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: Thomas Pagán

Hometown: Hobart, IN

Why did you apply to be a member of the Honor Band?

I was entranced with the idea of marching with more than 300 people in a band and wanted to challenge myself.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?

I’m most excited for meeting all the friends that I’ve found through this. We have our own GroupMe for the students and I feel that we already know so much about each other it would be amazing to meet everyone in person.

What are three things you’ve learned from being involved in your high school music program?

The work is never easy
You must prove your worth to the ensemble
Music brings everyone together different from anything else whether it’s agreeing on something or having different opinions and still playing together

To date, what is your favorite memory of being involved in your high school music program?

My favorite memory has to be the first jazz solo I had

What activities and clubs are you involved in?

Concert, jazz, combo, marching, martial arts, yearbook

What are your post-graduation plans?
My plans post-graduation are to go into the medical field by getting my bachelor’s in nursing sciences and continuing on to get my medical license in anesthesiology or general ER

Have you participated in any Music for All or Bands of America activities before? If so, which ones?

I went to Summer Symposium in 2019 where I found out about TOR

Tell us something unique about yourself:

My dad is also my English teacher.

List your favorites!

Song or piece of music: Bride of the Waves

Band, artist, musical group, etc.: Halestorm

Movie: Hacksaw Ridge

TV Show: The Chicagos

Book: Lockwood and Co.

Board game: Monopoly

Dessert: Cheesecake

Place to visit: Home

You’re stranded on an island and you can only choose one from each category:

Dessert: Ice Cream

Entertainment: reading books

Social Media: TikTok

See Thomas 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