This is the fortieth 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: Steven Locastro

Hometown: Alabaster, AL

School Name: Thompson High School

Instrument: French Horn

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Orchestra of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
Last year I was in the Honor Band of America, so this year I decided to audition for both!!

What are three things you’ve learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
I learned how to be a leader, a teacher, and a great learner!!

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
Playing with the Honor Band of America!

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
Band is the only thing I do.

What’s your favorite song or piece of music?
Don Juan

What’s your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
Special FX makeup.

What’s your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
Go to school and major in performance. Then one day travel the world and play my horn everywhere I go!

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Yes! My band performed in 2015 and I was in the Honor Band of America in 2016!