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 ninety-sixth 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: Savannah Kaye

Hometown: Leander, TX

School Name: Rouse High School

Section: Flute

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I actually joined band because all of my friends were in it and I didn't want to be left out!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm super excited to meet the other members of the honor band.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Water is important, how to manage my time, and that placement is just a number. As long as you do your best, you'll get 1st place in your heart.

Most memorable moment in band?
Traveling around the state of Texas, preforming alongside my best friends, and making memories every step of the way.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I'm involved in helping animals in any way I can.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite piece of music that I ever played would be Sea Songs by Thomas Knox.

Favorite movie?
The whole Harry Potter series.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookie Dough.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan on becoming a Zoologist.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
BOA San Antonio
BOA Austin
BOA Conroe

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I have a huge heart for animals and I aspire to help as many animals as I can.

The ninety-fifth 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: Catrina Carte

Hometown: Palmer, AK

School Name: Colony High School

Section: Sousaphone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I had performed in the 2014 Rose Parade with The Northern Sound -the only marching band in Alaska- and I loved it. When I saw fliers around my school's band hall stating that BOA was holding auditions for an honor band for the Rose Parade, I jumped at the opportunity.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm mostly excited about marching the Rose Parade again, this time with a Sousaphone and not a Trumpet. I'm also excited about meeting Tuba players from across the states.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
First, "One more time" never actually means one more time. Second, always be prepared for anything. Whether it's weather, technical difficulties, or problematic people, be prepared and never panic. Third, you are not the most important player, everyone in the band is equal- treat them as such.

Most memorable moment in band?
I believe that my most memorable moment in band would be when I heard the Sousaphone for the first time. It changed my whole entire life, if I hadn't heard the Sousaphones that day, I'd probably still be playing the Trumpet and wouldn't be having as much fun as I am now.

What's your favorite book?
Les Miserables

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Wine Dark Sea III. The Attentions of Souls.

Favorite movie?
Brothers Bloom

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan on auditioning for DCI, most likely Open Class (but it's my dream to march with Bluecoats), after my senior year. I hope to get accepted into Juilliard and major in performance, but at this point in time I'm not sure.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
2015 Grand Nationals

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I love Japanese culture and hope to one day become fluent in their dialect.

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The ninety-fourth 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!

KateP

Name: Kate Pavlak

Hometown: New Lenox, IL

School Name: Lincoln-Way West High School

Section: Color Guard

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I decided to apply for the BOA Honor Band first of all because I knew it would be very honorable for myself, my marching band, and my community. To be able to represent the Lincoln-Way Community, is amazing! I also decided to apply because I knew this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I should take advantage of whatever opportunities are in front of me.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm most excited to meet 299 other band kids to learn about their marching band, and their style of marching and rehearsing, especially with regards to the Color Guard because technique styles vary from coach to coach, and from the east coast to the midwest to the west coast.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. Teamwork. My guard coach always says, "You're only as strong as your weakest member." This encourages us to help the people who are struggling with an exercise or routine and to work together.
2. Time Management. With marching band being a pretty significant part of my life, I have had to learn how to balance marching band with school-work and a social life.
3. How to explore the regions outside of my comfort zone. Especially with being a Color Guard performer, you have to learn how to put yourself out there and make a connection with the audience, and leave everything out there on the field. It's also allowed me to learn how to meet new people and make new friends, which is something I never would have been able to do because I am an extremely shy person.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band was when the announcer said that my band had made finals at our state competition my freshmen year. It meant a lot to me because it was the first time in four years that this band had ever made finals. Four years earlier, my brother and I watched my sister perform in finals, and now at that moment we were going to be able to do the same.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Besides band, I am involved in Winter Guard, National Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. I also help tutor students in math during my advisory period. Outside of school, I am involved in Girl Scouts.

What's your favorite book?
Choosing my favorite book is difficult for me as I am quite a bookworm, but if I had to choose, it would be The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite song as of right now is Who Do You Love by Marianas Trench, but this changes about every few minutes.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate, of course!

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I don't have a strict plan or anything yet for after high school, but I am looking into either baking, or filmmaking and computer science.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Yes. I have performed with my marching band at two Regionals and one Super Regional so far. We have also performed at Grand Nationals this last season

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
This past Thanksgiving, I marched in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with the Macy's Great American Marching Band. I also play the cello.

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The ninety-third 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!

HelenP

Name: Helen Putman

Hometown: Grain Valley, MO

School Name: Grain Valley High School

Section: Snare Drum

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
There was a presentation about the BOA TOR parade when I attended Music For All's Summer Symposium in 2015- their confidence in the caliber of talent and opportunities for all ages compelled me to audition, and possibly meet talented kids from all over the country!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Disneyland! The most magical place on earth; to be a part of a real parade here will be magical. Doing it with my new friends will be the experience of a lifetime!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1) Early is on time. On time is late. Late is unacceptable.
2) You cannot "cram" music memorization.
3) Band is NOT an individual activity. While there are pieces of soloistic nature, it boils down to a trained ensemble working together.

Most memorable moment in band?
Traveling to Hawaii with my band to march in a parade in Waikiki my Freshman year, and three years later finishing the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City my senior year.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I'm in Show Choir, Drumline, a dedicated French student, a part of National Honor Society, and I'm involved in FCA, Theatre/Drama, and stage crew.

What's your favorite book?
Harry Potter: very unoriginal, but forever a classic.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite concert band piece is City Trees by Michael Markowski ; my favorite modern song is Tumblr Girls by G-eazy. My music ranges from classic to rap, so I'm very open, but favor alternative.

Favorite movie?
The Wizard of Oz! Or Moana- both are fabulous in their own way.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Rocky Road

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
Either attend college at UCLA or MU, pursuing a degree in foreign language, and I am currently considering enlisting in the Navy to become a part of the SEAL challenge program.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
The Music for All Summer Symposium in 2015, Music for All National Sandy Hook Percussion Festival in 2014, and attended BOA St. Louis '13,'14, '15, as well as Georgia '13 and '14.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I'm a lifeguard at Ocean's of Fun in Kansas City, MO, and I LOVE my job.

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The ninety-second 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: Gabriela Rosales White

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

School Name: Beech Grove High School

Section: Color Guard Flag

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I enjoy marching band and Drum Corps.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
The parade!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Team work, discipline, and that practice makes perfect.

Most memorable moment in band?
My parents always had the "Gabi" sign in the stands supporting me.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, FFA, DECA, Fellowship of Christian Students, Swimming, Track N Field, Wrestlerette, Choir, and Winter Guard.

What's your favorite book?
Sylvia Likens

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
BEN Folds

Favorite movie?
Mean Girls

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookie Dough

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I graduated this past summer and now I am currently working on a cruise ship in Hawaii for NCL Pride of America.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
High School Marching Band Finals.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I have marched DCI Drum Corps for two seasons.  I graduated from IvyTech Community College one month before graduating from High School, which opened up the opportunity for me to work on a cruise ship immediately following Drum Corps season.

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The ninty-first 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: Edward Quibal

Hometown: Lemoore, CA

School Name: Lemoore High School

Section: Trombone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I first heard about it when Yamaha sent out a tweet about it a week before the application deadline. I debated at first whether I should go for it since I had only a week to learn audition materials. But I went for it regardless because to be in the Rose Parade was like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me; especially since I come from a small town where chances like these are next to impossible, so I knew I couldn't pass it up!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm excited to be able to work with other people across the states and also with top-notch brass instructors during the event, especially being able to work with Carolina Crown's Matt Harloff and Michael Klesch. It's a chance I probably won't ever get!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Pride - take pride in EVERYTHING you do, especially if you do it with other people, then it looks even cooler!
Diligence - strive to be as close to perfect as possible and make everything that you do the best quality it can be.
Respect - respect other people the way they would want to respect you and ALWAYS respect your peers.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
AP classes

What's your favorite book?
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
First Suite in E flat - Gustav Holst

Favorite movie?
Despicable Me 1 & 2, Kingsman

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Halo-Halo

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I currently don't have any idea on what to major or study in college so far, but I'm planning to stay with my mom and step-dad in LA for a few years after high school!

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have actually never participated or taken part in any MFA/BOA event, so it's very exciting for this one to be the first.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
My goal is to march with the Blue Devils because they've been like a dream corps of mine to march since my freshmen year, when I was introduced to DCI for the first time by four seniors that had come back from their summer tour marching with Blue Devils B.

The ninetieth 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: Alexus Huff

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

School Name: Farragut High School

Section: Color Guard

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
It first started at the Music for All Summer Symposium a few years ago. They announced there was going to be a Band of America marching band for the Rose Bowl parade. I was beyond excited! I called my mom asking if I could do it. I started fundraising and working so I could march with people who have a deep passion for band and Color Guard like I do.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most excited to see all the happy and excited faces in the crowd as I march down the street with my new band family.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I have learned so much from being involved in band since sixth grade, but I think the most important things I've learned are team work, leadership, and respect.

Most memorable moment in band?
The most memorable moments are anytime you perform with your best friends. Each performance is like you are giving your all and showing how much hard work and love you put into your shows and program.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am also involved with our Leadership Team and I am in peer tutoring, which involves helping and spending time with the sweetest special needs students at our school. I also am involved in Advanced Female Choir and Advanced painting.

What's your favorite book?
I have so many favorite books, but it would probably be "The Great Gatsby." I love the "Roaring '20's" and how it showed how love can make a person act. I also love the way Gatsby spoke so gently and properly.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I listen to so many different kinds of music, but one of my favorite songs would have to be Coming Over by Dillon Francis & Kygo or any Ed Sheeran songs!!

Favorite movie?
Patch Adams!

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookie dough!!

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I want to become an Industrial Exologist and discover ways to preserve out planet and natural resources. I don't want to make a change, I want to BE the change!

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have participated in the Music For All Summer Symposium for three years now and this year was my band's first year participating in a BOA competition.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I have been on the high school Color Guard since eighth grade. I also have modeled since I was five, I've been dancing for 10 years, and I also assist with teaching dance and Color Guard.

The eighty-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!

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Name: Nicole Zellers

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

School Name: Ben Davis High School/ IUPUI

Section: Drum Major

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I heard about the band at the Drum Major Institute and wanted to be a part of this. Being a part of a group of people who think like you and are as dedicated to this sport as you is inspiring and amazing. There is nothing else like it. I love meeting other people and traveling, so this seemed like the perfect fit.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most excited for hanging out with everyone at Disney, after we have spent a week with each other and have gotten to know each other. I am also extremely excited to hear everyone play together for the first time.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I have learned patience, dedication, and a love for my craft.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band was after the semi-state awards my senior year when we made it back to state finals. I remember turning around and joining the rest of our senior class on the field and just celebrating everything we had worked hard for this season, and having that weight lifted off our shoulders. We basically just had a big celebration party on the field and it was wonderful.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Besides band, I was also involved with Varsity Swimming all four years, Key Club, Physics Club, a season of Winter Guard, and National Honor Society. Outside of school, I did dance, mostly ballet, for 16 years and was a ten year 4-Her.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. I absolutely love the Nutcracker and had hopes of someday being the sugar plum fairy in my studio's production of the Nutcracker, but then I joined band. I still know the choreography by heart though.

Favorite movie?
Either Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban or Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Turtle Somethin'

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I am currently a freshman at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, where I am a Bepko Scholar in the honors college and majoring in Biomedical Engineering. I hope to get my masters in Orthotics and Prosthetics, and become a Pediatric Orthotist to help kids walk again.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
My band participated in regionals my freshman and sophomore years, the Indianapolis Super Regional all four years, and Grand Nationals all four years. I also attended the BOA Drum Major Institute in 2014 and 2015, my junior and senior year in high school.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I am a pointe dancer, so I have the shoes that allow me to go all the way up onto my toes. I absolutely love it and miss it now that I'm in college. I still put them on sometimes and dance around the fitness center.

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The eighty-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: Karli Bigler

Hometown: Aurora, OH

School Name: Crestwood

Section: Trombone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I have a deep love for music and traveling, and the opportunity to march with amazing high school musicians from all over the country in one of the nation's largest parades was one I couldn't pass up!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Meeting new people from all over the country, who share the same passion for band as I do.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. Music creates family, a bond that can never be broken.
2. You can achieve anything with hard work and the right support system.
3. Never give up

Most memorable moment in band?
My memorable moment in band would have to stepping onto the field of Lucas Oil Stadium as a senior, my band by my side, ready to show everyone what small bands can truly achieve.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I'm involved in HPAC, National Honor Society, and sports throughout the year.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book would have to be An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. It was an inspiring story about coming of age and adventure.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite music album would have to be The Hamilton Musical. The music is so original and fun to listen to at the same time.

Favorite movie?
Remember The Titans

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan to attend a private liberal arts school in the New England area, majoring in Pre-Med and minoring in Music.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Of course! I love the MFA AND BOA programs! I attended the Music for All Summer Symposium the summer of my junior year. I also have attended Grand National Championships two times.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I had eye surgery when I was two years old, and have had glasses since then. I then received contacts when I was in fifth grade.

The eighty-seventh 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: Emma Boone

Hometown: Fresno, CA

School Name: Clovis West High School

Section: Mellophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My freshman year, the seniors told me all about their time when they had been a part of the BOA Honor Band in the Rose Parade in 2013. They talked about all the people they had met, marching in the parade, and what an overall fantastic experience it was for them. Ever since that time a couple of years ago, I knew I wanted to be a part of the BOA Honor Band when the opportunity came along!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most excited about being in Disneyland, especially getting to march through the park. I absolutely love Disneyland, and it will be incredibly fun getting to be there with my friends and having a different experience.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. Band is not about competition, or being better than others. Being a musician is about being the best you can possibly be, and to try your hardest to get to that place. You can't compare yourself to others, you can only become the best musician you can.
2. I have also learned a lot about leadership. Being a leader is not simply about being in charge and telling others what to do, but it is about leading by example, and having good character even when you aren't in an exact position. Some of the best leaders are never given a title, but they have the personality and dedication to inspire others, which I think is an amazing quality.
3. One very important thing I have learned is to never give up, and to not settle. By working hard, and not letting others bring me down, I have worked to continuously become the best musician and person I can be.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band was when my high school Wind Symphony toured the Pacific Northwest for a week during my freshman year. We played on many stages and in many concert halls, got to record a CD, ate tons of amazing food, and even rode Go-Karts!

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am involved in my school's theater productions, Winter Percussion, Symphony Orchestra, as well as National Honor Society, the math team, and the California Scholarship Federation. I also am an editor for our school's literary magazine, I'm in the Journalism Club, Faith Club, and Debate Club.

What's your favorite book?
Pride and Prejudice

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I love the Hamilton album! (both of them)

Favorite movie?
Tangled

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Orange sherbet ice cream with chocolate chips

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan to attend a four year college in California and earn my degree in Music Education, while possibly minoring in Environmental Science or Marine Biology. I also plan on marching Drum Corps for a few years!

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have attended two BOA Regional Championships each marching season since freshman year, and this past marching season, for the first time, my band went to Grand Nationals! I also attended the 2017 Summer Symposium and was a part of the weekend Leadership Experience as well as the Drum Major Institute.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
My favorite color is periwinkle! Periwinkle is a color, a flower, a cat in Blues Clues, and a steamship used to explore the Arctic in the American Civil War!

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