the support of its members and volunteers, the Atlanta Track Club also maintains a number of community initiatives including organizing and promoting the Kilometer Kids youth running program to metro Atlanta youth, honoring high school cross country and track and field athletes through the Atlanta Track Club?s All-Metro Banquets and supporting the Grady Bicycle EMT program. For more information on the Atlanta Track Club, visit atlantatrackclub.org.
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Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Announces the First Atlanta BeltLine Street Cup
ATLANTA—The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership is partnering with Soccer in the Streets to hold the first Atlanta BeltLine Street Cup on Sunday, October 27 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at D.H. Stanton Park. Registrations will be held on a walk-up basis, and winning teams will receive medals.
Youth of all ages are invited to participate in this free, one-day tournament designed to use competition to test participants’ mastery of character traits such as teamwork, respect, sportsmanship, perseverance, and tolerance. Games are played with small teams in order to increase interaction, teams are created on the day of the event in order to promote diversity, and games are played without referees to reinforce positive conflict resolution techniques.
"The Atlanta BeltLine Street Cup is a component of the free health programming the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership is offering to engage the community in healthy, active lifestyles through partnerships with other health-centric organizations such as Soccer in the Streets," said Atlanta BeltLine Program Director Rob Brawner. "We are excited to offer fun, exciting ways to get Atlantans moving."
The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment and mobility projects currently underway in the United States. The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) is the entity tasked with planning and executing the implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine in partnership with other public and private organizations, including City of Atlanta departments.
The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABLP) is a non-profit organization committed to raising funds from private and philanthropic sources to support the Atlanta BeltLine, working with the community and partners to raise general awareness and support, and serving as a catalyst to mobilize resources to achieve the positive social impacts of the Atlanta BeltLine vision. For more information on the Atlanta BeltLine, please visit www.BeltLine.org.
An Atlanta-based non-profit organization, Soccer In The Streets empowers under-served youth through soccer, character development, mentorship, and employment opportunities. Soccer in the Streets has pioneered the use of soccer for social change since its launch in 1989. Throughout the 1990's, Soccer in the Streets led the way in conducting soccer clinics in urban and under-served communities, especially during the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups and the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup.