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: Brooklyn Ellis

Hometown: McFall, MO

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

I applied because I wanted to represent my hometown in a once-in-a-lifetime ensemble.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?

I’m excited to get to work with other musicians from across the country.

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

 I’ve learned discipline, personal accountability, and leadership skills. 

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

It would have to be a tie between sweeping a marching competition after getting a new set of directors and performing at MMEA.

What activities and clubs are you involved in?

I’m involved in FBLA, NHS, Science Olympiad, Scholar Bowl, FTA, FCA, and Student Council.

What are your post-graduation plans?
I plan to attend Northwest Missouri State University in pursuit of a degree in Music Education.

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

I have attended Music For All Summer Symposium for 3 years.

Tell us something unique about yourself.

I’m left-handed.

List your favorites!

Song or piece of music: Lux Aurumque – Eric Whitacre

Band, Artist, Musical Group, Etc.: Michael Buble

Movie: The Star Wars Series

TV Show: Criminal Minds

Book: The Harry Potter Series

Board Game: Sorry

Dessert: Blackberry Ice Cream

Place to Visit: California 

You’re on a deserted island and you can only choose one from each category:

Dessert: Ice Cream

Entertainment: Reading Books

Social Media: Instagram

See Brooklyn 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