Welcome to the very first installment of a new series on the blog that we will be posting throughout the month of December. As some of you are aware, Music for All will be taking an Honor Band to the 2017 Rose Parade. Our members were selected by audition for the ensemble and come from all across the United States. We are looking forward to coming together for the first time as a band at the end of December and we hope this series will allow us all to get to know some (hopefully most!) of the members of this awesome ensemble!
Name: Matthew Espinoza
Hometown: Santa Monica, CA
School: Santa Monica High School
What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I wanted to get more of an experience from marching band. My schools marching band is awesome, however I thought applying to this band would definitely give me a new outlook on what different a marching band would look and act like. I was looking for the experience and hype for a marching band, and I found it here.
What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most excited for the parade. I have been watching the Rose Parade since I was a small child, and I've wanted to march with a marching band in the parade ever since. I live in Santa Monica, California, so I am familiar with the Disneyland parade, Hollywood tour, Santa Monica tour. The parade is watched by millions all around the world and I am very proud to be apart of this group.
What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Responsibility, leadership, and what true love is. I've learned responsibility and leadership by being a section leader for two years. To me, being a leader is being a compassionate loving person to all of of the people. Leading a section is a huge responsibility, it's like being a parent. You must be loving and caring to all of the people in your section. Through this I have learned how to love. I love marching band. I looked forward to all of my rehearsals and being surrounded by all my peers. That's something special, to love something everyday of your life is a great thing. And I hope that everyone can eventually feel this in life.
Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band was my sophomore year. I got moved up to my schools top ensemble which happens to be one of the most advanced ensembles in the state of California, and got to perform in Carnegie Hall. That was the most important event of my life so far. I was 15 years old, and got to perform in one of the world's top venues. It was such an amazing experience. We played 4 amazing pieces, Pineapple Poll, O Magnum Mysterium, the Haydn Trumpet Concierto, and ended with Aurora Awakes. After the final note in Aurora, we received a standing ovation. It was a great experience.
Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Orchestra, Pit Orchestra, and Jazz Band. I participated in Jazz Band my sophomore year and quickly learned Jazz was not my forte. I was the principal trombone for the Philharmonic Orchestra for two years, and I now play Bass Trombone for the Symphony Orchestra. The Orchestra program has seven different Orchestras and they are all very advanced. In the Symphony Orchestra, we played very advanced literature such as Lieutenant Kije, Romeo and Juliet, A New World Symphony, and many more. The Pit Orchestra is the small ensemble in the pit that plays the music for the schools musical production. This year we are doing the original Sound of Music. This ensemble is comprised of very advanced musicians that can learn the music fast and easy. I have been involved in this for two years now, and it really opened my eyes into the theatre world.
What's your favorite book? Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
What's your favorite song or piece of music? Year of the Dragon by Phillip Sparke.
Favorite movie? The Empire Strikes Back
Favorite ice cream flavor? Coffee
What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I want to be a Music Educator after high school. I am hoping to study at UCLA where all four of my current music teachers have studied. They have all inspired me to be my very best and to always be confident in whatever I do in life.
Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I am a very outgoing person. That might sounds like a generic trait but I take it up a notch. I like to talk to everyone and get to know people. At my school, SAMOHI, I am very well known for my life and passion for music, and just knowing everyone at school.
In celebration of the launch of the Music for All National Choir Festival in 2018, Music for All hosted the first massed-choir to perform the National Anthem that opened the Saturday evening Finals of the Bands of America Grand National Championships, conducted by Henry Leck, Artistic Director of the National Choir Festival.
Music for All thanks National Choir Festival Coordinators Lori Lobsiger and Kim Mann for coordinating this special massed-choir, and the students and choir directors from the following schools:
The choir sang the Alfred Publication, SATB Star Spangled Banner arrangement by Russ Robinson, under the direction of Henry Leck, founder of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir and Music for All Educational Consultant. It was a truly incredible performance that impressed the audience and certainly introduced choir to the Music for All family in a perfect way.
Congratulations to Mr. Thom Hannum, Associate Director of the Minuteman Marching Band, and the Director of the Marimba Bandand Marimba Ensemble program at the University of Massachusett, who is the 2016 recipient of the George N. Parks Leadership in Music Education award. Mr. Hannum received the award during the opening finals ceremonies at the 2016 Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha on November 12.
Developed by NAfME, the National Association for Music Education and Music for All, the award is named for George N. Parks (1953–2010), director of the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1977 until his death, and honors an exemplary music educator who embodies the characteristics and leadership that Mr. Parks personified.
Thom Hannum has long been regarded as one of the nation’s foremost percussion arrangers, instructors, and clinicians having presented numerous seminars and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Thom teaches at the University of Massachusetts where he serves as the Associate Director of the Minuteman Marching Band, and the Director of the Marimba Band and Marimba Ensemble program. In 2009, Mr. Hannum was recognized by the university, receiving the prestigious Distinguished Teaching Award.
He is a product consultant and clinician for the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company and Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets where he has developed several Signature Series drumsticks and keyboard mallets. Thom is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society where he serves on the Marching Percussion Committee.
Mr. Hannum is currently on the design team and the percussion director for the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. He is also known for his work with the DCI World Champion Cadets of Bergen County and Star of Indiana, and is a member of the design team for the Tony and Emmy Award Winning show "Blast!" In the summer of 2001, Mr. Hannum was selected for induction into the DCI Hall of Fame, and in 2008, was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. Mr. Hannum is also a member of The Cadets and the Crossmen Hall of Fame.
2015 Patrick M. Erwin
Director of Bands at Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs, GA
2014 Cynthia Napierkowski
Director of Bands at Salem High School in Salem, MA
2013 Dr. Barry Shepherd
Superintendent of Cabarrus County Schools, NC
2012 Daniel Kirk
Blue Valley West, KS
2011 Dr. Peter Boonshaft
I don’t remember a time that I didn’t love Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music.
I remember watching the movie on repeat as a child with my mom. I knew all of the lyrics and would sing the songbook constantly! I would even say that the Sound of Music was a part of the start of my appreciation and love for music, and definitely the start of my appreciation for musical theatre.
So of course, when I found out that Music for All was partnering with Broadway Across America for a promotion for the Sound of Music tour – I was ecstatic.
There’s nothing that would stop me from attending the Indianapolis show, and now Music for All can benefit from my ticket purchase? Sign me up!
I hope that if you live in or near Indianapolis, and love music and theatre like I do, that you’ll join me and support Music for All by attending The Sound of Music, January 10-15, 2017 at the Old National Centre.
You can support Music for All by purchasing a ticket through Ticketmaster.com using the passcode: MARIA.
$5 from your ticket will go directly to Music for All to help us work to ensure that every child across America has access and opportunity to active music-making in their school!
Don’t forget, tickets make excellent presents for this upcoming holiday season. Cross someone off your list and support music and arts education all at the same time! Maybe if you’re lucky, you’ll even get to hear me singing along to “My Favorite Things.”
We hope that everyone will be joining us on Thanksgiving day by watching the 2016 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! We cannot wait to watch and support all of the amazing marching bands that will be featured throughout the parade. We are especially excited this year to say that all of the high school bands that will be marching in the parade are in the Bands of America family! Congratulations to all of you on being selected for the Macy's 90th Thanskgiving Day Parade!
So make sure you tune in and join us in supporting these incredible ensembles as they perform for nearly 50 million television viewers nationwide! We know they will make us proud! The parade steps off at 9:00 AM on Thursday, November 24th. You can watch the parade live on NBC.
Below is a list of all of the marching bands you will see in the parade!
Cary Senior High School
Cary, North Carolina
Band Director: Matthew Minick
Grain Valley High School
Grain Valley, Missouri
Band Director: Reid Atkinson
Greendale High School
Band Director: Tom Reifenberg
Harrison High School
Band Director: Josh Ray
Hendrickson High School
Band Director: Garth Gundersen
Joe E. Newsome High School
Band Director: Michael Miller
Macy's Great American Marching Band
Students from schools across the country
Band Director: Dr. Rick Good
Na Koa Ali'l Hawaii All-State Marching Band
The State of Hawaii
Band Director: John Riggle
NYPD Marching Band
New York Police Department, New York, New York
Band Director: Lt. Tony Giorgio
Prospect High School
Band Director: Chris Barnum
United States Military Academy Band
West Point, New York
Band Director: Major Sergeant Christopher Jones
The West Virginia University Mountaineer Marching Band
Morgantown, West Virginia
Band Director: Jay Drury
For great Macy's coverage (including a list of what these bands will be performing!) visit our friends at Marching.com.
For more information about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade visit www.macys.com/parade.
97.45 - Carmel H.S., IN
97.45 - Avon H.S., IN
96.55 - William Mason H.S., OH
95.70 - Tarpon Springs H.S., FL
95.30 - Cedar Park H.S., TX
94.65 - Leander H.S., TX
91.85 - Ronald Reagan H.S., TX
91.50 - Wando H.S., SC
91.30 - Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX
91.05 - Castle H.S., IN
91.00 - Homestead H.S., IN
90.05 - Marian Catholic H.S., IL
89.45 - Dobyns-Bennett H.S., TN
Outstanding Music Performance - Avon H.S., IN
Outstanding Visual Performance - Avon H.S., IN
Outstanding General Effect - Carmel H.S., IN
"Al Castronovo" Esprit de Corps Award: Vista Murrieta H.S., CA
**In the event of a tie, rank is determined based on the highest General Effect score.
1st - Adair County H.S., KY
2nd - Williamstown H.S., KY
3rd - Archbishop Alter H.S., OH
Outstanding Music Performance - Adair County H.S., KY
Outstanding Visual Performance - Adair County H.S., KY
Outstanding General Effect - Adair County H.S., KY
1st - Tarpon Springs H.S., FL
2nd - Marian Catholic H.S., IL
3rd - North Hardin H.S., KY
Outstanding Music Performance - Tarpon Springs H.S., FL
Outstanding Visual Performance - Tarpon Springs H.S., FL
Outstanding General Effect - Tarpon Springs H.S., FL
1st - Leander H.S., TX
2nd - Cedar Park H.S., TX
3rd - Castle H.S., IN
Outstanding Music Performance - Leander H.S., TX
Outstanding Visual Performance - Leander H.S., TX
Outstanding General Effect - Cedar Park H.S., TX & Leander H.S., TX
1st - Avon H.S., IN
2nd - Carmel H.S., IN
3rd - William Mason H.S., OH
Outstanding Music Performance - Avon H.S., IN
Outstanding Visual Performance - William Mason H.S., OH
Outstanding General Effect - Avon H.S., IN
6:45 a.m. – North Hardin H.S., KY
7:00 a.m. – Adair County H.S., KY
7:15 a.m. – Williamstown H.S., KY
7:30 a.m. – Archbishop Alter H.S., OH
7:45 a.m. – Milton-Union H.S., OH
8:00 a.m. – Reeths-Puffer H.S., MI
8:15 a.m. – Lockport Township H.S., IL
8:30 a.m. – Ayala H.S., CA
8:45 a.m. – Green Hope H.S., NC
9:00 a.m. – O'Fallon Township H.S., IL
9:15 a.m. – Ronald Reagan H.S., TX
9:30 a.m. – James F. Byrnes H.S., SC
9:45 a.m. – Wando H.S., SC
10:00 a.m. – Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S., TX
10:15 a.m. – Marian Catholic H.S., IL
10:30 a.m. – Avon H.S., IN
11:15 a.m. – Owasso H.S., OK
11:30 a.m. – Castle H.S., IN
11:45 a.m. – William Mason H.S., OH
12:00 p.m. – Union H.S., OK
12:15 p.m. – Bellevue West H.S., NE
12:30 p.m. – Dobyns-Bennett H.S., TN
12:45 p.m. – Leander H.S., TX
1:00 p.m. – Franklin H.S., TN
1:15 p.m. – Cedar Park H.S., TX
1:30 p.m. – Center Grove H.S., IN
2:15 p.m. – Carmel H.S., IN
2:30 p.m. – Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, MI
2:45 p.m. – Homestead H.S., IN
3:00 p.m. – Lawrence Township H.S., IN
3:15 p.m. – Tarpon Springs H.S., FL
3:30 p.m. – Vista Murrieta H.S., CA
3:45 p.m. – James Bowie H.S., TX
4:00 p.m. – Fort Mill H.S., SC
4:15 p.m. – Clovis West H.S., CA
4:30 p.m. – Columbus North H.S., IN
4:45 p.m. – EXHIBITION: The Ohio State University Marching Band