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The one-hundred and 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!

JiHK

Name: Ji Ho Kwak

Hometown: Diamond Bar, CA

School Name: Diamond Bar High School

Section: Tenor Saxophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My older sister was in BOA 2012 so my little brother, Se Ho Kwak and I wanted it to be a Kwak Tradition. Also, I enjoy playing music and being part of the band.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Meeting new friends and learning new things.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. Leadership skills.
2. The result will depend on the amount of effort you have put in.
3. Band is great!

Most memorable moment in band?
Winning Arcadia Parade three times in a row.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Make-a-Wish (Vice President), and Track and Field.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Wiz Khalifa - See You Again ft. Charlie Puth

Favorite movie?
Ode to My Father

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Strawberry

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
Go to college and then join the military.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I like to bike and make videos.

The one-hundred and 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!

ZayraMV2

Name: Zayra Mata-Velazquez

Hometown: Dewitt, MI

School Name: Dewitt High School

Section: Drum Major

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
Well when I first saw it at DMI, I was like "I need to be apart of this marching band that goes to Disney and wears cool uniforms!"

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm SUPER excited about ALL of it, but if I had to choose a couple I would say marching at Disney and meeting new people! I absolutely love people. I'm also really excited to watch 300 people who love marching band experience this trip together!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. I don't have to change myself to be a great drum major. If the drum major before me was more quiet and reserved, and a great drum major that doesn't mean I have to be like that. I bring something to band. I will use who I am as a strength to make myself a great drum major just like that person did.
2. When you're a drum major IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BAND. It's kind of a nice feeling putting all your energy into the marchers. It's kind of like being a young parent to your fellow marchers.
3. You can't hide in marching band. There is no bench. There are no subs. You put in the work, in order for you and your band to achieve your goals.

Most memorable moment in band?
Oh goodness. I think just seeing the change in the band from freshman year to senior year is memorable. We've gotten closer and more proud to be in marching band. The morning of state finals I walked out of the band room and saw our cheerleaders, football team, band parents, DEWITT coming to send us off. It meant so much to me seeing the community there. It meant so much I started crying.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am involved in soccer and I am apart of the theatre program again!

What's your favorite book?
Too many to just pick one!

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Pentatonix & Dolly Parton - Jolene

Favorite movie?
The Hobbit (all of them)

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip!

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
As of this very moment, I'm thinking about going to either Western Michigan University or Grand Valley State University. I definitely want to study abroad and get involved in student activities at my university!

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Yes! Leadership Camp & Drum Major Institute (2015 & 2016).

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I kind of recently got surgery on a part of me that I don't think is very common!

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The one-hundred and 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!

MadalynM

Name: Madalyn Manning

Hometown: Bentonville, AR

School Name: Bentonville High School

Section: Dancer

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My brother was the first one to apply and make it, and after hearing all the fun things we get to do in California, I wanted to tag-along with my family. My mom wondered if they had a dancer section. When we found there was, I sent in a recording.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am really excited to be able to go to Disneyland the day before my birthday! Also, seeing Hollywood for the first time.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. You make new friends.
2. You make lots of new memories.
3. Those friends and memories will be with you forever.

Most memorable moment in band?
Being able to go to Grand Nationals for the first time to see my brother and the Bentonville Pride Marching Band perform.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I'm not in band, but I am on the school dance team.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is the Man Who Loved Clowns.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I was in Orchestra for three years so my favorite piece of music from that was Brandonburg Concerto No. 5

Favorite movie?
The Maze Runner/ The 5th Wave

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookie Dough

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
After I graduate high school, I plan on getting my teaching degree from the University Of Arkansas, so I can become a hearing impaired teacher.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I dance about 11-12 hours every week (including dance team).

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The one-hundred and 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!

AngelH

Name: Angel Hernandez

Hometown: Antelope, CA

School Name: Antelope High School

Section: Trumpet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My band didn't really advertise this once in a lifetime opportunity, but my brother who was also accepted, told me about it and I decided that there was no point in not trying.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm excited to see all the talented musicians that I will be performing with and all the exciting places we are going to go. I'm also excited to work with well respected music instructors.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I've learned to be dedicated to everything that I do and will do. The whole group is the most important aspect and any improvements that an individual makes can help the entire group. I also learned how to lead by example, and that you must be a good role model for others if you want to be considered a good leader.

Most memorable moment in band?
My marching band went to perform at the National Independence Day Parade in Washington D.C. in 2015. I remember we sang happy birthday to my band director and she started crying right before we stepped off to march the parade.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I don't really do much other then band. I do take many AP and Honors classes.

What's your favorite book?
1984 by George Orwell

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin

Favorite movie?
Toy Story

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies & Cream

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
My current plan is to go to a university and pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering.

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The one-hundred and 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: Kelsey Zetzl

Hometown: Hagerstown, IN

School Name: Hagerstown Jr Sr High School

Section: Clarinet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I was attracted by the chance to march in such a well-known parade, in addition to visiting Disneyland (I'm a huge Disney fan).

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I think the Disneyland performance will be cool, I'm excited to see what that's like.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I've learned the importance of preparation, I've developed dedication, and I've grown to persevere.

Most memorable moment in band?
The fun pep band nights or rehearsals spent with friends, when we laugh so hard our abs are sore. They all melt together in my mind, but those vague memories always make me happy.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I'm a part of Peer Helping, National Honor Society, Business Professionals of America, Prevention Using Student Help (PUSH), History and Math Academic Teams, and Model Legislature.

What's your favorite book?
I don't like to pick favorites, but I enjoy reading anything Science Fiction or Fantasy. Classics are also fun to read.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I don't pick favorites because I love all music, but I really enjoy orchestral and concert band music. I especially like John Williams and Stephen Melillo's compositions.

Favorite movie?
Can't choose; something Fantasy or Science Fiction

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 double major in music performance and math education at an undecided college.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
No, I have not previously been a part of a MFA/BOA event.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I got to perform a concerto as a soloist with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, after winning the Richmond Symphony Orchestra's Young Artist Competition.

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The one-hundred and 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!

JosephD

Name: Joseph Diaz

Hometown: El Dorado Hills, CA

School Name: Oak Ridge High School

Section: Trombone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I decided to apply for the band because I wanted to march in the Rose Parade and participate in one of the best honor bands in America. I enjoy marching and playing Trombone, and was looking for a unique experience that would bring some of the best marchers and musicians together.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most excited about marching in the Rose Parade. I have watched it on TV before, and am elated to actually participate in it instead of watching the parade at home.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I have learned to work hard, stay calm, and to work well with others from being involved in band. Without those three things, the band and individual player simply cannot be successful.

Most memorable moment in band?
The most memorable moment I've had in band was during a football game. Our band marched onto the field, but when a left haste was called, a majority of the band turned right. Everyone was extremely confused, but we managed to pull it together and exit the field successfully.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am involved on the tennis team, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the National Honor Society at my school.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is the Ranger's Apprentice series.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite piece of music is Star Wars.

Favorite movie?
Star Wars

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Vanilla

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan to attend a four-year college and pursue a degree in Music Performance. If possible, I would like to double major or get a dual degree.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I participated in the Honor Band of America in Indianapolis in 2016, and recently found out that I made the 2017 Honor Band of America.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I am half Chamorro- my dad was born on the tiny island of Saipan (in the Northern Mariana Islands). I am a huge fan of the Oregon Ducks, and have been since I was little.

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The one-hundred and 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!

DrewT

Name: Drew Tyrrell

Hometown: Lake Orion, MI

School Name: Lake Orion High School

Section: Mellophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I thought it would be a tremendous way to extend both my social and musical boundaries, as I get the opportunity to play with some of the best high school musicians in the country.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am incredibly excited to experience the camaraderie with my section.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I have learned that determining who you are, not just as a musician, but as a person, is a journey that you will partake in for your entire life, and there is no better group of people to help you along than your section.

Most memorable moment in band?
Watching the Clarkston show from 2015 and witnessing the best cover down I've ever seen.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am the captain of our ski team, member of the National Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society, and Choir.

What's your favorite book?
Either Catcher in the Rye or To Kill a Mockingbird.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Definitely Angels in the Architecture and all of the music from West Side Story.

Favorite movie?
Lord of the Rings

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 Michigan Technological University for Mechanical Engineering.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
My band has participated in Grand Nationals as well as BOA Regional competitions.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
Two summers ago, I went down to Guatemala for a mission trip.

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The one-hundred and 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!

ChristopherB

Name: Christopher Brydges

Hometown: Chino, CA

School Name: Chino High School

Section: Clarinet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
Because my father participated when he was in high school, I was inspired to do the same.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Marching the Rose Parade is going to be so exciting for me. I can't wait!!!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. Making long-lasting friendships with other band members.
2. Always performing at my best.
3. Developed character that has helped me become a better person.

Most memorable moment in band?
Winning Championships for SCSBOA - So. Cal School Band and Orchestra Association.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I have only dedicated my time to my music in band.

What's your favorite book?
To Kill A Mockingbird

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin

Favorite movie?
Super 8

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate Mint Ice Cream

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
Go to college and pursue a career in Automotive Design or Architecture.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
No

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I enjoy cooking, drawing, and making things out of scrap parts.

The one-hundred and 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!

MatthewG

Name: Matthew Garza

Hometown: Fresno, CA

School Name: Clovis West High School

Section: Mellophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My band director presented this as an opportunity to be involved, and my mom and I took it to it's fullest advantage and started applying as soon as possible. We both saw this as a way to make more memories, making my senior year something special, and something to add to my resume.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Meeting new friends, marching the parade, and going to Disneyland.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. Band is more than just coming to the band room, playing an instrument and performing in front of people.
2. Making music isn't just black notes on a piece of paper, it's an emotion that can be expressed in many unique ways that words can't describe.
3. Band can be life changing. It isn't about relying on winning competitions like sports, it's viewing competition as an essence in striving for performance excellence, and being held accountable for learning and using competition as a valuable resource in our lives. It's a program that accepts all students, no matter what circumstances they have, and making them feel welcome and that they are a part of the program like a second family.

Most memorable moment in band?
Participating in the 2016 BOA Grand National Championships in Indianapolis and performing our very best out in Lucas Oil Stadium.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Besides academics and getting through/school, nothing really. I'm just a huge music nerd.

What's your favorite book?
I don't like reading books. I'd rather put my face in orchestral/band scores.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I can't name just one. I've grown up listening to so much music that I love, that I have so many to go back to and listen over and over again. My favorite music genres are classical, orchestral, band, and video game/movie soundtracks.

Favorite movie?
Zootopia and Secret Life of Pets

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Vanilla

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I want to become a Music major to pursue my dream of becoming a conductor.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Yes. I participated in the 2015 BOA St. George and American Canyon Regionals, the 2016 BOA San Jose and Long Beach Regionals, and the 2016 BOA Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, IN.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I have perfect pitch, and I know how to play piano, along with every brass, woodwind, and percussion instrument.

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The one-hundred and 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!

ThomasP

Name: Thomas Pendergrass

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

School Name: Heritage high school

Section: Baritone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I was interested in this band to be part of something that is truly a once in a lifetime experience with other amazing young musicians, and a chance to be directed by Mr. Bob Buckner.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Getting to know other people who were inspired to join this group like I was.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I've learned community and friendships, after losing a fellow band member in a car accident my freshman year. I really understood what it was like to be part of a family in band. I've learned what excellence really requires from myself and I have learned how to put in hard work, and reap the rewards from it.

Most memorable moment in band?
My freshman year after our first competition I remember everyone screaming the show on our bus ride back because it's what we do whenever we win in our class and it was one of the most fun nights I've ever had; not being able to worry about anything and just spend time with the people I love.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I'm involved in my schools Gay Straight Alliance.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is The Hobbit.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite song is "Some nights" by Fun.

Favorite movie?
My favorite movie is Now You See Me.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
My favorite ice cream flavor is Peanut Butter and Chocolate.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
My current plan is to attend Western Carolina University or Appalachian State University for a degree in either Music Education or Performance.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have not.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I love paintball and have played for four years

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