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The fifteenth 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!

AustinW

Name: Austin Warnock
Hometown: Edmond, OK
School Name: Edmond Memorial High School
Section: Mellophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I decided to apply to this band because it looked like an amazing experience. I wanted to prove to my band director, my parents, and myself that I could take initiative and challenge myself to succeed. Every part of this trip, from the audition to the financial obligation was achieved through my own hard work.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am excited to perform for so many spectators at Disneyland and the Rose Parade. I am looking forward to meeting other kids from all over the United States, who have the same love for music as I do.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. Being a section leader has taught me patience. Some days I wanted to pull my hair out! The occasional struggle was a great opportunity to learn how to work as a team. 
2. Marching band is hard work and does not always lead to a first place win. Hey, trophies collect dust, but the experience will last a lifetime!
3. Motivation comes from within. To really enjoy and be successful at something, I believe that motivation has to come from within, not from outside expectations.

Most memorable moment in band?
I earned third chair in the Wind Ensemble my Freshman year of high school. It was unusual for a Freshman to be accepted into this ensemble. Not only was this a great honor, it also gave me the opportunity to perform in Carnegie Hall when I was only 14-years-old! We were doing a sound check right before the concert, when I realized I had left my music in the hotel. My mom slipped in the back door entrance to bring it to me. I don't plan to make this mistake again, I hope being a little older has made me more responsible!

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am a member of the Edmond Memorial Chapter of the National Honor Society. In March 2016, I became an Eagle Scout through Troop 78 in Edmond, Oklahoma. I volunteer a lot of hours to Eagle Scout and community work projects.

What's your favorite book?
To Kill a Mockingbird. I like its theme of understanding others and looking at things with a new perspective.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite piece I have ever performed is Ghost Train by Eric Whitacre. It is 20 minutes long, but it has some of the best French Horn parts known to bandkind!

Favorite movie?
Star Wars: A New Hope

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Call me square...Vanilla is my favorite.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I am a concurrent enrollment student at the University of Oklahoma. I plan to double major in Computer Engineering and Music Arts. I also plan to be in the University Marching Band, The Pride of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner!

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
My high school band has performed at Grand Nationals in 2014 and the St. Louis Super Regional in 2015. In 2014, our show Gravity, featured pieces from Disney's Reflections of Earth and Wicked's Defying Gravity. In 2015 our show The Shining featured excerpts from Grainger's Children's March and Berlioz's Symphony Fantastique.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
The hardest thing I have done is hike 52.6 miles through the Ouachita National Forest in the pouring rain with overgrown vegetation, while covered in bug bites. I was so proud of myself for staying with the journey and very thankful for a shower, comfortable bed, and air conditioning when I got home.

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The fourteenth 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!

KailynneS

Name: Kailynne Smith

Hometown: Westfield, IN

School Name: Westfield High School

Section: Bass Clarinet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
The experience that I have had with Music for All over the summer and the opportunity to meet more people who love music!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Definitely marching in the parade. Back home we don't do many parades, and I have never been to California!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I learned about leadership, and how to be a leader and set the best example, how to work with different personalities and to help them out, and I learned how to be a good person in my society!

Most memorable moment in band?
In my band, the most memorable moment was marching at Semi-State with my older brother at his last high school marching band competition. However, my favorite part of band outside of school was saluting the Drum Major Institute veterans, and watching their faces and seeing how much they cared about music and everyone in that room!

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Outside of band I play volleyball, but not on the school team. I'm in ukulele club, steel pan class, AP Music Theory, and clarinet choir and bass clarinet trio as extra groups.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Adagio for Strings because every time I hear it, I always find something else in it that I love.

Favorite movie?
The Goonies

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies and Cream

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan to attend Ball State University and major in Music Education. I want to be a high school band director for marching and concert band. Maybe one day be a college band director.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I have been in marching band since 7th grade. In 7th grade I was a prop helper. In 8th I was a tree that moved around the field. As a freshman and sophomore, I marched bass clarinet. As a junior I was drum major. Also, I'm the only one from my school to ever be in the Rose Parade!

The thirteenth 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!

AllisonZ 

Name: Allison Zimmerman

Hometown: West Chester, OH

School Name: Lakota East High School

Section: Clarinet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
Being a member of this band is a once in a lifetime experience, who wouldn't jump at the opportunity? Plus, the uniforms are super cool.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm excited to meet all the people!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Leadership, Kindness, and no fear of failure

Most memorable moment in band?
The first time I ever stood inside of a brass circle. Being completely surrounded by powerful music is a surreal experience.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Gymnastics, National Honor Society, and AP Classes

What's your favorite book?
Chase the Lion

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Festive Overture - Shostakovich

Favorite movie?
The Lion King

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan to major in music education. I want to be in a DCI group, and maybe even direct one someday.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I play the clarinet in Rhythm X Winds

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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!

HelderPV

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!

DivyaS

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!

AndrewJ

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!

CollynT

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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Here are details on the Visitation and Celebration Services for Tommy Smith of Houston, Texas, beloved Bands of America volunteer.

Visitation Service :
Monday Dec. 5 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. 
Settegast-Kopf Funeral Home
15015 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land TX 77478

Celebration Service:
Tuesday Dec. 6
12 p.m.-1 p.m. Visitation
1 p.m. Celebration Service

Living Word Lutheran Church
3700 South Mason Road
Katy, TX 77450

Reception to follow.

From the family: In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the programs that were most important to Tommy:

Bands Of America
Houston Golf Association
First Tee of Houston
The ARC of Fort Bend County
Carolina Crown
Houston Rodeo Association
Wakeland High School Band

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 Tommy Smith, back row, left, with some of his fellow 2016 Bands of America Grand National Volunteers.

 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!

MollyO

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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