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The Music for All Blog
Erin Fortune
Erin Fortune is the Director of Sponsorships at Music for All and has been working with Music for All since 2010, first in the Participant Relations department, followed by the marketing department as Marketing Manager, and is now in advancement. She is a graduate of the Music Industry Management program at Ferris State University in Michigan and is a former Percussive Arts Society Intern and a Yamaha Corporation of America, Band and Orchestral Division Intern.

The Patrick John Hughes Parent Booster Award recognizes the extraordinary commitment, dedication, support, and sacrifice of music parents and boosters across the nation by shining a spotlight on a recipient who exemplifies these qualities.

The award is named in honor of Patrick John Hughes, the father of Patrick Henry Hughes. Patrick Henry is a remarkable young man who, despite physical challenges that would seem overwhelming to many, has excelled as a musician and student, singing and playing piano and trumpet with the Louisville Marching and Pep Bands, with the help of his father, who tirelessly maneuvers his son’s wheelchair through the formations with the other 220+ members of the Cardinal Marching Band.

On Friday night during the Grand National Championships, the 2017 Patrick John Hughes Parent Booster award was awarded to Greg Hooper of Powder Springs, Georgia.

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Successful band programs are made of driven students, passionate teachers, and committed parents and boosters (with those adjectives applying to all). Since 2008, the Patrick John Hughes Parent/Booster Award annually honors a parent, booster, or volunteer who selflessly gives their support and dedication to a band program. The recipients of this award come from different backgrounds, yet are revered as heroes by their programs and make a commitment to keeping the students a priority. That’s 2017 Parent/Booster recipient Greg Hooper’s ideology: “the kids come first.”

A former band member of McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia, Greg has been an active member of the McEachern High School Band Booster Club since 1993 when his first child became a member of the band. As all four of his children were active members of the band, Greg served in a variety of positions such as Co-President and Co-Vice President for the McEachern Band Parent Association and chairing different committees including Equipment, Props, Field Crew/Truck Crew, and Fundraising. He was also McEachern’s trip organizer, heading a trip for the Lord Mayor’s Parade in London. Even long after his children graduated from the band program, he continues to serve as a Props Engineer as he builds and designs the vision of each show. For the past 22 years, Mr. Hooper has served the Cobb County School District as head of the staging crew for the Cobb County High School and Middle School Band and Orchestra Large Group Performance Evaluation. He is also a part of logistical services for the Cobb County Marching Band Exhibition.

Jeff Harper, former Associate Director of Bands at McEachern, says Greg is “thoughtful, helpful, and remarkably selfless with his time.” He commends Greg’s passion for music advocacy and unwavering support for the arts in the Cobb Country School District. Most recently Greg has spent time volunteering as part of the stage crew for Music for All’s Affiliate Southeastern Regional Concert Festival at Georgia State University. He also was an attendee of Music for All’s Summer Symposium Parent Booster Institute, while his daughter attended the Summer Symposium as a student.

Highly regarded in his community and band family, Greg is a strong and inspiring figure to everyone around him. He truly personifies Music for All’s mission “to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all” through his selfless actions of ensuring that students are provided the best musical experiences. To Mr. Greg Hooper, thank you for your dedication to the students.

2017 Past Parent Booster WinnersMr. Hooper pictured with past Parent/Booster Award Winners

Read more about Patrick John Hughes and his family and the Parent/Booster Award and find out how to nominate the exceptional parent or booster in your music program here.


We hope that everyone will be joining us on Thanksgiving day by watching the 2017 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! We cannot wait to watch and support all of the amazing marching bands that will be featured throughout the parade. We are especially excited this year to say that all of the high school bands that will be marching in the parade are in the Bands of America family! Congratulations to all of you on being selected for the 91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

So make sure you tune in and join us in supporting these incredible ensembles as they perform for nearly 50 million television viewers nationwide! We know they will make us proud! The parade steps off at 9:00 AM on Thursday, November 23rd. You can watch the parade live on NBC. The telecast will air from 9:00 AM to 12 Noon in all time zones.

Below is a list of all of the marching bands you will see in the parade!

Colony High School Marching Band
Palmer, Alaska

Davis High School Marching Band
Kaysville, Utah

Nation Ford High School Marching Band
Fort Mill, South Carolina

Ohio University Marching 110
Athens, Ohio

Prairie View A&M University Marching Storm
Prairie View, Texas

Rockford High School Marching Band
Rockford, Michigan

Rosemount High School Marching Band
Rosemount, Minnesota

Trumbull High School Golden Eagle Marching Band
Trumbull, Connecticut

The United States Air Force Band
Washington, DC

West Harrison High School Marching Band
Gulfport, Mississippi

Macy's Great American Marching Band

NYPD Marching Band
New York

For great Macy's coverage (including a list of what these bands will be performing!) visit our friends at

For more information about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade visit

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6:30 AM – Adair County H.S., KY
6:45 AM – Jenison H.S., MI
7:00 AM – DeSoto Central H.S., MS
7:15 AM – Central Hardin H.S., KY
7:30 AM – Norton H.S., OH
7:45 AM – Beechwood H.S., KY
8:00 AM – Archbishop Alter H.S., OH
8:15 AM – Franklin H.S., TN
8:30 AM – Prosper H.S., TX
8:45 AM – James F. Byrnes H.S., SC
9:00 AM – Bassett H.S., VA
9:15 AM – Union H.S., OK


10:00 AM – Broken Arrow H.S., OK
10:15 AM – Marian Catholic H.S., IL
10:30 AM – The Woodlands H.S., TX
10:45 AM – Owasso H.S., OK
11:00 AM – Round Rock H.S., TX
11:15 AM – Marcus H.S., TX
11:30 AM – Avon H.S., IN
11:45 AM – Castle H.S., IN
12:00 PM – O'Fallon Township H.S., IL
12:15 PM – Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, MI
12:30 PM – Blue Springs H.S., MO
12:45 PM – Center Grove H.S., IN


1:30 PM – Carmel H.S., IN
1:45 PM – Centerville H.S., OH
2:00 PM – Flower Mound H.S., TX
2:15 PM – North Hardin H.S., KY
2:30 PM – Homestead H.S., IN
2:45 PM – Walton H.S., GA
3:00 PM – Dobyns-Bennett H.S., TN
3:15 PM – Winston Churchill H.S., TX
3:30 PM – Lawrence Township, IN
3:45 PM – William Mason H.S., OH
4:00 PM – Fort Mill H.S., SC
4:15 PM – Fishers H.S., IN
4:30 PM – Mililani H.S., HI

4:45 PM – Exhibition: Miami University

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LIVE BLOG: 2017 Atlanta Super Regional

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