Jessica Skogh
Jessica Skogh

Teaching Faculty

As a member of the 2021 Bands of America Honor Band in the Rose Parade teaching faculty, you will have the opportunity to teach an ensemble of 300+ students that will perform in America’s New Year Celebration® - the Rose Parade! It's not often that we have the opportunity to participate in an event that’s taken place annually since 1890.

Once selected, staff members will be contracted staff with Music for All for 19 months. In addition to working with students in all rehearsals, each member of the staff plays an integral part of the planning process. All members of the Honor Band in the Rose Parade Staff will be expected to assist in the promotion of the Honor Band and recruitment of students. From the beginning, staff members will be responsible for listening to and providing feedback, for each application that is submitted for their assigned section. Student Applications are open from May 1, 2019 – January 15, 2020. Student evaluation will take place as applications are submitted, as we are accepting students as rolling admission. Additional recruiting will take place through 2020 in order to fill instrumental spots in the ensemble, as needed.

Once a student is accepted into the ensemble, they will submit two playing assignments containing music that will be performed in the parade. The staff will use online software to evaluate all submissions and provide commentary for their assigned section.

Staff members are expected to arrive in Los Angeles, no later than 4p.m., on Saturday December 26, 2020, and stay through all events and performances through Saturday January 2, 2021. You may leave on Saturday 1/2/2021 if you do not wish to participate in the optional theme park day.

*Please Note: Percussion Faculty are expected to be in Indianapolis for a Percussion Rehearsal/Performance weekend prior to arrival in Los Angeles. During the week of Grand Nationals, November 12-14, 2020, the Honor Band Drumline will rehearse for their debut performance, which will take place Saturday night, November 14, at the conclusion of the Bands of America Grand National Championships during the awards ceremony. Each member of the drumline is required to attend to maintain good status in the ensemble, and it is important that all percussion staff are also available.

Due to the travel and teaching requirement over the holidays, several packages and trip options for spouses/significant others and children will be available for purchase. More information about these options will be available upon completion of the faculty application.

Faculty and staff positions are decided through applications that can be completed online.

How to Apply

Applications for staff positions in the 2021 Honor Band in the Rose Parade will open on May 1. All applications should be submitted prior to Monday, May 20, 2019. Applications will be reviewed, and staff for the ensemble will be determined by June 1, 2019.

Applications are now closed.

Applications must be completed online, and a resume and cover letter should be attached. Your cover letter should include the following information:

  • Any bands that are participants in Bands of America championship events you’ve worked with. Please include your position on each ensemble's staff.
  • List any music camps or other educational events where you served as an instrumental or guard instructor.
  • How many years have you been working with students as an instrumental or guard instructor?
  • At the bottom of your cover letter, please list 2 individuals who have seen you work as references. Include their contact information.

Please contact Jess Hjellming with questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 317-524-6243.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

2019 Festival Ensembles

Congratulations to the ensembles invited to perform at the 2019 Music for All National Festival, and to their directors, students, parents, and administrators.

National Choir Festival

Arvada West High School Company West - Arvada, CO; Mr. Chris Maunu
Colegio Santa Gema Coro Juvenil Colegio Santa Gema - Carolina, Puerto Rico; Mr. Orlando Alvarado
Cuthbertson High School Ladies Chorus - Waxhaw, NC; Ms. Rachel Waynick
East Jessamine High School Chorale - Nicholasville, KY; Mr. Demetrius Mason-Walker
East Jessamine Middle School 8th Grade Chorus - Nicholasville, KY; Mr. William Mason-Walker
Glen Cove High School Select Chorale - Glen Cove, NY; Mr. Edward Norris III
Herron High School Concert Choir - Indianapolis, IN; Mr. Jonathan Harris
Liberty High School Women's Ensemble - Colorado Springs, CO; Mr. A. J. Wulf
Ravenwood High School Chamber Choir - Brentwood, TN; Ms. Lauren Ramey
Spencerville Adventist Academy Honors Chorus - Spencerville, MD; Mr. Robert Martinez
TC Williams High School Advanced Choir - Alexandria, VA; Mr. Theodore Thorpe
William Mason High School Honors Concert Choir - Mason, OH; Mr. Jason McKee

Chamber Music National Festival

Birdville High School Saxophone Quartet - North Richland Hills, TX; Mr. Mike Cheripka
Cypress Woods High School Crimson Quintet - Cypress, TX; Mr. Tom Harrington
Franklin High School Flute Ensemble - Franklin, TN; Mr. Jacob Campos
Franklin High School Trombone Ensemble - Franklin, TN; Mr. Jacob Campos
Herricks High School Cello Quartet - New Hyde Park, NY; Ms. Catherine Fish
Herricks High School Clarinet Trio - New Hyde Park, NY; Ms. Catherine Fish
Klein Collins High School String Quartet - Spring, TX; Mr. Carlos Lara
O'Fallon Township High School Flute Quartet - O'Fallon, IL; Dr. Melissa Gustafson-Hinds
O'Fallon Township High School Brass Quintet - O'Fallon, IL; Dr. Melissa Gustafson-Hinds
Oswego High School Clarinet Choir - Oswego, IL; Ms. Stephanie San Roman
Rolling Meadows High School Chamber Orchestra - Rolling Meadows, IL; Mr. Kevin Carroll
Willis High School Trumpet Quartet - Willis, TX; Mr. Chris Allen
Willis High School Flute Quartet - Willis, TX; Mr. Chris Allen
Willis High School Low Brass Quartet - Willis, TX; Mr. Chris Allen
Willis High School Clarinet Quartet - Willis, TX; Mr. Chris Allen 

Orchestra America National Festival

Cinco Ranch Junior High School Symphony Orchestra - Katy, TX; Ms. Catherine Urban
Lassiter High School Chamber I Orchestra - Marietta, GA; Ms. Carol Doemel
Ravenwood High School Honors Chamber Orchestra - Brentwood, TN; Ms. Cassandra Brosvik
Seven Lakes Junior High School Honors Orchestra - Katy, TX; Ms. Jennifer Gingell 

Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival

Birdville High School Percussion Ensemble - North Richland Hills, TX; Mr. James Figueredo
Edmond North High School Percussion Ensemble - Edmond, OK; Mr. Ben Conrady
Evanston Township High School Percussion Ensemble - Evanston, IL; Mr. Matt Bufis
Grain Valley High School Percussion Ensemble - Grain Valley, MO; Mr. David Gronneberg
Keller Central High School Percussion Ensemble - Fort Worth, TX; Mr. Matt Stephens
Permian High School Percussion Project - Odessa, TX; Mr. John Carroll
San Marcos High School Percussion Ensemble - San Marcos, CA; Mr. Matthew Armstrong
Spartanburg High School Percussion Ensemble - Spartanburg, SC; Mr. Matthew McDaniel
Woodland High School Percussion Ensemble - Stockbridge, GA; Mr. Corey Fair
Yorktown High School Percussion Ensemble - Arlington, VA; Mr. Brian Bersh 

National Concert Band Festival

Middle School Bands

Argyle Middle School Honor Winds - Argyle, TX; Mr. Evan Fletcher
Cooper Middle School Symphonic Band - McLean, VA; Mr. Matthew Baker
Crossroads South Middle School Wind Ensemble - Monmouth Junction, NJ; Mr. Sergio Fossa
Kaimuki Middle School Symphonic Winds - Honolulu, HI; Ms. Susan Ochi-Onishi
Lynn Lucas Middle School Honor Band - Willis, TX; Ms. Emily Hicks
Sartartia Middle School Wind Ensemble - Sugar Land, TX; Ms. Julieanne Amos
Trinity Springs Middle School Wind Ensemble - Fort Worth, TX; Mr. Dean Surface

High School – Featured Bands

Bentonville High School Wind Symphony - Bentonville, AR; Mr. Timothy Hendrix
Blue Springs South High School Wind Symphony - Blue Springs, MO; Mr. Kenny Hansen
College Park High School Wind Ensemble - The Woodlands, TX; Mr. Jeffrey Gorring
Edmond North High School Wind Ensemble - Edmond, OK; Mr. Greg Mangus
Evanston Township High School Wind Symphony - Evanston, IL; Mr. Matthew Bufis
Keller Central High School Wind Ensemble - Fort Worth, TX; Mr. Kevin McNulty
Lakeland Senior High School Wind Symphony - Lakeland, FL; Mr. Zachary Murdock
Mill Creek High School Wind Ensemble - Hoschton, GA; Mr. Erik Mason
Mountain Ridge High School Wind Ensemble - Glendale, AZ; Mr. Aaron Vogel
North Hardin High School Wind Symphony - Radcliff, KY; Mr. Brian Froedge
Oconomowoc High School Wind Symphony - Oconomowoc, WI; Mr. Michael Krofta
Oswego High School Wind Symphony - Oswego, IL; Ms. Stephanie San Roman
Permian High School Symphonic Band - Odessa, TX; Mr. Jeff Whitaker
San Marcos High School Wind Symphony - San Marcos, CA; Mr. Geoffrey Radant
William Mason High School Wind Symphony - Mason, OH; Mr. Edward Protzman

High School – Invited Bands

Coral Reef High School Wind Ensemble - Miami, FL; Mr. Kennan Torgerson
Cypress Bay High School Wind Symphony - Weston, FL; Mr. Michael Scott
Potomac Falls High School Symphonic Band - Sterling, VA; Mr. Tim Niebergall
South County High School Symphonic Band - Lorton, VA; Mr. Kevin Engdahl
West Valley High School Wind Ensemble - Yakima, WA; Mr. Jeremy Freisz
Westfield High School Wind Ensemble - Westfield, NJ; Mr. Chris Vitale
Yorktown High School Symphonic Band - Arlington, VA; Mr. Brian Bersh


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Music connects us. We all have stories about how high school band led us to make life-long friends, or how marching in a drum corps made the summer memories that will last a lifetime, and I am a part of that. Being a student in band in middle and high school led me to participate in marching band in college, and fueled my desire to stay in the music industry even though I was not majoring in music education. Through my internships in drum corps, I have met many people that continue being my colleagues, but most importantly, my closest friends, and one of them ended up being my husband.
I had been in band in high school, but had never heard about Drum Corps International, until 2008. That was the year that my mom sent my twin sister, Jennifer, and I to the Music for All Summer Symposium in Normal, Illinois. The great thing about camp is that there is a concert every night from a different music genre, and the Friday night concert was a DCI show. Well, after seeing the 2008 Phantom Regiment (Spartacus), my sister was hooked – she was going to march drum corps.

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After 2 years of my parents paying for my sister to march corps, I wanted a turn. Except, I wanted to do something different. I knew I wasn’t going to major in music education in college, so I wanted to find a way to work on my degree, earning college credit through the summer months, and in the summer of 2012, I became an intern at Drum Corps International in Indianapolis.
I grew up in Illinois, so I thought a move to Indianapolis for a summer was going to be exciting! We had to find our own housing, but as a group of 6 interns, we all decided to live together. We found a place near the Speedway, and became fast friends. We would carpool to the office, go out to eat, and stay up late watching Say Yes to the Dress. When we started traveling to the shows together, I knew that this was a special group of people that had walked into my life. I was so lucky to be around so many different people that I continue to call my friends, but there is one friendship from that summer that is more important than the others.
(Sorry, guys!)

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Eric and I met that summer. He was a Business Development intern, from Wheaton, IL. We quickly bonded over the fact that we were both from the Chicago area, the similar drive to Indy, and most importantly Portillo’s. He quickly became my best friend and before I knew it the summer was over.
It may sound cliché’ – but the rest is history!
I went back to school, but we started dating that November. He came to all of the University of Illinois football games to watch me perform, and I went to Butler to see his Wind Symphony concerts and senior recital. We were dating and pushing each other to be the best versions of ourselves. He graduated in May of 2013, and was hired by DCI to work in their business development department working on the SoundSport and Drumline Battle programs. Although I was still in college, I wanted to continue gaining professional experience in this industry, so I went back to DCI to intern in 2013, and in 2014 I went on tour with the Madison Scouts as the marketing manager. Eric was there every step of the way, telling me that there were jobs in the music industry where I could use my degree.
In college, Eric was part of a music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and in April of 2015, he had gathered brothers together at UIUC, from both Butler and the University of Illinois chapters, to serenade me before he popped the question. We were engaged!

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That May, I graduated with a degree in advertising, but I knew I wanted to do more with my education, so I enrolled in grad school at the University of Illinois to work on a degree in event planning and management. It was during that summer while I was at DCI that I found the internship program at Music for All. I applied to be in the Participant Relations department as a fall intern, and got the job!
That internship was the best thing for me. It allowed me to use all the communication and sales training from my undergrad while using the elements of my master’s degree that I was currently learning about. I continued traveling around the country helping to produce marching music events, and made many more connections. Fortunately, once my internship was over, I got hired into the department full-time.
Since then, Eric has volunteered for Music for All events and has joined our fall event staff as a member of the tabulation team. I continue to volunteer for DCI during championships every August, and this summer I am going on the road as a member of their ticketing team. Although we both travel a lot for work, volunteering for each other’s companies keeps us happily married. I feel so much support from Eric, not only emotionally, but also literally, while he is at Music for All events helping to unload the trucks, set up stadiums, and help my team do our jobs.
A passion for music led us to our internship back in 2012, and both of us have taken that passion for music, and made our careers in the industry. Music brought us together and continues to play a huge part of our marriage; being able to support each other at work is important to us.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Percussion Weekend

The pulse of any band is the Percussion Section, and the pulse of the Bands of America Honor Band in the Tournament of Roses will be heard all along Orange Grove and Colorado Boulevards!  Percussion members are required to participate in two and a half days of rehearsal in Indianapolis, November 13-15, 2020. We know that this rehearsal for the percussion section places additional time and financial restraints on each member, however, with the limited rehearsal time in California it is vital to the success of the Honor Band. 

Members should arrive no later than 6 p.m. on Friday, November 13, 2020. There will be a full rehearsal day on Saturday, prior to the performance at the finale ceremony of the 2020 Bands of America Grand National Championships, and a morning rehearsal on Sunday, November 15, 2020. Students and Families are asked to make departure plans after 2 p.m. on Sunday.


Please carefully, as it will provide many specifics for the weekend in Indianapolis that coincides with the Bands of America Grand National Championships, November 13-15, 2020.  

The following important event documents can be accessed at the link below:

  • Schedule of Weekend Events
  • Area Map and Directions
  • Student Packing List

Travel to Indianapolis

All transportation costs to this additional rehearsal weekend are the responsibility of the percussion section member. Hotel Accomodations and meal packages will be available at the expense of the member, if desired.

If you are flying to Indianapolis and require a shuttle, you may request arrangements through a request form, or use a ride share service with parent/guardian consent.
Indianapolis Airport Shuttles: After deplaning, proceed to the bottom of the escalator at baggage claim. There will be a representative there to meet you. Do NOT wait at the arrival gate, or behind security in the terminal.

 If you are driving to Indianapolis, overnight self-parking is the responsibilty of the honor band member.


Housing Information: Coming Soon.

When you arrive at the hotel, please ask for a packet of information that will be waiting for you. This contains a detailed final schedule for the weekend, and your name badge. Please wear this at all times.
For those students staying with family, a credit card will be required for incidentals on the room. A Music for All staff member will be at the hotel to assist with hotel check in and to answer any questions.

Uniform Fitting

You will be fitted for your uniform on site. We have submitted your sizes and will just be doing final fittings to prepare for the performance.


Grand Nationals Final Tickets

Each student will receive a finals ticket to get into the stadium and also a wristband to access field level to perform. Parents and family members will also receive a ticket, and will be sitting with the students during finals. Students will receive tickets on the carter bus on their way to Lucas Oil Stadium. Family members’ tickets will be included in their check in packet upon arrival to the hotel. Family members that will not be at the Saturday rehearsal, a shuttle will pick you up at the hotel at 6:00 PM to bring you to Lucas Oil Stadium.

If you have any questions prior to your departure for Indianapolis, please contact the Music for All Staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

Itineraries for the 2021 Honor Band in the Rose Parade are still being created.

Please take a look through the 2017 Final Itineraries to learn what to expect, and give you a quick look as to what some of your days may look like. For more information about the 2021 Trip, please look at the Highlights Page.


2017 Final Itineraries

 sent with the final packets on 12/21/16

Honor Band Member

Family and Friends Package