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The one-hundredth 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!

ClaireC

Name: Claire Castagna

Hometown: Bentonville, AR

School Name: Bentonville High School

Section: Clarinet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I thought that it would be an amazing way to meet new people who enjoy and love the same thing that I do, make new memories, have a great experience, and make new friends!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Making new friends from around the country.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Band has taught me so much. It's taught me that hard work and so much effort really is worth it in the end an pays off even if it may be frustrating at first. Whether it's on the marching field or in concert band. I've learned that we can be as outgoing as we want to in this community and be ourselves. Finally, it's taught me that music isn't just "there". No matter what piece or song on the radio you listen to, there's always going to be a meaning behind it or a reason it was created.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment is last year (2015) when my band went to Grand Nationals for the first time ever. We all went to a rehearsal a while after our first performance. During that rehearsal, they were announcing who the Semifinalists were. By the time they got up to the twenties, you could feel how uptight and nervous everyone was. Once they eventually called our name, everyone was crying and so happy because of what just happened and what we accomplished. Band truly is a big family and it's one of the best families anyone can be a part of.

What's your favorite book?
The Outsiders

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
First Suite in Eb by Gustav Holst

Favorite movie?
Elf is one of my top movies right now!

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Strawberry

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I would like to go to the University of Indiana to earn a degree in Music Education, whether it's middle school or high school. I would like to continue working with a marching band as well.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have participated in the St. Louis Super Regional ('15 & '16), as well as Grand Nationals ('15 & '16).

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I really enjoy photography! I think it's amazing how you can capture a moment within an image even if it's just on an iPhone.

The ninety-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!

KyleL

Name: Kyle Lavin

Hometown: Tinley Park, IL

School Name: Marian Catholic High School

Section: Tuba/Sousaphone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My older brother Ryan, who was already accepted to march in the parade, was one of the biggest reasons I wanted to audition for the honor band. My parents thought it would be a great opportunity for me to go and audition to make it into this prestigious band. I also thought that it would be such a big highlight in my life to be able to march with some of the most talented high school musicians in the nation!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most excited about is being able to march with the greatest players and marchers at the high school level. It's just a great feeling to know that I'm going to be a part of all of the festivities that encompass the Rose Bowl and Parade.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
The three things that I have learned in band are leadership, setting personal goals, and teamwork. Over the course of my band career, I have my leadership skills have evolved. One way was taking the role as a drum major in my middle school's marching band. My role was to lead, guide, support and teach my peers. Leading by being a good person, having strong musicianship, and fine tuning marching style. I set personal goals for myself. Band has taught me that no matter where you go or what you do, always do the best that you can do. If you do your best every time, you don't have to worry about doing better next time. So every time I walk into a rehearsal, I am there to do my very best. The last of the three things I've learned from band is the teamwork aspect. This year with my section was a bit rough, but we always pulled though, no matter what was going on, we always worked together as a team to get the job done. We always worked as one to make everyone as good of a person, player and marcher as they could be.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band, was walking out of the tunnel in Lucas Oil Stadium for the first time in BOA's Super Regional Prelims. I vividly remember seeing so many people there just to watch us perform. What a great honor! It was equally memorable to walk on that field again for Grand National Finals Performance this year. I was so excited to be there!

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
This year as a freshman at Marian Catholic, I have been mainly focused on my studies and my music.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is Catcher in the Rye, because the author, J.D. Salinger, plays with your head throughout the course of the story. He uses different objects as symbols for a specific thing in the story. I really just love how the story just makes you think.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I do not have one favorite song, I like all kinds of Classic Rock. I really just have a love for it all and the reason is because each song has a story woven into the words of the song. I also love Classical music. I like a very wide range of Classical, such as Hall of the Mountain King and The Planets.

Favorite movie?
Star Wars Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate Fudge

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I have not decided anything fully because I'm very early in my high school career, but being a band director would be a great profession!

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have participated in two BOA events-the BOA Super Regional in Indianapolis this past fall and the BOA Grand National Championships. What a thrill to perform in Finals!

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I used to have a severe case of asthma. I used to always have these coughing fits where I would cough for days on end and needed nebulizer treatments every four hours. I was on lots of medication. Then I found band, and after about six months I didn't need medicine anymore. I was cured! The tuba cured my asthma!

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The ninety-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!

JulieM

Name: Julie Morimoto

Hometown: Merced, CA

School Name: Merced High School

Section: Trumpet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I thought it was be a wonderful and fun opportunity. I would get to meet players from all across America, and I get to play in the Rose Parade.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am mostly excited about marching in Pasadena in the Rose Parade.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. I have learned how to help and teach others in different ways to comprehend music.

Most memorable moment in band?
Last year at the Santa Cruz band review, I remember the awards being handed out and our school getting first and sweeps on the majority of things. Just remembering the work and the practicing paying off at that time, it was amazing.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I used to do a whole bunch of sports, including soccer, cross country, and volleyball. Now a days, I play video games in the game room with my friends.

What's your favorite book?
The Steelheart series.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
English Fold Suite. It's a fun song to listen to and to perform. Little fanfares here and there with a nice sprinkling of woodwind runs. It sounds amazing.

Favorite movie?
Avengers: Civil War

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Wild and Reckless

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I would like to go to a school with an amazing music program. I want to get a double major in Music Education and Performance.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
No, I have not. I can't wait to participate in one though.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I love to learn all instruments. Woodwinds, percussion, but mostly brass. I want to play Trumpet while tap dancing for a talent show someday. It would be super cool and unique.

 The ninety-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: Cameron Manning

Hometown: Bentonville, AR

School Name: Bentonville High School

Section: Trumpet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
Growing up as a child, I always saw the bands preform in the parade and always thought it was the coolest thing ever. When my band went back to the St. Louis Super Regional in 2015, the advertisement for the honor band was playing and I thought to myself "Wow I want to go do that."

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
The memories and all of the people that I will get to meet, as well as getting to see and do all of the amazing things that are apart of this trip.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. Friendship is a great thing.
2. How to work with others to produce an amazing show.
3. The true meaning of a band family.

Most memorable moment in band?
The most memorable would have to be making Semifinals at Grand Nationals the first year my band went.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Nothing. Band is life.

What's your favorite book?
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Any of the Star Trek pieces.

Favorite movie?
Star Trek Beyond

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I am still deciding if I want to go to Ohio State or enlist in the United States Marine Corps.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I am a very big history nerd when it comes to WWII.

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The ninety-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!

SavannahK

Name: Savannah Kaye

Hometown: Leander, TX

School Name: Rouse High School

Section: Flute

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I actually joined band because all of my friends were in it and I didn't want to be left out!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm super excited to meet the other members of the honor band.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Water is important, how to manage my time, and that placement is just a number. As long as you do your best, you'll get 1st place in your heart.

Most memorable moment in band?
Traveling around the state of Texas, preforming alongside my best friends, and making memories every step of the way.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I'm involved in helping animals in any way I can.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite piece of music that I ever played would be Sea Songs by Thomas Knox.

Favorite movie?
The whole Harry Potter series.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookie Dough.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan on becoming a Zoologist.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
BOA San Antonio
BOA Austin
BOA Conroe

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I have a huge heart for animals and I aspire to help as many animals as I can.

The ninety-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: Catrina Carte

Hometown: Palmer, AK

School Name: Colony High School

Section: Sousaphone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I had performed in the 2014 Rose Parade with The Northern Sound -the only marching band in Alaska- and I loved it. When I saw fliers around my school's band hall stating that BOA was holding auditions for an honor band for the Rose Parade, I jumped at the opportunity.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm mostly excited about marching the Rose Parade again, this time with a Sousaphone and not a Trumpet. I'm also excited about meeting Tuba players from across the states.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
First, "One more time" never actually means one more time. Second, always be prepared for anything. Whether it's weather, technical difficulties, or problematic people, be prepared and never panic. Third, you are not the most important player, everyone in the band is equal- treat them as such.

Most memorable moment in band?
I believe that my most memorable moment in band would be when I heard the Sousaphone for the first time. It changed my whole entire life, if I hadn't heard the Sousaphones that day, I'd probably still be playing the Trumpet and wouldn't be having as much fun as I am now.

What's your favorite book?
Les Miserables

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Wine Dark Sea III. The Attentions of Souls.

Favorite movie?
Brothers Bloom

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan on auditioning for DCI, most likely Open Class (but it's my dream to march with Bluecoats), after my senior year. I hope to get accepted into Juilliard and major in performance, but at this point in time I'm not sure.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
2015 Grand Nationals

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I love Japanese culture and hope to one day become fluent in their dialect.

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The ninety-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!

KateP

Name: Kate Pavlak

Hometown: New Lenox, IL

School Name: Lincoln-Way West High School

Section: Color Guard

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I decided to apply for the BOA Honor Band first of all because I knew it would be very honorable for myself, my marching band, and my community. To be able to represent the Lincoln-Way Community, is amazing! I also decided to apply because I knew this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I should take advantage of whatever opportunities are in front of me.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm most excited to meet 299 other band kids to learn about their marching band, and their style of marching and rehearsing, especially with regards to the Color Guard because technique styles vary from coach to coach, and from the east coast to the midwest to the west coast.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. Teamwork. My guard coach always says, "You're only as strong as your weakest member." This encourages us to help the people who are struggling with an exercise or routine and to work together.
2. Time Management. With marching band being a pretty significant part of my life, I have had to learn how to balance marching band with school-work and a social life.
3. How to explore the regions outside of my comfort zone. Especially with being a Color Guard performer, you have to learn how to put yourself out there and make a connection with the audience, and leave everything out there on the field. It's also allowed me to learn how to meet new people and make new friends, which is something I never would have been able to do because I am an extremely shy person.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band was when the announcer said that my band had made finals at our state competition my freshmen year. It meant a lot to me because it was the first time in four years that this band had ever made finals. Four years earlier, my brother and I watched my sister perform in finals, and now at that moment we were going to be able to do the same.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Besides band, I am involved in Winter Guard, National Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. I also help tutor students in math during my advisory period. Outside of school, I am involved in Girl Scouts.

What's your favorite book?
Choosing my favorite book is difficult for me as I am quite a bookworm, but if I had to choose, it would be The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite song as of right now is Who Do You Love by Marianas Trench, but this changes about every few minutes.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate, of course!

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I don't have a strict plan or anything yet for after high school, but I am looking into either baking, or filmmaking and computer science.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Yes. I have performed with my marching band at two Regionals and one Super Regional so far. We have also performed at Grand Nationals this last season

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
This past Thanksgiving, I marched in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with the Macy's Great American Marching Band. I also play the cello.

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The ninety-third 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!

HelenP

Name: Helen Putman

Hometown: Grain Valley, MO

School Name: Grain Valley High School

Section: Snare Drum

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
There was a presentation about the BOA TOR parade when I attended Music For All's Summer Symposium in 2015- their confidence in the caliber of talent and opportunities for all ages compelled me to audition, and possibly meet talented kids from all over the country!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Disneyland! The most magical place on earth; to be a part of a real parade here will be magical. Doing it with my new friends will be the experience of a lifetime!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1) Early is on time. On time is late. Late is unacceptable.
2) You cannot "cram" music memorization.
3) Band is NOT an individual activity. While there are pieces of soloistic nature, it boils down to a trained ensemble working together.

Most memorable moment in band?
Traveling to Hawaii with my band to march in a parade in Waikiki my Freshman year, and three years later finishing the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City my senior year.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I'm in Show Choir, Drumline, a dedicated French student, a part of National Honor Society, and I'm involved in FCA, Theatre/Drama, and stage crew.

What's your favorite book?
Harry Potter: very unoriginal, but forever a classic.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite concert band piece is City Trees by Michael Markowski ; my favorite modern song is Tumblr Girls by G-eazy. My music ranges from classic to rap, so I'm very open, but favor alternative.

Favorite movie?
The Wizard of Oz! Or Moana- both are fabulous in their own way.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Rocky Road

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
Either attend college at UCLA or MU, pursuing a degree in foreign language, and I am currently considering enlisting in the Navy to become a part of the SEAL challenge program.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
The Music for All Summer Symposium in 2015, Music for All National Sandy Hook Percussion Festival in 2014, and attended BOA St. Louis '13,'14, '15, as well as Georgia '13 and '14.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I'm a lifeguard at Ocean's of Fun in Kansas City, MO, and I LOVE my job.

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The ninety-second 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: Gabriela Rosales White

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

School Name: Beech Grove High School

Section: Color Guard Flag

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I enjoy marching band and Drum Corps.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
The parade!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Team work, discipline, and that practice makes perfect.

Most memorable moment in band?
My parents always had the "Gabi" sign in the stands supporting me.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, FFA, DECA, Fellowship of Christian Students, Swimming, Track N Field, Wrestlerette, Choir, and Winter Guard.

What's your favorite book?
Sylvia Likens

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
BEN Folds

Favorite movie?
Mean Girls

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookie Dough

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I graduated this past summer and now I am currently working on a cruise ship in Hawaii for NCL Pride of America.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
High School Marching Band Finals.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I have marched DCI Drum Corps for two seasons.  I graduated from IvyTech Community College one month before graduating from High School, which opened up the opportunity for me to work on a cruise ship immediately following Drum Corps season.

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The ninty-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!

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Name: Edward Quibal

Hometown: Lemoore, CA

School Name: Lemoore High School

Section: Trombone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I first heard about it when Yamaha sent out a tweet about it a week before the application deadline. I debated at first whether I should go for it since I had only a week to learn audition materials. But I went for it regardless because to be in the Rose Parade was like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me; especially since I come from a small town where chances like these are next to impossible, so I knew I couldn't pass it up!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm excited to be able to work with other people across the states and also with top-notch brass instructors during the event, especially being able to work with Carolina Crown's Matt Harloff and Michael Klesch. It's a chance I probably won't ever get!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Pride - take pride in EVERYTHING you do, especially if you do it with other people, then it looks even cooler!
Diligence - strive to be as close to perfect as possible and make everything that you do the best quality it can be.
Respect - respect other people the way they would want to respect you and ALWAYS respect your peers.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
AP classes

What's your favorite book?
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
First Suite in E flat - Gustav Holst

Favorite movie?
Despicable Me 1 & 2, Kingsman

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Halo-Halo

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I currently don't have any idea on what to major or study in college so far, but I'm planning to stay with my mom and step-dad in LA for a few years after high school!

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have actually never participated or taken part in any MFA/BOA event, so it's very exciting for this one to be the first.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
My goal is to march with the Blue Devils because they've been like a dream corps of mine to march since my freshmen year, when I was introduced to DCI for the first time by four seniors that had come back from their summer tour marching with Blue Devils B.

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