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 eighty-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!

KyleR

Name: Kyle Roberts

Hometown: Beebe, AR

School Name: Beebe High School

Section: Trombone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My band director told me about this opportunity, and after reading about it I decided I had to audition for the band!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm excited about marching in the parade, but I am most excited about getting to meet new people and make friends from all over the United States.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I've learned what it means to stay committed to something, if you miss a rehearsal or a performance the whole band suffers. Being section leader since sophomore year and being band vice president this year has taught me how to be a leader; and it has how to be patient with people that are struggling because some things are more difficult for some people, while it may be easier for others.

Most memorable moment in band?
Sophomore year my high school band went to Disney World to compete in a concert competition and we won, bringing home the Golden Mickey for the second time in my school's history! Last year I was also the first person from my school to make both Arkansas All-State Symphonic Band and Arkansas All-State Jazz Band.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am involved in Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra, and a local college's band and trombone studio. I am also involved in National Honor Society, a trapshooting team, Spanish Club, and Band Council.

What's your favorite book?
I can't really say I have a favorite book, but I enjoy reading books more when I don't have to read them for school.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
First Suite in Eb by Gustav Holst

Favorite movie?
I don't really have a favorite, but anything scary or funny.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Neapolitan

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan to attend Arkansas Tech University or the University of Central Arkansas to major in Instrumental Music eEducation.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
No

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I am an Eagle Scout and besides trombone I play guitar, piano, and drums. I also enjoy spending time with friends even though I can be shy/quiet at first.

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The eighty-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!

MariannaA

Name: Marianna Araujo

Hometown: Harrisburg, NC

School Name: Hickory Ridge High School

Section: Color Guard

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I enjoy marching in parades because it's so much fun being able to interact a little more with the crowd, compared to a regular show. Last year my band traveled to London to march in the New Years Day Parade and I wanted an awesome experience like that one again. When I heard about the Rose Bowl Parade, I knew this was it!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most excited for the parade and meeting everyone! We have all been waiting a while to get to know each other and it will be nice to meet everyone, and participate in the parade!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Three things that I have learned in band are that you need to be able to adapt to change because we are constantly changing parts of the show whether that be choreography, music, or ideas. Also, to put your best effort all the time. By always trying your hardest, your band can try new things and make an amazing show. Lastly, to be successful you need to work as a team. If you put your band first instead of yourself, everything will get done faster, run smoothly, and overall make a great season!

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band was when my band went to a BOA show in 2014! It was very inspiring and exciting to see other bands, and their shows. It was also cool to see the level of excellence of the shows that made it to finals and see what that was like.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am part of my school's theater program and was cast in this year's play! I am also a part of DECA, a marketing club and recently qualified for the state competition in March.

What's your favorite book?
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
"If I Knew" by Bruno Mars

Favorite movie?
Captain America: Civil War

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Strawberry

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan to major in Event Marketing and minor in Journalism at FIU or UNCC.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Yes, I went to the Music for All Summer Symposium in 2015 and participated in the master class.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I am a very outgoing and I love to try new things and take risks. This has helped me to participate in events I never thought I could because I am not afraid to try new things!

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The eighty-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!

EmilyB

Name: Emily Bertin

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

School Name: Lindbergh High School

Section: Clarinet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I thought it would be a good way to expand my skills and meet some new people. Other band members previously participated and had a blast, so I thought "why not?"

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most excited for the parade block and to see who I'll be marching next to, and meeting my new section.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. Time Management
2. How to be an Effective Leader
3. Social Skills and how to start conversations with people who you've never talked to.

Most memorable moment in band?
Our school takes a "big trip" every 4 years, and for ours, we went to Savannah, Georgia and marched in the St. Patrick's Day parade. I was on a bus with some people I had never talked to and by the end of the trip I had built friendships with some new people and that was really exciting. We also called our bus the "Pat-Pat Party Bus" after our director Mr. Patton, and played the whisper challenge which was hilarious.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Link Crew, Girl Scouts, and School Musical.

What's your favorite book?
Looking for Alaska by John Green

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Godzilla Eats Las Vegas!

Favorite movie?
Captain America Winter Soldier

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookie Dough

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
Attend a Community College and take a few classes, and experiment with a few different career fields.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
BOA St. Louis and BOA Indianapolis!

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The eightieth 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!

CaillaM

Name: Cailla Moss

Hometown: Otsego, MI

School Name: Plainwell High School

Section: Baritone Saxophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
When I went to Music For All's Summer Symposium for the first time, they had people explaining what it was, and I really wanted to go for it. Sadly I missed audition times for it the first time. However, when I heard that they extended the deadlines, I knew I had to go for it.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
The part of the trip I am most looking forward to would have to be just being in California. To have an opportunity to be on that side of the country and to tour some of the most famous places in California.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Persistence would have to be one. Always push and never give up for what you want.
Leadership would have to be another. At my high school, I am the Head Drum Major and I have learned that respect goes a long way with everyone. Stepping down from your position to understand what the other person feels I think also requires leadership.
Lastly, I have learned optimism. Always have a positive outlook on things, even if they were not the best. Know that if you gave 110%, then that's all that matters.

Most memorable moment in band?
The most memorable moment in band would have to be after our last competition my freshman year of high school. Our show was Latin moods. We received second that day and knowing we did that was the most amazing feeling ever.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I have played in pit for the last two years for musical and this year I auditioned for a lead role in this year's musical Grease.

What's your favorite book?
Safe Haven

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Favorite Song : Midnight Cities, Favorite Piece of Music: Carmina Burana Movement 24

Favorite movie?
Warm Bodies

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 plan on going to either Northern Michigan or Western Michigan University and Studying Physics so I can further that degree to Astrophysics. I will participate in Marching Band and Concert Band throughout my college career.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
None

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I love snowboarding, dancing, and doodling, and I have many pets. I'm shy at first, but once you get to know me I am a totally different person.

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The seventy-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!

CassandraK

Name: Cassandra Kokal

Hometown: Monroeville, PA

School Name: Gateway Senior High School

Section: Flute

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I really want to meet other people who share the love of music.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Meeting other people from different states and touring California.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I have learned to always be prepared, be on time, and have fun.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band was placing 5th in a Bands of America competition.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am involved in Science Club, church activities, community service, Varsity Golf team, and Science Olympiad.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is The Fault in Our Stars. 

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite piece of music is Arabesque by Samuel Hazo

Favorite movie?
Twilight

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Vanilla

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I am attending Washington and Jefferson in the fall to study Biology/Pre-Medicine and minor in Music.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Bands of America competitions throughout my five years of marching band.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I want to become a trauma surgeon when older.

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 The sevnty-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!

CaitlynB

Name: Caitlyn Bowser

Hometown: Beech Grove, IN

School Name: Beech Grove high School

Section: Color Guard

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I heard about the Honor Band at the 2015 Music for All Summer Symposium. I thought about it, but wasn't sure, I talked to my director and he told me I should go for it. I figured, why not? it's a once in a lifetime opportunity. He helped me write my audition piece and then helped me record it. I was super nervous through it, but could not be happier that I decided to audition.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am just excited for the entire experience overall. I don't think I can pick one thing that I am most excited for. The entire experience is going to be so amazing, I can't wait to meet all of the members and create memories that I will remember forever.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Three things I have learned from band are;
1.) A quote from my band director, "To be early is on time, and to be on time is late."
2.) Rule #1 (Don't Suck)
3.) You just have to go after everything, you can't be scared or you will catch your flag with your face.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band is the end of every band camp. Our senior hug line on Friday of band camp gets harder every year. This years was by far the hardest because I have been marching with most of them for 5 years now and my brother is a senior and it was my last year marching with him. Although, I think next year is going to be the hardest...since it will be my last one.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Other than Marching Band, I am involved in Winter Guard, Show Choir, Concert Choir, Swimming, and Track.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is every one in the Harry Potter series.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite piece of music is our winter guard show from last year, it's called "A Hymnsong of Philip Bliss".

Favorite movie?
My favorite movie is Big Hero 6.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
My favorite ice cream flavor is Mint Chocolate Chip.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
My current plan after high school is to go to college. My number one choice would be Indiana State for a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have gone to the Music for All Summer Symposium the past two years and plan on going next year as well. My band also performs at the BOA Indianapolis Super Regional every other year.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I have been told that I have an unusual job for a student my age-I work at a funeral home.

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The seventy-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!

MicheleM

Name: Michele Manuk

Hometown: Grafton, OH

School Name: Midview High School (graduate) Illinois State University (current)

Section: Clarinet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I'd seen it and I thought it was such an incredible once in a lifetime opportunity I couldn't just pass it up. Especially once I learned 2016 graduates could still audition and participate.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Besides the parade itself, Disneyland. I've never been to any Disney park so I'm super excited to live out my childhood dreams.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. Never give up
2. Practicing and pushing yourself when you're the only one there to do so is super important. It's one thing to do it for other people, but it's another thing entirely when it's just to yourself. It's so easy to slack off when you're alone.
3. Music can change and save lives.

Most memorable moment in band?
This past year I got to perform in Lucas Oil Stadium in the Super Regional as an exhibition band with my college. It was my first time on the Lucas Oil field and I was in awe the entire time. Afterwards so many kids and parents were complimenting us.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
In high school I was a part of my school FCA chapter, Tri-M, NHS, and academic quiz team. In college I volunteer at the local Children's Museum and I plan on helping train service dogs and working at the pet shelter in the future. If I hadn't been a Music major, I would've wanted to do Veterinary Medicine.

What's your favorite book?
Probably Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, by Matthew Quick

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I can't choose one so I'll say my top: Pachebels Canon, Little Fugue in G, New World Symphony, and Artie Shaw's Clarinet Concerto as pieces of music and then any song by Michael Buble.

Favorite movie?
The Good Dinosaur

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
Well I already graduated, I'm attending Illinois State University and I'm double majoring in Music Education and Music Therapy. I want to help kids with mental disabilities and disorders, and change the lives of the students I'll teach.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I attended Music for All's Summer Symposium in the Marching track with the Leadership Weekend this past summer.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I can solve a Rubik's cube in under a minute and I've had surgeries in both my arms for my nerves. Both times I played in band and went to school the day after surgery.

The seventy-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!

CarolineS

Name: Caroline Salas

Hometown: Kyle, TX

School Name: Lehman High School

Section: Color Guard

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I saw the post about applying online and I thought this has to be one of the best things to be apart of. I did the audition video, and I told myself, if I think this is good enough, then I will send it in. I put it together and I watched it about 10 times critiquing myself as if I was the one judging it as if I was a the one making the decision. After my dad and my director, Mr. Green encouraged me, I knew I really wanted this. I am glad I did.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am really excited about going to California and performing at Disney, especially since I have always wanted to perform there! I am also eager that I get to go on this trip with my best friend Maija (She's marching Clarinet).

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
The first one is really cheesy. We (my band) have this stuffed bunny who goes everywhere with us, his name is Velveteen. This all goes along with the children's story of Velveteen rabbit. That bunny taught me if I truly believe in myself than anything is possible. The second one: Practice like you've never won and perform like you've never lost. This one goes along quite nicely with our band motto: Passion and Intensity. Finally, one of my favorites: you can surprise yourself with what you can do; trust your training, trust in what you know, and know the worst part is letting go. 

Most memorable moment in band?
Freshman year marching season, when we performed at area prelims. I remember coming out of that performance and feeling like I just had the show of a lifetime. The band played beautifully, people were crying, the directors got chills, and we knew at that moment that we would make finals. It was the first time in the history of our band program we would advance onto area finals. At retreat, when they announced our name everyone in our band jumped up and celebrated as if we had just won the lottery. We had a great finals performance, and we got to pour Diet Coke over my director, Mr. Green! Which was a prize for meeting our goal of making area finals. I will never forget that weekend! That senior class was so special to me, and one of the best parts about it, was I got to make band history with my big brother on the field with me.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I take multiple AP classes, and I am an ambassador for NSHSS. I'm a member of NHS and NTHS, vice president of Leo Club, and I'm secretary of our FBLA. Along with color guard, I play string bass for our band. At my church I volunteer as an altar server and help out as much as I can in my community.

What's your favorite book?
Catcher in the Rye

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I have a quite a few: Angels in the Architecture, Rhapsody in Blue, and Danzon No. 2, Take on Me by A-ha, Love in the Dark by Adele, and Don't Stop Me Now by Queen.

Favorite movie?
Howl's Moving Castle, Clueless, and Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Java Chocolate Chip

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
So far, I am going to attend college and major in Leadership Engineering, and with a minor in Industrial Engineering. I also want to march Drum Corps until I age out, then hopefully spin in WGI with Pride of Cincinnati. I also hope I can become a drill writer and guard director.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Every year my band competes at the BOA San Antonio Super Regional and my freshman year we competed at the BOA Austin Regional.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
As weird as this is, I have this weird wrist disability that caused my ulna to be short, so I don't have the normal flexibility as everyone else like turning my wrist so the palm is flat facing up. This makes color guard come with a little bit of a challenge, but I enjoy trying to work around it! 

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The seventy-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: Maria Young

Hometown: Williamsburg, Iowa

School Name: Williamsburg High School

Section: Baritone Saxophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My band teacher told me about this opportunity, and I couldn't pass it up! Even though I was the only person from my school to audition, I thought it would be a great experience and worth the shot, even if I didn't make it. Plus, who wouldn't want to go to California in the middle of winter?!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm excited to spend our last day together at Disneyland! It'll be a great way to end a week filled with new friendships, with amazing people from all across the country.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Perseverance, leadership, and teamwork. I've learned to keep practicing and working hard for the goals I wish to achieve as a musician. Leadership became especially important to me this year because I was a section leader in marching band. With that, I learned how to positively and efficiently encourage my section to work together. Teamwork is one of the most important qualities to me as a musician. Each member of the band has to work together for a common goal, and this can't be achieved by individuals. Valuing teamwork has both humbled and strengthened me.

Most memorable moment in band?
This year, my band marched in the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago. This was our first time performing live for a nationally televised event, and we worked so hard for it. It was incredibly exciting marching down the streets with thousands of people all around and cameras in front of us. It's definitely an experience I'll never forget!

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am heavily involved in band, so that takes up most of my time. I am a part of the concert band, marching band, jazz band, and show choir band at my school. Throughout high school, I have also participated in various District and University Honor Bands. This year, as a senior, I made the Iowa All State Band, which is a goal I've been working on all of high school. Besides band, I am involved in choir, a small group of the top singers in our choir called "Sirens," the musical, and Spanish Club.

What's your favorite book?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Anything by Eric Whitacre. I especially love "Lux Aurumque" and "October."

Favorite movie?
It depends on my mood, but I love the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Pearl Harbor, and Me Before You.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Coffee

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan on majoring in Nursing either at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska or Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Although I won't major in Music, I am definitely planning on staying involved.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
No. This is my first event, and I am incredibly excited!

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I've traveled to eight countries in the last year! Last January, I went to Belize with the Spanish Club at my school. Over the summer, I went on what is called the "Iowa Ambassadors of Music" trip. There is a band and a choir, and I was in the band. We traveled to seven countries, which included England, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, and Italy. Performing music in all of these countries truly taught me how music unifies all of humanity.

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The sevnty-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!

JakeK

Name: Jake Kroger

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

School Name: La Salle High School

Section: Alto Sax

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I play volleyball, I'm in student government, and I am a member of our school's scholars program.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I hope to go to either The Ohio State University or the University of Kentucky to study Aerospace Engineering.

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