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 thirty-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!

JacobK

Name: Jacob Kopczyk

Hometown: Tinley, IL

School Name: Marian Catholic High School

Section: Trumpet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I wanted to be a part of the BOA Honor Band because of my love of music. I wanted to test myself against others that are considered to be the best of the best. I wanted to be a part of the internationally known Rose Bowl Parade and go to California, as I have never been there before.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Being in California and experiencing the Rose Bowl Parade from an inside perspective.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Being on time, leadership skills, and learning what a truly inspiring performance is all about. 

Most memorable moment in band?
Being in the tunnel at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis waiting to perform in finals for Super Regionals last year has been my most memorable moment in band. At that point in time, I realized that I am so lucky to be a part of Marian Catholic High School's Band, as I would not have been at Super Regionals if I attended any other high school in my area.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I participate in Service Club. This is a group that goes out and does charitable acts for those less fortunate.

What's your favorite book?
I have more of a favorite series over a favorite book. My favorite series is the Harry Potter series, which I have read four times so far.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Frozen Cathedral by John Mackey

Favorite movie?
The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I want to go to college for a degree, possibly in engineering and/or music performance.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Grand Nationals and Super Regionals (2015 and 2016).

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I was first chair in Symphonic Band at Marian Catholic High School my freshman year. I just earned first chair and section leader spot again for my sophomore year.

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The thirty-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!

ShannonL

Name: Shannon Lally

Hometown: Roselle, IL

School Name: Lake Park High School

Section: Dancer

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I decided to apply to be a part of the band after I was given the opportunity to audition last minute. I THOUGHT the opportunity was too great to pass up and that I had nothing to lose and everything to gain!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most excited to perform in the parade, as well as work with other people my age that are just as passionate about band and music as I am.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. Leadership. Being a drum major has taught me how to manage a large group of people and help create something larger than myself.
2. Cooperation. Leaving problems and differences at home, and bringing your best self to rehearsal ultimately betters not only yourself, but the band as a whole.
3. Discipline. Knowing that I had practice later encouraged me to put down any distractions and finish all of my responsibilities. This built habits that continued even when I didn't have practice, allowing me to maximize my time.

Most memorable moment in band?
One of the most memorable moments in band was performing at Disney World on New Year's Eve. We were the last marching band of 2015 to perform!

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am the president of Psychology Club and founder of the psychology tutoring program at my school. I am also on the varsity Winter Guard, and a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Earth Club, and Senior Class Council. I also volunteer regularly at Feed My Starving Children.

What's your favorite book?
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Montagues and Capulets by Prokofiev and Fire Water Paper: A Vietnam Oratorio II. Scherzo by Elliot Goldenthal

Favorite movie?
Return of the Jedi and Titanic

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Peach

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I hope to attend Northwestern University and study neuroscience and film production.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
BOA Indianapolis Super Regional '13, '14, '16
BOA Tennessee Regional '15
BOA Grand National Championships '13, '14, '15, '16
Drum Major Institute '16

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I love to travel! I've been to 11 different countries so far.

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The thirty-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!

MaijaS

Name: Maija Solis

Hometown: Kyle, TX

School Name: Lehman High School

Section: Clarinet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
One of my Band Directors, Johnie Green, had participated when he was in high school and said that it was fun and a great experience.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Meeting people from around the United States coming to march together. Also getting to work with different people and gaining more experience.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. How "to be early is to be on time, and to be on time is to be late and to be late is to be left behind." Also attendance to everything always matters, even if you aren't doing anything.

2. How to be social. I came into band not having a single friend. Now I am Band President and I am able to make friends with almost anyone. Also my directors call me a social butterfly.

3. Practice makes perfect. I am in wind ensemble and I got in by practicing. 

Most memorable moment in band?
When I was a freshman we were a 4A high school. I was one of the three freshman to make Wind Ensemble. I also made 3rd chair, which was cool and scary because I didn't know anyone. Anyways, marching season starts first, and we were at UIL Regional. Which as a freshman I had no idea what that meant. The directors told us we made it to area, and everyone was screaming like "Yeah! We did it!!!" Then at area we made finals. Once again as a freshman I had no idea what that meant. Everyone was screaming their heads off, I went along because I didn't want to seem lame. I didn't see the significance until year after year when my director would say, "Back in 2013 we made history making UIL Area Finals." That has to be my most memorable moment because I was apart of the last generation to make Area Finals.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am the parliamentarian in FFA (Future Farmers of America). I am in Student Council and next semester I am going to do theater.

What's your favorite book?
Anne Frank Diary-I am fascinated with history.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I am diverse when it comes to music. I have many songs I like and love. I seriously can't choose just one. Danzon No. 2, Nocturne in Eb Major, Jupiter by Gustav Holst, An American in Paris, and my last piece Prelude, Sicilno & Rondo: Rondo. My favorite type of music is classical.

Favorite movie?
I am a movie master mind. My favorite animation is Moana and my favorite chick flick/ comedy is 50 First Dates, and my favorite action movie is Batman Begins

Favorite ice cream flavor?
I'm a plain jane. I like Vanilla.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I am a senior, so after next semester I hope to go to college undeclared for the first two years to get my basics done. Hopefully after I get my basics done, I will choose my major.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
2013 BOA Regionals in Austin, TX 
2013-2016 BOA Super Regionals San Antonio, TX

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I am a social butterfly. I don't wait for people to introduce themselves to me. I will go up to them and introduce myself first. I am not shy and I have a humorous personality. I am quite friendly!

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The thirty-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!

KatieT

Name: Katie Thornton

Hometown: Franklin, TN

School Name: Franklin High School

Section: Baritone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
The moment I first heard about the Honor Band, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I was really interested in the opportunity to work with students and faculty from around the country.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm excited to see the sites of California. I've never been out there, so it's definitely going to be an exciting experience for me.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Passion, endurance, and the importance of community. Passion is when you truly love something that, even when times get hard, you still enjoy doing that activity. Endurance is pushing through those times when it feels like your world is exploding, and you get back on your feet and keep going. My director, who's basically my mentor, always tells me, "You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. You only lose if you give up." Finally, community is so important, whether it's band, school, where you live, etc. Everything you do effects your community, and you have to choose if you're going to have a positive or negative effect.

Most memorable moment in band?
Definitely the moment I learned I had made this honor band. I was sitting in math class after a test, and I checked my email, and I saw the email. After I read it, I went down to our Band Room to tell my directors. My director, who had filled out my recommendation, had also gotten an email, but I didn't know that. He made me wait in the doorway while my other director was finishing some work. Finally, he let me come in and told he had gotten the email. My directors were so excited for me.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I'm in Winter Guard and Concert Band. I'm hoping to join some chamber groups next semester.

What's your favorite book?
The entire Harry Potter Series, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
The Hamilton Mixtape

Favorite movie?
The Princess Bride

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Coffee

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I want to go into Music Education. I'm currently looking at Middle Tennessee State University, DePaul University, or Auburn, but I'm still looking around. I hope to have my band program connected with United Sound and Bands of America.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Yes, I've gone to Summer Symposium/Leadership Weekend the past two summers, and multiple BOA competitions through marching band, including Grand Nationals.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I have a wide range of musical preference. If you were to listen to all my music on shuffle, you would hear musicals, classical, pop, Hamilton, Disney, Christmas, etc.

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The thirty-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!

ForrestR

Name: Forrest Roy

Hometown: Kennesaw, GA

School Name: Harrison High School

Section: Snare drum

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
Well, my urge to be apart of this group was sparked by my first drum instructor and BOATOR drumline alumni- David Boughter. David started teaching me how to drum when I was in the 7th grade, and when I was in the 8th grade, David marched with this ensemble in the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade.  I thought to myself, "wow, it would be kind of cool to do that one day" and as I got older, I felt like it would be humbling for David and for me if I were to make this prestigious ensemble. I practiced the materials, received some help and feedback from a few people, then I sent in a video and made the group. I'm incredibly excited to be a part of this group, and I know David is just as excited as I am.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm most excited about just going to California. I've wanted to go and visit the west coast for years now. I haven't been to California since I was a little kid, so my memory of it is very vague. More specifically, I'm excited about the parade itself, I'm interested to see how it compares to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade that I marched in a few weeks ago!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. If you think you can't do something, you can. With the right reasources and a great work ethic, you can literally do anything.

2. A positive attitude will take you far in life. Optimism is key, being optimistic will allow you to be better than most people you're competing against in life.

3. The downs in life make the ups all the sweeter. It's like Yin and Yang. The good is good because of the bad and the bad is bad because of the good. Don't allow a bad time in your life, or a negative person to get in the way of you being great. Once you achieve and reach the high point, it will be sweeter than ever.

Most memorable moment in band?
Grand National Semi-Finals 2013. This performance was the most emotional show of my life, and gave Harrison a ticket to Grand National Finals in 2013. After that performance, our band felt so incredibly satisfied with what we had done, that we could of honestly gone home right then and been happy with the season. At this moment, I realized that band isn't about the results or the awards, it's about the people you do it with. Easily one of the best moments of my life.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I've been involved in video production inside of my school up until this semester due to some core classes that were more important to take than a video class. Videography and Photography have kind of become my thing besides band. Outside of school, I do some video work for Atlanta Quest-an Independant World Class Indoor Drumline- and I enjoy taking pictures on my own time.

What's your favorite book?
Well I'm not a huge reader, but I can say I've enjoyed the Hunger Games Trillogy.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I'd have to say my favorite piece of music is Ping Pang Pong by Joel Puckett. For those who are familiar with the piece, specifically letter W towards the end.

Favorite movie?
The Fast and Furious series.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Oreo

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
Hopefully to attend either Clemson University, University of Georgia, or Florida State University. I plan to major in either marketing, graphic communications, mass communications or something of that nature. In my band future, I'd like march WGI at Atlanta Quest, and I'd like to march DCI with either The Bluecoats, The Blue Devils, or The Phantom Regiment. Any of those would really be a dream come true to be honest.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have participated in BOA Grand Nationals as a performer twice, along with countless regionals and super regionals. I've also played with the Harrison Wind Ensemble in the Music For All Regional Festival in Atlanta.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I've got a severe obsession with tenneshoes.

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The thirty-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!

KentL

Name: Kent Le

Hometown: Duluth, GA

School Name: Duluth High school

Section: Trombone/Baritone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
The first time I ever wanted to be in band was when I was very young watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. As soon as I saw the low brass and the sheer size of the instruments, I became obsessed with those instruments. With the help of the my band director Mr. Groves, I grew to love our small band program more and more every year.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am very excited to meet new friends and I'm excited to represent Duluth High School in the parade. I'm also excited about being able to play with all the people in my Baritone section and learning different things that everyone brings from their band programs.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Family, individuality, and discipline. These three things are what made me into what I am today. My individuality was brought out by the open arms of my band program. We are small, all different, and all part of the family we have. I learned the concept of discipline and how it applies to everything, from people's time to rehearsal etiquette.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment would be last summer when I went to the Music for All Drum Major Institute and Leadership Weekend at Ball State. Once I got to the camp, the returning members were all very social and open. I also met many friends that I still talk to today. The BOA staff members (SWAGS) were also very nice to all members of the program

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Besides marching band, concert band, and jazz band, I'm a member of the Winter Guard, student council, Tri-M club, Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra, and an officer of the Junior Classical League.

What's your favorite book?
Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation by Matt Myklusch

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Jupiter by Gustav Holst

Favorite movie?
Finding Nemo

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies and Cream

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I am planning on applying for college and majoring in special education with a minor in music therapy.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have not gone to a BOA competition, but I have gone to the Music for All Drum Major Institute and Leadership Weekend at Ball State. I also plan on going again for my senior year.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I play more that just wind instruments. I started electric guitar and bass guitar in 1st grade. I played trombone first, and then I learned to play Baritone for marching band. I have also been the only guy in our Winter Guard for 2 years. I'm outgoing, not afraid of hard work, adventurous, and funny.

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The thirty-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: Lindsey Rehmer

Hometown: Milford, OH

School Name: Archbishop Moeller High School

Section: Color Guard

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
Ever since I was a little girl, my dad was the biggest DCI fan. We would go to different shows with him and I fell in love with the work the colorguard did. By the age of about 5, I knew that one day I was going to be doing that and I joined my freshman year, and I never looked back.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am excited to meet everyone. I come from a small band that does not compete, and just getting to interact with people from different bands from all over the country is just so exciting for me. This will also be my first time going to California, which is also super exciting.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Being in band has taught me that imperfection is okay, and it's how we react to to these imperfections that define us. Band has taught me that family is not just blood. My band is so small that we have formed one big family, and I truly don't know what I would do without them. Also band has taught me how to enjoy the small moments together.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am also involved in my school's chapter of the National Honor Society and community service.

What's your favorite book?
Surrendered by Kariss Lynch

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

Favorite movie?
White Christmas

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Double Chocolate Chip

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I am hoping to attend either Coastal Carolina University or The University of North Carolina at Wilmington to study Exercise and Sports Sciences, and then move onto medical school to earn my doctorate in Emergency Medicine.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I participated in the 2015 Music for All Summer Symposium.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I do not attend the high school I march for. The school I attend is Ursuline Academy, which is an all-girls Catholic high school. So I partner with our brother school, Archbishop Moeller High School, an all-boys Catholic. There I am able to march and do colorguard.
I have also been doing competitive cheerleading for thirteen years.

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The thirty-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: Kyle Crump

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

School Name: Hickory Ridge High School

Section: Alto Saxophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I have been given the great opportunity to attend the Music for All Summer Symposium for the past three years. I was able to experience what happens when you put the most dedicated people together to accomplish something, and I thought the Honor Band would be a great way to do that, but also with a bunch of great friends I met in Indiana.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Definitely seeing all my friends I have met through the years at Summer Symposium. Also meeting some great people who may have not ever been to Summer Symposium. It's a great way to meet people who all love doing similar things, while making some lifetime friends in the process.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Self-discipline, is a lesson that I don't just use for band. When you have people look up to you and hold you to a higher standards, it helps. Keeps you working when no one is watching and helps you push yourself to be better. A Trophy means nothing. You can go out and compete to win or you can go out to have a fantastic run. In the end, if you leave knowing you did everything you could, the results usually take care of themselves and you have a fantastic time. This world is tiny. Everyone knows what I mean when I say if you see a DCI jacket, you immediately have something to talk about. You never know where you will meet people that share the same interests as you. I ran into a staff member for Carolina Crown at the rock climbing gym I go to. He saw my Vic Firth lanyard and it seemed like we had known each other for months just because we could relate to each other.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment was probably taking my senior pin off my uniform this past Friday after we had our last home football game. This pin might be tiny, but it shows what I put into my band. Five years starting out as an 8th grader who struggled to march in step and forgot drill spots during my first halftime show. Now as a senior Drum Major being apart of a legacy that I decided stay with, taking that pin off and earning it has been my most memorable moment.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Other than all the other band classes I am in such as Pit Orchestra, Jazz Band,  small ensembles, I am apart of a few honor societes and play Saxophone sometimes at my school's YoungLife clubs.

What's your favorite book?
The Martian

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
With Heart and Voice, our Wind Ensemble played it past year for festival and got straight superiors. Being apart of a band that can just enjoy making and learning to conduct it are probably the reasons I love it.

Favorite movie?
Inception

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate Moose Tracks

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
My current plan is to do what I love. Too many things interest me to decide on a major, until I take my first real college class.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
My band has participated in a few BOA super regionals and it is nice to see how we stack up against a national standard. As mentioned before, I have been to the Music for All Summer Symposium a total of three times.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
If I'm not at band, work or sleeping, I'm rock climbing. I love being able to put in headphones and climb and not have to worry about anything. It's peaceful. You are in control and if you make a mistake, you can seriously hurt yourself or someone else. It also is a great way to work out, which keeps me in shape. 

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The thirtieth 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: Derick Christensen

Hometown: Sylva, NC

School Name: Smoky Mountain High School

Section: Color Guard

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
Bob Buckner came to my school and did a clinic with my marching band, and at the end of it he told us about the Honor Band. I thought that it would be a very cool experience to get to spin with other guard kids from around the USA. I also thought it would be really cool to perform in the Rose Parade because I've always watched it on TV and have always wanted to be in it.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am really excited about getting to work with some of the best color guard directors in the country.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
If you really want something you will work as hard as you can until you get it; nothing in life is handed to you on a silver platter; and your true friends will stay with you no matter what.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band was during my first competition and it was pouring rain on us, but we still kept going and we did the best we could to keep our equipment in our very wet hands. At the end of the day we won our class, and it was just so amazing the performance we gave during that rain storm.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am in an early college program, and I volunteer at my old middle school. I was also a member of S.A.N.D.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is Wicked by Gregory Maguire.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite song is "For Good" from the musical Wicked. I love this song because of the deep message of friendship.

Favorite movie?
Hello Dolly

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Coconut

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan on finishing my Associate's Degree, then I plan on going to a 4-year university for Technical Theater with a minor in phlebotomy.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have never praticipated in any events by BOA or MFA

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I know every line in the musical Wicked.

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The twenty-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: Maddie Endres

Hometown: Springfield, IL

School Name: Glenwood High School

Section: Piccolo

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 no one in my band has ever tried out for something big like this. I also wanted to take my music outside of Illinois and march in a big parade. It looked like it would be a fun experience so I said why not, and tried out!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most excited about meeting so many new people and I am also excited to march down Colorado Boulevard in the Rose Parade.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Being in band I have learned great leadership.  Being a flute section leader, you have to take charge and teach everyone how to do things the right way. Trust is another thing that I have learned because if you're marching backwards, you have to trust that the person behind you won't run into you! Lastly, I have learned that no matter how frustrated you will be during all those practices, it will pay off during your performance, knowing that you did something right.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band is when we went to Disney World my freshmen year. We got to march in the Magic Kingdom parade and it was so much fun. Even though it was over 90 degrees when we were marching in our dark colored uniforms, the experience was unforgettable. 

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
At school, I am in the pit orchestra for the fall musicals and I play on our Glenwood Girls Golf team. Outside of school I am in flute and woodwind choir, where I also play the Alto and Bass Flute.

What's your favorite book?
To Kill a Mockingbird

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Flight of the Bumblebee, but who doesn't like that song??

Favorite movie?
Titanic

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Scooperman!!

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
After I graduate high school, my dream is to make it into Juilliard or another music conservatory like Manhattan school of music. I plan on majoring in music performance and becoming a flute soloist or to perform with a famous orchestra.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I am a huge Seattle Seahawks football fan, I have a dog named Ginger, my favorite TV shows are Hawaii Five-0 and The Middle, and I love shopping at Hollister.

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