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.

This is the fourteenth installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Name/Job Title: Jessica Hjellming, Participant Relations Coordinator

Hometown: Bolingbrook, IL

How long have you been with Music for All?
Almost 2 years. I started as an intern in the fall of 2015, and got hired on full time that December.

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
I really like the Summer Symposium. I was a camper in 2008, 2009, and 2010, so it is very neat to be on staff and know that I am helping create the same experiences for other students.

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
The best part of my job is getting to travel across the country and meet new people. I love working with directors from all across the country, and helping them bring students to our events.

What is your musical background?
In middle school I started playing the tenor saxophone, but when I went into high school I wanted to be in the marching band. The band was filled based on seniority, and then any left-over spots would be given to the freshmen. When I found out that I wouldn’t be able to join until my sophomore year, I taught myself to play the clarinet and re-auditioned for the marching band! I then started taking lessons on both instruments and when college came around, I decided to play clarinet full time. At the University of Illinois, I was in the Marching Illini, Basketball Band, and Volleyball Band. I spent a few semesters in concert band, but I really enjoyed the athletic bands because of the atmosphere!

One thing you couldn’t live without?
That’s easy…pizza.

What kind of music do you listen to?
I don’t really have one kind of music. I just like songs that are fun to groove to!

What do you like to do in your free time?
My husband and I started taking dance lessons before our wedding, and we loved it so much we are now regular students! Ballroom dancing is so much fun, and a great way to spend some time together!

What are you currently reading?
Now that I am FINALLY done with grad school, I am going to keep reading the book I started in January; The Book of Joy, Book by 14th Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
I just finished Mad Men, and now I’m going to start watching West World on HBO.

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
Well, we all know that I haven’t seen many movies, so anything I have seen, everyone else has as well……but my favorite movie is Top Gun.

This is the thirteenth installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Name/Job Title: Emily Ambriz, Administrative Assistant/Receptionist

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

How long have you been with Music for All?
Just over a month.

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
I haven’t worked an event yet, but I’m excited for my first camp experience.

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
Working with the staff. Everyone is so passionate and it shows in absolutely everything they do.

What is your musical background?
I’ve been playing the flute since I was 10 and I minored in Flute Performance at Ball State. I was in every ensemble a flute player could be in while I was at Pike High School, as well as marching cymbals in the winter drumline. I also marched cymbals at Ball State with the Pride of Mid-America Marching Band and played with the Flute Choir.

One thing you couldn’t live without?
It’s a very solid tie between string cheese and Twitter.

What kind of music do you listen to?
Everything under the sun!

What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to stay busy, so you’ll catch me traveling, reading, staying way too invested in pop culture, binge watching shows on Netflix, hiking, or hanging out with my friends and family…or at Chili’s.

What are you currently reading?
It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Okay Too): A Memoir by Nora McInerny

Do you have a favorite quote?
“I believe in the good things coming.” –Nahko and the Medicine for the People
“Nevertheless, she persisted.”

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
I just got caught up on House of Cards and I’m almost done with Orange is the New Black. I also can’t wait for the new season of Game of Thrones.

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
American Beauty

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This is the twelfth installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Brock Eveland/Administrative Assistant (to the President and CEO)

Hometown: Vincennes, Indiana.

How long have you been with Music for All?
2 ½ years

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
I love spending time observing the Music for All National Festival. It’s a rewarding experience to wander the halls while different members of the Jazz Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and Honor Band of America form friendships and practice their music together.

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
Being able to see the impact that our programming has in the local Indianapolis community. Music for All's relationship with the many different school systems and arts organizations has helped me become more aware and engaged in my own community.

Do you have a favorite memory of working an event with Music for All?
My favorite memory would be driving through campus during Summer Symposium and seeing all of the different moving parts and instrument tracks working through their daily schedules.

One thing you couldn’t live without?
My trusty travel coffee tumbler

What do you like to do in your free time?
Downtown Indy is such a great area for long distance running. I love running and exploring along the different Indy Cultural Trail paths. I also love going to see bands at the different theatres and venues in Indy.

What are you currently reading?
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
The Keepers mystery docuseries on Netflix

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
Sing Street - A Coming of age tale about a teenager in 1980s Ireland

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This is the eighth installment of the Intern Spotlight series that will highlight the Music for All interns who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen!
Get to know each of our amazing summer interns, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All.

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What is your hometown? City, State.
Midland, Michigan

Where did you go to high school? Where did you go to college and when did you/will you graduate?
Union High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I am in my last semester at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. I will graduate in December 2017.

What is your major/degree?
Music Education

What is your musical background? This could be instruments you play and involvement in musical activities such as choir, DCI, theatre, winter guard, etc.
Started playing the saxophone in 6th grade then switched to oboe in the 7th, haven’t looked back! Did a lot of Bands of America and Music for All events in high school, Drum Major for three years in high school, member of the UNT Green Brigade Marching band, Drum Major in Fall 2015, Spent a little time with DCI and the 2014 Blue Stars as a Conductor,and 2015 SWAG Team member I’ve been lucky enough to work with a few schools in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area in Texas; mostly with Liberty High School in Frisco, TX as a field technician for their marching band. Also I recently joined the Pride of Indy Community Band

What are you most looking forward to in your internship this summer?
The opportunity to absorb all of this great information about advocating for music and education for people from all walks of life; learning ways to promote music in the community and the opportunity to support and give back to this awesome organization which helps thousands of kids every year; and getting to work with the people I have looked up to and admired since I was 14.

What is an interesting fact about you?
I can speak Hungarian

Who are your top three favorite artists? This could be any genre of music.
Mumford and Sons
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This is the eleventh installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Name/Job Title
Matt Markle-Mackowiak/Marketing Coordinator

Hometown:
South Bend, Indiana

How long have you been with Music for All?
3 years

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
By far the fall season is my favorite Music for All event. Traveling during the fall I am not only able to see some of the best marching bands in the country, but I am able to see drum corps friends and family that teach at schools that participate in BOA. Every weekend tends to be a family reunion.

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
Being able to see the reactions of students, directors, parents, and spectators at our events is the best feeling anyone can imagine. For some, our events are the highlight of the year, if not, their life. The best is seeing the raw emotion left on the stage or football field and then seeing them beam with happiness and sometimes tears. I know after our events that I just made someone's day.

Do you have a favorite memory of working an event with Music for All?
My favorite memory is now becoming an annual tradition at the Jacksonville Regional. The Music for All staff always grabs dinner the night before the show at the best barbeque/southern style food you will ever have! It is nice to take time and spend time with one another before the craziness of a show day.

What is your musical background?
I come from a family of music let it be music education, playing in the church choir, etc. I have played everything from piano, trumpet, and percussion. In high school I marched on the snare line for two years and then was drum major for my last two seasons, but I also spun in the winterguard.

Post high school I marched two seasons of drum corps. In 2008, I was contracted as a guard member with the Blue Stars, but due to a serious hip injury I had to forgo the rigorous and demanding choreography of Michael Shapiro. (2008 was by far one of my favorite Blue Stars shows!) However, in 2009 I was the drum major for Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps and in 2010 I was drum major for Spokane Thunder Drum & Bugle Corps.

One thing you couldn’t live without?
COFFEE!

What kind of music do you listen to?
I love me some Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, and Malher.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I am doing either one of two things in my free time. It is either playing with my corgi, Elizabeth, or traveling the world with my husband.

Do you have a favorite quote?
The world is a book, and those who do not travel only read one page. – St. Augustine

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
The Handmaid’s Tale

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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Fall 2017 stadium confirmation

School is out, but the Music for All office is still preparing for the 2017 Bands of America season. We are excited to announce confirmation of two more stadiums. We will be at CEFCU Stadium at San Jose State University on October 28 and then at Desert Hills H.S. in St. George, Utah on November 4.

Mark your calendar as Music for All heads West for these two amazing Regionals!

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This is the tenth installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Name/Job Title: Sarah McKinley – Accounting Assistant

Hometown: Loogootee, IN

How long have you been with Music for All?
Fall help for three years, and full-time for one and a half years.

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
Grand Nationals. The excitement on the kids faces is priceless when they get to play in Lucas Oil Stadium.

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
The reason why we do what we do. Some kids wait years to be able to attend our events and it’s a memory of a lifetime.

What is your musical background?
None

One thing you couldn’t live without?
My family

What kind of music do you listen to?
Country and old rock

What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to go camping and boating.

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
All the Real Housewives shows

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
“She’s Having a Baby” with Kevin Bacon. I love Kevin Bacon!

 

This is the ninth installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Name/Job Title: Nancy Carlson, Executive VP & Chief Financial Officer

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

How long have you been with Music for All?
9 years

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
I love Summer Symposium because I know how important summer camp was for me growing up, and it’s amazing to help create similar experiences for a new group of students every year. Summer camp and I go way back – from being a camper, to a camp counselor, to one especially fun summer as an intern with the camp drama troupe.

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
When my kids were growing up, I loved volunteering to help with their band, orchestra, and choir programs at school. Now that they are all grown up, working at Music for All gives me a chance to keep being a music booster for life. Better yet, I get to work every day with an incredibly dedicated group of colleagues who believe in the power of music to change lives for the better.

Do you have a favorite memory of working an event with Music for All?
I’ll never forget the year we had a special fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy victims during Grand Nationals. The students who volunteered to go through the stands to collect donations were so excited to help – they came back and begged to go out for a second round. The willingness of these volunteers and all the folks in the crowd to give back to those in need really reminded me of why we do what we do.

What is your musical background?
I was in choir in school and also struggled through five years of piano lessons. I can still play a little, at least with my right hand…

What do you like to do in your free time?
Long hikes, reading, yoga, attending concerts, plays, movies, and cooking.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.” Albus Dumbledore

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
“Mozart in the Jungle”, “The Great British Baking Show”, and “Call the Midwife”.

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
“De-Lovely”, a biopic about Cole Porter, starring Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd.

This is the eighth installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Name/Job Title: Patrick Rutledge, Advocacy and Educational Resources Coordinator

Hometown: Greenwood, IN

How long have you been with Music for All?
7 months

What is your musical background?
High School: concert, marching, jazz, and pep band at Greenwood Community H.S.
College: Music Education major at DePauw

One thing you couldn’t live without?
Baja Blast

What kind of music do you listen to?
Indie Rock, EDM, and Funk

What do you like to do in your free time?
Visiting parks, thrift shopping, and board games

What are you currently reading?
The Joy of Music - Leonard Bernstein

Do you have a favorite quote?
“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” - Walt Disney

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
Teachers (on TVLand) - Seriously one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
Meet the Robinsons - #keepmovingforward

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This is the seventh installment of a new series that will highlight the Music for All staff members who work behind-the-scenes to make all of the positively life-changing experiences happen! Get to know each of our amazing staff members, as we learn more about who they are and what they do at Music for All. A new post will be featured every week!

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Name/Job Title: Accounting Manager

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

How long have you been with Music for All?
About 7 and a half years

What is your favorite event at Music for All and why?
Fall Regionals, I like traveling to different locations and the fast pace environment at the Regionals. And I like working the box office, so I can interact with proud family members and friends of those performing.

What has been your favorite part of working at Music for All?
Every day is different. I like working on all shows at various times throughout the year. I also enjoy being the ticketing manager. I enjoy making people happy with tickets to our events.

Do you have a favorite memory of working an event with Music for All?
My fondest memories are seeing the lines forming before finals at any of our shows. Everyone is so excited to get into the stadium

One thing you couldn’t live without?
My cats.

What kind of music do you listen to?
Heavy Metal

What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to spend time with my family & friends, and work in my yard.

Do you have a favorite quote?
“Everything happens for a reason.”

What's a show you've binge watched recently?
I binge watch Law & Order all the time, all versions.

Favorite movie not many people have seen?
Smokey & the Bandit

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