PASADENA, CA - Andrew Morrison, a senior at Watchung Hills Regional High School and the Drum Major for the Marching Warriors, has been busy rehearsing as a member of the Bands of America (BOA) Honor Band as they prepare for their featured appearance in the 2017 Tournament of Roses® Parade on Jan. 2.
Andrew, the son of Robert and Nora Morrison of Warren, was selected from among thousands of applicants across the nation for membership in this prestigious national honor band and is one of only two students representing the state of New Jersey.
Morrison said, "It is an honor to be chosen to participate in this prestigious ensemble and I am excited to have the opportunity to learn from these world class music educators and honored to be representing my community and the state of New Jersey in the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade.”
The BOA Honor Band is a 300 piece national ensemble with winds, percussion and a flag and dance team is a program of Music for All (MFA), one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations in support of active music making.
Morrison, an alto saxophone player, has been spending the week in southern California, where he has been in rehearsals, and preparing for performances at the Tournament of Roses Bandfest and Disneyland, and a featured appearance in the world-famous parade.
The 128th Rose Parade® presented by Honda themed “Echoes of Success” will take place on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. (PST). The 5.5-mile parade (which is often referred to as the “Rose Bowl Parade”) will be broadcast on ABC, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, KTLA (Tribune), NBC, RFD-TV and Univision. The Parade is also seen in more than 200 international territories and countries. To learn more, visit the Broadcast Partnerspage available on the Tournament of Roses® website. Magnificent floral floats, spirited marching bands and talented equestrian units anchor the traditional, two-hour spectacle along Pasadena’s famed Colorado Boulevard.
“To be selected for this opportunity is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for students and a testimony to their excellence and achievements,” says Eric Martin, Music for All President and CEO. “Andrew will be one of only 300 members chosen to be part of the Bands of America Honor Band, and his participation deserves the admiration and support of everyone in the community. The Rose Parade® is one of our country’s national pageantry treasures, and the 2017 Honor Band members will be ambassadors of America’s bands, and of their states and communities.”
Bob Buckner, who recently retired as director of the Western Carolina University “Pride of the Mountains” Marching Band, will direct the 2017 BOA Honor Band.
In addition to his role as director at Western Carolina University, Honor Band director Buckner is also the recipient of the prestigious SudlerTrophy in 2009 from the John Philip Sousa Foundation as well as a Bands of America Hall of Fame member. His award-winning career as a band director and drill designer spans decades. The nationally-recognized teaching staff for the Honor Band includes award-winning band directors David Starnes, BOA Honor Band program coordinator and Director of Athletic Bands at Western Carolina University; and Michael Klesch, music arranger (past Drum Corps International Champion Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps and of the University of Massachusetts).
This will mark the fourth time Music for All’s Bands of America Honor Band has performed in the Tournament of Roses® Parade. The BOA Honor Band also performed in the Tournament of Roses® Parade in 2005, 2009 when it was a part of the President’s Award-winning entry created with NAMM and Sesame Street Workshop, and in 2013.
Music for All sponsors and partners will play an important role in preparing the BOA Honor Band for their performances. Yamaha Corporation of America, MFA’s National Presenting Sponsor, will provide percussion and brass instruments. Fred J. Miller, Inc. (FJM) will outfit the members in custom uniforms designed by award-winning designer Michael Cesario, one of the nation’s leading pageantry visionaries. Music Travel Consultants, MFA’s Official Student Travel Partner, will manage the travel, housing and logistics for the band members and their families.
About Music for All
Music for All (MFA) is one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations in support of active music making. Since 1975, MFA, through its Music for All, Bands of America, and Orchestra America programs, has been a destination and set the standard for scholastic music ensemble performance and music education advocacy. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization, MFA’s mission is to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. MFA’S vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child in America has access and opportunity for active music-making in his/her scholastic environment. MFA’s programs include 20+ annual events, including the Bands of America Grand National Championships and Regional Championships for marching band, the Music for All Summer Symposium camp for students and teachers, the Music for All National Festival for concert bands, orchestra, jazz, and percussion ensembles and national honor bands and orchestras. MFA will launch into programming for choirs in 2018 with the National Choir Festival.
Music for All’s efforts are supported through sponsorships, including current partnerships with National Presenting Sponsor, Yamaha Corporation of America; Official Uniform Sponsor, Fred J. Miller, Inc.; Official Student Travel Partner, Music Travel Consultants; Official Performance Equipment Sponsor, Wenger Corporation; Corporate Sponsors: Visit Indy and the City of Indianapolis, Vic Firth Company, Zildjian and United State Marine Drum & Bugle Corps; Strategic Advocacy Partner, NAMM; Associate Sponsors: DANSR, Delivra, Remo, Woodwind & Brasswind, Director’s Showcase International and Tresona Multimedia. Music for All is also supported by the Indiana Arts Commission, Arts Council of Indianapolis, Ball Brothers Foundation, George and Frances Ball Foundation, Arthur Jordan Foundation, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation and Lilly Endowment Inc.