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: Carson de la Rosa

Hometown: Centerton, AR

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

I wanted to dive into another great musical experience and to walk away with more knowledge than I came with.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?

Honestly, the Disney part is going to be a really incredible experience.

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

  1. You’re going to have to work hard to achieve your goals
  2. Sometimes you won’t get recognized for your hard work and that’s okay
  3. Connections are critical

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

Working with my closest friends to make really good music.

What activities and clubs are you involved in?

I am a baritone in the Arkansas Musicworks British brass band. I also am a euphonium at the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. I also play in my church’s handbell choir.

What are your post-graduation plans?
I will be a euphonium performance and music education major at Rutgers University! Go Scarlet Knights.

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

I have participated in three Bands of America events. They are…
My old high school, Bentonville West High School, made our first BOA appearance in 2018 at the St. Louis Super Regional. We returned the following year as well.

Tell us something unique about yourself.

I have ADHD, so music is something that has really helped me work through that and manage it! 

List your favorites!

Song or piece of music: “All I Need” by Jacob Collier

Movie: Star Wars Phantom Menace

TV Show: Regular Show

Board Game: Sorry

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

Dessert: Cake

Entertainment: Playing Board Games

Social Media: Instagram

See Carson 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