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The fourtieth 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!

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Name: Ryan Lavin

Hometown: Tinley Park, IL

School Name: Marian Catholic High School

Section: Trombone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I heard about this opportunity from a friend, and I asked my band director, Mr. Bimm, for further input. Initially, I felt very intimidated that only the top 300 musicians in the United States would be admitted into this ensemble, but after some helpful persuasion from my parents, I submitted my audition, and I am here now.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am excited for a number of different things. One of which, is being able to learn from some of the most accomplished and talented music educators from across the nation. This experience of learning from these distinguished individuals will go unparalleled in my future as a musician. I am also extremely excited to share this experience with four other musicians from my school, including my younger brother.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. I've learned that in order to be an extraordinary musician, you must first be an extraordinary person. Being a good citizen and exemplifying good qualities is essential to one's focus on being a great musician.
2. I've learned about leadership during my years in band. Whether it being a leader in my middle school band, or a Squad leader in Marian Catholic's Marching Band, I've learned so much about the necessary elements to become a successful leader.
3. I've also learned about becoming a better player in just my three years in high school. By learning from my band directors, I have emerged as a smarter individual with a more focused area to improve myself, and to help others around me as well.

Most memorable moment in band?
I have too many! From participating in Illinois SuperState competition with my middle school band, as well as my high school band, to performing at Lucas Oil Stadium in front of thousands at Grand National Finals.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Other than band, I am active in our school's Political Club.

What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is probably The Mullah's Storm.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Rock n' Roll : Houses of the Holy- Led Zepplin
Classical: Pines of Rome, Boleró, Shostakovich 7

Favorite movie?
Star Wars Trilogies

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I honestly have no idea! I would be interested in attending a university, playing trombone, but perusing a degree in the humanities.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I've participated with the Marian Catholic High School Marching Band at the Indianapolis Super Regional and the Bands of America Grand National Championship for the past three years.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I really love History. History is so interesting to me, and I often find myself sitting down with a good history book in my house or at the library. I was also a drum major in my middle school's marching band in 2014.

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The thirty-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!

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Name: Kristen Cale

Hometown: Vincent, OH

School Name: Warren High School

Section: Clarinet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I have always wanted to march in something bigger than what my school offers. Our band only has about 80 members, so it was exciting when I got the opportunity to audition for something quadruple our size. So I auditioned and got accepted!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Probably performing at Disneyland, but I am really excited about the parade itself.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
I have learned that if you do not work for what you want, you will never get it. I also have learned how to become a leader, I was not section/squad leader, but being a senior, I got to help out with the first year marchers a lot, or anyone who needed help. The third thing I have learned is self-discipline. Self-discipline is CRITICAL to marching band. You have to force yourself to not move at attention, and to move your body a certain way at a certain time.

Most memorable moment in band?
When we got a superior rating at State Marching Band Finals for the first time in eight years. It is my senior year, so it was really special to me and my class.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Pep band, symphonic band, lessons with a professor at a college, art, and I was in choir up until this year.

What's your favorite book?
Harry Potter

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
George Szell Cleaveland Orchestra
Dvorak "Slavonic Dances No. 3"

Favorite movie?
Moana

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookie dough

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan on going to college for a major in Music Composition, and a minor in English and possibly Philosophy.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Yes, BOA Grand Nationals. My school goes every other year since it is eight hours away. We went last year and was really fun!

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I got to name my second youngest brother!

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The thirty-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!

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Name: Jacob Kopczyk

Hometown: Tinley, IL

School Name: Marian Catholic High School

Section: Trumpet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I wanted to be a part of the BOA Honor Band because of my love of music. I wanted to test myself against others that are considered to be the best of the best. I wanted to be a part of the internationally known Rose Bowl Parade and go to California, as I have never been there before.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Being in California and experiencing the Rose Bowl Parade from an inside perspective.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Being on time, leadership skills, and learning what a truly inspiring performance is all about. 

Most memorable moment in band?
Being in the tunnel at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis waiting to perform in finals for Super Regionals last year has been my most memorable moment in band. At that point in time, I realized that I am so lucky to be a part of Marian Catholic High School's Band, as I would not have been at Super Regionals if I attended any other high school in my area.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I participate in Service Club. This is a group that goes out and does charitable acts for those less fortunate.

What's your favorite book?
I have more of a favorite series over a favorite book. My favorite series is the Harry Potter series, which I have read four times so far.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Frozen Cathedral by John Mackey

Favorite movie?
The Sorcerer's Apprentice

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 college for a degree, possibly in engineering and/or music performance.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Grand Nationals and Super Regionals (2015 and 2016).

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I was first chair in Symphonic Band at Marian Catholic High School my freshman year. I just earned first chair and section leader spot again for my sophomore year.

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The thirty-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!

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Name: Shannon Lally

Hometown: Roselle, IL

School Name: Lake Park High School

Section: Dancer

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I decided to apply to be a part of the band after I was given the opportunity to audition last minute. I THOUGHT the opportunity was too great to pass up and that I had nothing to lose and everything to gain!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most excited to perform in the parade, as well as work with other people my age that are just as passionate about band and music as I am.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. Leadership. Being a drum major has taught me how to manage a large group of people and help create something larger than myself.
2. Cooperation. Leaving problems and differences at home, and bringing your best self to rehearsal ultimately betters not only yourself, but the band as a whole.
3. Discipline. Knowing that I had practice later encouraged me to put down any distractions and finish all of my responsibilities. This built habits that continued even when I didn't have practice, allowing me to maximize my time.

Most memorable moment in band?
One of the most memorable moments in band was performing at Disney World on New Year's Eve. We were the last marching band of 2015 to perform!

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am the president of Psychology Club and founder of the psychology tutoring program at my school. I am also on the varsity Winter Guard, and a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Earth Club, and Senior Class Council. I also volunteer regularly at Feed My Starving Children.

What's your favorite book?
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Montagues and Capulets by Prokofiev and Fire Water Paper: A Vietnam Oratorio II. Scherzo by Elliot Goldenthal

Favorite movie?
Return of the Jedi and Titanic

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Peach

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I hope to attend Northwestern University and study neuroscience and film production.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
BOA Indianapolis Super Regional '13, '14, '16
BOA Tennessee Regional '15
BOA Grand National Championships '13, '14, '15, '16
Drum Major Institute '16

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I love to travel! I've been to 11 different countries so far.

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The thirty-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!

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Name: Maija Solis

Hometown: Kyle, TX

School Name: Lehman High School

Section: Clarinet

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
One of my Band Directors, Johnie Green, had participated when he was in high school and said that it was fun and a great experience.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
Meeting people from around the United States coming to march together. Also getting to work with different people and gaining more experience.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. How "to be early is to be on time, and to be on time is to be late and to be late is to be left behind." Also attendance to everything always matters, even if you aren't doing anything.

2. How to be social. I came into band not having a single friend. Now I am Band President and I am able to make friends with almost anyone. Also my directors call me a social butterfly.

3. Practice makes perfect. I am in wind ensemble and I got in by practicing. 

Most memorable moment in band?
When I was a freshman we were a 4A high school. I was one of the three freshman to make Wind Ensemble. I also made 3rd chair, which was cool and scary because I didn't know anyone. Anyways, marching season starts first, and we were at UIL Regional. Which as a freshman I had no idea what that meant. The directors told us we made it to area, and everyone was screaming like "Yeah! We did it!!!" Then at area we made finals. Once again as a freshman I had no idea what that meant. Everyone was screaming their heads off, I went along because I didn't want to seem lame. I didn't see the significance until year after year when my director would say, "Back in 2013 we made history making UIL Area Finals." That has to be my most memorable moment because I was apart of the last generation to make Area Finals.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am the parliamentarian in FFA (Future Farmers of America). I am in Student Council and next semester I am going to do theater.

What's your favorite book?
Anne Frank Diary-I am fascinated with history.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I am diverse when it comes to music. I have many songs I like and love. I seriously can't choose just one. Danzon No. 2, Nocturne in Eb Major, Jupiter by Gustav Holst, An American in Paris, and my last piece Prelude, Sicilno & Rondo: Rondo. My favorite type of music is classical.

Favorite movie?
I am a movie master mind. My favorite animation is Moana and my favorite chick flick/ comedy is 50 First Dates, and my favorite action movie is Batman Begins

Favorite ice cream flavor?
I'm a plain jane. I like Vanilla.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I am a senior, so after next semester I hope to go to college undeclared for the first two years to get my basics done. Hopefully after I get my basics done, I will choose my major.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
2013 BOA Regionals in Austin, TX 
2013-2016 BOA Super Regionals San Antonio, TX

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I am a social butterfly. I don't wait for people to introduce themselves to me. I will go up to them and introduce myself first. I am not shy and I have a humorous personality. I am quite friendly!

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The thirty-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!

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Name: Katie Thornton

Hometown: Franklin, TN

School Name: Franklin High School

Section: Baritone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
The moment I first heard about the Honor Band, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I was really interested in the opportunity to work with students and faculty from around the country.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm excited to see the sites of California. I've never been out there, so it's definitely going to be an exciting experience for me.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Passion, endurance, and the importance of community. Passion is when you truly love something that, even when times get hard, you still enjoy doing that activity. Endurance is pushing through those times when it feels like your world is exploding, and you get back on your feet and keep going. My director, who's basically my mentor, always tells me, "You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. You only lose if you give up." Finally, community is so important, whether it's band, school, where you live, etc. Everything you do effects your community, and you have to choose if you're going to have a positive or negative effect.

Most memorable moment in band?
Definitely the moment I learned I had made this honor band. I was sitting in math class after a test, and I checked my email, and I saw the email. After I read it, I went down to our Band Room to tell my directors. My director, who had filled out my recommendation, had also gotten an email, but I didn't know that. He made me wait in the doorway while my other director was finishing some work. Finally, he let me come in and told he had gotten the email. My directors were so excited for me.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I'm in Winter Guard and Concert Band. I'm hoping to join some chamber groups next semester.

What's your favorite book?
The entire Harry Potter Series, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
The Hamilton Mixtape

Favorite movie?
The Princess Bride

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Coffee

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I want to go into Music Education. I'm currently looking at Middle Tennessee State University, DePaul University, or Auburn, but I'm still looking around. I hope to have my band program connected with United Sound and Bands of America.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Yes, I've gone to Summer Symposium/Leadership Weekend the past two summers, and multiple BOA competitions through marching band, including Grand Nationals.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I have a wide range of musical preference. If you were to listen to all my music on shuffle, you would hear musicals, classical, pop, Hamilton, Disney, Christmas, etc.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Investing in the Power of Music

Invest In MFA

More student musicians were impacted by MFA's programming this year than ever and we hope to serve more in 2017. However, as a non-profit, our ability to serve a growing number of students depends on our ability to fund the activities that make it possible. These activities go beyond participation fees, which is why we're asking you to invest in Music for All and the power of music. Will you support our 2017 education and advocacy efforts by investing $10, $15, or $20 today?

Your investment will give us the resources needed to bring the power of music to more students - especially those in underserved communities.

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The thirty-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!

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Name: Forrest Roy

Hometown: Kennesaw, GA

School Name: Harrison High School

Section: Snare drum

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
Well, my urge to be apart of this group was sparked by my first drum instructor and BOATOR drumline alumni- David Boughter. David started teaching me how to drum when I was in the 7th grade, and when I was in the 8th grade, David marched with this ensemble in the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade.  I thought to myself, "wow, it would be kind of cool to do that one day" and as I got older, I felt like it would be humbling for David and for me if I were to make this prestigious ensemble. I practiced the materials, received some help and feedback from a few people, then I sent in a video and made the group. I'm incredibly excited to be a part of this group, and I know David is just as excited as I am.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I'm most excited about just going to California. I've wanted to go and visit the west coast for years now. I haven't been to California since I was a little kid, so my memory of it is very vague. More specifically, I'm excited about the parade itself, I'm interested to see how it compares to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade that I marched in a few weeks ago!

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
1. If you think you can't do something, you can. With the right reasources and a great work ethic, you can literally do anything.

2. A positive attitude will take you far in life. Optimism is key, being optimistic will allow you to be better than most people you're competing against in life.

3. The downs in life make the ups all the sweeter. It's like Yin and Yang. The good is good because of the bad and the bad is bad because of the good. Don't allow a bad time in your life, or a negative person to get in the way of you being great. Once you achieve and reach the high point, it will be sweeter than ever.

Most memorable moment in band?
Grand National Semi-Finals 2013. This performance was the most emotional show of my life, and gave Harrison a ticket to Grand National Finals in 2013. After that performance, our band felt so incredibly satisfied with what we had done, that we could of honestly gone home right then and been happy with the season. At this moment, I realized that band isn't about the results or the awards, it's about the people you do it with. Easily one of the best moments of my life.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I've been involved in video production inside of my school up until this semester due to some core classes that were more important to take than a video class. Videography and Photography have kind of become my thing besides band. Outside of school, I do some video work for Atlanta Quest-an Independant World Class Indoor Drumline- and I enjoy taking pictures on my own time.

What's your favorite book?
Well I'm not a huge reader, but I can say I've enjoyed the Hunger Games Trillogy.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
I'd have to say my favorite piece of music is Ping Pang Pong by Joel Puckett. For those who are familiar with the piece, specifically letter W towards the end.

Favorite movie?
The Fast and Furious series.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Oreo

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
Hopefully to attend either Clemson University, University of Georgia, or Florida State University. I plan to major in either marketing, graphic communications, mass communications or something of that nature. In my band future, I'd like march WGI at Atlanta Quest, and I'd like to march DCI with either The Bluecoats, The Blue Devils, or The Phantom Regiment. Any of those would really be a dream come true to be honest.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have participated in BOA Grand Nationals as a performer twice, along with countless regionals and super regionals. I've also played with the Harrison Wind Ensemble in the Music For All Regional Festival in Atlanta.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I've got a severe obsession with tenneshoes.

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The thirty-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!

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Name: Kent Le

Hometown: Duluth, GA

School Name: Duluth High school

Section: Trombone/Baritone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
The first time I ever wanted to be in band was when I was very young watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. As soon as I saw the low brass and the sheer size of the instruments, I became obsessed with those instruments. With the help of the my band director Mr. Groves, I grew to love our small band program more and more every year.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am very excited to meet new friends and I'm excited to represent Duluth High School in the parade. I'm also excited about being able to play with all the people in my Baritone section and learning different things that everyone brings from their band programs.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Family, individuality, and discipline. These three things are what made me into what I am today. My individuality was brought out by the open arms of my band program. We are small, all different, and all part of the family we have. I learned the concept of discipline and how it applies to everything, from people's time to rehearsal etiquette.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment would be last summer when I went to the Music for All Drum Major Institute and Leadership Weekend at Ball State. Once I got to the camp, the returning members were all very social and open. I also met many friends that I still talk to today. The BOA staff members (SWAGS) were also very nice to all members of the program

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
Besides marching band, concert band, and jazz band, I'm a member of the Winter Guard, student council, Tri-M club, Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra, and an officer of the Junior Classical League.

What's your favorite book?
Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation by Matt Myklusch

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Jupiter by Gustav Holst

Favorite movie?
Finding Nemo

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies and Cream

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I am planning on applying for college and majoring in special education with a minor in music therapy.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I have not gone to a BOA competition, but I have gone to the Music for All Drum Major Institute and Leadership Weekend at Ball State. I also plan on going again for my senior year.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I play more that just wind instruments. I started electric guitar and bass guitar in 1st grade. I played trombone first, and then I learned to play Baritone for marching band. I have also been the only guy in our Winter Guard for 2 years. I'm outgoing, not afraid of hard work, adventurous, and funny.

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The thirty-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!

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Name: Lindsey Rehmer

Hometown: Milford, OH

School Name: Archbishop Moeller High School

Section: Color Guard

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
Ever since I was a little girl, my dad was the biggest DCI fan. We would go to different shows with him and I fell in love with the work the colorguard did. By the age of about 5, I knew that one day I was going to be doing that and I joined my freshman year, and I never looked back.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am excited to meet everyone. I come from a small band that does not compete, and just getting to interact with people from different bands from all over the country is just so exciting for me. This will also be my first time going to California, which is also super exciting.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band?
Being in band has taught me that imperfection is okay, and it's how we react to to these imperfections that define us. Band has taught me that family is not just blood. My band is so small that we have formed one big family, and I truly don't know what I would do without them. Also band has taught me how to enjoy the small moments together.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am also involved in my school's chapter of the National Honor Society and community service.

What's your favorite book?
Surrendered by Kariss Lynch

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

Favorite movie?
White Christmas

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Double Chocolate Chip

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I am hoping to attend either Coastal Carolina University or The University of North Carolina at Wilmington to study Exercise and Sports Sciences, and then move onto medical school to earn my doctorate in Emergency Medicine.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
I participated in the 2015 Music for All Summer Symposium.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I do not attend the high school I march for. The school I attend is Ursuline Academy, which is an all-girls Catholic high school. So I partner with our brother school, Archbishop Moeller High School, an all-boys Catholic. There I am able to march and do colorguard.
I have also been doing competitive cheerleading for thirteen years.

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