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 seventy-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!

MatthewC

Name: Matthew Chauvin

Hometown: Metairie, LA

School Name: Holy Cross School

Section: Mellophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
A few of my band mates went to the last Tournament of Roses Parade and they sang praises about it, so I thought it would be fun to go and meet new people, and participate in a once in a lifetime event.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm excited to march in the parade because it would be different from The Mardi Gras parades I march in every year.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Leadership, discipline, and that it's easy to make friends with people that can relate to you.

Most memorable moment in band?
Mardi Gras parades are my favorite time of year because it is a chance for us to enjoy ourselves, while playing and marching.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am in quiz bowl, Spanish club, and peer ministry.

What's your favorite book?
Hard choice, but I'd have to say Band of Brothers.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I've listened to so much music and like so many different kinds that it would be impossible to pick a favorite.

Favorite movie?
Das Boot

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies and Cream

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I'm going to attend LSU and major in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Music.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
No, this would be my first one.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I'm very old fashioned because I'm a big fan of classic rock, and even have vinyls and a phonograph. I also like to learn about history.

The seventy-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!

AllisonW

Name: Allison Williams

Hometown: Ostrander, OH

School Name: Rutherford B Hayes High school

Section: Dancer

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I love dancing and Color Guard more than anything and I always look for any opportunity to dance and perform.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm most excited to actually march in the parade. My grandpa used to work for the Rose Parade and I'm really excited for him and my grandma to see me.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
The three biggest things I have learned from band are: Don't be afraid to be yourself, you can to anything you set your mind to, and follow your dreams, even if they seem crazy. When I started Color Guard in 8th grade, I was completely horrible, I couldn't dance for my life and I couldn't spin. But I never gave up, I looked for any opportunity to get better, any free day I had I was practicing with my guard sisters, Maddie and Bridget, or taking dance classes. I worked hard and chased my dreams and I have come so far because of it.

Most memorable moment in band?
The most memorable moment in band for me was when I was a junior and I was practicing at our local community center. This little girl, probably 4-years old, runs up and plops down right in front of me and watches me practice for about 20 min. She finally got up the nerve to come talk to me while I was getting water and started telling me how she wanted to be just like me when she got bigger, so I grabbed my flag and spent the next half hour showing her flag tricks, and then I taught her some basics on a flag. It was that moment that I realized I was doing something right and I was inspiring the next generation.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I was a member of student council last year and I am an athletic training aid.

What's your favorite book?
Asking me to pick a favorite book is like asking a parent to choose a favorite child! But if I have to choose I would say: Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
ANYTHING FROM THE HAMILTON SOUNDTRACK!!

Favorite movie?
Anastasia

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Vanilla

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I want to go into Athletic Training.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I went to Music for All's Summer Symposium in 2014.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I have have placed 4th with my flag I and E the past two years at the system blue performers showcase and I can sing all of the Hamilton soundtrack.

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The seventy-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: Kate Heuer

Hometown: North Huntingdon, PA

School Name: Norwin High School

Section: Baritone Saxophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I was first introduced to the Honor Band at the 2015 Summer Symposium. I thought it looked like a pretty fun time. When I told my mom about it, she really encouraged me to audition, even though I thought I had a slim chance of getting in.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am very excited to meet new friends! I'm looking forward to the accepting atmosphere, like at Summer Symposium.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I've learned the importance of patience and encouragement towards others, from being a freshman to being a sophomore. I've learned to be myself. Lastly, I have learned to take as many opportunities as I can, not to look good on a resume, but to have a fun life!

Most memorable moment in band?
I like to make people laugh. One day at a woodwind sectional for our wind ensemble, I was getting hungry. Being a baritone sax player, I never had our band director paying too much attention to me. He was working with the flutes. I snuck in a bag of carrots. Let's just say I ate the whole bag of carrots without the band director noticing and my section was thoroughly entertained.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I take all honors and AP classes (except math). I will be inducted into NHS in January. I am also in the video game club. Outside of school, I'm a red belt in karate.

What's your favorite book?
I'd probably have to say the Lord of the Rings books. My dad read them to my sister and I in 5th grade, so it influenced my taste in entertainment.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
There are so many good ones! Right now, I like Ride to Victory by Two Steps from Hell (It sounds edgier than it is.). I love how confident and strong it is, and how it invokes a sense of bravery.

Favorite movie?
Flashpoint Paradox

Favorite ice cream flavor?
I'm a chocolate person.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I don't know where I want to go to college, but I want to join the Navy to be a pilot so I have a chance of becoming an astronaut. I also want to keep pursuing music, and it is my goal to someday join Carolina Crown on Baritone.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Yes, our band competes in BOA Regionals every year and the occasional Super Regional or Grand Nationals. I have been to going to Summer Symposium for two years and plan to do the Drum Major Institute next year.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I've been studying Haidong Gumdo, the Korean Way of the Sword, for just about a year now. At my most recent competition, I won first place in my division.

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The seventieth 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: Benjamin Heidloff

Hometown: Grayslake, IL

School Name: Grayslake Central High School

Section: Alto Sax

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
At the Summer Symposium, I saw how excited the Music For All staff was for the parade, even though it was still a year and a half away at that point. I had such a great time at each of the Summer Symposium's each year, and knew being a part of the band was an opportunity I couldn't miss.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Being surrounded by people from across the country that are as passionate about marching band as I am.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. How to both give and take constructive criticism effectively.
2. Attitude is one of the most important factors to ensuring success.
3. The importance of persevering through obstacles, no matter what they are or how imposing they may seem.

Most memorable moment in band?
At our final competition of the season, the judges forgot to tally one of our subscores into the overall total. Despite our amazing performance, we thought we ranked in the bottom of our division. Once the score was properly totaled a day later, we placed second, less than a point and a half behind the first place school. When the director made the announcement about the scoring error in band the following day, the room was ecstatic. This was my most memorable moment- witnessing the entire band go from disappointment of how the season ended to electric in the matter of a sentence.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am a Captain of the Debate Team, an Officer in my school's chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, a peer tutor in the school math resource center, and I'm in the National Honor Society.

What's your favorite book?
Avalon by Mindee Arnett

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
The Room Where It Happens by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Favorite movie?
Sky High

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies and Cream

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I receive results for most of my college applications in mid-late March, so I'll find out then! My current plan is to attend school on the East Coast, hopefully in Washington, D.C.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I've attended the 39th, 40th, and 41st Music for All Summer Symposiums. I've been in the Leadership Camp all three years, I was in the Marching track my second year, and was in the Drum Major Institute my most recent year.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I may or may not have memorized all 20,520 words in the Hamilton musical.

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The sixty-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!

HunterM 

Name: Hunter Mathews

Hometown: McDonugh, GA

School Name: Ola High School

Section: Flute

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I was reading about it and it seemed like an amazing opportunity. It seemed like a long shot, but it was still something I wanted to at least try to do. I practiced and submitted my application.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am excited to have the opportunity to march in the Rose Parade and to meet other people my age who care about music.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Through band I have learned numerous things that have helped me grow as an individual. I have learned that through hard work you can achieve great things, and that as long as you feel you achieved something amazing it shouldn't matter what the numbers say. I have also learned that you should never give up in the middle of something and say you can't do it because if you stop you will never know if you can. I have learned that it is your decision whether you fight to be your best (even if it means you don't win), or if you just slug through every day and practice believing that you will never go anywhere because then you won't.

Most memorable moment in band?
At the end of rookie camp my freshman year, the staff had all of the rookies stand against a wall outside for our "rookie camp picture" and we did as we were told. However, the section leaders and drum majors were standing above us with coolers full of water balloons. When they said to say cheese the leadership threw the water balloons at us and the parents got a picture of us running away.

What's your favorite book?
Swimming in the moon by Pamela Schoenewaldt

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Favorite movie?
The Unexpected Gift

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 attending college alongside my cousin, to become a teacher.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
My band has performed at several BOA competitions.

The sixty-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! 

MasonM

Name: Mason Moore

Hometown: Bella Vista, AR

School Name: Bentonville High School

Section: Tuba

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
For the amazing once in a lifetime opportunity to come together with other students from all over the country, and make wonderful music.

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

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
-Time management
-How to properly practice
-How to overcome great obstacles

Most memorable moment in band?
Marching Semifinals in Grand Nationals.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Dodgeball

What's your favorite book?
Harry Potter And the Prisoner of Azkaban

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Shenandoah by Frank Ticheli

Favorite movie?
The Avengers

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
Attend college and get major in Music Education.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
BOA St. Louis Super Regional
BOA Indianapolis Super Regional
BOA Grand National Championships

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I'm left-handed

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The sixty-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: Molly Lampone

Hometown: Wauwatosa, WI

School Name: Wauwatosa East High School

Section: Mellophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My friend, Mairyn Schoshinski, who was also accepted, brought back the pamphlet from Music for All's Summer Symposium and I instantly wanted to be a part of this amazing experience. The opportunity to do something I love with so many other dedicated musicians was something I couldn't pass up.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Of course I'm most excited for the Rose Bowl Parade, but I'm also really looking forward to all memories I will create at Disney, Santa Monica Pier, California Adventure, and everywhere else with my current friends and new people I'll meet. I'm so excited to have this experience surrounded by people who love music as much as I do!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I've learned how to lead, both by example and with a true leadership position. I've learned perseverance through practice. I've learned how to value each member of any sort of team because without each individual member doing their part, it would fall to pieces.

Most memorable moment in band?
My favorite memory of band was my freshman year in marching band. We had just performed at our State Competition, which was a whirlwind of excitement in of itself. The most memorable part for me was after the performance when I got to laugh and huddle under blankets in the freezing bleachers with all my friends. The feeling of shared pride and family was so strong and I will never forget that feeling.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am involved in the theatre, National Honor Society, and our We the People team.

What's your favorite book?
The Da Vinci Code

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I love music in general, but classically my favorites are all by Prokofiev

Favorite movie?
Mamma Mia

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Raspberry Chocolate

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
My plan after graduation is to attend Saint Louis University for either Psychology or Music Education.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Yes, the Music For All Summer Symposium.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I traveled to Rome, Italy with my band for their New Years Day Parade and we are marching in the Cherry Blossom Parade this spring! 

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The sixty-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!

LuniaO

Name: Lunia Oriol

Hometown: Wasilla, AK

School Name: Colony High School

Section: Clarinet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My freshman year, the marching band at my school, Thee Northern Sound, was invited to march at the Tournament of Roses, but I didn't join marching band that year. When I finally joined my sophomore year, my friends told me incredible stories of their experiences and memories marching in the Rose Bowl, and I decided one day I would find a way to make it to Pasadena myself. I love meeting new people and going on adventures, so I jumped at the opportunity.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm most excited for Disneyland and the Disneyland Parade! I haven't been to Disneyland in years, so I can't wait to go there again, and experience the magic and wonder with my new friends and bandmates.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Every day, after our band finished practice, we huddled together and yelled at the top of our lungs, "Tradition! Respect! Honor!" We never went a day without saying these words. In my three years of marching, these are some of the most important values to me. First - although progress is never bad, traditions that have kept the band together are important to pass down to new generations. Secondly, no matter how much authority you have in the band - whether you are the director, the drum major, or a saxophone player - everybody deserves respect. Third, hold yourself honorably. Everyone is so important in the band, and without each and every one of its members, the marching band wouldn't be complete.

Most memorable moment in band?
My junior year, our band went down to the Grand National Championships in Indiana. This was my first big band trip, and this was also my first year of being drum major, so I had to become situated comfortably in the position very quickly. Our band toured Chicago for a few days beforehand and then we traveled by bus to Indianapolis. When we arrived at the Lucas Oil Stadium, my senses went into overdrive. I had never seen so many bands before coming from coast to coast. Before and after we performed on the field, we sat in the stadium, entranced by the other bands performing their shows for hours, and we met the most incredible musicians. Our band didn't advance to Semifinals, but we won the Esprit de Corps Awards for our spirit and enthusiasm. The award means a lot to me, but the people whom with I got to work and perform with mean far more.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Besides band, I'm president of French National Honors Society at my school, and I'm involved in Rotary Interact, Drama Club, and Class Council. I also spend time volunteering at my local library and performing in a community steel drum group.

What's your favorite book?
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
There's too much music for me to choose from, but I can say my favorite composer is Gustav Holst.

Favorite movie?
Avatar

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Vanilla

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I'm planning on going to University of Michigan to pursue Electrical Engineering, but I still want to be involbed in music and theater.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I've gone to the Grand National Championships in 2015. I'll be graduating this year, so this MFA/BOA trip will be my last.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I really like to knit in my spare time! My mom taught me how to knit when I was younger. I make scarves and hats, and I'm a junior member of a knitting guild.

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The sixty-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: Sam Neely

Hometown: Irvine, CA

School Name: Woodbridge High School

Section: Color Guard

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm most excited about meeting everyone on the 28th!

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I'm a board member for both the chess club and art club at my school.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite books are Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Harriet the Spy.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Vanilla

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I will attend a junior college for two years, then transfer to a four-year university. Once I transfer, I hope to study abroad for a year in London.

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

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The sixty-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: Matthew Plount

Hometown: Murrieta, CA

School Name: Murrieta Mesa High School

Section: Trumpet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I've been in marching band for four years now, and I've watched the Rose Parade on New Years every year, including one year I actually went. When I heard about this band I knew it was something I wanted to do.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm most excited to march in this very well known parade with a bunch of people who like band as much as I do.

Most memorable moment in band?
My final performance in my high school marching band earlier this year.

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

Favorite movie?
Star Wars

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I would like to go to college and major in music performance on my trumpet.

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

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