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: Joseph Zaradzki

Hometown: North Huntingdon, PA

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

To experience a once in a lifetime musical opportunity with several other students from my high school.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?

Getting to learn from the best of the best with students from all around the country.

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

You have to put in a lot of effort, but in the end it pays off.

Making friends and having fun is key to making the most of it.

Learning how perform confidently for an audience.

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

After the scores are announced at BOA events and we break form filled with excitement knowing we did our best.

What activities and clubs are you involved in?

Band/Jazz Band

Ski club


What are your post-graduation plans?

To study electronics engineering

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

BOA Regional Competitions.

Tell us something unique about yourself.

I started my own company specializing in custom portable electric vehicle batteries, named Z Battery Solutions LLC.

List your favorites!

Song or piece of music: Vigil’s Keep by Julie Giroux

Band, Artist, Musical Group, etc.: Bluecoats

Movie: 2012

TV Show: Mythbusters

Book: Ignition by John D Clark

Dessert: Oreo cheesecake ice cream

Place to visit: Ski resorts

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

Dessert: Ice Cream

Entertainment: Playing Board Games

Social Media: TikTok