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The eighty-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: Katharine Nehls

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

School Name: University of Tennessee- Knoxville

Section: Color Guard

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
It was actually a very spur of the moment decision. I had attended the Music for All Summer Symposium and on the Facebook page, Susie had posted that they still had empty spots left in the Color Guard. I already had a friend that applied and was going, so I thought spending a week with her in California would be fun and adventurous.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
The whole trip sounds exciting. I'm looking forward to spending a week in California with my two friends, sightseeing, and going to Disneyland.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Leadership, hard work, and perseverance.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment, although not Marching Band, was having an undefeated season in our circuit in Winter Guard my senior year.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
At college, I'm a part of TVC which is a student run TV station. I work on a sketch comedy show called UnwarranTed.

What's your favorite book?
Either Perks of Being a Wallflower or the Unwind series.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I can't pick a favorite song, but I'm currently into the Hamilton soundtrack.

Favorite movie?
Perks of Being a Wallflower

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I'm currently in college studying Journalism and Electronic Media with a possible minor in Spanish. I'm thinking of going into television after I graduate.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I attended Music for All Summer Symposium the past three summers.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I currently teach Color Guard at a local high school and I want to become a published author.

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Honoring Mrs. Gayle Crain (1941-2016)

Monday, 26 December 2016 11:12 Written by Debbie Laferty Asbill

Gayle Ruth Crain, born August 19, 1941, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016. Those who had the privilege to know and work with Mrs. Crain throughout her life know that she is a force of nature – a passionate teacher, supporter, and organizer of that about which she feels most passionately. She is survived by her loving husband Richard, The Woodlands, Texas; and sons Scott, Chris, and Steven, of Texas, and their families.

CrainGayleRichardI don’t remember exactly when I first met Gayle and Richard – it seems to me that they were always part of my life and work history with Bands of America from my earliest times in the late 1980s. It was probably while I was working at one of many Texas Band Association conferences; Gayle served on the Board of the Texas Bandmasters Association Spouses for seven years and is a Past President.

My fondest memories of Gayle are from her work as the coordinating assistant for the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, now the Music for All National Festival. “Coordinating assistant” doesn’t feel to be like the best descriptor for her role in the creation and implementation of the Festival. She and husband Richard were the coordinators of the Festival – putting their hearts, souls, and talents completely into making sure that the Festival, from its launch in 1992 at Northwestern University and beyond, fully realized the vision of Bands of America and the musical icons who were part of its creation. The Festival today remains infused with their high standards, their vision, and the work and care they provided.

For her work on the Festival, as well as her other many contributions to music education, Gayle was inducted, along with Richard, into the Bands of America Hall of Fame in 2005.

On hearing of her passing, Eric Martin, President and CEO of Music for All, wrote: “My heart and prayers are with Richard Crain and his family. There are people, principles and concepts that have defined Music for All and Bands of America for me. Gayle and Richard Crain are amongst those people. Thank you, Gayle, for your quiet and principled witness by example, and to Richard for your leadership, encouragement, mentorship, witness, and, most importantly, friendship.”

My personal memories will always be of working with Gayle side by side (score organizing, anyone?), the sincere hugs “hello” and hearty laughs, no matter how hectic pre-Festival preparations might become.

Gayle’s many accomplishments, honors, and activities make me wonder when she ever found the time to do it all. I’ve included her biography below at the closing of this piece.

For now, I hope everyone who knew her will continue to be inspired by her example of hands-on servant leadership, and that all who read this will keep her family – especially her husband Richard who is one of the kindest and wonderful people I’ve ever known – in their thoughts as they process their loss during this holy season.

Watch Mr. and Mrs. Crain's Bands of America Hall of Fame Induction Video:


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The viewing for our new heavenly angel Gayle will be Tuesday evening, December 27 at the Forest Park Funeral Home, 18000 Interstate 45 S, The Woodlands, TX from 6-8 pm.

The funeral service will occur on Wednesday, December 28 at Spring Baptist Church, 633 East Louetta Road, Spring, TX at 2:00 pm. There will be additional viewing time prior to the start of the service.

Richard and the family ask that donations go to a scholarship fund that will be created in Gayle’s name at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, TX, her alma mater, and where she served as Director of Alumni and Alumni president.

Gayle Crain

Gayle Ruth Crain, born August 19, 1941, crossed the Jordan Friday, December 23, 2016. She is survived by her loving husband Richard, The Woodlands, TX; sons, Scott and Chris, Kingwood, TX, and Steven, Houston, TX. Daughters-in-laws, Jennifer and Melissa, Terry Polovina; sisters, JoAnn Thompson, Garrison, TX, and Vicki Franze, Welborn, TX; Grandchildren, Lauren, Emily, Joshua, Jacob, Caroline, and EmmaKate; Cousins, Pat Baggerly and Sue O'Bannon, Belton, TX.

Gayle Crain earned the Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a major in Business and a minor in English. She was a member of Alpha Chi Honor Fraternity and Sigma Alpha Business Honor Fraternity and at the commencement was presented with the Outstanding Business Graduate award for having the highest four-year average in Business. She earned the Master of Business Education degree from the University of North Texas with a major in Business and a minor in Education and was a member of the Delta Pi Epsilon business education fraternity there.

Her teaching experience included teaching business subjects as a fulltime instructor at Temple (Junior) College for four years. She was promoted to Director of Financial Aids and Placement shortly before moving to the Houston area. While teaching at TJC, she supervised student teachers at Temple College for the nearby University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and also taught business courses at UMHB in the summer. After graduating from college and teaching only one year, she was asked by the UMHB Education Department to be the sponsoring teacher for a student teacher in her English class during her second year of teaching.

Through the years, Gayle has traveled as a sponsor with band groups to Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Japan. One of the trips was the Texas Baptist All-State Band and Orchestra to the Baptist World Alliance in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Before devoting her life to serving music education organizations with her husband Richard, Gayle Crain taught business, English, and journalism courses at several Texas colleges and secondary schools for 25 years. She was promoted to Chairman of the Business Department of the new Klein Oak High School after teaching at Klein High School for only a few months. She was asked by the principal to assist in interviewing prospective teachers. The department grew from three to eleven teachers during the three years she served as Chairman. She also taught as the Office Administration Cooperative teacher at three high schools in the Belton, Klein, and Spring school districts as she moved with her husband across Texas. For the Office Administration classes, she secured part-time office jobs for her students and visited their supervisors on the job each six weeks for a total of eleven years.
She received the Outstanding Occupational/Technical Teacher award for Spring ISD and was elected to the State Board of the Vocational Office Education Teachers Association of Texas and was elected Secretary of the State Board of the Office Education Teachers Association of Texas. Her administrative experience includes Director of Alumni Affairs at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Director of Financial Aids and Placement at Temple College, and Assistant to the President of two Houston international corporations. In earlier years, she was co-owner of The Apple Tree, an antiques and crafts gift shop with stores in Belton and Salado, Texas, and did all of the accounting for that business.

While serving as the Lambda Theta Chapter Sponsor, Assistant State Advisor, and National Convention Secretary for Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Fraternity for junior colleges, Gayle was named to the Phi Theta Kappa National Hall of Honor. She also was elected President of the Alumni Association of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor for a term of three years, presiding over the Alumni Board meetings and planning and presiding over Homecoming during those years. During her years as a college student, she was elected as an officer of the College Council, the Business Administration Club, and the Luncheon Club, which planned college socials. She also was Elected Miss Temple Junior College. During her two years as a student at Temple Junior College, she was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa honor fraternity and worked as a report writer for the Retail Merchants Association (credit bureau) on a part-time basis. She served as President of the College and Career Class at her church while in college. She began her college experience with a full scholarship from the Kiwanis Club for her first year. She had not applied for the scholarship but was nominated by the principal of her high school.

Gayle Crain served as the Festival Coordinating Assistant for the National Concert Band Festival from its inception in 1991 until 2008, and she was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame in 2005. Gayle served on the Board of the Texas Bandmasters Association Spouses for seven years and is a Past President. She was Associate Executive Secretary for Region IX UIL Music Contests from 1994 to 2006 and has provided bookkeeping and organizational support to the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity since 1977. She was inducted as an honorary member of Phi Beta Mu at the International meeting at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in 2006.

Gayle was named to the Who's Who of Women Executives in the 1989-1990 edition, was included earlier in the Outstanding Young Women of America, received the Spring ISD Achievement award, and received several awards from UMHB, including "The Second Mile Award" for recruiting for the university. She was a speaker at a Charter Day (Homecoming) program, President of the Bell County UMHB Club, a member of the Alumni Board and numerous committees through the years, and Chairman of a major fundraising drive for the university.

She currently serves as the reporter for a monthly newsletter she publishes for the Joyful Age Sunday School Class at Spring Baptist Church. She also is both a reporter for and the editor of the 36-page SALT OF THE EARTH magazine, which is published on a quarterly basis for the Senior Adults departments of the Spring Baptist Church. The spiritual magazine includes both classes' news and individual reporters' devotionals. In past years, she taught children, youth, and adult Sunday School classes, assisted in Vacation Bible School, and was the Bible teacher for a children's choir.

Gayle grew up in a Christian family that included a grandfather who was a minister, a grandmother who was one of the strongest Christians she has ever known, an aunt who was a missionary to Korea, and parents who went with her to Sunday School and church every Sunday and took her to youth meetings. Though she can't remember when she did not believe and she walked the aisle when she was a child, she still went through a time of questioning-not of her God but of her own faith-when she was a young adult. That questioning led her to deeper study and a confirmation of her faith in God the Father, Who created us; God the Son, Who gave His life for us; and God the Holy Spirit, Who lives in us as our conscience and guide. Through the years as a teacher, she witnessed to her students in public schools from the first year she taught in the 1960's through the last year she taught in the 1990's. She believes that God led her to marry her husband of 55 years, Richard Crain, and together they have prayed and sought God's leadership in all walks of their lives. The oldest son is a deacon in the church, the sons' wives are workers in their churches, and the grandchildren who are eleven and nine years old have already prayed to accept Christ and have been baptized. Their five-year-old grandson began quoting scripture and praying out loud when he was four. Though Richard and Gayle lost their home and two cars to Tropical Storm Allyson in 2001 and two of their grandchildren have endured numerous surgeries by ages five and three, God has always been there to see through whatever life holds. The Crain family has indeed been blessed. God is good….all the time.

The eighty-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!

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Name: Laura Waldeck

Hometown: Graham, NC

School Name: Southern Alamance High School

Instrument/Section: Mellophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I wanted to be apart of this band to learn more things about my instrument and I also can't wait to be able to work with all of these talented people around the country!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm most excited for the parade. I just love the feeling of performing because all the hard work that is put into that final moment.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I've learned to be more confident in myself! Ever since I've joined jazz, I'm not afraid to solo or being judged. Another thing I learned are leadership skills, I was the Publicist this past season and next year I'll be Vice President. It has helped me get to know everyone and know how to talk to people. Lastly is friendship; these people in band will be my lifelong friends. They're always there and we always joke around all the time.

Most memorable moment in band?
My freshman year, we were at our last competition at Western Alamance High School. We were waiting for the last award, which was the Eddie Harris Award, the most prestigious award of the day. I had my entire band around me and after the son gave a speech they called our school's name. It was the best moment of my entire life! With that our band director broke his ankle the day before, we dedicated our performance to him and won that award without him there. Needless to say he was the happiest man ever that Monday!

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I'm in Drama Club, Rotary Interact Club, Young Life and Tech Crew.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is Kite Runner

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
With Each Sunset by Richard Saucedo

Favorite movie?
Star Trek

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan on being a Music Education major.

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

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I have a slight obsession with candles and I love to play the ukulele.

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The eighty-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!

KyleR

Name: Kyle Roberts

Hometown: Beebe, AR

School Name: Beebe High School

Section: Trombone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My band director told me about this opportunity, and after reading about it I decided I had to audition for the band!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm excited about marching in the parade, but I am most excited about getting to meet new people and make friends from all over the United States.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I've learned what it means to stay committed to something, if you miss a rehearsal or a performance the whole band suffers. Being section leader since sophomore year and being band vice president this year has taught me how to be a leader; and it has how to be patient with people that are struggling because some things are more difficult for some people, while it may be easier for others.

Most memorable moment in band?
Sophomore year my high school band went to Disney World to compete in a concert competition and we won, bringing home the Golden Mickey for the second time in my school's history! Last year I was also the first person from my school to make both Arkansas All-State Symphonic Band and Arkansas All-State Jazz Band.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am involved in Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra, and a local college's band and trombone studio. I am also involved in National Honor Society, a trapshooting team, Spanish Club, and Band Council.

What's your favorite book?
I can't really say I have a favorite book, but I enjoy reading books more when I don't have to read them for school.

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

Favorite movie?
I don't really have a favorite, but anything scary or funny.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Neapolitan

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan to attend Arkansas Tech University or the University of Central Arkansas to major in Instrumental Music eEducation.

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

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I am an Eagle Scout and besides trombone I play guitar, piano, and drums. I also enjoy spending time with friends even though I can be shy/quiet at first.

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The eighty-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!

MariannaA

Name: Marianna Araujo

Hometown: Harrisburg, NC

School Name: Hickory Ridge High School

Section: Color Guard

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I enjoy marching in parades because it's so much fun being able to interact a little more with the crowd, compared to a regular show. Last year my band traveled to London to march in the New Years Day Parade and I wanted an awesome experience like that one again. When I heard about the Rose Bowl Parade, I knew this was it!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most excited for the parade and meeting everyone! We have all been waiting a while to get to know each other and it will be nice to meet everyone, and participate in the parade!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Three things that I have learned in band are that you need to be able to adapt to change because we are constantly changing parts of the show whether that be choreography, music, or ideas. Also, to put your best effort all the time. By always trying your hardest, your band can try new things and make an amazing show. Lastly, to be successful you need to work as a team. If you put your band first instead of yourself, everything will get done faster, run smoothly, and overall make a great season!

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band was when my band went to a BOA show in 2014! It was very inspiring and exciting to see other bands, and their shows. It was also cool to see the level of excellence of the shows that made it to finals and see what that was like.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am part of my school's theater program and was cast in this year's play! I am also a part of DECA, a marketing club and recently qualified for the state competition in March.

What's your favorite book?
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
"If I Knew" by Bruno Mars

Favorite movie?
Captain America: Civil War

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Strawberry

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan to major in Event Marketing and minor in Journalism at FIU or UNCC.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Yes, I went to the Music for All Summer Symposium in 2015 and participated in the master class.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I am a very outgoing and I love to try new things and take risks. This has helped me to participate in events I never thought I could because I am not afraid to try new things!

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The eighty-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!

EmilyB

Name: Emily Bertin

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

School Name: Lindbergh High School

Section: Clarinet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I thought it would be a good way to expand my skills and meet some new people. Other band members previously participated and had a blast, so I thought "why not?"

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most excited for the parade block and to see who I'll be marching next to, and meeting my new section.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. Time Management
2. How to be an Effective Leader
3. Social Skills and how to start conversations with people who you've never talked to.

Most memorable moment in band?
Our school takes a "big trip" every 4 years, and for ours, we went to Savannah, Georgia and marched in the St. Patrick's Day parade. I was on a bus with some people I had never talked to and by the end of the trip I had built friendships with some new people and that was really exciting. We also called our bus the "Pat-Pat Party Bus" after our director Mr. Patton, and played the whisper challenge which was hilarious.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Link Crew, Girl Scouts, and School Musical.

What's your favorite book?
Looking for Alaska by John Green

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Godzilla Eats Las Vegas!

Favorite movie?
Captain America Winter Soldier

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookie Dough

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
Attend a Community College and take a few classes, and experiment with a few different career fields.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
BOA St. Louis and BOA Indianapolis!

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The eightieth 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!

CaillaM

Name: Cailla Moss

Hometown: Otsego, MI

School Name: Plainwell High School

Section: Baritone Saxophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
When I went to Music For All's Summer Symposium for the first time, they had people explaining what it was, and I really wanted to go for it. Sadly I missed audition times for it the first time. However, when I heard that they extended the deadlines, I knew I had to go for it.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
The part of the trip I am most looking forward to would have to be just being in California. To have an opportunity to be on that side of the country and to tour some of the most famous places in California.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Persistence would have to be one. Always push and never give up for what you want.
Leadership would have to be another. At my high school, I am the Head Drum Major and I have learned that respect goes a long way with everyone. Stepping down from your position to understand what the other person feels I think also requires leadership.
Lastly, I have learned optimism. Always have a positive outlook on things, even if they were not the best. Know that if you gave 110%, then that's all that matters.

Most memorable moment in band?
The most memorable moment in band would have to be after our last competition my freshman year of high school. Our show was Latin moods. We received second that day and knowing we did that was the most amazing feeling ever.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I have played in pit for the last two years for musical and this year I auditioned for a lead role in this year's musical Grease.

What's your favorite book?
Safe Haven

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Favorite Song : Midnight Cities, Favorite Piece of Music: Carmina Burana Movement 24

Favorite movie?
Warm Bodies

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
After high school, I plan on going to either Northern Michigan or Western Michigan University and Studying Physics so I can further that degree to Astrophysics. I will participate in Marching Band and Concert Band throughout my college career.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
None

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I love snowboarding, dancing, and doodling, and I have many pets. I'm shy at first, but once you get to know me I am a totally different person.

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The seventy-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!

CassandraK

Name: Cassandra Kokal

Hometown: Monroeville, PA

School Name: Gateway Senior High School

Section: Flute

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I really want to meet other people who share the love of music.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Meeting other people from different states and touring California.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I have learned to always be prepared, be on time, and have fun.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band was placing 5th in a Bands of America competition.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am involved in Science Club, church activities, community service, Varsity Golf team, and Science Olympiad.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is The Fault in Our Stars. 

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite piece of music is Arabesque by Samuel Hazo

Favorite movie?
Twilight

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Vanilla

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I am attending Washington and Jefferson in the fall to study Biology/Pre-Medicine and minor in Music.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Bands of America competitions throughout my five years of marching band.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I want to become a trauma surgeon when older.

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 The sevnty-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!

CaitlynB

Name: Caitlyn Bowser

Hometown: Beech Grove, IN

School Name: Beech Grove high School

Section: Color Guard

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I heard about the Honor Band at the 2015 Music for All Summer Symposium. I thought about it, but wasn't sure, I talked to my director and he told me I should go for it. I figured, why not? it's a once in a lifetime opportunity. He helped me write my audition piece and then helped me record it. I was super nervous through it, but could not be happier that I decided to audition.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am just excited for the entire experience overall. I don't think I can pick one thing that I am most excited for. The entire experience is going to be so amazing, I can't wait to meet all of the members and create memories that I will remember forever.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Three things I have learned from band are;
1.) A quote from my band director, "To be early is on time, and to be on time is late."
2.) Rule #1 (Don't Suck)
3.) You just have to go after everything, you can't be scared or you will catch your flag with your face.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band is the end of every band camp. Our senior hug line on Friday of band camp gets harder every year. This years was by far the hardest because I have been marching with most of them for 5 years now and my brother is a senior and it was my last year marching with him. Although, I think next year is going to be the hardest...since it will be my last one.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Other than Marching Band, I am involved in Winter Guard, Show Choir, Concert Choir, Swimming, and Track.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is every one in the Harry Potter series.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite piece of music is our winter guard show from last year, it's called "A Hymnsong of Philip Bliss".

Favorite movie?
My favorite movie is Big Hero 6.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
My favorite ice cream flavor is Mint Chocolate Chip.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
My current plan after high school is to go to college. My number one choice would be Indiana State for a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have gone to the Music for All Summer Symposium the past two years and plan on going next year as well. My band also performs at the BOA Indianapolis Super Regional every other year.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I have been told that I have an unusual job for a student my age-I work at a funeral home.

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The seventy-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!

MicheleM

Name: Michele Manuk

Hometown: Grafton, OH

School Name: Midview High School (graduate) Illinois State University (current)

Section: Clarinet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I'd seen it and I thought it was such an incredible once in a lifetime opportunity I couldn't just pass it up. Especially once I learned 2016 graduates could still audition and participate.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Besides the parade itself, Disneyland. I've never been to any Disney park so I'm super excited to live out my childhood dreams.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. Never give up
2. Practicing and pushing yourself when you're the only one there to do so is super important. It's one thing to do it for other people, but it's another thing entirely when it's just to yourself. It's so easy to slack off when you're alone.
3. Music can change and save lives.

Most memorable moment in band?
This past year I got to perform in Lucas Oil Stadium in the Super Regional as an exhibition band with my college. It was my first time on the Lucas Oil field and I was in awe the entire time. Afterwards so many kids and parents were complimenting us.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
In high school I was a part of my school FCA chapter, Tri-M, NHS, and academic quiz team. In college I volunteer at the local Children's Museum and I plan on helping train service dogs and working at the pet shelter in the future. If I hadn't been a Music major, I would've wanted to do Veterinary Medicine.

What's your favorite book?
Probably Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, by Matthew Quick

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I can't choose one so I'll say my top: Pachebels Canon, Little Fugue in G, New World Symphony, and Artie Shaw's Clarinet Concerto as pieces of music and then any song by Michael Buble.

Favorite movie?
The Good Dinosaur

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
Well I already graduated, I'm attending Illinois State University and I'm double majoring in Music Education and Music Therapy. I want to help kids with mental disabilities and disorders, and change the lives of the students I'll teach.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I attended Music for All's Summer Symposium in the Marching track with the Leadership Weekend this past summer.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I can solve a Rubik's cube in under a minute and I've had surgeries in both my arms for my nerves. Both times I played in band and went to school the day after surgery.

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