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 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.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Intern Spotlight

A look at our Spring Marketing Intern

Meet Nick Gonzalez!

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1. What is your hometown? City, State.

  • Fort Wayne, IN

2. Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?

  • North Side High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 2016 Graduate of Indiana University - Bloomington

3. What is your major/degree?

  • Major - Telecommunications with minors in Business and Music, and an Arts Administration Certificate.

4. What is your musical background? This could be instruments you play and involvement in musical activities such as choir, DCI, theatre, winter guard, ect…

  • I started playing music as a sophomore in high school. I joined the marching band because my best friend at the time convinced me to do it! I learned to play the tuba during marching and concert season, and simultaneously the bass trombone during jazz season. Since then, I have been heavily involved. In college, I participated in many ensembles including the IU Marching Hundred, All-Campus Band (on tuba, trombone, euphonium, percussion, and french horn), All-Campus Jazz, Big Red Basketball Band, Crabb Band (soccer band), Bloomington Community Band, the Bloomington Brass Band, and Hoosier Pops Orchestra.

5. What are you most looking forward to in your internship this spring?

  • I am looking forward to working in an arts organization and finally putting to use the knowledge I learned as an undergrad. Working with arts and arts education is something I strive for. I also look forward to the connection and opportunities that await me here!

6. What is an interesting fact about you?

  • This past summer I spent the semester studying abroad in Ireland, London, and Austria. It was a great time and from it came one very eventful story. Between my programs, I did some vacationing/photography in Scotland. I then planned out a bus route from Inverness, Scotland all the way to Graz, Austria. If everything went to plan, I would leave Thursday at 6 a.m. and arrive at 3 p.m. on Saturday. But of course, I didn’t. My bus ended up being four hours late in London. Then we got to Border Patrol and there was another four hour wait. Some of the other passengers and I went to the store and got dinner. When we came back, the bus had left and we had to chase after it. Eventually I made it to my transit stop at 6 a.m. in Bonn, Germany. Since I missed my transit time, I had to wait until the next bus to Munich, which wasn’t until 10 a.m. Two buses came between 10 and 12, but they said I couldn’t get on because I didn’t have the appropriate bus ticket. Around 12:30 p.m., I managed to convince the 3rd bus that came to let me on. Finally, I was on the home stretch. I made it to my last stop in Salzburg, Austria at 2 a.m. and had to wait until my last bus to Graz at 7 a.m. I made it safely to my school at noon on Sunday. It was a very long and stressful time, but at least I came out of the summer with a fun story!

7. Who are your top three favorite artists? This could be any genre of music.

  • Melanie Martinez
  • Post Modern Jukebox
  • Earth, Wind and Fire

A look at the Fall 2016 Interns

Meet Conlon Griesmer, our Events Intern!

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1) What is your hometown?

  • Nashville, TN

2) Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?

  • Father Ryan H.S. (Go Irish!)
  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville - Fall 2017 (Go Vols!)

3) What is your major/degree?

  • Human Resources Management: Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management

4) What is your musical background?

  • I played the trombone in middle school, and then I played baritone and tuba in high school. I played sousaphone in colege marching band and just finished a summer internship with DCI.

5) If you could march any BOA show, which show would it be and why?

  • Broken Arrow H.S. 2009 "The Rite of Raptor" because I loved the music, and they made velociraptors cool before Jurassic World!

6) What are you most looking forward to in your internship this fall?

  • I am super excited to get to interact with the performers and their families!

7) What is an interesting fact about you?

  • My first name is actually my mom's maiden name. In fact, one of my life goals is to meet another Conlon!

8) Who are your top three favorite artists?

  • I pretty much listen to whatever is on the radio...

Meet Maddie Fitzgerald, our Participant Relations Intern!

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1) What is your hometown?

  • Lenexa, Kansas

2) Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?

  • Olathe H.S./Butler University 2016

3) What is your major/degree?

  • Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration with a concentration in music.

4) What is your musical background?

  • I played the french horn and mellophone in band orchestra and athletic bands. I was also a part of Kappa Kappa Psi and Pi Kappa Lambda.

5) If you could march any BOA show, which show would it be and why?

  • Hard to say because I’ve never marched a BOA show, but probably one in Indy because I love Lucas Oil Stadium.

6) What are you most looking forward to in your internship this fall?

  • Experiencing BOA for the first time while traveling all around the country.

7) What is an interesting fact about you?

  • I traveled with Butler’s Basketball Band to NYC for the Big East Tournament in 2014 and 2015.

8) Who are your top three favorite artists? This could be any genre of music.

  • Sara Bareilles
  • Bastille
  • Walk the Moon

Meet Bryant Sharpley, our Events Intern!

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1) What is your hometown?

  • Avon, IN

2) Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?

  • High School-Avon High School 
  • College-University of North Alabama

3) What is your major/degree?

  • Bachelor of Science in Music Education

4) What is your musical background?

  • I marched clarinet in high school at Avon. After that, I marched euphonium in college for six years at North Alabama. I was a leader in the symphony and wind ensemble. While working on my masters, I accepted a job teaching band and orchestra in Carmel, which lead me to moving back to Indiana.

5) If you could march any BOA show, which show would it be and why?

  • I'm going to go home team and say Avon 2013. When it comes to marching arts, I love louder, faster, and higher; and this show looked crazy fun. On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, I love Lawrence Central 2001. It was executed and designed with a subtle artistic quality that has rarely been touched before or after.

6) What are you most looking forward to in your internship this fall?

  • As much as I love the administrative side of things, it's hard to beat a free trip to Long Beach

7) What is an interesting fact about you?

  • Before I decided on music education, I wanted to be a dentist or a biochemist, but there's nothing like seeing kids' faces light up when they finally "get it" or have the performance of their lives!

8) Who are your top three favorite artists? This could be any genre of music. 

  • Panic! At the Disco
  • Celine Dion
  • Adele

Meet Hannah Carlson, our Participant Relations – Tournament of Roses Intern!

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1) What is your hometown?

  • Tallahassee, FL

2) Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?

  • Lincoln H.S. 2012, Furman University 2016, Butler University 2018

3) What is your major/degree?

  • Bachelor's in Music Education from Furman University, Master's in Percussion Performance and Instrumental Conducting from Butler University

4) What is your musical background?

  • I started playing Clarinet in 2002, and switched to percussion my senior year in high school. I was in marching band for 8 years, including 3 years as Drum Major at Furman. I have played in Percussion Ensemble, Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble at Furman and Butler. This summer, I played in the John Psathas recording project with Omar Carmenates.

5) If you could march any BOA show, which show would it be and why?

  • Avon HS 2010 "Iconoclash," because the musical combinations are unbelievable - who would have thought that a mashup of Led Zeppelin and Beethoven would work so well?!

6) What are you most looking forward to in your internship this fall?

  • Getting to know directors and students from around the country, and seeing the Honor Band march in the Rose Parade!

7) What is an interesting fact about you?

  • I was almost in the Jeopardy! College Tournament last fall, but the taping was in Los Angeles on the same day that I had a concert at Furman, so I had to stay and play the concert, which turned out to be really great!

8) Who are your top three favorite artists? This could be any genre of music.

  • I can't pick just 3, but I'll try... Leonard Bernstein (Chichester Psalms), Ben Folds, Gustav Mahler (Sym. 2), and a special shoutout to Elliott Cole forHanuman's Leap

Meet Lyndee Stisher, our Events Intern!

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1) What is your hometown?

  • LaPorte, IN

2) Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?

  • LaPorte H.S. – 2011/Purdue University - 2015

3) What is your major/degree?

  • Bachelor’s in Health & Human Sciences, with my major being Hospitality and Tourism

4) What is your musical background? 

  • With my father being a band director, along with his involvement with DCI, ISSMA, and various other music organizations, that is what provoked my interest in music. I played the clarinet in concert bands and was in guard for 6 years.

5) If you could march any BOA show, which show would it be and why?

  • Broken Arrow H.S. 2013 show “Utopia.” I love the music! But can I please be in Tarpon Springs or Carmel’s guard? #goals

6) What are you most looking forward to in your internship this fall?

  • I am most excited to make so many connections in an industry that has the same passion that I do. Most of all, I cannot wait to help make these events possible!

7) What is an interesting fact about you?

  • My first name is my parent’s middle names put together! Mom: Teri Lynn + Dad: Mickey Dee = Lyndee!

8) Who are your top three favorite artists? This could be any genre of music.

  • One Republic
  • Ben Rector
  • Disney Instrumental

Meet Claire Albrecht, our Marketing Intern!

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1) What is your hometown?

  • Franklin, TN

2) Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?

  • Franklin H.S., TN / University of South Carolina, 2018

3) What is your major/degree?

  •  Major: Journalism and Mass Communications, Minor: Business Administration

4) What is your musical background? 

  • Flute from 6th to 12th grade. Drum Major for Music City Drum Corps 2014 and 2015. Drum Major for The Cadets 2016.

5) If you could march any BOA show, which show would it be and why?

  • L.D. Bell H.S. 2007, “Transcendents”. Transcendents was beautifully haunting. That program impacted the audience in such a unique way. I will never forget the first time I watched it; I just wish I had been able to watch it live. I think getting to perform that show would certainly  be a memorable experience.

6) What are you most looking forward to in your internship this fall?

  • I am very excited to travel to shows! I am looking forward to covering the events and watching all of the different programs this season.

7) What is an interesting fact about you?

  • I have been to 39 states and 17 countries!

8) Who are your top three favorite artists? This could be any genre of music.

  •  The Head and The Heart
  •  The Mowgli’s
  •  Nat “King” Cole
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