The seventeenth installment of a new series on the blog that we will be posting throughout the month of December. As some of you are aware, Music for All will be taking an Honor Band to the 2017 Rose Parade. Our members were selected by audition for the ensemble and come from all across the United States. We are looking forward to coming together for the first time as a band at the end of December and we hope this series will allow us all to get to know some (hopefully most!) of the members of this awesome ensemble!


Name: Elizabeth Ranatza

Hometown: Harrisburg, NC

School Name: Hickory Ridge High School

Section: Colorguard

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
In 2015 I went to Summer Symposium at Ball State University, and my best friend and I went to the interest meeting led by Susie Harloff. After the meeting we decided it sounded like a lot of fun. We both sent in video auditions and made it!

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I’m very excited about Disney!! I go to Disney World ever year with my family, but I have never been to Disneyland and I am excited to spend the day there!

What are three things you’ve learned from being involved in band?
1. Sucess takes lots and lots of practice. 
2. There is ALWAYS room for improvement. 
3. Take pride in everything you do.

Most memorable moment in band?
My marching band recently traveled to London to perform in the 2016 London New Years Day Parade. It was an amazing once in a lifetime experience, and something I will treasure forever.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am Secretary of the National Honors Society, I play the Bb clarinet and bass clarinet, march independent winterguard, and I am in Key Club, Model UN, and Beta Club.

What’s your favorite book?
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

What’s your favorite song or piece of music?
I really like film scores and some of my favorites are the soundtracks from Jane Eyre, Up, Star Trek into Darkness, Super 8, and Harry Potter.

Favorite movie?

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies and Cream

What’s your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I want to attend a four-year college (hopefully UNC or Clemson), for a degree in Biological Sciences and then enroll in Dental School.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I have bee in a Girl Scout for 12 years, and I recently received my Gold Award.