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 twenty-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!

DannyC

Name: Danny Cox

Hometown: Pataskala, OH

School Name: Watkins Memorial High School

Section: Snare Drum

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I had heard about the band from one of my directors, and I decided to apply because my dad had worked with a high school band that marched in the 2006 Tournament of Roses Parade. To be able to share this achievement with my dad is indescribably amazing.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm most excited to go to the Santa Monica Pier, and of course the Parade.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
The three things I've learned from band are: if you want something badly enough, you'll do everything you can to achieve it; everything is earned, not given; and finally, time management is crucial in everything.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band would probably be when my high school marching band went to a contest at Ohio State's stadium. I think the coolest thing was walking through the tunnel onto the field and looking up and just being in awe of how high up the press box was. After our first big impact of the show, I remember what it felt like when the sound resonated through the stadium for the longest time.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Aside from band, I'm very involved in the drama club and musical theater at my school. My freshman year, I was a part of the stage crew. Sophomore, junior, and senior year I've been a part of the cast and chorus.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book would have to either be "Animal Farm" by George Orwell or "Reservation Blues" by Sherman Alexie.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite piece of music is probably "House Plants in Terracota Pots" by Roy D. Magnuson. The first time I heard it was when I was able to play it at the Ohio University Honor Band Festival with the Festival Wind Symphony. I love that the piece is about the simplicity of house plants, but also how complex they are at the same time.

Favorite movie?
The Wizard of Oz

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Pistachio

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
After graduating high school, my plan is to attend Morehead State University and pursue a degree in Music Education with a Percussion focus.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have never participated in an MFA/BOA event before this.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
A unique fact about myself is that I have played every battery percussion instrument for at least one marching season. My freshman year of high school I played top bass drum, and my sophomore and junior year I marched snare drum. During the winter of my junior year I marched cymbals for Capital City Percussion, a World Class Indoor Percussion Ensemble based in Columbus, Ohio. And finally my senior year of high school I marched tenors.

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The twenty-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!

AnthonyS

Name: Anthony Soria

Hometown: Thornton, IL

School Name: Marian Catholic High School

Section: Trumpet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My friend was already in it and encouraged me to audition as well. I also thought that this would be a lot fun to be apart of, a great opportunity to meet new people, and create unforgettable memories.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm most excited about going to In-N-Out burger because there are none where I'm from and I always hear how great their food is. I have always wanted to go there.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I have learned leadership, personal responsibilty, and to put others needs before my own. Band is more than just me playing my instrument. My band director has taught me many life lessons and traits that I will carry throughout the rest of my life.

Most memorable moment in band?
When I was apart of the tango in my bands marching band show.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I'm on the Snowball staff. Snowball is a retreat for teenagers that promotes living a drug-free life.

What's your favorite book?
The Art of Racing in the Rain

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance

Favorite movie?
The Pink Panther

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
To attend college and major in whatever I find is my passion.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have attended Super Reigonals and Grand Nationals multiple times.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I'm a caddy at a golf course near my house.

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The twenty-sixth installment of a new series on the blog that we will be posting throughout the month of December. As some of you are aware, Music for All will be taking an Honor Band to the 2017 Rose Parade. Our members were selected by audition for the ensemble and come from all across the United States. We are looking forward to coming together for the first time as a band at the end of December and we hope this series will allow us all to get to know some (hopefully most!) of the members of this awesome ensemble!

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Name: Elizabeth Milks

Hometown: Lima, OH

School Name: Ada High School

Section: Flute

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My high school band director was in the first BOA Honors Band to perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade, and he is my hero! The opportunity to follow in his footsteps was something I just could not pass up!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Getting an opportunity to perform both in front of so many people and with so many other musicians! Our school and community are very, very small, so the opportunity to perform alongside 300 other talented musicians from around the country is going to be a new and fantastic experience. Getting to perform in world-famous parade just makes it that much more exciting!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Time management, that hard work and dedication always pay off, and the importance of team-work. Band has helped me develop in so many ways, but these are probably the most important.

Most memorable moment in band?
This past year, our marching band qualified for the State Finals for the first time in school history. To not only have this happen while I was in the band, but to have it happen when I was a senior and drum major was amazing!

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Show choir, winter guard, varsity tennis, quiz bowl, concert choir, varsity track, and student council.

What's your favorite book?
Clockwork Orange

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Enigma Variations by Nimrod

Favorite movie?
Watchmen

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Vanilla

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I hope to the attend Miami University in Oxford, Ohio to pursue studies pre-medicine and/or music education.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have participated in the Bands of America Grand National Championships five times.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
My favorite food is dry salad.

The twenty-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!

MorganO

Name: Morgan Oliver

Hometown: West Columbia, SC

School Name: Airport High School

Section: Trumpet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
The first time I heard of this trip, I didn't think much of it because I have an incredible fear of flying. However, the next year when I returned to the Music for All Summer Symposium, I heard everyone in the marching band track talking about how they were going and couldn't believe they got to march in the Tournament of Roses Honor Band. After really thinking about the fact I'll only have this opportunity once in my life, I decided this would definitely be something worth facing my fears for.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Other than the parade itself, I'm most excited about getting to see my friends that I only get to see once a year at Music for All. Ever since day one in my first small group, I began making friends that I'll never be able to forget. They mean the entire world to me and it just proves how much music can connect people.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. "You earn your trophies at practice, you just pick them up at competition" is one of the most accurate quotes I've ever heard. If you don't work hard and really fight for what you want to achieve, you will never reach the goal.
2. Band is like a big dysfunctional family, where anyone would do anything for you and vice versa. No matter what, you always have your band family to lean on in times of need.
3. "One more time" NEVER means one more time.

Most memorable moment in band?
This past marching band season, we qualified for state competition after not making it for the first time in five years. The year before, the thousand year flood of South Carolina hit us right in the middle of our competition season, making the remainder of the year incredibly difficult for us because of schools and roads being closed for almost two weeks. The feeling when our name was called is unforgettable to me because I know that I helped our band regain our place as one of the top bands in our state.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Winter guard for two seasons, French club, Tri-M music honor society for the past two years, Beta club, Yearbook staff, and the schools concert festival band.

What's your favorite book?
Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
The Hymn of Acxiom by Vienna Tang

Favorite movie?
The Great Gatsby

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
After high school I plan on attending Clemson University to major in horticulture and eventually work for the National Park Service. While in college, I would like to participate in a world class drum corps

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Yes, I have attended the Music for All Summer Symposium for the past two years. The camp is an absolutely life changing experience because of the people there and the unbelievable environment all activities are conducted in.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I am a competitive Greek dancer! I have traveled to Orlando, Florida for the Hellenic Dance Festival, coming in third place out of 20 teams in the past few years.

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The twenty-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!

SarahC

Name: Sarah Coffee

Hometown: Bellbrook, OH

School Name: Bellbrook High School

Section: Bass Clarinet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
Well, I always had doubts that I was a good musician. I always believed I was at best, okay. I figured if I could just audition, I'd prove that I was better than okay. I must have been better than okay to have made it in!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Meeting new people, making new friends, seeing new sights, playing good music, and enjoying band for the last time. I'm also excited to meet people who play my instrument!! I'm the only one in my band, meeting others like me is always a blast!!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I learned to never be afraid of what you can do, always be bold because you never know who is watching and you could inspire others. I learned that I am more than just notes on a page, I am important and needed for more than just my specialty instrument. I also learned how to be independent, and that I didn't need others to be a good person or be a good musician.

Most memorable moment in band?
Possibly when my director asked me to play bass clarinet. Or when one of the rookies in my band gave me a letter, and what she wrote was all I needed to feel like the year had gone well.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I'm in art and choir! I also take a college level English class. I do a lot of writing and drawing!

What's your favorite book?
The Great Gatsby, They Poured Fire on us From the Sky, and Play Dead, a book about zombie football players.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite piece to play is Parade of the Bumbling Wooden Soliders. My favorite song to listen to is Non-Stop, from Hamilton.

Favorite movie?
Anything horror or zombie-filled!

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Probably peppermint!

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I want to go to an Ohio college and study for Early Education, so I can either be a science teacher or an intermediate school teacher!

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I am an artist! I draw cartoons and comic strips- I make characters and write stories about them. I have a whole world planned out with little microscopic details. It's quite fun! I hope one day to be able to sit down and write the books fully, not just in fragments.

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The twenty-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!

AndrewC

Name: Andrew Cox

Hometown: Mustang, OK

School Name: Southwest Covenant

Section: Tuba

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I saw a commercial for it, while watching the 2015 Grand Nationals livestream.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Meeting all of the other members and staff!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. Leadership
2. Accountibility
3. Confidence

Most memorable moment in band?
Pre-show hype huddles

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

What's your favorite book?
Fahrenheit 451

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
New World - Björk

Favorite movie?
Interstellar

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
Go to college and continue marching drum corps.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I play the piano.

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The twenty-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!

SamH

Name: Sam Hantzsch

Hometown: Wauwatosa, WI

School Name: Wauwatosa East High School

Section: Tenors/Drumline

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My band director was in the first honor band in 2005 as a clarinet player, and she recommended that I audition for this.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am so excited to see my friends that I made at the percussion weekend again. I had so much fun with them and I can't wait to play drums with them for a whole week.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I've learned so many social skills in band that have helped so much in life and they've helped me get through high school. I've also learned many leadership skills that I have applied everywhere, especially in Boy Scouts. The final thing I learned was how to be myself; band has taught me to not pretend to be someone else, but to show who I truly am.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment would be my freshman year at a football game, when one of the sousa players caught a field goal in the bell of his instrument.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am heavily involved in theatre at my school. We are opening this weekend for our fall show and I couldn't be more excited for it (except I'm more excited for the parade).

What's your favorite book?
I don't really read that much, but I really enjoy the Lord of the Rings trilogy. That is the first series that really captivated me.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite song would have to be Sports and Wine by Ben Folds Five. It is such an upbeat piece that I listen to whenever I need to get hyped up, but really most Ben Folds Five songs will do that for me.

Favorite movie?
The Blues Brothers

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
My plans for after high school are to attend the University of Wisconsin: La Crosse for a double major in Music Education and Percussion Performance.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have participated in two Summer Symposiums and most recently Grand Nationals.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
A lot of people are surprised that I am a fairly good vocalist. While I don't take lessons from them, I do very well with solo numbers in the school musicals

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The twenty-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: Briana Lackey

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

School Name: The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

Section: Color Guard

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I attended the Music for All Summer Symposium two summers ago and it was announced in one of our sessions. I immediately text my mom and told her we were going! I have been seeking out opportunities to be involved in color guard since I started my freshman year of High School. Camps, Clinics, DCI, WGI, really anything and everything related to the sport, so this was just one more chance to learn from an amazing staff and surround myself with people that love it as much as I do!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I think the WHOLE trip is going to be exciting! I'm excited to be able to march in the parade- it's a once in a lifetime opportunity for sure! I'm excited to be around other students and staff that represent the best in the country. I'm excited to be with two of my friends from high school and one of the students I've been teaching this fall. And of course I'm excited for DISNEYLAND!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Being involved in band has taught me so many life lessons, too many to count really. If I had to pick three, I would say it's taught me patience, respect, and leadership.

Most memorable moment in band?
Any time we perform is a memorable moment. I love performing! My most memorable performance was at a competition my junior year where our band swept all categories and won the whole competition. It was my best performance all season and walking off the field I knew that it was our band's best performance as well.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
In high school I was involved in Winterguard, Student Government, National Honor Society, Freshman and New Student Organization as well as two or three clubs. In college I'm a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, Student Government-Freshman Senate, Think Achieve, and the Campus Activities Board.

What's your favorite book?
I don't have a favorite, I have many!

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Brave by Sara Bareilles, great lyrics! Listen to it!

Favorite movie?
Pride and Prejudice

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookie Dough

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I have already graduated high school and I'm currently enrolled in college. I am studying exercise science and plan to go on and become a physical therapist. I am currently teaching color guard at a local high school and I love it! I want to continue and some day have my own program.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I love to travel! I've been to 6 countries and 33 states. I want to visit all 50 states by the time I'm 25!

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The twentieth 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!

AdamK

Name: Adam Katz

Hometown: Santa Monica, CA

School Name: Santa Monica High School

Section: Bass Clarinet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
Ever since I have joined marching band I have wanted to march in the Rose Parade. This band is the perfect way to check the Rose Parade from my band bucket list.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Marching the 5.5 miles down Colorado Blvd.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I have learned many things during my involvement in band. Discipline is the most important thing I learned. In order to successfully teach an entire band, you need focus and discipline from every member. I also learned about the power of a united group. When every member of a group is focused on the same goal, the outcome is enormous. The most important lesson band can teach anybody is to drink plenty of WATER.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment was taking the podium to conduct my bands closer, Nessun Dorma, for the departing senior class. Nessun Dorma is a beautiful piece of music that was the perfect send off for the seniors.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am also involved in the Symphony Orchestra and the Pit Orchestra at Santa Monica High School.

What's your favorite book?
The Stand by Stephen King

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral by Richard Wagner

Favorite movie?
Jurassic Park

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Half Baked

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I would like to attend a college with a marching band and receive a masters in aerospace engineering, and find a job in that industry.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I enjoy scuba diving!

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The nineteenth 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!

KenseyD

Name: Kensey Dahlquist

Hometown: Kennesaw, GA

School Name: Kennesaw Mountain High School

Section: Drum Major

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I was at the Drum Major Institute at the Music for All Summer Symposium in 2015 when they made the announcement that there would be a chance to march in the Rose Parade with students from across the nation. I was immediately drawn in by the opportunity to march with and learn from the best high school musicians and staff from across the nation, all the way in California.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Getting to perform at Bandfest! In 2005, I watched my cousin perform with the Tournament of Roses Honor Band at that same event, so getting to relive that experience through his shoes is really exciting.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Character, commitment, and how to be part of something larger than myself. Band has helped me discover who I am as not only a musician, but as a person and as a leader. It requires hours of effort and focus; a type of challenge you can't find anywhere else. But most of all, band teaches you to look beyond the "I" mentality. Only in band can you get that feeling when you step off the field after a performance. In that moment you know that, together, you created something amazing.

Most memorable moment in band?
I was standing in front of my band when I received the call from Eric Martin congratulating me on being selected as a Drum Major for the Tournament of Roses Honor Band. I will never forget the cheers that erupted from the people I consider my second family-their love and support meant the world to me.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am a member of my school's academic bowl team, Beta Club, Pit Orchestra, and I am President for our Tri-M Honor Society. I am also a Venture Scout- a co-ed group of high school students involved in Boy Scouts of America.

What's your favorite book?
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin

Favorite movie?
As much as I hate to admit it, I love the cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Neapolitan (why choose one when you can have three!)

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan on attending either the University of Michigan or Purdue University for a degree in Civil Engineering.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I am a three-year veteran of the Music For All Summer Symposium Drum Major Institute, and have attended numerous BOA Regionals, Super Regionals, and in 2014, Grand Nationals.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
When I'm not in the band room, you can usually find me scaling walls at the nearest indoor climbing gym!

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