This is the thirty-sixth 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: Phil Barrett

Hometown: Brentwood, TN

School Name: Ravenwood H.S.

Instrument: Percussion

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Band of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
Multiple people at my school have been in this ensemble in previous years.

What are three things you’ve learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
1. Time management
2. You must have a wide taste in music.
3. Band friends will be your lifetime friends.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
2016 Honor Band of America

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?

What book have you read that you would recommend?
Stick Control

What’s your favorite song or piece of music?
Clocks by Coldplay

Favorite ice cream flavor?

What’s your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?

What’s one piece of advice you’d give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
Don’t quit.

What’s your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
Double major in music education and performance.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
2016 Honor Band of America; 2016-16 Music for All Summer Symposium

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I’m the youngest of triplets and I’m an Eagle Scout.