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.

This is the eighth installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Name/Job Title: Patrick Rutledge, Advocacy and Educational Resources Coordinator

Hometown: Greenwood, IN

How long have you been with Music for All?
7 months

What is your musical background?
High School: concert, marching, jazz, and pep band at Greenwood Community H.S.
College: Music Education major at DePauw

One thing you couldn’t live without?
Baja Blast

What kind of music do you listen to?
Indie Rock, EDM, and Funk

What do you like to do in your free time?
Visiting parks, thrift shopping, and board games

What are you currently reading?
The Joy of Music - Leonard Bernstein

Do you have a favorite quote?
“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” - Walt Disney

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
Teachers (on TVLand) - Seriously one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
Meet the Robinsons - #keepmovingforward

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This is the seventh installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Name/Job Title: Accounting Manager

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

How long have you been with Music for All?
About 7 and a half years

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
Fall Regionals, I like traveling to different locations and the fast pace environment at the Regionals. And I like working the box office, so I can interact with proud family members and friends of those performing.

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
Every day is different. I like working on all shows at various times throughout the year. I also enjoy being the ticketing manager. I enjoy making people happy with tickets to our events.

Do you have a favorite memory of working an event with Music for All?
My fondest memories are seeing the lines forming before finals at any of our shows. Everyone is so excited to get into the stadium

One thing you couldn’t live without?
My cats.

What kind of music do you listen to?
Heavy Metal

What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to spend time with my family & friends, and work in my yard.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“Everything happens for a reason.”

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
I binge watch Law & Order all the time, all versions.

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
Smokey & the Bandit

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This is the sixth installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Name/Job Title: David Foth, Event Coordinator

Hometown: Trumbull, CT (attended college at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst).

How long have you been with Music for All?
I started as an Events Intern in 2012 after graduating college. I was hired on full time in 2013 as an Events Assistant and was promoted to Event Coordinator in early 2015.

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
I love Grand Nationals! It’s so cool to see 100+ bands from all over the country take over Indianapolis for a weekend, and to witness incredible performances by thousands of extremely talented students.

Do you have a favorite memory of working an event with Music for All?
It was an amazing experience to travel to California earlier this year to watch the BOA Honor Band march in the Tournament of Roses Parade in front of thousands of people and millions more on TV.

What is your musical background?
I started playing trumpet in fourth grade and played through college as a member of both my high school and college marching bands. I also had the privilege of marching drum corps with the Connecticut Hurricanes and the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps.

One thing you couldn’t live without?
During big events and long hours, coffee (and caffeine in general) is usually a must-have.

What kind of music do you listen to?
Anything and everything! I listen to mostly rock (classic, current, alternative, Indie, etc.), but I always try to find stuff I like in other genres.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I’m a HUGE sports fan, and will watch just about any game that’s on TV. I’m a devoted Green Bay Packers and Boston Red Sox fan, and since moving to Indy, have become a fan of the Pacers and Indy Eleven (soccer). I also enjoy spending my time with my girlfriend, Shay, and our awesome dog, Beaux!

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
Currently, I’m re-watching Parks and Recreation – it’s hard to live in Indiana and not love that show! I’m also looking forward to the new season of House of Cards later this month.

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
I really enjoy a lot of the “30 For 30” documentaries that ESPN has produced. As a Red Sox fan, one of my favorites is “Four Days in October” which is about the Red Sox’s incredible comeback in the 2004 American League Championship.

P.S. Fun fact about me: I am the creator and one of the voices for the Facebook page of Kevin, the Grand National Champion Eagle! Follow him here: https://www.facebook.com/KevintheEagle/

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Three new members have been elected to the Music for All Board of Directors: David Simmons, Denver; Marla D. Smith, Indianapolis; and Anthony M. Tang, Winston-Salem, N.C.; all with extensive experience within the music community. Music for All’s vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child across America has access and opportunity to participate in active music-making in his or her scholastic environment.

“We welcome three new board members to our Music for All board,” says Gayl Doster, Chairman of the Music for All Board of Directors. “These three individuals bring additional diversity and a wealth of expertise and knowledge in the areas of technology, education, and advancement to the Music for All Board of Directors. Their varying experiences and geographic locations represents the breadth of the constituency of this national organization. “Each director displays business and fiscal acumen as well as a love of music. Together they will help us expand opportunities for Music for All as we serve young musicians and their teachers, and advocate for the inclusion of music education as part of a complete education for our young people.”

David Simons is a Software Developer at Bertram Labs in Denver. Prior to serving on the technology team, Mr. Simons was a member of the investment team for Bertram Capital, targeting investments and advising in the operations and strategic management of portfolio companies in the business services, health care, technology, and consumer industries.

Mr. Simons is an alumnus of Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Ind., where he was an active member and performer in many ensembles of the music program, including its storied marching band. He received a Bachelor of Arts from DePauw University, where he studied economics and computer science.

Marla D. Smith is the retired Executive Assistant to Indianapolis Entrepreneur Michael S. Maurer and the office manager for Maurer Rifkin & Hill. Marla has an Associate Degree in Business from Western Michigan University, and she was the featured twirler and a member of the Western Michigan University marching band. She was an active band parent at the Westfield High School Marching Band, while her daughter participated in the band. She is a supporter and consultant of the Ball State University Marching Band.

Anthony M. Tang is a native of Rocky Mount, N.C., and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Engagement Programs in the Office of Alumni Engagement at Wake Forest University; and he volunteers much of his time as the Director of Student Leadership for the "Spirit of the Old Gold and Black" Marching Band, where he was Drum Major as an undergraduate.

Anthony played a vital role in bringing the Bands of America North Carolina Regional Championship to Winston-Salem and Wake Forest University. In December 2015, Anthony and his wife Megan set up the Tang Family Scholarship Fund through Music for All, benefitting individual students who are interested in attending the Music for All Summer Symposium as Anthony and Megan see value in the leadership-driven environment.

This is the fifth installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Mark Sternberg/Senior Event Coordinator

Hometown: Elkhart, IN

How long have you been with Music for All?
I did some seasonal work with Music for All for a couple of falls, but started working full-time at Music for All in 2013.

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
I really enjoy everything we do (the variety is part of what keeps things interesting and fun), but probably the fall season. We have the opportunity to be around so many great bands every week, and work with some really wonderful volunteers and Music for All Event Staff.

Do you have a favorite memory of working an event with Music for All?
The Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus from Washington D.C. (one of the best bands in the world) has performed at the Music for All Summer Symposium twice in the past few years. I was backstage during one of their concerts, and they were performing a piece that featured several of their low brass players, playing in front of the band. The featured members exited the stage to a RIDICULOUS round of applause and cheering. Once they were backstage, they had huge smiles, were high-fiving, and absolutely pumped from the amount of energy from the students in the crowd. A number of Field Band members said they “felt like rock stars” that night. It was amazing to see the performers, audience, and the staff all having such a positive experience.

What is your musical background?
I started as a percussionist in band when I was 10 years old, and continued throughout school. I studied Music Education at Butler University, and was a band director for 10 years. I still try to play, and love that percussion can allow such a broad spectrum of performance opportunities.

One thing you couldn’t live without?
Music, Friends & Family, and Diet Coke

What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading questions from our staff profile interviews… Also, I’ve been reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The collection of short stories makes it easy to still finish something when things are busy.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Yogi Berra

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
West Wing, Scandal, The Office, Lost

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
Serious movie, and a great story – The Red Violin. Completely stupid and funny movie – Army of Darkness

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This is the fourth installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Name/Job Title
Lucy Wotell/Marketing Coordinator

Hometown: Boca Raton, FL

How long have you been with Music for All?
I started at Music for All in August, so a little over eight months!

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
My favorite part of working at Music for All is working with supportive, passionate, and inspiring people! There are not many opportunities where you have an outlet to express yourself, and I feel like I am able to do that in my department and for this organization. I also love making coffee runs with my co-workers!

What is your musical background?
I played the clarinet from 6th to 12th grade in concert band, symphonic band, and marching band. I was also in the Women’s Honor Choir my sophomore year of high school.

One thing you couldn’t live without?
Coffee! And of course my family, friends, and my longtime boyfriend Tyler.

What kind of music do you listen to?
I love all sorts of music: classic rock, pop, show tunes, hip-hop, classical, etc.

What do you like to do in your free time?
In the past year and a half, I’ve gotten into photography! My focus is portrait photography.

Do you have a favorite quote?
I have two, both by Winston Churchill: “Never, never, never give up” and “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
Season 7 of Archer. Hilarious show!

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
What About Bob?

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This is the third installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Name/Job Title: Elise Middleton / Advancement Coordinator

Hometown: Greenwood, IN

How long have you been with Music for All?
I started working at Music for All at the end of October 2016, so I have been here for about six months.

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
I enjoy working at an organization that I have a passion for, and I love witnessing the musicality and energy of all the students and staff at our events!

What is your musical background?
I played violin and took private lessons in the Center Grove school district from sixth grade until the end of high school. I went on to play until my junior year of college at Indiana State University, and I also joined a music fraternity for women, Sigma Alpha Iota.

What kind of music do you listen to?
I listen to most types of music, except I’m not a big fan of Country music. My all time favorite artist is Florence and the Machine. I also love artists such as Saint Motel, Bastille, Kimbra, Fitz and the Tantrums, Lady Gaga, and many more.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to collect vintage books, watch/read Shakespeare plays, travel, hike, read, watch Netflix, go to plays and museums, and of course spend time with family and friends.

What are you currently reading?
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, which is a true story about a cunning serial killer that struck during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“We are all stories in the end, just make it a good one, eh?”

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
There are so many! For example, I have been binge watching Shameless, The Great British Baking Show, and The OA.

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
Billy Elliot

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Music for All has added the Student Peer Teaching Program to the Music for All Summer Symposium starting this year. The Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha is the largest national weeklong summer music camp for students and teachers, and will take place at Ball State University in Muncie from June 26-July 1 at Ball State University for its seventh summer.

The Peer Teaching Program’s primary mission will be to train student leaders on how to be a MODEL for their band program: M-Motivate, O-Observe, D-Demonstrate, E-Educate/Equip, and L-Lead. The program is designed to not only teach students leadership concepts, but also train them how to be effective leaders in their band programs, and become a valuable asset to their directors. With this training, students will be equipped with the tools to help them teach and inspire their peers, which includes being trained to help with musical and visual marching instruction, to effectively communicate with their peers, basic principles of movement, how to read and clean drill charts, and how to observe and conduct sectionals and rehearsals.

The Student Peer Teaching Program has a superb staff that includes Joel Denton, coordinator of the Peer Teaching Program and Director of Bands of Ooltewah High School, TN; Jeremy Spicer, former Director of Bands of Vandegrift High School, TX; John Howell Visual Designer for nationally acclaimed high school bands, drum and bugle corps, and winter guards; and Anna Rodriguez Assistant Director of Bands at Westlake High School, TX.

“You must train your leadership before you can empower them,” states Joel Denton, coordinator of the Peer Teaching Program. “The Peer Teaching Program is designed to produce educated and inspired student leaders, who can actively engage their peers throughout the school year in concert and marching band, and produce a dynamic impact in their entire band program.”

 This is the second installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Name/Job Title
Jenny Fultz, Event Manager

Hometown: Indianapolis

How long have you been with Music for All?
I’ve been with Music for All about seven months (started at the end of August 2016). I’ve been blessed to be able to work in many places around the country in a variety of aspects within the Events Industry.

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
So far, I’ve only experienced the Bands of America season and the National Festival. I’m not sure I can answer that until making it full-circle through camp!

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
The dynamic balance of the different types of people and backgrounds that make up the Music for All staff. It’s been wonderful learning everyone’s unique circumstances and experiences!

Do you have a favorite memory of working an event with Music for All?
So far, my favorite memory has been standing on the front sideline at Grand Nationals watching the bands enter the field in retreat to start the awards ceremony. It was my “this is why I do what I do” moment!

What is your musical background?
I started playing the clarinet in 5th grade and quickly fell in love with it! I picked up a few instruments along the way for fun, but stayed as a clarinet until I graduated high school. While my musical career ended with high school graduation, I was “all band” up to that point. I met my husband in Marching Band when I was 15 and most of my best friends today are those I made from band.

One thing you couldn’t live without?
Besides the obvious choices of my two beautiful children and husband, Diet Coke is what I can’t live without!

What kind of music do you listen to?
I love just about all types of music (minus the head-banging metal rock). If you checked my radio pre-sets in the car, you’d find a split between country and “today’s hits.” Most played on my Spotify currently are Ed Sheeran and Lady Gaga.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Anything with family! I’m close with my family (they live ten houses down from us!) and my husband’s family – both our parents and six sibling families live within a five-mile radius! We like to host bonfires, take long walks that usually end up at Dairy Queen, and we spend a lot of time camping/boating in the summer.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“All dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

From Music to Political Leadership

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We know that students who participate in Music for All programming have positively life-changing experiences. Many of these students will eventually graduate high school and go on to fulfill life in variety of ways. Some will become engineers, teachers, medical professionals, artists, managers, and influential leaders in a wide range of fields. One former student has done just that, becoming the mayor of Sonoma, California. Native of Charleston, South Carolina, Rachel Hundley began her musical journey at six years old playing the piano. She went on to play the clarinet from middle school through her freshman year of college. Rachel participated in the Music for All National Festival with the Wando H.S. Symphonic Band in 1998.

Ms. Hundley went on to receive her undergraduate degree in political science, and speech and communications, at the University of Georgia, graduating summa cum laude. She eventually received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law, summa cum laude. After her time as an associate at the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP in New York, she relocated to Northern California and pursued her passions of food and small businesses, and opened up a southern cuisine food truck and catering business with her business partner Arthur Chang. About a year later, wanting to immerse herself into the Sonoma community, Rachel Googled “how to run a campaign” and went on to win a seat on Sonoma’s city council. During that time, Hundley was able to invoke a program that provided “safe parking” for homeless people who lived in their cars. In 2016, when the time came to elect a new mayor, Hundley was chosen. Since being elected in office, Mayor Hundley participated in the Women’s March in Sonoma, and she hopes to inspire younger people to be involved in their communities. She was recently featured on Fortune.com and the Washington Post as a leader on the current political landscape.

Today, Mayor Hundley talks to us about the key role music has played in her life and how she developed into the political activist and leader she is today.

How did your participation in school music impact and shape the person you are today and what lessons did you learn from being in band?
As an adult, my two biggest strengths are critical thinking and creativity. Learning and playing music helps the brain develop reasoning skills, pattern recognition, intellectual curiosity, and creative thinking. By the time I started law school after college, my brain had almost two decades of preparation for a career based in logic and problem-solving.
Participating in school music programs also helped develop self-discipline. Being accountable to a group is a great motivator to practice at home. Whether it is working at home to prepare for a trial, building my business, or keeping myself informed about everything happening in my city, it takes a lot of self-motivation to stay on top of all of the responsibilities I have today. I learned a long time ago the importance of putting in the time and effort no one sees, so that I'm ready when it is time to shine.
Being in band for 13 years also helped develop my social and leadership skills. First I was a section leader. Then I was on the band leadership council. In college, I was president of my chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional music fraternity for women. Today I'm the mayor of my city. Learning how to lead and inspire takes practice, and developing those skills within the microcosm of my band program gave me a strong foundation for the leadership positions I've had later in life.
Also, music is fun! My most cherished memories and my closest friends all came out of school music programs in middle school and high school. Even though we are scattered across the country, I still keep in touch with many of my friends from band, who are all living extraordinary lives.

What are your enduring memories you have of being in your high school and middle school band?
My clarinet section was the center of my high school universe. When I was a freshman, I thought the seniors were awe-inspiring. So grown up and smart, and so talented! When my time came to lead the section, I thought it would be fun to give everyone a different tree name. Yes, trees. Willow. Pine. Magnolia, etc. I have no idea why I went with trees. The names stuck for the entire year. My best friends came out of that clarinet section, and we spent countless hours together sweating at band camp, nervously waiting to march out on the field during a competition, riding the bus to away games, even eating lunch together in the band room during the school day. I'm thankful band and my clarinet section was my anchor throughout middle and high school.

What instrument did you play in school, when did you start playing? Do you still make music?
I started playing piano when I was six years old. In 5th grade, I joined the orchestra and played violin. In 6th grade I switched to cello, while also joining band as a clarinetist at Laing Middle School, led by Miller Asbill. After a semester of trying to do both music programs, I decided to focus on band. My high school band at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina was led first by Miller Asbill and later Scott Rush. I played the clarinet for 13 years, including one year with the University of Georgia concert and marching bands. Eventually I had to give up band as an extracurricular because I had three majors (political science, journalism, and speech and communications), but I stayed involved in music through Sigma Alpha Iota and two chorus classes. In law school, three female classmates and I put together a rock cover band called "Attractive Nuisance." Today, my schedule is too full for an organized group, but I do putter around on the piano and acoustic guitar every now and then.

What book did you most recently enjoy reading? What music are you listening to these days?
My brother, who played trombone in band, recently sent me a fascinating non-fiction book entitled, "If Mayors Ruled the World" by Benjamin R. Barber. Its premise is that local government is the most successful level of government because local leaders tend to focus on finding pragmatic solutions to the problems and issues at hand, rather than getting bogged down with partisan division. If the sewer needs to be fixed, then we better fix it.
Right now, my preferred genres of music are electronic (house) and hip hop (west coast).

What's an interesting fact about you not many people know?
I have terrible stage fright. Recitals, auditions and solos always terrified me when I was a student, but I did them anyway. Running for office was a hilariously terrifying experience. Sometimes when I'd walk up to the podium to speak to a large group of people my knees would be shaking, and I'd silently curse myself for getting myself into the situation. After two years of sitting in front of large groups during televised city council meetings and now running those meetings, the nervousness has faded. I'm an introvert, and extemporaneous speaking is not my strong suit, but I've been forcing myself to perform and speak in front of audiences long enough to know that I'll probably survive and the next time will probably be a little easier.

Anything else we should know or that you'd like to tell our school music student, teacher, and parent readers?
Thank you to all of the music teachers and supportive parents out there! Looking back, I can't believe all of the time and energy all of the "grown-ups" put into supporting our various programs. I wouldn't be the person I am today if it wasn't for the music programs I had when I was in school. I'd also like to thank my two biggest fans who shuttled me back and forth to practice, and dutifully attended almost every concert I had: my parents.

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