The fifty-sixth 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: Matthew Mottesheard

Hometown: Clemmons, NC

School Name: Reagan High School

Section: Trombone

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the band?
I decided to apply to be a part of the band because it is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

What part of the trip are you most excited about?
I am most excited about meeting other wonderful musicians from other states.

What are three things you’ve learned from being involved in band?
1. Music can really tell a story.
2. Band is not just about the music, but also the friendship.
3. Better work ethics and time management skills.

Most memorable moment in band?
My most memorable moment in band was my very first marching band competition. I can remember the exact feeling I had as we marched onto the field prior to performing, as well as the applause after our show. It made all of the hard work pay off.

Besides band, what are you involved in at school?
I am involved in Key Club (I am the president of it at my school), Student Government, and Academic Team.

What’s your favorite song or piece of music?
Radioactive by Imagine Dragons

Favorite movie?
Hunger Games

Favorite ice cream flavor?

What’s your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I would like to attend NCSU (North Carolina State University) and study architecture.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
My band has participated in the BOA Regional in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
Christmas is my favorite holiday, following it would be Halloween!