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TOR Honor Band Member Spotlight (119)

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.

The ninetieth 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!

AlexusH

Name: Alexus Huff

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

School Name: Farragut High School

Section: Color Guard

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
It first started at the Music for All Summer Symposium a few years ago. They announced there was going to be a Band of America marching band for the Rose Bowl parade. I was beyond excited! I called my mom asking if I could do it. I started fundraising and working so I could march with people who have a deep passion for band and Color Guard like I do.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most excited to see all the happy and excited faces in the crowd as I march down the street with my new band family.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I have learned so much from being involved in band since sixth grade, but I think the most important things I've learned are team work, leadership, and respect.

Most memorable moment in band?
The most memorable moments are anytime you perform with your best friends. Each performance is like you are giving your all and showing how much hard work and love you put into your shows and program.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am also involved with our Leadership Team and I am in peer tutoring, which involves helping and spending time with the sweetest special needs students at our school. I also am involved in Advanced Female Choir and Advanced painting.

What's your favorite book?
I have so many favorite books, but it would probably be "The Great Gatsby." I love the "Roaring '20's" and how it showed how love can make a person act. I also love the way Gatsby spoke so gently and properly.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I listen to so many different kinds of music, but one of my favorite songs would have to be Coming Over by Dillon Francis & Kygo or any Ed Sheeran songs!!

Favorite movie?
Patch Adams!

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookie dough!!

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I want to become an Industrial Exologist and discover ways to preserve out planet and natural resources. I don't want to make a change, I want to BE the change!

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have participated in the Music For All Summer Symposium for three years now and this year was my band's first year participating in a BOA competition.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I have been on the high school Color Guard since eighth grade. I also have modeled since I was five, I've been dancing for 10 years, and I also assist with teaching dance and Color Guard.

The eighty-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!

NicoleZ

Name: Nicole Zellers

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

School Name: Ben Davis High School/ IUPUI

Section: Drum Major

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I heard about the band at the Drum Major Institute and wanted to be a part of this. Being a part of a group of people who think like you and are as dedicated to this sport as you is inspiring and amazing. There is nothing else like it. I love meeting other people and traveling, so this seemed like the perfect fit.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most excited for hanging out with everyone at Disney, after we have spent a week with each other and have gotten to know each other. I am also extremely excited to hear everyone play together for the first time.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I have learned patience, dedication, and a love for my craft.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band was after the semi-state awards my senior year when we made it back to state finals. I remember turning around and joining the rest of our senior class on the field and just celebrating everything we had worked hard for this season, and having that weight lifted off our shoulders. We basically just had a big celebration party on the field and it was wonderful.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Besides band, I was also involved with Varsity Swimming all four years, Key Club, Physics Club, a season of Winter Guard, and National Honor Society. Outside of school, I did dance, mostly ballet, for 16 years and was a ten year 4-Her.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. I absolutely love the Nutcracker and had hopes of someday being the sugar plum fairy in my studio's production of the Nutcracker, but then I joined band. I still know the choreography by heart though.

Favorite movie?
Either Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban or Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Turtle Somethin'

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I am currently a freshman at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, where I am a Bepko Scholar in the honors college and majoring in Biomedical Engineering. I hope to get my masters in Orthotics and Prosthetics, and become a Pediatric Orthotist to help kids walk again.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
My band participated in regionals my freshman and sophomore years, the Indianapolis Super Regional all four years, and Grand Nationals all four years. I also attended the BOA Drum Major Institute in 2014 and 2015, my junior and senior year in high school.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I am a pointe dancer, so I have the shoes that allow me to go all the way up onto my toes. I absolutely love it and miss it now that I'm in college. I still put them on sometimes and dance around the fitness center.

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The eighty-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!

KarliB

Name: Karli Bigler

Hometown: Aurora, OH

School Name: Crestwood

Section: Trombone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I have a deep love for music and traveling, and the opportunity to march with amazing high school musicians from all over the country in one of the nation's largest parades was one I couldn't pass up!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Meeting new people from all over the country, who share the same passion for band as I do.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. Music creates family, a bond that can never be broken.
2. You can achieve anything with hard work and the right support system.
3. Never give up

Most memorable moment in band?
My memorable moment in band would have to stepping onto the field of Lucas Oil Stadium as a senior, my band by my side, ready to show everyone what small bands can truly achieve.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I'm involved in HPAC, National Honor Society, and sports throughout the year.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book would have to be An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. It was an inspiring story about coming of age and adventure.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite music album would have to be The Hamilton Musical. The music is so original and fun to listen to at the same time.

Favorite movie?
Remember The Titans

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan to attend a private liberal arts school in the New England area, majoring in Pre-Med and minoring in Music.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Of course! I love the MFA AND BOA programs! I attended the Music for All Summer Symposium the summer of my junior year. I also have attended Grand National Championships two times.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I had eye surgery when I was two years old, and have had glasses since then. I then received contacts when I was in fifth grade.

The eighty-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!

EmmaB

Name: Emma Boone

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 freshman year, the seniors told me all about their time when they had been a part of the BOA Honor Band in the Rose Parade in 2013. They talked about all the people they had met, marching in the parade, and what an overall fantastic experience it was for them. Ever since that time a couple of years ago, I knew I wanted to be a part of the BOA Honor Band when the opportunity came along!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most excited about being in Disneyland, especially getting to march through the park. I absolutely love Disneyland, and it will be incredibly fun getting to be there with my friends and having a different experience.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. Band is not about competition, or being better than others. Being a musician is about being the best you can possibly be, and to try your hardest to get to that place. You can't compare yourself to others, you can only become the best musician you can.
2. I have also learned a lot about leadership. Being a leader is not simply about being in charge and telling others what to do, but it is about leading by example, and having good character even when you aren't in an exact position. Some of the best leaders are never given a title, but they have the personality and dedication to inspire others, which I think is an amazing quality.
3. One very important thing I have learned is to never give up, and to not settle. By working hard, and not letting others bring me down, I have worked to continuously become the best musician and person I can be.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band was when my high school Wind Symphony toured the Pacific Northwest for a week during my freshman year. We played on many stages and in many concert halls, got to record a CD, ate tons of amazing food, and even rode Go-Karts!

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am involved in my school's theater productions, Winter Percussion, Symphony Orchestra, as well as National Honor Society, the math team, and the California Scholarship Federation. I also am an editor for our school's literary magazine, I'm in the Journalism Club, Faith Club, and Debate Club.

What's your favorite book?
Pride and Prejudice

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I love the Hamilton album! (both of them)

Favorite movie?
Tangled

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Orange sherbet ice cream with chocolate chips

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan to attend a four year college in California and earn my degree in Music Education, while possibly minoring in Environmental Science or Marine Biology. I also plan on marching Drum Corps for a few years!

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have attended two BOA Regional Championships each marching season since freshman year, and this past marching season, for the first time, my band went to Grand Nationals! I also attended the 2017 Summer Symposium and was a part of the weekend Leadership Experience as well as the Drum Major Institute.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
My favorite color is periwinkle! Periwinkle is a color, a flower, a cat in Blues Clues, and a steamship used to explore the Arctic in the American Civil War!

The eighty-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!

JustineS

Name: Justine Singson

Hometown: Houston, TX

School Name: James E. Taylor HS

Section: Color Guard

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
It's not everyday you get a chance to perform in a national event and it's definitely not everyday that you get accepted for one!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Since it's something that happens only every so often, I'm most excited about being a part of such an event.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I've learned three of the most important things I know in band:
1) Manage your time wisely because you only get so many hours in a day.
2) Love your friends unconditionally because at the end of the day they will see you at your best and your worst.
3) Embrace every moment because you only get so many and they only last so long.

Most memorable moment in band?
There are so many to choose from! I think right now my most favorite memory is from this year when we were nearing the end of our marching season practices. My friends and I would just sit in the empty band lot long after everyone else left and watch the sunset and think about all the fun times we had growing up together. It's pretty recent, but as a senior it's really bittersweet to even think about.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I'm involved in the National Honor Society. Other than that I am entirely devoted to Color Guard.

What's your favorite book?
I don't read an awful lot, but my favorite book right now is "The Art of Asking" by Amanda Palmer.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Right now my favorite piece is called "Yuri on Ice". It's a fleeting instrumental piece that just embodies emotion and finding love, and it really hits home. It's from a show with an anxious protagonist that's learning ways to overcome his anxiety and insecurities, and mold it into something amazing. It's just so relatable.

Favorite movie?
I love Breakfast at Tiffany's and Practical Magic.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies and Cream

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I want to march a Drum Corps! That and major in women and gender studies in college.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I've participated in Regional competitions for the last four years and a couple of Super Regionals. I also attend the Music for All Summer Symposium over the summer.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I'm an international student – I've lived half my life in the Philippines and the Netherlands, and only moved here four years ago. I came from an international community as well so I pride myself in cultural diversity.

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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!

KatharineN

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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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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