Lucy Wotell
Lucy Wotell

Lucy Wotell has been a Marketing Coordinator and media contact for Music for All, since August 2016. She focuses on social media, media relations, and web content management. She is a graduate of the University of North Florida, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations.

The one-hundred and ninteenth installment of a new series on the blog that we will be posting throughout the month of December. As some of you are aware, Music for All will be taking an Honor Band to the 2017 Rose Parade. Our members were selected by audition for the ensemble and come from all across the United States. We are looking forward to coming together for the first time as a band at the end of December and we hope this series will allow us all to get to know some (hopefully most!) of the members of this awesome ensemble!

 JenniferP

Name: Jennifer Plank

Hometown: Germantown, WI

School Name: Germantown High School

Section: Tenor Saxophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
When I was going into my freshman year of high school, I attended the Music for All Summer Symposium and heard about this amazing opportunity to be in the 2013 Honor Band of America Rose Parade Band. However, my band had it's own trip planned at the same time. Senior year, I heard about this opportunity again at camp. It was something that I was sad about not participating in at that time, so I was determined to participate this time around.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am so excited for the actual parade and to be able to go to Disneyland. Large parades are always such a unique experience, and since I have never been to Disneyland I am very excited to visit there as well.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I have learned in band that you will always have a family there. Not only that, but I've also learned how to work better in a group towards one common goal, as well as how to work better with people you may not always get along with the best.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable band moment was during my freshman year on a trip to England. When we were taking the tube (subway) back to the hotel for evening rehearsal with our chaperone, one of the main stations we needed to be able to get back quickly was shut down for some reason. Because of this, we had to somehow find a way to get back to the hotel, which we managed to do. The only problem was we showed up an hour late and missed the rehearsal. Thankfully the rest of the trip went according to plan!

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Besides band, I was involved with Theatre, various volunteer societies and honor societies, strategist club, and Track and Field.

What's your favorite book?
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite piece of music is River Flows in You by Yiruma. It is always so relaxing to listen to and I love playing this piece.

Favorite movie?
Avatar (James Cameron)

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Orange Dream

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan to study Entertainment Design with a concentration in Animation at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have been a part of the Music for All Summer Symposium for four years from 2012-2015.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
In addition to playing the saxophone, I also play piano and am learning how to play guitar. With my band, I have also traveled to England, Germany, and Austria. I was also able to experience a short study abroad stay with a host family in Costa Rica through my school.

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The one-hundred and eighteenth installment of a new series on the blog that we will be posting throughout the month of December. As some of you are aware, Music for All will be taking an Honor Band to the 2017 Rose Parade. Our members were selected by audition for the ensemble and come from all across the United States. We are looking forward to coming together for the first time as a band at the end of December and we hope this series will allow us all to get to know some (hopefully most!) of the members of this awesome ensemble!

 TimothyC

Name: Timothy Childs

Hometown: Fresno, CA

School Name: Clovis North High School

Section: Baritone Saxophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My band director called my friends Cameron and John, and me into his office. We had no idea why we were there, but when he told us about the BOA Honor Band we were ecstatic about it! Now that we are accepted, we are even more excited to get started!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am excited about meeting so many people scattered across the United States.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I have learned how much hard work can get you to achieve your goals. In addition, I have learned the acts of discipline and respect for our band directors.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band was at WBA grand championships, when it rained out right after our preformance. Even though it didn't count, my band and I had the greatest run through ever.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am not really involved in much other than band, however I am participating in my Jazz Band, Winter Percussion, Marching Band, and Wind Ensemble currently.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite song is a jazz piece called 23 degrees north 82 degrees west.

Favorite movie?
Back to the Future

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Vanilla

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I want to go and pursue studio work and music. Hopefully I can teach music also.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have never participated in a BOA event, but I am excited about participating in the Honor Band.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I play guitar in my Jazz Band instead of saxophone.

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The one-hundred and seventeenth installment of a new series on the blog that we will be posting throughout the month of December. As some of you are aware, Music for All will be taking an Honor Band to the 2017 Rose Parade. Our members were selected by audition for the ensemble and come from all across the United States. We are looking forward to coming together for the first time as a band at the end of December and we hope this series will allow us all to get to know some (hopefully most!) of the members of this awesome ensemble!

CameronB 

Name: Cameron Baber

Hometown: Fresno, CA

School Name: Clovis North High School

Section: Alto Saxophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My director had called me into the office one day with some other students and said, "So the Rose Parade is coming up and I believe all of you are extremely capable musicians who should audition for this group." At first, it didn't entirely hit me how incredible the experience would actually be until I saw all of the cool things that the ensemble would be doing and that's what really sold me on the thought of being a part of this group.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
As excited I am to perform in the Rose Parade, there is just something about performing in a Disneyland Parade that's really got me pumped!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I think one of my biggest takeaways from band has been just how powerful music is and how it can bring people so close to one another. It's just really mind-boggling to me how a group of strangers can get together, but when they play the first couple notes on their horns they can instantly connect. One other thing that I would say I've really started to understand with band is that you don't need the title of leader to be one in your ensemble. Leading by example is a really powerful idea that I feel is one the most powerful things my director has taught me. Finally, I'd say I've learned how to become more aware and critical of myself in whatever I do; whether it be music or school, I'm constantly trying to analyze what I can do better in the future.

Most memorable moment in band?
I would have to say my most memorable moment in band was during the WBA 2016 Grand Championships when rain was pouring down on our band! It was so cool because I got to see the front ensemble hitting their cymbals and water flying up during each crash! The weather may have been against us, but I know that everyone walked off of that field with the biggest smiles on their faces!

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
In all honesty, band is my life. At my school I currently participate in a Big Band Jazz Ensemble, Winter Percussion, and Symphony Orchestra. I'm glad to say I couldn't happier participating in all of these groups!

What's your favorite book?
I know some of my classmates would adamantly disagree with me on this one, but I actually enjoyed reading The Great Gatsby.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Currently, one of my favorite pieces of music is a song that our wind ensemble is playing at home called "Moth" by a really talented composer named Viet Cuong. The imagery in the piece is just insane and I recommend that everyone go check it out!

Favorite movie?
The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Vanilla

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
After high school I'm thinking of attending a city college near home for a couple of years, so I can land on my feet financially and really confirm with myself what I want to do in the future. I would absolutely LOVE to do something with music in my future, whether it be performance or Music Education, I would really like to keep music in my life. If for some reason it happens not to work out in the future, I would also be happy to pursue a career in Computer Engineering.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
At the moment, no, I have not participated in any MFA/BOA events before this. Most of the events which I attend are part of the Western Band Association. But I do believe my director has aspirations to take our band to BOA level events sometime in the near future.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I have a Black Laborador at home named "Bear".

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The one-hundred and sixteenth installment of a new series on the blog that we will be posting throughout the month of December. As some of you are aware, Music for All will be taking an Honor Band to the 2017 Rose Parade. Our members were selected by audition for the ensemble and come from all across the United States. We are looking forward to coming together for the first time as a band at the end of December and we hope this series will allow us all to get to know some (hopefully most!) of the members of this awesome ensemble!

JonathanK 

Name: Jonathan Kessler

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

School Name: Palo Verde High School

Section: Baritone Saxophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I've always had a love for marching band and I was never able to do the honor marching band's my friends were able to do, so when I found out about this I jumped on it.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Marching in a parade at Disneyland. I remember watching a parade at Disney when I was a kid and I can't wait to share the magic.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. Everybody has potential; they just need to realize it and have the determination to want to do something about it.
2. Being on time is late, and being early is on time.
3. Regardless of what position you are in any group, you have significance and you are important.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moments were when I got the chance to perform at Carnegie Hall with the Honors Performance Series Honor Band, and when I got to perform at the Midwest Clinic with the Desert Winds Contemporary Wind Ensemble.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
When it comes to school all I really do is band. I've been part of my school's top Jazz Ensemble for the past three years and our top Concert Band for the past two.

What's your favorite book?
I don't favor individual books, but I have my favorite series' of books. I can't pick just one, but I've always been fascinated by magic and mythology, so Harry Potter and Percy Jackson are at the top of that list.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I love Fernande Decrucks Saxophone Sonata in C# Minor. It really exemplifies the beauty and lyrical qualities of my instrument.

Favorite movie?
Harry Potter

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookie Dough

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
Once I graduate, I am planning on attending Arizona State University to pursue a Bachelor's in Saxophone Performance. My ultimate goal is to earn a doctorate and eventually have my own saxophone studio at a university.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have participated in the Bands of America Regional competition in St. George, Utah.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
Aside from playing Saxophone, I love to ride my longboard and one of my favorite pastimes is cooking.

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The one-hundred and fifteenth installment of a new series on the blog that we will be posting throughout the month of December. As some of you are aware, Music for All will be taking an Honor Band to the 2017 Rose Parade. Our members were selected by audition for the ensemble and come from all across the United States. We are looking forward to coming together for the first time as a band at the end of December and we hope this series will allow us all to get to know some (hopefully most!) of the members of this awesome ensemble!

KolinE

Name: Kolin Edrington

Hometown: Borden, IN

School Name: Henryville Jr./Sr. High School

Section: Trumpet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I knew that being a part of this ensemble would be a once in a lifetime experience.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most excited to meet all of the other band and guard members.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
The three things I have learned from being in band is compassion, teamwork, and dedication. The people I have met, who come from all kinds of backgrounds, have taught me that you cannot judge someone based on where they come from. Band requires a level of teamwork that many sports do not require. There are so many moments when you have to simply trust the people next to you when a small mistake could ruin part of a show. Finally, band has taught me that dedication is one of the most important characteristics required in this field of work. With the amount of criticism people will face in this world, dedication to what you do is not just recommended, it is a necessity.

Most memorable moment in band?
I remember when I first joined pep band and got to play with all of the people who were serious about band in my school. Going from a seventh grade ensemble of about 25 people to a ensemble that consisted of over 50 people, most of them high schoolers, is an incredible memory I have.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am a part of our school's theatre program and I am on our high school swim team.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is currently The Selection, but only because I just read it. That will probably change very soon.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite song at the moment is Think of You by Christina Grimmie and my favorite piece of music is Come Sweet Death by Bach.

Favorite movie?
Currently Star Wars: Rogue One

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan on going to college for Music Composition and hopefully one day I will be able to score films or video games.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have been a part of the Music for All Summer Symposium in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I will be attending Music for All's Summer Symposium again in 2017, the fourth time I will take part in the Drum Major Institute.

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The one-hundred and fourteenth installment of a new series on the blog that we will be posting throughout the month of December. As some of you are aware, Music for All will be taking an Honor Band to the 2017 Rose Parade. Our members were selected by audition for the ensemble and come from all across the United States. We are looking forward to coming together for the first time as a band at the end of December and we hope this series will allow us all to get to know some (hopefully most!) of the members of this awesome ensemble!

JiHK

Name: Ji Ho Kwak

Hometown: Diamond Bar, CA

School Name: Diamond Bar High School

Section: Tenor Saxophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My older sister was in BOA 2012 so my little brother, Se Ho Kwak and I wanted it to be a Kwak Tradition. Also, I enjoy playing music and being part of the band.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Meeting new friends and learning new things.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. Leadership skills.
2. The result will depend on the amount of effort you have put in.
3. Band is great!

Most memorable moment in band?
Winning Arcadia Parade three times in a row.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Make-a-Wish (Vice President), and Track and Field.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Wiz Khalifa - See You Again ft. Charlie Puth

Favorite movie?
Ode to My Father

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Strawberry

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
Go to college and then join the military.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I like to bike and make videos.

The one-hundred and thirteenth installment of a new series on the blog that we will be posting throughout the month of December. As some of you are aware, Music for All will be taking an Honor Band to the 2017 Rose Parade. Our members were selected by audition for the ensemble and come from all across the United States. We are looking forward to coming together for the first time as a band at the end of December and we hope this series will allow us all to get to know some (hopefully most!) of the members of this awesome ensemble!

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Name: Zayra Mata-Velazquez

Hometown: Dewitt, MI

School Name: Dewitt High School

Section: Drum Major

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
Well when I first saw it at DMI, I was like "I need to be apart of this marching band that goes to Disney and wears cool uniforms!"

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm SUPER excited about ALL of it, but if I had to choose a couple I would say marching at Disney and meeting new people! I absolutely love people. I'm also really excited to watch 300 people who love marching band experience this trip together!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. I don't have to change myself to be a great drum major. If the drum major before me was more quiet and reserved, and a great drum major that doesn't mean I have to be like that. I bring something to band. I will use who I am as a strength to make myself a great drum major just like that person did.
2. When you're a drum major IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BAND. It's kind of a nice feeling putting all your energy into the marchers. It's kind of like being a young parent to your fellow marchers.
3. You can't hide in marching band. There is no bench. There are no subs. You put in the work, in order for you and your band to achieve your goals.

Most memorable moment in band?
Oh goodness. I think just seeing the change in the band from freshman year to senior year is memorable. We've gotten closer and more proud to be in marching band. The morning of state finals I walked out of the band room and saw our cheerleaders, football team, band parents, DEWITT coming to send us off. It meant so much to me seeing the community there. It meant so much I started crying.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am involved in soccer and I am apart of the theatre program again!

What's your favorite book?
Too many to just pick one!

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Pentatonix & Dolly Parton - Jolene

Favorite movie?
The Hobbit (all of them)

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip!

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
As of this very moment, I'm thinking about going to either Western Michigan University or Grand Valley State University. I definitely want to study abroad and get involved in student activities at my university!

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Yes! Leadership Camp & Drum Major Institute (2015 & 2016).

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I kind of recently got surgery on a part of me that I don't think is very common!

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The one-hundred and twelfth installment of a new series on the blog that we will be posting throughout the month of December. As some of you are aware, Music for All will be taking an Honor Band to the 2017 Rose Parade. Our members were selected by audition for the ensemble and come from all across the United States. We are looking forward to coming together for the first time as a band at the end of December and we hope this series will allow us all to get to know some (hopefully most!) of the members of this awesome ensemble!

MadalynM

Name: Madalyn Manning

Hometown: Bentonville, AR

School Name: Bentonville High School

Section: Dancer

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My brother was the first one to apply and make it, and after hearing all the fun things we get to do in California, I wanted to tag-along with my family. My mom wondered if they had a dancer section. When we found there was, I sent in a recording.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am really excited to be able to go to Disneyland the day before my birthday! Also, seeing Hollywood for the first time.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. You make new friends.
2. You make lots of new memories.
3. Those friends and memories will be with you forever.

Most memorable moment in band?
Being able to go to Grand Nationals for the first time to see my brother and the Bentonville Pride Marching Band perform.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I'm not in band, but I am on the school dance team.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is the Man Who Loved Clowns.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I was in Orchestra for three years so my favorite piece of music from that was Brandonburg Concerto No. 5

Favorite movie?
The Maze Runner/ The 5th Wave

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookie Dough

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
After I graduate high school, I plan on getting my teaching degree from the University Of Arkansas, so I can become a hearing impaired teacher.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I dance about 11-12 hours every week (including dance team).

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The one-hundred and eleventh installment of a new series on the blog that we will be posting throughout the month of December. As some of you are aware, Music for All will be taking an Honor Band to the 2017 Rose Parade. Our members were selected by audition for the ensemble and come from all across the United States. We are looking forward to coming together for the first time as a band at the end of December and we hope this series will allow us all to get to know some (hopefully most!) of the members of this awesome ensemble!

AngelH

Name: Angel Hernandez

Hometown: Antelope, CA

School Name: Antelope High School

Section: Trumpet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My band didn't really advertise this once in a lifetime opportunity, but my brother who was also accepted, told me about it and I decided that there was no point in not trying.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm excited to see all the talented musicians that I will be performing with and all the exciting places we are going to go. I'm also excited to work with well respected music instructors.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I've learned to be dedicated to everything that I do and will do. The whole group is the most important aspect and any improvements that an individual makes can help the entire group. I also learned how to lead by example, and that you must be a good role model for others if you want to be considered a good leader.

Most memorable moment in band?
My marching band went to perform at the National Independence Day Parade in Washington D.C. in 2015. I remember we sang happy birthday to my band director and she started crying right before we stepped off to march the parade.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I don't really do much other then band. I do take many AP and Honors classes.

What's your favorite book?
1984 by George Orwell

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin

Favorite movie?
Toy Story

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies & Cream

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
My current plan is to go to a university and pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering.

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The one-hundred and tenth installment of a new series on the blog that we will be posting throughout the month of December. As some of you are aware, Music for All will be taking an Honor Band to the 2017 Rose Parade. Our members were selected by audition for the ensemble and come from all across the United States. We are looking forward to coming together for the first time as a band at the end of December and we hope this series will allow us all to get to know some (hopefully most!) of the members of this awesome ensemble!

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Name: Kelsey Zetzl

Hometown: Hagerstown, IN

School Name: Hagerstown Jr Sr High School

Section: Clarinet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I was attracted by the chance to march in such a well-known parade, in addition to visiting Disneyland (I'm a huge Disney fan).

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I think the Disneyland performance will be cool, I'm excited to see what that's like.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I've learned the importance of preparation, I've developed dedication, and I've grown to persevere.

Most memorable moment in band?
The fun pep band nights or rehearsals spent with friends, when we laugh so hard our abs are sore. They all melt together in my mind, but those vague memories always make me happy.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I'm a part of Peer Helping, National Honor Society, Business Professionals of America, Prevention Using Student Help (PUSH), History and Math Academic Teams, and Model Legislature.

What's your favorite book?
I don't like to pick favorites, but I enjoy reading anything Science Fiction or Fantasy. Classics are also fun to read.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I don't pick favorites because I love all music, but I really enjoy orchestral and concert band music. I especially like John Williams and Stephen Melillo's compositions.

Favorite movie?
Can't choose; something Fantasy or Science Fiction

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I want to double major in music performance and math education at an undecided college.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
No, I have not previously been a part of a MFA/BOA event.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I got to perform a concerto as a soloist with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, after winning the Richmond Symphony Orchestra's Young Artist Competition.

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