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TOR Honor Band Member Spotlight (119)

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.

The seventy-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!

CarolineS

Name: Caroline Salas

Hometown: Kyle, TX

School Name: Lehman High School

Section: Color Guard

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I saw the post about applying online and I thought this has to be one of the best things to be apart of. I did the audition video, and I told myself, if I think this is good enough, then I will send it in. I put it together and I watched it about 10 times critiquing myself as if I was the one judging it as if I was a the one making the decision. After my dad and my director, Mr. Green encouraged me, I knew I really wanted this. I am glad I did.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am really excited about going to California and performing at Disney, especially since I have always wanted to perform there! I am also eager that I get to go on this trip with my best friend Maija (She's marching Clarinet).

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
The first one is really cheesy. We (my band) have this stuffed bunny who goes everywhere with us, his name is Velveteen. This all goes along with the children's story of Velveteen rabbit. That bunny taught me if I truly believe in myself than anything is possible. The second one: Practice like you've never won and perform like you've never lost. This one goes along quite nicely with our band motto: Passion and Intensity. Finally, one of my favorites: you can surprise yourself with what you can do; trust your training, trust in what you know, and know the worst part is letting go. 

Most memorable moment in band?
Freshman year marching season, when we performed at area prelims. I remember coming out of that performance and feeling like I just had the show of a lifetime. The band played beautifully, people were crying, the directors got chills, and we knew at that moment that we would make finals. It was the first time in the history of our band program we would advance onto area finals. At retreat, when they announced our name everyone in our band jumped up and celebrated as if we had just won the lottery. We had a great finals performance, and we got to pour Diet Coke over my director, Mr. Green! Which was a prize for meeting our goal of making area finals. I will never forget that weekend! That senior class was so special to me, and one of the best parts about it, was I got to make band history with my big brother on the field with me.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I take multiple AP classes, and I am an ambassador for NSHSS. I'm a member of NHS and NTHS, vice president of Leo Club, and I'm secretary of our FBLA. Along with color guard, I play string bass for our band. At my church I volunteer as an altar server and help out as much as I can in my community.

What's your favorite book?
Catcher in the Rye

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I have a quite a few: Angels in the Architecture, Rhapsody in Blue, and Danzon No. 2, Take on Me by A-ha, Love in the Dark by Adele, and Don't Stop Me Now by Queen.

Favorite movie?
Howl's Moving Castle, Clueless, and Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Java Chocolate Chip

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
So far, I am going to attend college and major in Leadership Engineering, and with a minor in Industrial Engineering. I also want to march Drum Corps until I age out, then hopefully spin in WGI with Pride of Cincinnati. I also hope I can become a drill writer and guard director.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Every year my band competes at the BOA San Antonio Super Regional and my freshman year we competed at the BOA Austin Regional.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
As weird as this is, I have this weird wrist disability that caused my ulna to be short, so I don't have the normal flexibility as everyone else like turning my wrist so the palm is flat facing up. This makes color guard come with a little bit of a challenge, but I enjoy trying to work around it! 

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The seventy-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: Maria Young

Hometown: Williamsburg, Iowa

School Name: Williamsburg High School

Section: Baritone Saxophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My band teacher told me about this opportunity, and I couldn't pass it up! Even though I was the only person from my school to audition, I thought it would be a great experience and worth the shot, even if I didn't make it. Plus, who wouldn't want to go to California in the middle of winter?!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm excited to spend our last day together at Disneyland! It'll be a great way to end a week filled with new friendships, with amazing people from all across the country.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Perseverance, leadership, and teamwork. I've learned to keep practicing and working hard for the goals I wish to achieve as a musician. Leadership became especially important to me this year because I was a section leader in marching band. With that, I learned how to positively and efficiently encourage my section to work together. Teamwork is one of the most important qualities to me as a musician. Each member of the band has to work together for a common goal, and this can't be achieved by individuals. Valuing teamwork has both humbled and strengthened me.

Most memorable moment in band?
This year, my band marched in the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago. This was our first time performing live for a nationally televised event, and we worked so hard for it. It was incredibly exciting marching down the streets with thousands of people all around and cameras in front of us. It's definitely an experience I'll never forget!

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am heavily involved in band, so that takes up most of my time. I am a part of the concert band, marching band, jazz band, and show choir band at my school. Throughout high school, I have also participated in various District and University Honor Bands. This year, as a senior, I made the Iowa All State Band, which is a goal I've been working on all of high school. Besides band, I am involved in choir, a small group of the top singers in our choir called "Sirens," the musical, and Spanish Club.

What's your favorite book?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Anything by Eric Whitacre. I especially love "Lux Aurumque" and "October."

Favorite movie?
It depends on my mood, but I love the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Pearl Harbor, and Me Before You.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Coffee

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan on majoring in Nursing either at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska or Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Although I won't major in Music, I am definitely planning on staying involved.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
No. This is my first event, and I am incredibly excited!

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I've traveled to eight countries in the last year! Last January, I went to Belize with the Spanish Club at my school. Over the summer, I went on what is called the "Iowa Ambassadors of Music" trip. There is a band and a choir, and I was in the band. We traveled to seven countries, which included England, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, and Italy. Performing music in all of these countries truly taught me how music unifies all of humanity.

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The sevnty-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!

JakeK

Name: Jake Kroger

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

School Name: La Salle High School

Section: Alto Sax

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I play volleyball, I'm in student government, and I am a member of our school's scholars program.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I hope to go to either The Ohio State University or the University of Kentucky to study Aerospace Engineering.

The seventy-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!

MatthewC

Name: Matthew Chauvin

Hometown: Metairie, LA

School Name: Holy Cross School

Section: Mellophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
A few of my band mates went to the last Tournament of Roses Parade and they sang praises about it, so I thought it would be fun to go and meet new people, and participate in a once in a lifetime event.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm excited to march in the parade because it would be different from The Mardi Gras parades I march in every year.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Leadership, discipline, and that it's easy to make friends with people that can relate to you.

Most memorable moment in band?
Mardi Gras parades are my favorite time of year because it is a chance for us to enjoy ourselves, while playing and marching.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am in quiz bowl, Spanish club, and peer ministry.

What's your favorite book?
Hard choice, but I'd have to say Band of Brothers.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I've listened to so much music and like so many different kinds that it would be impossible to pick a favorite.

Favorite movie?
Das Boot

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies and Cream

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I'm going to attend LSU and major in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Music.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
No, this would be my first one.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I'm very old fashioned because I'm a big fan of classic rock, and even have vinyls and a phonograph. I also like to learn about history.

The seventy-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!

AllisonW

Name: Allison Williams

Hometown: Ostrander, OH

School Name: Rutherford B Hayes High school

Section: Dancer

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I love dancing and Color Guard more than anything and I always look for any opportunity to dance and perform.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm most excited to actually march in the parade. My grandpa used to work for the Rose Parade and I'm really excited for him and my grandma to see me.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
The three biggest things I have learned from band are: Don't be afraid to be yourself, you can to anything you set your mind to, and follow your dreams, even if they seem crazy. When I started Color Guard in 8th grade, I was completely horrible, I couldn't dance for my life and I couldn't spin. But I never gave up, I looked for any opportunity to get better, any free day I had I was practicing with my guard sisters, Maddie and Bridget, or taking dance classes. I worked hard and chased my dreams and I have come so far because of it.

Most memorable moment in band?
The most memorable moment in band for me was when I was a junior and I was practicing at our local community center. This little girl, probably 4-years old, runs up and plops down right in front of me and watches me practice for about 20 min. She finally got up the nerve to come talk to me while I was getting water and started telling me how she wanted to be just like me when she got bigger, so I grabbed my flag and spent the next half hour showing her flag tricks, and then I taught her some basics on a flag. It was that moment that I realized I was doing something right and I was inspiring the next generation.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I was a member of student council last year and I am an athletic training aid.

What's your favorite book?
Asking me to pick a favorite book is like asking a parent to choose a favorite child! But if I have to choose I would say: Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
ANYTHING FROM THE HAMILTON SOUNDTRACK!!

Favorite movie?
Anastasia

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Vanilla

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I want to go into Athletic Training.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I went to Music for All's Summer Symposium in 2014.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I have have placed 4th with my flag I and E the past two years at the system blue performers showcase and I can sing all of the Hamilton soundtrack.

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The seventy-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!

KateH3

Name: Kate Heuer

Hometown: North Huntingdon, PA

School Name: Norwin High School

Section: Baritone Saxophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I was first introduced to the Honor Band at the 2015 Summer Symposium. I thought it looked like a pretty fun time. When I told my mom about it, she really encouraged me to audition, even though I thought I had a slim chance of getting in.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am very excited to meet new friends! I'm looking forward to the accepting atmosphere, like at Summer Symposium.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I've learned the importance of patience and encouragement towards others, from being a freshman to being a sophomore. I've learned to be myself. Lastly, I have learned to take as many opportunities as I can, not to look good on a resume, but to have a fun life!

Most memorable moment in band?
I like to make people laugh. One day at a woodwind sectional for our wind ensemble, I was getting hungry. Being a baritone sax player, I never had our band director paying too much attention to me. He was working with the flutes. I snuck in a bag of carrots. Let's just say I ate the whole bag of carrots without the band director noticing and my section was thoroughly entertained.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I take all honors and AP classes (except math). I will be inducted into NHS in January. I am also in the video game club. Outside of school, I'm a red belt in karate.

What's your favorite book?
I'd probably have to say the Lord of the Rings books. My dad read them to my sister and I in 5th grade, so it influenced my taste in entertainment.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
There are so many good ones! Right now, I like Ride to Victory by Two Steps from Hell (It sounds edgier than it is.). I love how confident and strong it is, and how it invokes a sense of bravery.

Favorite movie?
Flashpoint Paradox

Favorite ice cream flavor?
I'm a chocolate person.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I don't know where I want to go to college, but I want to join the Navy to be a pilot so I have a chance of becoming an astronaut. I also want to keep pursuing music, and it is my goal to someday join Carolina Crown on Baritone.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Yes, our band competes in BOA Regionals every year and the occasional Super Regional or Grand Nationals. I have been to going to Summer Symposium for two years and plan to do the Drum Major Institute next year.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I've been studying Haidong Gumdo, the Korean Way of the Sword, for just about a year now. At my most recent competition, I won first place in my division.

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The seventieth 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!

BenH

Name: Benjamin Heidloff

Hometown: Grayslake, IL

School Name: Grayslake Central High School

Section: Alto Sax

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
At the Summer Symposium, I saw how excited the Music For All staff was for the parade, even though it was still a year and a half away at that point. I had such a great time at each of the Summer Symposium's each year, and knew being a part of the band was an opportunity I couldn't miss.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Being surrounded by people from across the country that are as passionate about marching band as I am.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. How to both give and take constructive criticism effectively.
2. Attitude is one of the most important factors to ensuring success.
3. The importance of persevering through obstacles, no matter what they are or how imposing they may seem.

Most memorable moment in band?
At our final competition of the season, the judges forgot to tally one of our subscores into the overall total. Despite our amazing performance, we thought we ranked in the bottom of our division. Once the score was properly totaled a day later, we placed second, less than a point and a half behind the first place school. When the director made the announcement about the scoring error in band the following day, the room was ecstatic. This was my most memorable moment- witnessing the entire band go from disappointment of how the season ended to electric in the matter of a sentence.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am a Captain of the Debate Team, an Officer in my school's chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, a peer tutor in the school math resource center, and I'm in the National Honor Society.

What's your favorite book?
Avalon by Mindee Arnett

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
The Room Where It Happens by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Favorite movie?
Sky High

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies and Cream

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I receive results for most of my college applications in mid-late March, so I'll find out then! My current plan is to attend school on the East Coast, hopefully in Washington, D.C.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I've attended the 39th, 40th, and 41st Music for All Summer Symposiums. I've been in the Leadership Camp all three years, I was in the Marching track my second year, and was in the Drum Major Institute my most recent year.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I may or may not have memorized all 20,520 words in the Hamilton musical.

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The sixty-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!

HunterM 

Name: Hunter Mathews

Hometown: McDonugh, GA

School Name: Ola High School

Section: Flute

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I was reading about it and it seemed like an amazing opportunity. It seemed like a long shot, but it was still something I wanted to at least try to do. I practiced and submitted my application.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am excited to have the opportunity to march in the Rose Parade and to meet other people my age who care about music.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Through band I have learned numerous things that have helped me grow as an individual. I have learned that through hard work you can achieve great things, and that as long as you feel you achieved something amazing it shouldn't matter what the numbers say. I have also learned that you should never give up in the middle of something and say you can't do it because if you stop you will never know if you can. I have learned that it is your decision whether you fight to be your best (even if it means you don't win), or if you just slug through every day and practice believing that you will never go anywhere because then you won't.

Most memorable moment in band?
At the end of rookie camp my freshman year, the staff had all of the rookies stand against a wall outside for our "rookie camp picture" and we did as we were told. However, the section leaders and drum majors were standing above us with coolers full of water balloons. When they said to say cheese the leadership threw the water balloons at us and the parents got a picture of us running away.

What's your favorite book?
Swimming in the moon by Pamela Schoenewaldt

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Favorite movie?
The Unexpected Gift

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan on attending college alongside my cousin, to become a teacher.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
My band has performed at several BOA competitions.

The sixty-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! 

MasonM

Name: Mason Moore

Hometown: Bella Vista, AR

School Name: Bentonville High School

Section: Tuba

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
For the amazing once in a lifetime opportunity to come together with other students from all over the country, and make wonderful music.

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

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
-Time management
-How to properly practice
-How to overcome great obstacles

Most memorable moment in band?
Marching Semifinals in Grand Nationals.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Dodgeball

What's your favorite book?
Harry Potter And the Prisoner of Azkaban

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Shenandoah by Frank Ticheli

Favorite movie?
The Avengers

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
Attend college and get major in Music Education.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
BOA St. Louis Super Regional
BOA Indianapolis Super Regional
BOA Grand National Championships

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I'm left-handed

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