March, 2008

Mike Lawson • Archives • March 13, 2008

Alfred Honors Mark Williams, Sponsors Piano Celebration
Alfred Publishing joins the music community in celebrating the life and works of Mark Williams. Mark was a talented musician and one of our most prolific composers of school band and orchestra music, with his works and method books used worldwide. His undeniable talent and infectious love of music have made a lasting impact on the music education world.

In honor of Mark’s lasting contributions to music education, Alfred has set up the Mark Williams Memorial Fund for Educators, which will award scholarships to music educators to attend the annual Music for All Summer Symposium for professional development held at the Illinois State University.

Mark was one of the premier composers for school bands and orchestras. Co-author of the Accent on Achievement Band Method, he had more than 200 published works to his credit and traveled worldwide as a clinician and conductor.

Please visit for more information on how you can make a contribution or apply for the scholarship.

In other Alfred news, the publisher has joined with Piano for a Richer Life in sponsoring Piano Celebration 2008 to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City.

Piano for a Richer Life is an organization designed to increase awareness, recognition, and support for the study of piano for people of all walks of life. On April 19-20, 2008, the organization will give local pianists a forum to showcase their talents and raise money for the Iowa City Ronald McDonald House through a program called Piano Celebration 2008. The showcase will take place at the Northpark Mall in Davenport and will bring together a community of families, teachers, community leaders, and professionals dedicated to music. It is through this kind of outreach that the devoted organization can raise awareness to the benefits of piano study as well as raise money for the Iowa City Ronald McDonald House.

For more information, or to make your contribution, contact Lynn Kroeger at or visit

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