NEMC has announced their second NEMC "Music Is Life" Video Performance Contest. NEMC has announced their second NEMC "Music Is Life" Video Performance Contest. This high-profile contest calls on school band or orchestra ensembles from around the country to submit a video of a great performance recorded this year or a new performance captured on video specifically for this contest to be submitted between November 15, 2012 and January 31, 2013.

Participants can enter online at NEMC for prizes that include a choice of one of three $10,000 Musical Instrument Packages and additional $1,000 for their school music program. Videos can be edited down from an existing media file of a past performance or simply record something new. Entrants are urged to capture video on a phone or camera, as it’s is the performance not the video production that counts. Here's the twist. The winner is decided by public vote starting in February 2013! In May 2012, the inaugural contest was won by Glenn Cowen, the band director of Cheltenham High School, Cheltenham, Pa., who submitted the video entry on behalf of his school band.

NEMC urges all school band directors, students, and parents to spread the word and get involved in this contest that rewards the winning school with major musical instruments from industry profile brands such as F.E. OLDS and Son, Inc. and Jupiter Band Instruments.

All details of the contest and entry submissions can be accessed online at

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