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: Serena Cooper

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

They were talking about how amazing this opportunity was before the award ceremony at Grand Nationals, and I decided I wanted to give it a try! Especially when I saw my former dance director Samia Mooney standing on the field.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?

I am SO excited to perform in the Rose Bowl Parade on New Year’s!

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

My favorite memory with Vandegrift High School is winning the Grand National Title on our first time competing at Grand Nationals in Indianapolis. It was the first time I cried HAPPY tears!

What are your post-graduation plans?

Attending UT Tyler and majoring in Psychology.

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

I’ve competed in Band of America competitions with Vandegrift High School.

Tell us something unique about yourself.
I was actually supposed to be in the 2021 parade that got canceled. So I have already started my freshman year of college and I am in Alpha Chi Omega, a sorority.

List your favorites!

Song or piece of music: All of them 😂

Band, Artist, Musical Group, etc.: JP Saxe

Movie: Forrest Gump

TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy

Book: The Art of Racing in the Rain

Board Game: Battleship

Dessert: Chocolate Cake

Place to Visit: Orlando, Florida

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