This is the first 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 9 through March 11. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!


Name: Kamali Clora

Hometown: Bellevile, MI

School Name: Belleville High School

Instrument: Trombone

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Band of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
As a musician, my desire is to hoan my skills as a trombonist and expand my knowledge of music. To do that, it is pivotal that I expose myself in environments where I can share the same musical aspirations as my peers. Being able to play beautiful symphonies with people who take music as seriously as I do is a great experience. It is an honor to be playing in the Honor Band of America because of prestine reputation, high achievements in musicality, as well as the respectable educational setting. I believe there is nothing more powerful than a group of young musicians with the same passions towards music, who work together to accomplish a common goal.

What are three things you’ve learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
1. Not to ride on my talent to get the job done.
2. Do not take these experiences for granted.
3. Have fun while playing and feel the music!

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
Discovering the music and learning it bar by bar with my band mates, then being able to perform it at a concert showing people how hard we worked.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
-Science Olympia Team
-Debate Club
-Interact Club
-National Honor Society
-Student Council
-Choir Club
-Student Leadership Team
-Chess Club
-Table Tennis Club
-Spanish Club
-Varsity Tennis

What book have you read that you would recommend?
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

What’s your favorite song or piece of music?
Symphony No.9 by Antonin Dvorak

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Vanilla Oreo

What’s your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
I like to play chess, pool, and tennis.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
Just know everything will get better in due time, keep your head up and smile. Good things will come to those who wait!

What’s your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I hope to attend the University of Michigan and enter the pre-med program.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
No I have not.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I am kind and is always happy. I believe laughter is the best medicine and to live life to the fullest!