Kathleen McHugh In BOA Honor Band

kh-rosebowlMusic for All’s Bands of America Honor Band will perform for millions of spectators in the 124th annual Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 2013 in Pasadena, California. The Bands of America Honor Band features 296 outstanding high school and college student musicians and color guard performers, selected from band programs across the country by recorded audition.

UCMB freshman Kathleen McHugh was selected to be a part of the ensemble in early April. The band brings together student musicians from 31 states, 2 countries, and 13 universities. McHugh is a member of the UCMB trombone section and is the only member representing UConn and the entire state of Connecticut.

The Honor Band is under the direction of Bob Buckner, who recently retired as director of the Western Carolina University “Pride of the Mountains” Marching Band. He is an award-winning, nationally-recognized band director, drill and visual designer, clinician and adjudicator. Buckner was a student teacher with Dr. Mills years ago.

One of McHugh’s favorite parts about the Honor Band experience is learning from the staff. “The band has a really great staff. Most of the instructors and our arranger are DCI hall of famers, so they not only love what they do but they’re also the best at it” said McHugh.
The Honor Band has been hard at work rehearsing and preparing for performances since Thursday. They performed at the Tournament of Roses Bandfest this morning and will perform at Disneyland tonight.

McHugh found out about the Honor Band during her time with Macy’s Great American Marching Band. She marched in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade each year from 2009-2011, and was a part of the 2012 MGAMB staff. She is excited for the parade on New Year’s Day. “Overall this is an awesome experience. I’m so excited to be here, doing what I love, meeting new people and representing Connecticut.”

You can watch the BOA Honor Band and the entire Tournament of Roses Parade live on NBC and ABC at 11:00 a.m. EST. You can also follow the Honor Band on Facebook and Twitter and watch daily videos on YouTube.