This is the third installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!


Name: Grey Vandeberg

Hometown: Madison, AL

School Name: Bob Jones High School

Instrument: Baritone Saxophone

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Band of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
When I was in eighth grade, I listened to a recording of the 2011 Honor Band of America on Youtube. I was absolutely astounded with the quality of musicianship in the ensemble, and despite having no intentions of actually making it, I figured it would be better to be safe than sorry.

What are three things you’ve learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
I’ve learned how to be a leader through my time directing the sectionals and assisting the middle school band, how to develop a more efficient work ethic through my rigorous practicing schedule, and how to help my peers through strenuous situations through the difficulties that come with band.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
I was apprehensive about the saxophone my first year as I was playing the alto, but the first time I played the baritone, I knew that my heart lied in band. I will never forget the first note I played on the bari.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
Tri M Honor Society (officer), Social Studies Honor Society (officer), Debate team, Model UN, Science Honor Society, Science Bowl Team, and National Honor Society.

What’s your favorite song or piece of music?
The Tattooed Bride by Duke Ellington

What’s your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
I am an avid movie-goer, and have a real passion for cinema.

What’s your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan on attending Vanderbilt as my first choice college and double majoring in Biochemistry and Music.