Music for All’s Bands of America Honor Band will march in The Rose Parade on New Year’s Day 2022 in Pasadena, California. With more than 300 members, this national honor band will represent school band programs across America. Meet the members!
Name: Miles Grotsky
Hometown: Lake Forest, CA
Why did you apply to be a member of the Honor Band?
The reason I applied to be in the honor band was because I was following in my aunt’s tradition that she started when she was in the Honor Band in 2009.
What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most looking forward to marching down Colorado Blvd. with my newfound friends.
What are three things you’ve learned from being involved in your high school music program?
I learned that nothing is permanent, that all good things must come an end, your band is your family.
To date, what is your favorite memory of being involved in your high school music program?
My favorite memory was when our marching director was given a step stool at our band banquet because he is 5’5″ tall.
What activities and clubs are you involved in? Marching band and wind ensemble
What are your post-graduation plans?
I am going to Saddleback Community College to get my GE completed. I will then transfer to Renton Technical College in Renton, Washington State to get my AA degree in wind instrument repairs.
Have you participated in any Music for All or Bands of America activities before? If so, which ones?
I have participated in Music for All Summer Symposium two times
Tell us something unique about yourself:
I can watch home improvement video and know how to do it after the video is over.
List your favorites!
Song or piece of music: Sound of Silence by Disturb
Band, artist, musical group, etc.: Imagine Dragons
Movie: Star Wars franchise
TV Show: Star Wars the Clone Wars
Book: Diary of A Wimpy Kid
Board game: Monopoly
Dessert: Brownies and blondies
Place to visit: Disneyland
You’re on a deserted island and you can only choose one from each category:
Dessert: Ice cream
Entertainment: Board Games
Social Media: TikTok
See Miles in action! If you’ve ever wanted to be there in person for The Rose Parade and the excitement that surrounds it, the BOA VIP Rose Experience is for you! Learn more at marching.musicforall.org/rose/vip.