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 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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The one-hundred and ninth 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!

JosephD

Name: Joseph Diaz

Hometown: El Dorado Hills, CA

School Name: Oak Ridge High School

Section: Trombone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I decided to apply for the band because I wanted to march in the Rose Parade and participate in one of the best honor bands in America. I enjoy marching and playing Trombone, and was looking for a unique experience that would bring some of the best marchers and musicians together.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most excited about marching in the Rose Parade. I have watched it on TV before, and am elated to actually participate in it instead of watching the parade at home.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I have learned to work hard, stay calm, and to work well with others from being involved in band. Without those three things, the band and individual player simply cannot be successful.

Most memorable moment in band?
The most memorable moment I've had in band was during a football game. Our band marched onto the field, but when a left haste was called, a majority of the band turned right. Everyone was extremely confused, but we managed to pull it together and exit the field successfully.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am involved on the tennis team, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the National Honor Society at my school.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is the Ranger's Apprentice series.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite piece of music is Star Wars.

Favorite movie?
Star Wars

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Vanilla

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan to attend a four-year college and pursue a degree in Music Performance. If possible, I would like to double major or get a dual degree.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I participated in the Honor Band of America in Indianapolis in 2016, and recently found out that I made the 2017 Honor Band of America.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I am half Chamorro- my dad was born on the tiny island of Saipan (in the Northern Mariana Islands). I am a huge fan of the Oregon Ducks, and have been since I was little.

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The one-hundred and eighth 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: Drew Tyrrell

Hometown: Lake Orion, MI

School Name: Lake Orion High School

Section: Mellophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I thought it would be a tremendous way to extend both my social and musical boundaries, as I get the opportunity to play with some of the best high school musicians in the country.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am incredibly excited to experience the camaraderie with my section.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I have learned that determining who you are, not just as a musician, but as a person, is a journey that you will partake in for your entire life, and there is no better group of people to help you along than your section.

Most memorable moment in band?
Watching the Clarkston show from 2015 and witnessing the best cover down I've ever seen.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am the captain of our ski team, member of the National Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society, and Choir.

What's your favorite book?
Either Catcher in the Rye or To Kill a Mockingbird.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Definitely Angels in the Architecture and all of the music from West Side Story.

Favorite movie?
Lord of the Rings

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies and Cream

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan to attend Michigan Technological University for Mechanical Engineering.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
My band has participated in Grand Nationals as well as BOA Regional competitions.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
Two summers ago, I went down to Guatemala for a mission trip.

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