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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Meet the Members of the 2017 BOA Honor Band in the Rose Parade: Emma Kovacs

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The 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: Emma Kovacs

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

School Name: Lindbergh High School 

Section: Color Guard

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My brothers marched in the Tournament of Roses Parade in 2011 as a part of Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band. At that time, I participated in my middle school's winter guard. I knew it was my dream to someday apply to march in the parade; my brothers inspired me to work for this goal!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am excited to learn color guard skills and routines in a different environment than my high school. It will be interesting to work within a group of extremely dedicated and skilled people!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I have learned many valuable leadership skills through my role as the color guard captain for the past two years. Marching band has taught me about hard work and the importance of maintaining a positive mindset regardless of the inevitable frustration that accompanies large group activities. 

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band was my sophomore year at our summer getaway in Potosi, Missouri: Camp Lakewood. During our bonfire night, the sky was incredibly clear. We all took a moment of silence to remember our dear band director, Mr. Spiegelman. As we all fondly thought to ourselves, we stared at the beautiful night sky, and amazingly the Milky Way was visible! It was the most tranquil, calming moment in my life.

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Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am a student coach for the Lindbergh Middle School Winter Guard. I am involved in Link Crew, the Spanish Honor Society, and the National Society of High School Honors. I also coordinate, produce, and host the student-run Annual Lindbergh Film Festival.

What's your favorite book? Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

What's your favorite song or piece of music? Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap

Favorite movie? Up

Favorite ice cream flavor? Chocolate

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan to attend Southeast Missouri University to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I hope to then study for a Doctor of Nursing Practice in order to work as pediatric nurse practitioner in my future. I want to help improve children's lives around the world.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
My favorite things to do in my free time include watching The Office and solving jigsaw puzzles!

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Erin Fortune

Erin Fortune is the Marketing Manager focusing on digital marketing at Music for All and has been working with Music for All since 2010, first in the Participant Relations department and now in marketing. She is a graduate of the Music Industry Management program at Ferris State University in Michigan and is a former Percussive Arts Society Intern and a Yamaha Corporation of America, Band and Orchestral Division Intern.