Zoe Detlaf, Rachelle Jacobs, and Adam Sundling were selected from among hundreds of applicants across the nation to participate in this prestigious national honor band. Detlaf is a junior at Huntley High School and is the daughter of John and Deborah Detlaf. Sundling is the son of Erik and Judith Sundling and is also in his junior year. The youngest selected is sophomore Jacobs who is the daughter of Scott and Teri Jacobs.
“According to the list of members, there are 14 Illinois students involved, and we are the only school with 3 students selected to participate,” said Huntley High School Marching Red Raider’s band director, Nick Konwerski.
The BOA Honor Band is a 325 piece national ensemble with winds, percussion and a flag and dance team. The Band will be directed by Bob Buckner, who recently retired as director of the Western Carolina University Marching Band. Bands of America is a program of Music for All (MFA), one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations in support of active music making.
The participants will spend a week in southern California, where they will have rehearsals, performances at the Tournament of Roses Bandfest and Disneyland, and a featured appearance in the world-famous parade.
The 124th Rose Parade® presented by Honda themed “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” will take place on Tuesday, January 1, 2013. The 5.5-mile parade will be broadcast on several major television stations including ABC, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, and NBC.
“To be selected for this unique opportunity is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these students and a testimony to their excellence and achievements,” says Eric Martin, Music for All President and CEO. “Each student is one of only 325 members chosen to be part of the Bands of America Honor Band, and their participation deserves the admiration and support of everyone in their community.
Individuals or businesses interested in making a financial donation to help defray the cost of the trip, can send a check or money order made payable to the individual student (Zoe Detlaf, Rachelle Jacobs, Adam Sundling) and mailed in care of Mr. Nick Konwerski at Huntley High School, 13719 Harmony Road, Huntley, IL 60142.