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 twelfth 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: Helder Perez-Viera

Hometown: South Chicago Heights

School Name: Marian Catholic High School

Section: Tuba

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
As I was walking through the tunnel at Grand Nationals last year, I saw on the big screen that they were announcing the honor band. I knew this was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I decided to take a chance and audition.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm most excited about traveling to California and going to Disneyland. This will be my first time leaving the midwest and going to a Disney park.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Over my short year and a half at Marian and being involved with the band, I've learned leadership, fellowship, and personal responsibility in daily effort.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band happened this year. After we finished our finals run at Grand Nationals, I was left without words. All the hard work payed off in the end.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I'm on the men's varisty soccer team and I am also on the tennis team.

What's your favorite book?
I enjoy Greek mythology.

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

Favorite movie?
X-Men: Apocalypse

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
My current plan for after high school as of right now, is to double major in music and biology. That is what I have planned now, but it could possibly change in the remainder of my high school career.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I've participated in the 2015 and 2016 Indianapolis Super Regional, as well as the Grand National events.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I actually started on trumpet when I was in middle school and learned tuba in 7th grade. I would constantly be switching back and forth between pieces. Once I got to high school I finally made the permanent switch to tuba. I also learned how to play trombone so I could play in jazz band.

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The eleventh 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: Divya Singh

Hometown: Laurel, MD

School Name: Atholton High School

Section: Piccolo

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I grew up watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade every year, wishing I could be a part of something like that. When I heard about the opportunity to perform with Bands of America, I couldn't resist the chance to apply.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I will be turning 18 on December 30th and I'm really excited to spend it doing something I love with people who are as passionate as I am, in a once in a lifetime opportunity.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I've learned independence from being in band. Recently I was the flute section leader in my school's marching band and I learned how to lead a section. Another thing I learned with band is camaraderie. You spend so much time in band and friendships grow quickly. The most important thing I learned from band is dedication. By being dedicated to something you take pride in, you learn how passionate you are about what you do, along with its drawbacks; no matter the scale, they aren't as bad as they seem.

Most memorable moment in band?
Luckily, I've had the opportunity to work with some composers within the past five years. My favorite composer that I worked with was Frank Ticheli. I learned a lot from that one day that I worked with him, and it gave me a completely different perspective on music.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I'm  active in my school's theatre department, specifically musical theatre. Additionally with flute, I've been studying voice for 5 years. Shows that I have been a part of are Curtains, Legally Blonde, Anything Goes, and I'm currently in 13.

What's your favorite book?
Everything is Illuminated by Johnathan Safran Foer

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Marquez

Favorite movie?
The Intern

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Coffee

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan on studying music technology and business.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Last year, my band got invited to perform at the Music for All National Festival in March.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I've been an equestrian for almost seven years now. I spend my weekends riding horses and volunteering at my local barn.

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

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Name: Andrew Joehlin

Hometown: Marion, OH

School Name: Pleasant High School

Section: Trumpet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My school has 400 kids in it and our band has 49. Because of our size, we aren't allowed to compete at completions. I saw this as an opportunity to make my senior year and my last marching band performance something that I will remember forever. Also, I hope this will inspire other students at my school to put in the extra effort and dedication to make our band something to be proud of.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
The band bus rides!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Dedication, time management, and patience.

Most memorable moment in band?
Our band hasn't had a drum major these past couple years, but I've always wanted to conduct the band. Our very last game our director was late returning to the stands, and we needed to play a song for the cheerleaders (it's tradition). I went up on the latter and got to fulfill my dream of being drum major, even if it was only for a little while.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I sing bass for our school's chior, play trumpet in the instrumental combo for show chior, and preform in our school's musical. I am an FCA officer, where I proudly represent the sport of marching band. I am also a witness for our schools mock Trial team.

What's your favorite book?
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Haleluajah by Leonard Cohen

Favorite movie?
The Hobit film series. 

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Strawberry (with lots of strawberries mixed in)

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan on perusing a degree in Nursing from either Liberty University or Olivet Nazarene University. Both colleges will give me the opportunity to participate in marching band, as well as other musical ensembles.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I attended the 2015 Summer Symposium for marching band. This was my first experience with a band where excellence was the only option. Knowing that my band that week left it all on the stage, was an unforgetable and life-changing moment for me.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I am an Eagle Scout, and one of the youngest ever to be certified as a Level Two Search and Rescue Tecniction through the National Association for Search and Rescue. I am also a certified wilderness first responder and hope to join a search and rescue team this summer.

The 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: Collyn Taylor

Hometown: Hernando, MS

School Name: Hernando High School

Section: Color Guard

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My guard instructor and dance teacher told me about the band. Once I looked in to it I realized how amazing would be to be a part of this group!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I can't wait to meet new people from across the country and learn from new people!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I have learned how to be a leader and example for others, how to work together as a team to achieve a goal, and I have learned to never give up on your goal no matter how hard it may be.

Most memorable moment in band?
My school was always the smallest band in 6a and we always were known as the country school from Hernando. My sophomore year WE worked our butts off to be amazing and that year we won the 6a state championship. I have never felt so accomplished before! It was the first time I really felt like I worked hard enough to achieve my goal.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I don't really do much of anything else in school because band takes up so much of my time. However, outside of school I am involved in dance and theater.

What's your favorite book?
I am a huge fan of the Hunger Games series.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
If we are talking about band music then Russian Christmas Music, but my favorite song to listen to is definitely Hallelujah.

Favorite movie?
Titanic or Pearl Harbor

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies and cream

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I do not know where I'm going to school yet, but I do know that I want to major in musical theater.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I am the youngest of four girls and I am very small for my age. So growing up I tried to stay out of their shadows. Even though we are all talented in our own ways, I never wanted to be overlooked. Now I feel like I have made a name for my self and I'm bigger than I've ever been. Even if I'm only 18 years old and 5'2

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 The 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: Michael Taylor

Hometown: Norwalk, CT

School Name: Norwalk High School

Section: Tenor Saxophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I decided to apply to be apart of this band because I wanted to experience what it's like to play and march with a different group of people. With the BOA Honor Band, I get to do that with a group of the best musicians across the country while being showcased in the biggest and most heavily televised parade in the world.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm excited to be working with Michael Klesch and Matt Harloff because I'm a big Carolina Crown fan. Im also excited to march the biggest and most heavily televised parade with the best group of high school musicians in the country.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I've learned about time management while being in band because you have to use your time efficiently to get homework done, while still going to practices. I've also learned a great deal about teamwork because you need to work as a team in order to improve what you're putting out on the field. Last, but not least, the most important thing I've learned in band is leadership. The band can't run without proper leadership and being a section leader has shown me what it takes to be a good leader. A good leader has to lead by example and take responsibility for his/her group of people.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band was performing at MetLife Stadium my sophomore year. The performance was the best performance of my entire marching band career. My group ended up winning the Group VI Open Class National title that night. The results were a reflection of a phenomenal season of hard work. I was proud to have been apart of such a great group of kids because everyone got along, worked together, and gave it their all throughout the entire season. It was a season that really paid off after having such great leadership and instruction.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I can't really say I'm involved in anything other than the band program at my school. I've been playing clarinet for my schools top level concert band group since sophomore year, played tenor saxophone for our top level jazz group since sophomore year, and marched the tenor saxophone all my four years in marching band. I take lots of pride in my music skills at it has gotten me accepted into my local Western Region concert band, the BOA Honor Band, the Macy's Great American Marching Band, and the Honor Band of America.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is "A Long Way Gone" by Ishmael Beah. Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down until I finished it. Such a great read.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite piece of music is "Galactic Empires." It's a concert band piece that happens to be about 12 minutes long. It's a really interesting piece.

Favorite movie?
The Shining

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
My plan is to go to college and major in computer engineering. I will probably end up participating in marching band or join a jazz group while I'm in college. I also want to attempt to join a DCI group and hopefully be apart of a world class finalist corp before I age out. My dream would be to march Carolina Crown before I age out.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have not been able to participate in a an MFA/BOA event before. I really wish that my marching band could've participated in a BOA Marching Band Championship and maybe even gone to BOA Grand Nationals.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I have an advanced set of computer skills

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The 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: Molly Olander

Hometown: Burnsville, MN

School Name: Eastview High School

Section: Alto Saxophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I applied for the Tournament of Roses Honor Band to be a part of a group in which every member is musically motivated and inspired to achieve their best. I want to be around others who are just as passionate about music as I am, and meet them all in such a unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience. I love traveling with my band at home and will love taking my music across the country.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most excited for performing on the international stage that is the Rose Parade. I always watch the parade from my home and think it will be amazing to be a part of something that I'll always be able to view, and be proud to have participated in. Performing in front of millions of people and being in something I'll be so proud of will be a truly unforgettable experience.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I've learned many things throughout my years in music and band courses, but mainly the value of hard work, motivation, and love. Music has taught me to give everything I have into every activity in my life. To commit fully to the things I have deemed important and constantly pursue the things that mean the most to me. I have learned to never stop pushing myself to be the best I can be and to maintain my focused determination to achieve the goals I've set for myself. I also found the value in being surrounded by the people I love. I have found a family in band and absolutely love spending so much time creating music with my best friends. Music joins people and creates unbreakable bonds.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band was making it into the Minnesota All-State Jazz Ensemble for the 2016-17 school year as a junior, along with two of my best friends. I was so proud to have made it into this band that I have looked up to for countless years and had never dreamed of earning myself a spot in it. It was also unheard of to have three members of the same school make it into this ensemble, let alone have all three of those people be in the same section. Us three saxophonists had a blast at our workshop camp week hanging out, jamming, and enjoying the amazing opportunities music brings us.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Other than the musical ensembles I am involved in at school, I am in a weekly school bible study along with many activities outside of school. I work at a local meat market part-time and volunteer weekly in an Alzheimer's unit at a nursing home by my house. My sister and I teach Sunday School for the three-year-olds at my church, and I love spending my free time with family and friends.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. I had to read this play for English during my freshmen year of high school and absolutely adored the plot and language of the story. It seemed so eloquent and old-fashioned, and yet so relatable and real. I really connected with the story and all of its unique characters and occurrences.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite song I've heard being performed was 'Angels in the Architecture' by Frank Tichelli. While at All-State camp this summer, the jazz ensemble was sitting in the audience listening to the All-State Symphonic Band performing this piece. They were performing in a large dome shaped auditorium with cement walls and ceiling - typically a very poor room for acoustics. At one point in the song, the entire band swells with loud and majestic chords. These notes reverberated all around that space and captured every single member of the audience. I was so moved by that piece of music and the way it was played and I doubt I will ever be able to feel that feeling again for a very long time.

Favorite movie?
Titanic

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Kemp's Gone Fishin'

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
After graduating high school, I plan to either pursue a career in music education or business management. I enjoy working with numbers and love how music makes me feel. I plan to stay around the Midwest area for schooling and living, to stay near family and friends. I am currently a junior in high school. I am in the midst of college tours and finding out about majors that might interest me, and fulfill my interests and hopes for the future.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
My high school marching band has marched in the BOA St. Louis Super Regional almost every year for the last decade and this event always rounds out our season. It is very fun to end the marching season with a whole band road trip down to perform in front of a large crowd in a big stadium, and spend a whole weekend enjoying the power of music in bringing people together.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
Jazz is my favorite style of music. My dad runs a brass band and I have been exposed to this music since before I could even remember. I love how jazz makes me feel and can make someone smile even on the worst of days. I love visiting New Orleans and seeing the amazing groups that are housed in the jazz capital of the world. Hearing live music is the best thing to me and I can't wait to be exposed to more amazing groups to listen to and find more music that inspires me.

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The 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: Marissa Boynton

Hometown: DeWitt, MI

School Name: DeWitt High School

Section: Clarinet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I love marching band and I love meeting new people. When I first heard about the honor band, it was like a dream come true. To march in a parade with other strong players and marchers, and the Rose Parade nonetheless, I jumped at the chance to be a part of it.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Definitely marching at Disneyland! Disney World has always been an important part of my life and I can't wait to be part of the parades I loved as a child.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Persistence is the key to success.
Never regret trying something new.
Take advantage of the opportunities around you.

Most memorable moment in band?
For my senior year show (fall 2016), we ended our show "Happy" with "Make Me Smile" by Chicago. The last few charts were loud and strong. When performing it at Ford Field for MCBA state finals, we cut off our final note and you could hear it ring throughout the stadium. It was my last show and the best one my band, my section, and myself had ever performed. We ended up winning 3rd place and getting a score of 90.025, both records for my high school.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I'm part of the varsity quiz bowl and robotics team at my school.

What's your favorite book?
"Monument 14" by Emmy Laybourne

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
"If My Heart was a House" by Owl City

Favorite movie?
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Peanut butter

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
After I graduate high school, I plan to go to college to get a degree to teach high schoolers biology or music.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
My sister and I, with the help of our band director, resurrected my high school's wind ensemble in order to provide our band members with another opportunity to play and challenge themselves.

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The 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: Kyle Rusk

Hometown: Greenfield, WI

School Name: Greenfield High School

Section: Trombone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My previous band director Mr. Evan Marlowe showed me this oppurtunity and I thought it would be an amazing once in a lifetime experience. I got the music and practiced until I perfected it for my audition video. A while later, I was in study hall and I got an email notification on my phone. Once I read that I was accepted I didn't believe it. I had to read it again. Once I did, I jumped up and went to the band room. I walked into the band room with a huge smirk on my face and then Mr. Marlowe said, "you got accepted didn't you?" I was so happy I could barely speak. That was how I decided and pursued being in the BOA Rose Parade

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm most excited for the audience's applause after our performances-it's the best feeling you could possibly feel.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I've learned how to effectively work as a team for a common goal. Also, I've learned that band isn't just another class. Band is a family. If you think about it, high school wouldn't be high school without band. From the very first time you walk through the high school doors as an incoming 9th grader, to the graduation music at the end of your senior year, band is there. Band is the first, and last thing you hear in high school.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band is when we broke our old score record at state marching band.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I used to be involved in my schools AFJROTC program last year and the year before, I could not this year, but I plan to next year (my senior year).

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book... hmm, I don't really know.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
There are too many pieces of music to be chosen as my favorite, I can say that my favorite composer, as well as trombone player is Glenn miller, however.

Favorite movie?
Forrest Gump

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate chip cookie dough!!!

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
My plan is to go to college for criminal justice, and become a fish and game warden.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
One unique thing about me is that I am very patriotic

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

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Name: Gracie Bohman

Hometown: Cold Spring, KY

School Name: Campbell County High School

Section: Clarinet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I decided to apply for this band because I wanted to expand my horizons and meet new people, all while creating memories that would last a lifetime.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most excited about meeting the friends that I have spoken to over the past few months. I am also excited to explore a new place all while being able to do the thing I love.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Over the past four years, I have learned how to be a better leader, which will definitely help me in the years to come. I have also improved my people skills and my time management skills.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band was during my first season when we made a BOA Regional final for the first time in years. It was an amazing feeling being on the field surrounded by so many other talented kids.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
At school I am involved in the Human Rights Club and the National Honor Society. Although this isn't for school, I am also apart of the Josh Cares Student Advisory Council, where I help raise money that will pay for companionship for children who's families can't be with them in the hospital.

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

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
One Day More from Les Misérables

Favorite movie?
Les Misérables

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I want to go into Early Childhood Education. I've always had a love for children and I really want to make an impact on a child's life. Also, I would like to continue to march hopefully in the University of Kentucky Wildcat Marching Band.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I absolutely love to read and I go through books like crazy. I also have an unusually large family.

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The Patrick John Hughes Parent Booster Award recognizes the extraordinary commitment, dedication, support and sacrifice of music parents and boosters across the nation by shining a spotlight on a recipient who exemplifies these qualities.

The award is named in honor of Patrick John Hughes, the father of Patrick Henry Hughes. Patrick Henry is a remarkable young man who, despite physical challenges that would seem overwhelming to many, has excelled as a musician and student, singing and playing piano and trumpet with the Louisville Marching and Pep Bands, with the help of his father, who tirelessly maneuvers his son’s wheelchair through the formations with the other 220+ members of the Cardinal Marching Band.

On Friday night during Grand Nationals the 2016 Patrick John Hughes Parent Booster award was awarded to Robert Edwards of Fort Mill, SC.

 

Booster Award

Each year, Music for All honors a band parent, booster, or volunteer who selflessly gives their time and support to a band program. The people we honor come from a variety of different backgrounds, and each has a unique story to tell. However, what they all have in common is that we can truly consider them to be our heroes. For over 30 years, devoted father, grandfather, and husband Robert (Bob) Edwards has been Fort Mill H.S. Band’s hero. Since his three daughters began with the marching band starting in 1983, Mr. Edwards has been a pivotal figure with the program. With a background in engineering, it only makes sense that Mr. Edwards is the primary design and construction coordinator for the props used in Fort Mill Band’s shows. From designing giant Christmas trees to the New York skyline, to flawlessly solving technical issues, his commitment is tireless. Between director changes and campus changes, Mr. Edwards has always remained a constant source of dedication. A former member of the Fort Mill Band revealed that Mr. Edwards is at the school working most of the day on different jobs for the band, and returns later on in the evening to help the other parent volunteers.

Mr. Edwards gives the students a peace of mind and makes sure they are taken care of. His dedication and commitment certainly do not go unnoticed. “He has a certain way of fixing things and building things, and whenever I know he’s worked on props or something for our show, I’m pretty confident it will go pretty smoothly whenever we use them,” a student stated. 

“Bob Edwards is a unique band dad. He has been at this since the 1980s, and you always see him coming here early to set things up. He’s our go-to engineer, and if you need something to be fixed, he’s our guy to call on,” stated one of his grandsons in the band. Yes, you read that correctly. Mr. Edwards doesn’t have just one grandson; he has four that are currently in the Fort Mill Marching Band, with one of them being the head drum major. His commitment extends beyond the marching season, as he has helped repair and build equipment for the indoor percussion and winter guards. Mr. Edwards also helps wherever it is absolutely needed, from replacing door knobs in the band room and repairing instruments, to volunteering at the Fort Mill Playhouse and going on missionary trips with his Church. He has also been a part of a fundraiser since 2012, that helps collect, sort, dismantle and load over 50,000 pounds of scrap metal per year.

Often described as generous, selfless, with an energetic spirit, he is loved by his grandsons and the rest of the students, with whom he has loved and cared
for like they were his own. So to Mr. Edwards, thank you for showing what it means to be dedicated to advocating music for all.

Award Winners Past and Present Mr. Edwards pictured with past Parent/Booster Award Winners

Read more about Patrick John Hughes and his family and the Parent/Booster Award and find out how to nominate the exceptional parent or booster in your music program here.

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