The one-hundred and twelfth 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: Madalyn Manning

Hometown: Bentonville, AR

School Name: Bentonville High School

Section: Dancer

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
My brother was the first one to apply and make it, and after hearing all the fun things we get to do in California, I wanted to tag-along with my family. My mom wondered if they had a dancer section. When we found there was, I sent in a recording.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am really excited to be able to go to Disneyland the day before my birthday! Also, seeing Hollywood for the first time.

What are three things you’ve learned from being involved in band?
1. You make new friends.
2. You make lots of new memories.
3. Those friends and memories will be with you forever.

Most memorable moment in band?
Being able to go to Grand Nationals for the first time to see my brother and the Bentonville Pride Marching Band perform.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I’m not in band, but I am on the school dance team.

What’s your favorite book?
My favorite book is the Man Who Loved Clowns.

What’s your favorite song or piece of music?
I was in Orchestra for three years so my favorite piece of music from that was Brandonburg Concerto No. 5

Favorite movie?
The Maze Runner/ The 5th Wave

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookie Dough

What’s your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
After I graduate high school, I plan on getting my teaching degree from the University Of Arkansas, so I can become a hearing impaired teacher.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I dance about 11-12 hours every week (including dance team).