Shaelin McCormick, a freshman at Fishers High School, was selected last month to be a member of the Bands of America Honor Band in the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade.
The daughter of Kris and Scott McCormick, McCormick was selected from among hundreds of applicants across the nation to be a member of the 325-piece band. Her band directors are Charles Kunz, Michael Carpenter and Matthew Harrod.
“To be selected for this unique opportunity is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these students and a testimony to their excellence and achievements,” said Eric Martin, president and CEO of Music for All, which makes the selections for the BOA Honor Band. “Their participation deserves the admiration and support of everyone in their community. The Rose Parade is one of our country’s national pageantry treasures, and the 2013 Honor Band members will be ambassadors of America’s bands and of their states and communities.”
This will mark the third time Music for All’s Bands of America Honor Band has performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade, and McCormick’s second time marching with the band. The BOA Honor Band also performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade in 2005 and in 2009, when it was a part of the President’s Award-winning entry created with NAMM and Sesame Street Workshop. Then a fifth grader, McCormick was one of three banner carriers who led the band down the parade route.
The Rose Parade will be held January 1 at 8 a.m. Each student is responsible for raising their own financial support for their participation and travel expenses, a total of $1,690 plus airfare. More information about BOA or how to make a tax-deductible contribution can be found online at www.musicforall.org/who-we-are/bands-of-america.