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 fifty-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: Reed Ulery

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

School Name: Mt. Lebanon High School

Section: Mellophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I've never been a part of a performing group of a scope this wide--the whole country--and the opportunity to march in the Tournament of Roses Parade, to work with our staff, and to meet the other musicians is truly once in a lifetime. On top of that, my high school isn't very competitive, so I rarely get the chance to immerse myself in the cutting-edge marching band progress that happens at BOA events, so it was also a gamble on my part to see if I could hold my own with other kids from competitive programs.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm honestly most excited about the parade itself. I've performed with concert band, choral, and orchestral groups like the BOA Honor Band in that they're mixed groups of driven, dedicated, talented students who come together for a short time to make fantastic music. I absolutely love the environment, progress, and camaraderie that develops out of a shared experience like the upcoming parade. I've never participated in a group of this size or scope, and I can't wait to experience the performance in the parade.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I've learned leadership, time management, and goal setting, and all three of these skills work hand-in-hand. Through my experiences moving during high school and being a two-year drum major, I've had opportunities to work with a wide variety of my peers, staff, and leaders. I've also had times to lead my band in new ways and through a director transition, and those experiences shape my leadership style. Time management and goal setting are a crucial pair: you have to be organized to accomplish your goals, and you need goals to drive self-discipline required to effectively manage your resources. Band both gives me opportunities to set goals for myself and my ensembles, and chances to learn management skills to accomplish what I'd like to do, both by myself and with others.

Most memorable moment in band?
This year at band camp, my co-drum major and I taught our whole band, (drumline included), a dynamic warmup and ballet body routine. For many, this really isn't out of the ordinary, but for a relatively traditional program, the concept of "doing ballet in band" was completely foreign, and many were skeptical. However, not only did we learn the routine together, but now we use it to start every rehearsal, and even the drumline buys in and has seen the benefits. Plus, this always makes for a great story: "I taught a marching band ballet!"

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Symphony Orchestra, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Men's Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Musical, Link Crew (Freshman Orientation Team), National Honor Society, Environmental Science Student Fuel Cell Research Team, Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, Thespian Society, and Stage Crew.

What's your favorite book?
The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
-Sleep, Eric Whitacre (Choral Version)
-The Planets Suite, Gustav Holst
-The Judge, Twenty One Pilots
-Dear Theodosia, Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda
-Sorry, I couldn't pick just one!

Favorite movie?
Interstellar

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies and Cream

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I'd like to major in Music Education with minors in Psychology, French, and maybe engineering for my undergraduate degree at either Indiana University Bloomington, Northwestern University, Vanderbilt University, or Ohio State University. I'd like to earn certificate for both instrumental and vocal music education so that I could direct a band, a choir, or an orchestra, or maybe even more than one ensemble! As of now, I'd also like to pursue a post-graduate degree in either Horn Performance, Conducting, or Education. My career goals are to some day be a collegiate director of bands or choirs with classes in Music Education. I want to help other people love music and helping others as much as I do!

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have participated in the Music for All Summer Symposium for three years: one year in the marching band track as a mellophone player as a rising sophomore, and two years in the drum major institute as a rising junior, and again as a rising senior and squad leader. My high school wind ensemble will also attend the Music for All National Concert Band Festival in March, 2017.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I've never had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! I was allergic to peanuts as a child, but since growing out of the allergy, I've just never had one. I like peanut butter, and I like jelly, but I've never had them together. For a music-related something interesting/unique, I got to meet Eric Whitacre last year at the West Virginia University High School Choral Festival, and I even shook his hand! A mass choir of over 600 high schoolers performed Sleep and Seal Lullaby after rehearsing with Eric Whitacre, and it was an absolutely unforgettable experience.

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 The fifty-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: Trevor Crawford

Hometown: Broken Arrow, OK

School Name: Union High School

Section: Trumpet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I saw a poster in the band hall, but dismissed the idea at the time. Then, while at Music for All's Summer Symposium, a staff member recommended that I audition. Once I got home I decided that I might as well give it a shot!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
The part of the trip that I am most excited about is meeting tons of other people who enjoy music and band as much as I do.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Three things that I have learned from being involved in band is time management, a strong sense of teamwork, and a new level of confidence in myself.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band was walking out of Lucas Oil Stadium, hugging and congratulating some of my closest friends after performing in Finals in 2014.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Besides band, I am involved with service learning at my school. 

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is probably one out of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, but I can't quite decide which one.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite piece of music is either City Trees or Embers by Michael Markowski.

Favorite movie?
Toy Story 3

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate Almond

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
After high school, I plan to attend either the University of Oklahoma or Oklahoma State University to study music education.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have participated int the St. Louis Super Regional three times, Grand Nationals twice, and I attended the 2016 Summer Symposium.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I was a member of my school's indoor percussion program for the 2016 season.

The fifty-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: Matthew Mottesheard

Hometown: Clemmons, NC

School Name: Reagan High School

Section: Trombone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I decided to apply to be a part of the band because it is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most excited about meeting other wonderful musicians from other states.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. Music can really tell a story.
2. Band is not just about the music, but also the friendship.
3. Better work ethics and time management skills.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band was my very first marching band competition. I can remember the exact feeling I had as we marched onto the field prior to performing, as well as the applause after our show. It made all of the hard work pay off.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am involved in Key Club (I am the president of it at my school), Student Government, and Academic Team.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Radioactive by Imagine Dragons

Favorite movie?
Hunger Games

Favorite ice cream flavor?
S'mores!

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I would like to attend NCSU (North Carolina State University) and study architecture.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
My band has participated in the BOA Regional in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
Christmas is my favorite holiday, following it would be Halloween!

The fifty-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: Nick Lawwill

Hometown: Grafton, OH

School Name: Midview High School

Section: Trumpet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I was a part of Music for All's Summer Symposium for two years. I really enjoy being around people as passionate as myself.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Meeting all of the amazing musicians in the band and learning where they are from.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
One thing I've learned is leadership. I have been a section leader and have had people look up to me. Another thing that I've learned is that if you work hard for something you can achieve it. I have also learned that I need to push and strive to be my best at all times!

Most memorable moment in band?
The most memorable moment in band was the first time I stepped onto the field in front of a packed stadium and playing the first note as a member of the marching band.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am on the Academic Quiz Team and I'm involved in the Tri-M Music Honors Society program.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite song to listen to and play is "Feeling Good" by Michael Bublé because of the way it makes me feel.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies and Cream

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I wish to attend a college and become a music educator because of my passion for teaching and helping young musicians grow.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have participated in the Music for All Summer Symposium for two years.

The fifty-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!

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Name: Stephen Boese

Hometown: Carollton, TX

School Name: Hebron High School

Section: Mellophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I heard about the BOA Honor Band from a Hebron alumni, who had applied and was accepted to march at the last Rose Bowl Parade in 2013. She talked about how incredible of an experience it was, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Definitely meeting a bunch of new people who are just as passionate and excited about marching band as I am! Oh, and marching in the actual parade will be pretty sweet too.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1) Sacrifice. It takes a lot of time commitment and prioritizing to be all in all the time.
2) Responsibility. Managing my schedule appropriately and being mentally, physically, and musically prepared to conquer all the obstacles and challenges that come my way.
3) Excellence. I've learned to always try my best, set my expectations and standards high, and strive for perfection.

Most memorable moment in band?
During and after our performance at Grand Nationals in Semifinals. We were all just so proud and happy of how hard we worked all season long, and it was nice to see it pay off.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Nothing, band is everything!

What's your favorite book?
Chronicles of Narnia

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
The Planets- Gustav Holst

Favorite movie?
Les Miserables

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies and Cream

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
Attend Texas A&M University.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
-BOA Regional, Dallas TX
-BOA Super Regional, San Antonio
-BOA Grand Nationals, Indianapolis

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I'm double jointed in my thumbs and I have yet to encounter anything that I'm allergic to.

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The fifty-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!

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Name: Alli Trendler

Hometown: Mesa, AZ

School Name: Highland High School

Section: Violin/United Sound mentor

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I knew it would be a once in a lifetime experience. United Sound has changed my life and this is a great way to share it.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most excited for the parade. Since I'm in orchestra, it will be an interesting learning experience and I will get a little taste of what my friends in marching band have to do.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
United Sound has taught me to be a better friend, teacher, and more patient person. It's helped me in all areas of my life, not just orchestra, and I'm grateful for the opportunity I have to participate in it.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in United Sound was when I performed in my first concert with my musician. When something we had been working on for a long time finally came together and I saw how excited she was, that made it all worth it.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I participate in National Honor Society and my church. I also lifeguard and love to play the piano and ukulele.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is probably To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I have too many favorite songs! I love anything from Broadway and I am obsessed with the Hamilton soundtrack.

Favorite movie?
Star Wars

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookie Dough

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I want to attend Brigham Young University and major in either Communications or Special Education. I also might serve an 18-month mission for my church.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
This is my first one and I am so excited!

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I love to compose music on the piano. I wrote my first song when I was 8-years-old.

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 The fifty-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: Ethan Andrews

Hometown: 

School Name: Bentonville High School

Section: Tuba

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I decided to apply because "why not?" To be able to march and play the Rose Bowl Parade is a once in-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so I decided that it was something that I wanted to do.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm excited to be able to see the parade from an interior perspective. I've watched the parade almost everywhere and it looks overwhelming to be in it, having an enourmous crowd cheering and a national broadcast, but this is something I can't wait to experience.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. That if I put my mind to anything I can accomplish it.
2. That perfection is what you strive for, not winning.
3. That no matter what, band and the people I've been with all throughout it will have always been worth it.

Most memorable moment in band?
This past year at Grand Nationals, my band was in the endzone about to perform what would be our last run in Prelims. Before the judge started to announce us,  I looked around at my friends and into the crowd, smiled, and started to cry a little because I realized there was nowhere else I'd rather be.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I'm on my school's varsity track team where I high jump, triple jump, and long jump. Apart from that and the AP classes I take, there isn't really time for anything else unfortunately.

What's your favorite book?
Any Tolkien novel.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Stuck between "The Speed of Heat" by Julie Giroux or "Danzon No. 2" by Arturo Márquez.

Favorite movie?
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
After high school I'd like to march Drum Corps with either the Blue Devils or the Bluecoats. I haven't made up my mind on where I want to go to college, but I'd like to major in either Music or Engineering.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I've participated with my marching band in the St. Louis Super Regional three times and the Indianapolis Super Regional once. The past two years, my band has also gone to the Grand Nationals Championship.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
Apart from how active of a life I live between band and track, I'm also a dedicated video-gamer.

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The fifty-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: Emily Larmore

Hometown: Greenwood, IN

School Name: University of Indianapolis

Section: Clarinet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I wanted to apply because I had been a part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2014 and absolutely loved it. I thought California would be amazing to see and it would be another opportunity to become a better musician. Also, I love meeting other band people!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am really looking forward to meeting all of the amazing musicians/individuals that I have gotten to know over these past few months.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band was at the of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The entire band hooped and hollered in joy because we had just shown the world on national television what we could do.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am involved in the UIndy National and Local chapter of NAFME, Pride Club, Indy Pride Band, and Pep Band.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is the Perks of Being a Wallflower.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite song is Closer by the Chainsmokers ft. Halsey.

Favorite movie?
Harry Potter Movies

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Peanut Butter

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I have already graduated and I am currently pursuing a Bachelor's, maybe a Masters degree in Music Education at the University of Indianapolis.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have been involved in the Future Music Education Conference at Lucas Oil, attending the IMEA Honor Band for all four years in high school, performing in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in 2014, and was a member of the Center Grove High School Marching Band.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
Something interesting about me is that when I was 10 months old, I was adopted from Romania.

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The fiftieth 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: Ryan Smith

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

School Name: Palo Verde High School

Section: Euphonium

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
After hearing about the Tournament of Roses Parade from my band director, I instantly knew I wanted to audition for the group. After our school decided to cancel competitive marching starting my senior year, I knew this was the way to maintain the enjoyment of marching band. The group sounded like it would be an amazing musical experience, where I could enjoy being in a high caliber marching band with many students like me.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I personally am most excited for the Rose Parade. From past years, the parade has looked like such a fun and memorable event, and to be able to participate in the parade is unbelievable. I am still in disbelief that I am able to take part in such a big and memorable event.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
There are many things I learned from being in band; here are a few of them:
1. Being in band makes relationships that will last a lifetime. Being together with people, who share similar passions and interests is one of the main reasons band is so enjoyable.
2. Music is one of the greatest forms of expression and creates a story with sounds.
3. Band teaches self-discipline and improves not just musicality, but also valuable life skills.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band is when I performed at the National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis in 2015. Performing in front of such a huge crowd with such fantastic music was a moment I will never forget. Being in band won't last forever; the experiences you make in band, however, will last a lifetime, and this festival is a perfect example of the experiences that can come with band and music.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am involved in many things in school. I am a part of my school's International Baccalaureate program. I have played volleyball the last three years as well, and even have a few championships under my belt. I am a member of not only National Honor Society, but also the Science National Honor Society as well. I participate on the Palo Verde varsity quiz team too!

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is The Complete Sherlock Holmes Volume 1 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The mystery and inquisitive abilities that Doyle portrays in the character of Sherlock Holmes are so enjoyable to read. The book leaves the impression of taking what is presented to you and turning it into so much more.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite piece of music is The Planets by Gustav Holst. It is such a beautiful composition that takes many different styles and strings them together into an amazing work of art. Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity is such an incredible movement in itself and is by far my favorite of the composition.

Favorite movie?
Kung Fu Panda

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
After I graduate high school, I will major in Biochemistry and pursue Pathology in medical school. Along with this, I will either minor or double-major in music to continue my musical passions and enjoyment.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
- BOA St. George Regional Marching Championship
- Music For All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana (2015)
- BOA St. George Regional Concert Band Festival

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I have a love of the biological sciences. I have many accolades and accomplishments in the field. Along with this, I have had many classes in similar areas of human biology (IB Biology, Anatomy and Physiology).

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The fourty-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: Andrew Morrison

Hometown: Warren, NJ

School Name: Watchung Hills Regional HS

Section: Alto Saxophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
The Rose Parade itself is a parade I always watched on TV, and being apart of it was something on my bucket list. I always looked up to BOA bands and the fact that BOA has an Honor Band made me 100% sure this would be a really special group to be a part of.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am by far most excited for the rehearsals. This isn't the standard answer, but I want to go into music education and some of the greatest music educators will be running these rehearsals. I know I will learn a lot of new rehearsal techniques that I can bring home with me, to apply in the future.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. I learned how to be patient. 
2. I learned how to keep pushing when there is no end in sight. 
3. I learned that when you actually put 110% effort into something it feels just as good as winning.

Most memorable moment in band?
I fell off my Drum Major podium one day when it rained. Whoops.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am in every possible ensemble there is at my high school. Band has taken over my life.

What's your favorite book?
25 Daily Exercises for Saxophone by Klosé

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Irish Tune From County Derry by Grainger. It is so beautiful and has a killer soprano sax part.

Favorite movie?
The Blind Side

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I hope to attend West Chester University to pursue a degree in Music Education as well as Saxophone Performance.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
This is my first one!

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I comb my hair before every audition/performance/competition. I do not go anywhere without my lucky comb!

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