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The fifty-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!

 AlliT

Name: Alli Trendler

Hometown: Mesa, AZ

School Name: Highland High School

Section: Violin/United Sound mentor

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I knew it would be a once in a lifetime experience. United Sound has changed my life and this is a great way to share it.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most excited for the parade. Since I'm in orchestra, it will be an interesting learning experience and I will get a little taste of what my friends in marching band have to do.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
United Sound has taught me to be a better friend, teacher, and more patient person. It's helped me in all areas of my life, not just orchestra, and I'm grateful for the opportunity I have to participate in it.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in United Sound was when I performed in my first concert with my musician. When something we had been working on for a long time finally came together and I saw how excited she was, that made it all worth it.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I participate in National Honor Society and my church. I also lifeguard and love to play the piano and ukulele.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is probably To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I have too many favorite songs! I love anything from Broadway and I am obsessed with the Hamilton soundtrack.

Favorite movie?
Star Wars

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookie Dough

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I want to attend Brigham Young University and major in either Communications or Special Education. I also might serve an 18-month mission for my church.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
This is my first one and I am so excited!

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I love to compose music on the piano. I wrote my first song when I was 8-years-old.

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 The fifty-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!

 

EthanA

Name: Ethan Andrews

Hometown: 

School Name: Bentonville High School

Section: Tuba

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I decided to apply because "why not?" To be able to march and play the Rose Bowl Parade is a once in-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so I decided that it was something that I wanted to do.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm excited to be able to see the parade from an interior perspective. I've watched the parade almost everywhere and it looks overwhelming to be in it, having an enourmous crowd cheering and a national broadcast, but this is something I can't wait to experience.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. That if I put my mind to anything I can accomplish it.
2. That perfection is what you strive for, not winning.
3. That no matter what, band and the people I've been with all throughout it will have always been worth it.

Most memorable moment in band?
This past year at Grand Nationals, my band was in the endzone about to perform what would be our last run in Prelims. Before the judge started to announce us,  I looked around at my friends and into the crowd, smiled, and started to cry a little because I realized there was nowhere else I'd rather be.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I'm on my school's varsity track team where I high jump, triple jump, and long jump. Apart from that and the AP classes I take, there isn't really time for anything else unfortunately.

What's your favorite book?
Any Tolkien novel.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Stuck between "The Speed of Heat" by Julie Giroux or "Danzon No. 2" by Arturo Márquez.

Favorite movie?
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
After high school I'd like to march Drum Corps with either the Blue Devils or the Bluecoats. I haven't made up my mind on where I want to go to college, but I'd like to major in either Music or Engineering.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I've participated with my marching band in the St. Louis Super Regional three times and the Indianapolis Super Regional once. The past two years, my band has also gone to the Grand Nationals Championship.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
Apart from how active of a life I live between band and track, I'm also a dedicated video-gamer.

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The fifty-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!

EmilyL

Name: Emily Larmore

Hometown: Greenwood, IN

School Name: University of Indianapolis

Section: Clarinet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I wanted to apply because I had been a part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2014 and absolutely loved it. I thought California would be amazing to see and it would be another opportunity to become a better musician. Also, I love meeting other band people!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am really looking forward to meeting all of the amazing musicians/individuals that I have gotten to know over these past few months.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band was at the of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The entire band hooped and hollered in joy because we had just shown the world on national television what we could do.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am involved in the UIndy National and Local chapter of NAFME, Pride Club, Indy Pride Band, and Pep Band.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is the Perks of Being a Wallflower.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite song is Closer by the Chainsmokers ft. Halsey.

Favorite movie?
Harry Potter Movies

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Peanut Butter

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I have already graduated and I am currently pursuing a Bachelor's, maybe a Masters degree in Music Education at the University of Indianapolis.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have been involved in the Future Music Education Conference at Lucas Oil, attending the IMEA Honor Band for all four years in high school, performing in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in 2014, and was a member of the Center Grove High School Marching Band.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
Something interesting about me is that when I was 10 months old, I was adopted from Romania.

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The fiftieth 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!

RyanS2

Name: Ryan Smith

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

School Name: Palo Verde High School

Section: Euphonium

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
After hearing about the Tournament of Roses Parade from my band director, I instantly knew I wanted to audition for the group. After our school decided to cancel competitive marching starting my senior year, I knew this was the way to maintain the enjoyment of marching band. The group sounded like it would be an amazing musical experience, where I could enjoy being in a high caliber marching band with many students like me.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I personally am most excited for the Rose Parade. From past years, the parade has looked like such a fun and memorable event, and to be able to participate in the parade is unbelievable. I am still in disbelief that I am able to take part in such a big and memorable event.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
There are many things I learned from being in band; here are a few of them:
1. Being in band makes relationships that will last a lifetime. Being together with people, who share similar passions and interests is one of the main reasons band is so enjoyable.
2. Music is one of the greatest forms of expression and creates a story with sounds.
3. Band teaches self-discipline and improves not just musicality, but also valuable life skills.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band is when I performed at the National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis in 2015. Performing in front of such a huge crowd with such fantastic music was a moment I will never forget. Being in band won't last forever; the experiences you make in band, however, will last a lifetime, and this festival is a perfect example of the experiences that can come with band and music.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am involved in many things in school. I am a part of my school's International Baccalaureate program. I have played volleyball the last three years as well, and even have a few championships under my belt. I am a member of not only National Honor Society, but also the Science National Honor Society as well. I participate on the Palo Verde varsity quiz team too!

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is The Complete Sherlock Holmes Volume 1 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The mystery and inquisitive abilities that Doyle portrays in the character of Sherlock Holmes are so enjoyable to read. The book leaves the impression of taking what is presented to you and turning it into so much more.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite piece of music is The Planets by Gustav Holst. It is such a beautiful composition that takes many different styles and strings them together into an amazing work of art. Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity is such an incredible movement in itself and is by far my favorite of the composition.

Favorite movie?
Kung Fu Panda

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
After I graduate high school, I will major in Biochemistry and pursue Pathology in medical school. Along with this, I will either minor or double-major in music to continue my musical passions and enjoyment.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
- BOA St. George Regional Marching Championship
- Music For All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana (2015)
- BOA St. George Regional Concert Band Festival

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I have a love of the biological sciences. I have many accolades and accomplishments in the field. Along with this, I have had many classes in similar areas of human biology (IB Biology, Anatomy and Physiology).

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The fourty-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!

AndrewM

Name: Andrew Morrison

Hometown: Warren, NJ

School Name: Watchung Hills Regional HS

Section: Alto Saxophone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
The Rose Parade itself is a parade I always watched on TV, and being apart of it was something on my bucket list. I always looked up to BOA bands and the fact that BOA has an Honor Band made me 100% sure this would be a really special group to be a part of.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am by far most excited for the rehearsals. This isn't the standard answer, but I want to go into music education and some of the greatest music educators will be running these rehearsals. I know I will learn a lot of new rehearsal techniques that I can bring home with me, to apply in the future.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. I learned how to be patient. 
2. I learned how to keep pushing when there is no end in sight. 
3. I learned that when you actually put 110% effort into something it feels just as good as winning.

Most memorable moment in band?
I fell off my Drum Major podium one day when it rained. Whoops.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am in every possible ensemble there is at my high school. Band has taken over my life.

What's your favorite book?
25 Daily Exercises for Saxophone by Klosé

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Irish Tune From County Derry by Grainger. It is so beautiful and has a killer soprano sax part.

Favorite movie?
The Blind Side

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I hope to attend West Chester University to pursue a degree in Music Education as well as Saxophone Performance.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
This is my first one!

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I comb my hair before every audition/performance/competition. I do not go anywhere without my lucky comb!

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The fourty-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!

OliviaB

Name: Olivia Bazanos

Hometown: North Huntingdon, PA

School Name: Norwin High School

Section: Clarinet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My family and I always watch the Rose Bowl Parade on New Year’s Day! When I was in 8th grade, I saw on my local news station that some of the Norwin High School students were part of the 2013 band that marched the parade. I thought that they got an opportunity of a lifetime and I wanted to experience marching in the Rose Bowl Parade too.
I also enjoy being part of honors bands and getting to meet other band kids from other programs.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most excited about meeting other high school musicians from other states, who are also passionate about music, while having the opportunity to make music and memories with them.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. “Don’t let good, get in the way of great.” -Jack Ratica
2. Dedication and Commitment
3. Lead more by example, than by title.

Most memorable moment in band?
One of the most memorable moments would have to be after the finals performance at BOA Delaware during my sophomore year. Everyone walked off of the field wearing the biggest grins on our faces. We all knew that we had the best performance of that show.
The second most memorable moment would be when I got to step onto the field at the Indianapolis Super Regional this year. I had dreamed of marching at Lucas Oil Stadium and I couldn’t believe that I was finally on the field doing my favorite activity with my second family.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am part of my school’s Peer Buddies Club and Interact Club. I danced for 10 years, I was an extra in Norwin’s musical of “Anything Goes”, was a Winter Guard member of the 2015 Norwin Regional A Color Guard, played as a tenor saxophonist in the school’s jazz band, and played in various musical pits. I have also been a member of various honors bands, including the 2016 PMEA All-State Concert Band.

What's your favorite book?
“Tuesdays With Morrie” by Mitch Albom

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
“Salvation Is Created" by Tchesnokov

Favorite movie?
The Lion King

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
After graduating from Norwin High School, I plan on double majoring in Music Education and Music Therapy at Slippery Rock University.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Yes! I participated in Music for All’s Summer Symposium 2015 and 2016 Concert Band Track as 3rd and 4th chair clarinet, as well as Music for All’s Summer Symposium 2016 Leadership Weekend. I have also marched with the Norwin Band at BOA Monroeville, BOA Towson, BOA Delaware, and the BOA Indianapolis Super Regional.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I was adopted from Zhanjiang, China when I was 10 months old, and I have been to Walt Disney World 20 times!

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The fourty-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!

GwynethQ

Name: Gwyneth Quitorio

Hometown: Fresno, CA

School Name: Clovis West High School

Section: Dancer

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
At first, I was reluctant to audition simply because of price and time. However, my friends continued to encourage me to audition, so I gave in and submitted an application.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I look forward to two things on this trip. I'm excited to perform with the BOA Honor Band in my first New Year's parade and Bandfest. But I am also eager to meet new friends, and march with old ones.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
While being involved in my school's music program, I learned: family is more than blood; practice does not make perfect, but it does make consistency; and I want to leave my mark not only on the field, but on the world.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band was performing in Lucas Oil Stadium for the first time. Our school made Semifinals, and I recall that last performance being the best run I ever had.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am a part of NHS, GSA, math team, debate club, and the Torch.

What's your favorite book?
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Favorite song: Lights Down Low by MAX

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan on studying Kinesiology as an undergraduate, and studying Physical Therapy in graduate school for a career as a physical therapist.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I participated in BOA American Canyon, BOA Long Beach, BOA San Jose, BOA St. George, and Grand Nationals.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I LOVE sloths!

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The fourty-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!

DanaS

Name: Dana Sutherlin

Hometown: Greenfield, IN

School Name: Mt. Vernon High School

Section: Dancer

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My older brother was on the drumline as a snare player in the 2013 BOA Honor Band. I saw the dancers and was excited to audition for the Honor Band this year. I knew my brother had a lot of fun and learned a lot, so I wanted that experience too, but as a dancer.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm most excited about marching in Disneyland. I  marched in Disney World once before with my high school band and it was incredibly fun. I think that it's really cool that I will have marched at Disney World and Disneyland. I am also really excited to meet so many people from different states.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. Practice is more important than the performances and competitions, because that is what prepares you. If you don't practice well, then you will not perform well.
2. No matter how good you are, you should always strive to be better. No one can ever be perfect, so you always need to work hard.
3. Friendships builds a great band, just as much as practicing. If band members argue with each other all the time, then they will not perform well. Everyone needs to get along and support each other in order to be successful.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment was when my guard instructor was presenting awards and I was given the award for Best Performance. He said people were always asking him about me and telling him that I was great at performing. It really made me feel like my hard work had paid off.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Besides Color Guard, I am on the Prom Committee and I am the secretary of National Honor Society. I take seven dance classes a week at Wilkerson Dance Studio including tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, hip hop, contemporary, and modern.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is The Book Thief. Not only is it an entertaining book, but it's also full of information. It is one of the only books I've read that has kept me on the edge of my seat, while learning.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Bohemian Rhapsody is my favorite song because of how many different styles of music are in one piece. The first time I heard it I thought it was the strangest song ever, but now I love it.

Favorite movie?
Footloose or Moulin Rouge

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I want to go to Purdue University for a major in Law and Society and a minor in Dance. I would love to become a detective or a forensics scientist. Also, I plan on teaching dance classes, or teaching color guard.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have been in one BOA Regional competition at Ball State University.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I raise Boer goats, and show them at the county and state fair. This past year I was the Reserve Champion in Senior Showmanship, and got to compete with all the other top showmen at the county fair in a competition called the Round Robin. That is when you show a boer goat, sheep, beef cow, dairy cow, and pig against everyone else. It was a great experience.

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 The fourty-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!

AustinH 

Name: Austin Huffman

Hometown: Covington, GAH

School Name: Eastside High School

Section: Clarinet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I saw it as a wonderful opportunity to experience something that I may never get to do again. I know this event will showcase some of the best young musicians across the country, and I saw it as an opportunity to join them. I'm am absolutely honored to be part of this parade and look forward to meeting everyone, and enjoying this wonderful experience!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am so excited to meet new people. I am very sociable and cannot wait to make so many new friends that I will have for the rest of my life.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
The first thing I've learned in band is how to work with a group on one specific thing (teamwork). I have also learned how to apply my skills in music to things outside of band. The most important thing I've learned in band is to care for everyone. My band is a family, and that means we love and care for everyone.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band was when we took our trip to Hollywood to march in the Hollywood Christmas Parade over Thanksgiving break. I got to travel with my closest friends and we had an absolutely amazing time.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am part of the STEM program, an advanced program meant to challenge me academically, while preparing me for a career in science or math. I play soccer for my high school, and I am in Latin club. I also participate in community service with my school.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book(s), besides the Bible, would have to be the trilogy of the Lord of the Rings. I can't pick a favorite, but if I had to, I'd say the Return of the King.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite song would have to be Til Kingdom Come by Coldplay. My favorite piece of music would have to be The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Favorite movie?
Into the Wild

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cotton Candy

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
After I graduate high school, I plan to attend Georgia Tech or Auburn for Aerospace Engineering or piloting school. I may also apply for both the Air Force Academy and Naval Academy.

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

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I love to speak. I am a philosophical thinker. I always question things, just to see how others think. I love learning about other people through conversation. I love the world and all it's people.

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The fourty-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!

AbigailC

Name: Abigail Clay

Hometown: Fresno, CA

School Name: Clovis West

Section: Color Guard

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
Alumni from my school had done it and I really enjoy parades.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Marching in the parade and getting to meet all of these talented people from around the country.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. You alone can make the band better. You are as weak as your weakest member.
2. It doesn't matter if you win, it matters that you preformed your heart out.
3. Band is one big family that all love and care for each other.

Most memorable moment in band?
This year we able to travel across the country to attend Grand Nationals. It was so amazing because we had never experienced these great bands live.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I play oboe and I spin with the colorguard.

What's your favorite book?
Ready Player One

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Happy

Favorite movie?
Every Harry Potter movie.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I hope to go to college and earn a degree in Business Management and participate in the Disney College Program.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
St. George Regional
Long Beach Regional
San Jose Regional
American Canyon Regional
Grand Nationals

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