Lucy Wotell
Lucy Wotell

This is the thirty-seventh installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!

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Name: Sydney Linke

Hometown: Goose Creek, SC

School Name: Goose Creek H.S.

Instrument: French Horn

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Band of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
I applied for this opportunity last year, but made an alternate spot. So I decided to try again! The reason why I wanted to apply is to have a music experience with others from other states. I will be able to learn and communicate in different ways because of the vast knowledge around me.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
The three things that I have learned in band and orchestra is that you have to listen to the whole ensemble, rather than just yourself or your section. I have also learned that you have to work together as a team. Each member has a part that they have to fulfill and then the team has to work together to put all the parts together. One more thing that I learned through band and orchestra is communication. When we play we communicate with each other, the conductor, and the audience. Through music, we can express multiple feelings so we can tell a story through the music.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
My most memorable moment in band is when I played in the honor band at the University of South Carolina band clinic. We played amazing music and everyone in the ensemble were amazing players. I learned a lot as a musician and as a person from this clinic. My most memorable moment in orchestra is when I played in the Gaillard for the first time with the orchestra I play in.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
In school I am involved in The National Honor Society, where we volunteer around the community while keeping up with an high academic status. We have recently adopted a military family and delivered cookies to nearby firemen.

What book have you read that you would recommend?
Tuesday with Morrie by Mitch Albom

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Some of my favorite pieces of music are:
The Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World", Op. 95 by Antonin Dvorak
Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky
Horn Concerto No.1, Op.11 by Richard Strauss
Horn Sonata by Paul Hindemith

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cotton Candy Expolsion

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
I love to dance, I  love watching movies and Grey's Anatomy, and I also like to hang out with friends and go to different places I have never been to before in my hometown.

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
The success that you will earn at the end is greater than the frustration you have at the beginning.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I will be going to a four-year University and will be majoring in Nursing. I will also like to earn a music performance certificate, so I can also continue on with music.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have not participated in MFA/BOA event before.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I have two different colored eyes. One of my eyes is green and the other is brown. Another interesting fact about myself is that I own an Alphorn. 

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This is the thirty-sixth installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!

PhilB

Name: Phil Barrett

Hometown: Brentwood, TN

School Name: Ravenwood H.S.

Instrument: Percussion

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Band of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
Multiple people at my school have been in this ensemble in previous years.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
1. Time management
2. You must have a wide taste in music.
3. Band friends will be your lifetime friends.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
2016 Honor Band of America

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
Nothing

What book have you read that you would recommend?
Stick Control

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Clocks by Coldplay

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Vanilla

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
Meteorology

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
Don't quit.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
Double major in music education and performance.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
2016 Honor Band of America; 2016-16 Music for All Summer Symposium

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I'm the youngest of triplets and I'm an Eagle Scout.

This is the thirty-fifth installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!

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Name: Nicole Allen

Hometown: Olathe, KS

School Name: Olathe North H.S.

Instrument: Violin

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Orchestra of America

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
1. Being able to play in a group setting is just as important as being a soloist.
2. It's important to always play your part to the best of your ability- even (and especially) if you are seated near the back.
3. The bond created with those you share music with is one of the strongest there is.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
1. Every Thursday morning, I rehearse with my trio (comprised of two other HOOA members Shulammite Lim and Jack Viehweg) and I really cherish this time because sharing music with them always starts the day off right.
2. One of my favorite memories in Orchestra was the first day after our seating auditions my sophomore year when I was moved up to the first violin section and I had an immense sense of pride in having earned the chair in which I was sitting. I remember the first thing I played as a 1st violinist; it was an excerpt from the Little Mermaid and it was magical.
3. I also really loved playing the Bach Double with my friend and fellow HOOA member Shulammite Lim inside the Kennedy library in celebration of Kennedy's 99th birthday. It was definitely a dream come true for me and something I'll never forgot.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
Distinguished Scholars Political Science and National Honor Society

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I'll always have a special place in my heart for the Bach Double Violin Concerto because it was the first piece of music that I ever listened to obsessively and I still know it by heart to this day.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Peanut Butter

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
I've been really into American history since I was 7 or 8 and I even memorized every president one summer before 2nd grade! I have also watched every episode of The Office at least 12 or 13 times.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan on attending the University of Iowa to major in Violin Performance and History.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
1. I've played the violin for almost 15 years.
2. The soundtrack to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat melts my heart.
3. Spoons are my favorite utensil because they're like tiny bowls you put in your mouth.
4. I'm named after Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue.
5. I don't like the way candy canes taste and I don't really understand all the hype.

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Instrumental and choral ensembles from the Indianapolis Public Schools will participate in Music for All’s 2nd annual Indianapolis School Music Festival at Broad Ripple Magnet High School March 8, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

After the success of the inaugural Indianapolis School Music Festival in 2016, that featured instrumental ensembles, choral music will be introduced for the 2017 Festival with six choral ensemble performances.

The 2017 Festival will include 22 instrumental and choral ensembles representing six middle schools, and five high schools from Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS). The ensembles will be evaluated by renowned music educators provided by Music for All, and will receive educational feedback at clinics following their performances.

The Indianapolis School Music Festival strives to give every student the opportunity to showcase his or her musical talents. “We are delighted to continue and expand our commitment to IPS, providing even more opportunities to both students and teachers in Music for All’s programming,” says Eric Martin, President and CEO of Music for All. “The Indianapolis School Music Festival is intended to allow students the opportunity to grow and shine, and for IPS teachers and their students to receive critically important educational feedback. The Festival is a celebration and an opportunity for students, teachers, parents, and members of our community to hear and support scholastic music-making, observing firsthand the positive benefits that come from access and opportunity to engage in active music-making in our schools.”

Music for All is excited to continue this flourishing partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools. “On behalf of Indianapolis Public Schools, the continuing partnership between our organization and Music for All is truly a valued relationship,” says David Newman, Fine Arts Coach of Indianapolis Public Schools. “The Indianapolis School Music Festival is yet another example of Music for All's commitment to providing stellar educational events for our students, with access to nationally known clinicians in a professional concert environment. Music for All provides our students a positively life-changing experience through this festival and clinic. We are truly blessed to have Music for All in our city, and so involved with and committed to our students' artistic achievement."

The Indianapolis School Music Festival is partnered with the Indiana Music Education Association (IMEA), a demonstration of their commitment to providing music opportunities to everyone in the Indianapolis community.

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Schedule of Performances

The Indianapolis School Music Festival is free of admission. Listed below are the scheduled instrumental and choral performances.

Instrumental Ensembles
Broad Ripple H.S., Poston Auditorium

Crispus Attucks Advanced Band 12:20 p.m.
Crispus Attucks Orchestra 12:40 p.m.
CFI Beginning Band 1:00 p.m.
Broad Ripple M.S. Intermediate Band 1:20 p.m.
Broad Ripple H.S. Intermediate Band 1:40 p.m.
CFI Intermediate Band 2:00 p.m.
Broad Ripple Advanced Band 2:20 p.m.
Harshman M.S. Band 2:40 p.m.
CFI Beginning Orchestra 3:00 p.m.
Edison Orchestra 3:20 p.m.
CFI Intermediate Orchestra 5:00 p.m.
Northwest Advanced Band 5:20 p.m.
Broad Ripple Orchestra 5:40 p.m.
CFI Advanced Orchestra 6:00 p.m.
Arsenal Tech Advanced Band 6:20 p.m.

Choral Ensembles
Broad Ripple H.S., Mini Auditorium

Broad Ripple M.S. Choir 1:40 p.m.
Broad Ripple Advanced Choir 2:20 p.m.
Arlington Advanced Choir 3:00 p.m.
Arsenal Tech Advanced Choir 3:40 p.m.
Arlington M.S. Choir 4:20 p.m.
Edison M.S. Choir 5:00 p.m.

The Indianapolis School Music Festival kicks off the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, which then continues through Saturday, March 11. The national festival will bring 59 outstanding school music ensembles and student musicians from throughout the U.S. to Indianapolis for concert performances and clinics at Butler University, Hilbert Circle Theatre, Warren Performing Arts Center, and Indiana Historical Society. Visit musicforall.org/festival for a full schedule of Festival performances.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

BOA Updates: Newark Stadium Confirmed

University of Delaware

Newark Regional Announcement:

We are proud to announce that we have officially confirmed Delaware Stadium at the University of Delaware for the 2017 Fall Marching Band Championship season.

The Regional Championship will be on Saturday, October 7th.

We hope to see you there for the always-competitive Newark Regional!

This is the thirty-fourth installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!

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Name: Derek Douglas

Hometown: Sumrall, MS

School Name: Sumrall High School

Instrument: Trombone

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Orchestra of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
After making my All-State band, I didn't know what to do with my life so the question of "What's next?" came to mind. After state level came national level so a quick Google of "All American Honor Band" brought me to Music for All.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
1) Doing the bare minimum is never enough. Practice outside of your school band class - and lots of it - is absolutely essential to achieving anything worthwhile. 
2) Run to your set. Discipline is far more than doing what you're told to do, but also the haste with which you do it.
3) "Level up" was our marching chant with the All State Band and while it started as us making fun of our marching director, it quickly became a reminder to never settle with where you are at. Greatness is always around the corner, it just takes a few more reps to get there.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
Getting a group of people to "dab" along the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
Our archery team, Drama and Beta Club, and First Priority.

What book have you read that you would recommend?
Inner Game of Music by Barry Green

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Rimsky's Concerto for Trombone is my favorite solo I've prepared.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies and Cream

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
Reading

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
Find something you're passionate about and give 110%.

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

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
No

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I spend all my free time at school in the band hall helping with our middle school bands.

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This is the thirty-third installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!

GlenJ

Name: Glen Johnson

Hometown: Mableton, GA

School Name: Kennesaw Mountain High School

Instrument: Tuba

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Band of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
To challenge myself with something musically prestigious and out of state.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
1. To tell stories with your music
2. To be expressive
3. To play as a section rather than as an individual in a band

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
Watching my section grow as a team and family.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
Marching Band, Pond Club, and Christmas shopping with a Mustang.

What book have you read that you would recommend?
Of Mice and Men

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Flight by Eric Ewazen

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
Football, video games, editing, and music production.

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
Do what you love and what makes you happy.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
To study Music Performance at a college or university.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
BOA Regionals, Super Regionals, and Grand Nationals with the Kennesaw Mountain H.S. Marching Band.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I'm a big snacker and can do handstands for a long time.

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This is the thirty-second installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!

RobertB 

Name: Robert Brown

Hometown: Wylie, TX

School Name: Wylie High School

Instrument: Alto Saxophone

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Band of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
My freshman year, my band went to the Music for All National Festival and I got to witness the Honor Band of America play music with the most extreme precision. I knew, right then and there, that I wanted to be a part of that group. Now, as a senior in high school, I feel honored to be a part of the Honor Band of America.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
To be early is to be on time.
To be on time is to be late.
To be late is unacceptable.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
I cannot single out just one because I have so many wonderful memories with my band program, Music for All, and various region/state ensembles.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
I am involved in the National Honor Society and the Society of World Languages. I am really involved in academics and enjoy learning as much as I can.

What book have you read that you would recommend?
The Stand by Stephen King

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Whichever piece of music I am currently working on.

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
Reading. I love to read, especially the works of Stephen King. When I'm not practicing or doing homework, I'm usually sitting with a book in my hands.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I want to pursue music and physics. I love the field of physics, yet I also am passionate about music. I'm currently trying to find the best option for me, where I can follow both dreams.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Yes. My high school band went to the Music for All National Festival in 2014 and I was also part of the Honor Band of America my sophomore year in 2015.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I also play piano. I mainly focus on jazz piano, but I also learn at least one classical piece per semester just to keep my technique in line.

This is the thirty-first installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles! 

DemeatryB 

Name: Demeatry Brooks

Hometown: Belleville, MI

School Name: Belleville High School

Instrument: Trumpet

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Band of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
My band directors motivated me to apply for one of the most prestigious ensembles in America.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
1. Do NOT take anything for granted.
2. Work hard for what you desire.
3. Leave any program better than you found it.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
My most memorable moment in Symphony Band was when I performed at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
National Honor Society, Interact Club, Debate Club(Vice President), Student Council (President of the Class of 2017), Science Olympiad, BHS Productions, Choir Club, Ambassador Chorale, Varsity Tennis, and the Student Leadership Team.

What book have you read that you would recommend?
To Kill a Mockingbird

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Mussorgsky-Pictures at an Exhibition

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Strawberry/Cookies and Cream

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
I enjoy acting in plays/musicals and being involved in several extracurricular activities within Belleville High School.

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
Don't give up. Keep fighting for what you truly desire because in the end, hard work does pay off.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan to become a music teacher after receiving my bachelor's degree in Music Education.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
No

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
At Belleville High School, I am the Principal Trumpet Player in four ensembles.

 

This is the thirtieth installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!

MadiC 

Name: Madi Childs

Hometown: Yorkville, IL

School Name: Yorkville High School

Instrument: Clarinet

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Band of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
My lesson teacher participated in it when he was in high school and it sounded like an awesome experience. My friend and I decided to both apply, and we are both excited to be there this March!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
1. Making music is something like no other and is truly a special gift.
2. Sounding amazing does not come easily, you have to work extra hard and love it.
3. It is a serious commitment, but has been by far the most fun and rewarding thing I have ever done.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
The entirety of my time at the Illinois All State Music Conference. Playing in the All-State Honors Band was an amazing experience. Also, my band, the Yorkville High School Wind Ensemble, was selected to play at the State Conference.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
I used to be in competitive dance and also theatre. I do not have time for those anymore due to my immense commitment to music. This includes marching band section leader, jazz band, clarinet choir, pit orchestra, and other chamber practices.

What book have you read that you would recommend?
"The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
"The Planets Suite" by Gustav Holst and George Gerwshin pieces such as "Rhapsody in Blue" and "An American in Paris".

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Anything with a lot of chocolate.

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
Hanging out with friends or family, and playing video games.

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
Wherever your passion lies, put your heart and soul into it. If you want to improve, you must have patience because it takes a lot of hard work.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
After high school I plan on studying Clarinet Performance. I would like to play for orchestras and teach. Also, I will continue to compose music.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have not participated before.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I love to compose and arrange music in my free time. I write music for just about any type or size of instrumental group you could think of.

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