I wanted to thank BOA for giving me the experience of a lifetime.
Wauwatosa West H.S., WI
It was the most amazing musical experience I have ever had, to work with such amazing musicians, teachers, and people. It has completely changed my outlook on music and on life. Thank you so much for providing such an amazing, exhilarating and life-changing opportunity.
Chantilly H.S., VA
I learned more than I ever thought possible! I worked with the most amazing staff of adults ever put in front of me. I have formed friendships I know I will cherish for a lifetime.
Tates Creek H.S., Lexington, Kentucky
Wow. Words cannot describe how great an experience this was. This is definitely one of the best, if not the best, weeks of my life.
I wanted to thank all of BOA for giving Heather the most wonderful experience in her lifetime so far! She has used the words “awesome” to describe not only being involved in the parade but to all the people who were there teaching and lecturing and to all the “New Friends” she had met. She didn't want to come home!
Mr. and Mrs. David J. Atkinson
Heather Hewko, daughter
West Johnston H.S., NC
Thanks for including parents in this wonderful adventure which seemed to us like living in a lovely musical fairy tale. Our daughter had the time of her life musically, made many new friends, and treasures her memories, as do we. Apprehensive about meeting so many strangers, she called us the first night and could hardly contain her excitement, said it was a thrill beyond description to play music with such talent!
Rick and Laura Parsons
Sarah Parsons, daughter
London H.S., OH
I don't know how to begin to say thank you for what was an unbelievable experience at the Rose Parade. Our son is still on the ceiling. He's tired, and he had to go back to school today, but he feels like he was on the moon and just came back!
Steve and Karen Wolff
Alex Wolff, son
Mandan H.S., ND
What a wonderful, terrific, fantastic, super trip for the Honor band members and families alike! We are so grateful for the experience of a lifetime that you gave our daughter.
Fred and Val Picini
Allison Picini, daughter
Chantilly H.S., VA
Our son celebrated his 18th birthday in Pasadena with the Honor Band. He said that this was the best trip/experience he has ever had. He has had the opportunity to do many things. He's been to Honduras two summers and worked on mission teams. He traveled to Copanhagen, Denmark this past August as a Foreign Exchange student, and he's traveled to many BOA Regional Championships throughout the US as well as the Grand Nationals. When Lee says this is the best, he has much to compare it to.
Lee Marshall, son
West Johnston H.S., NC
I just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate the opportunity BOA gave to my daughter, as well as me, my husband, our other daughter, my parents and niece. We all came out to see the parade and share the experience. This is something we will never forget, especially Samantha. She learned a lot about herself during the week in California. She misses being there with all her new family and hopes to stay connected with the friends she made out there.
Samantha Warner, daughter
Harrison H.S., GA
WOW! What an awesome presence the BOA Honor Band had in the Rose Bowl parade. I was so proud of all the students and BOA staff just watching it from my living room. I can only imagine how impressive it was live. My daughter had the time of her life. She is still telling us stories of how much fun she had and how much the whole experience meant to her.
Rita Spicer, daughter
Stephen F. Austin H.S., TX
BOA is a phenomenal program, from the competitions, to the two summer camps my son has been to at Illinois State, to the Rose Parade. It is a great learning experience and has aided him greatly in his music, his marching and his leadership.
Douglas R. Wozniak
The BOA Honor Band's outstanding performance in the Rose Parade was absolutely, hands-down, take-no-prisoners, storm-the-barricades, knock-the-walls-down, glorious!
Mary Catherine Hiller
George Dome, Atlanta