From Music for All
Noelle Mason, a Senior at Carolina Forest High School will join other outstanding musicians from across the nation March 15-17 as part of Music for All's 2012 Honor Band of America. Mason was selected from hundreds of applicants from across the country for membership in this prestigious honors ensemble. Mason is the daughter of Rob and Nora Mason. Her band director is Jay Harward.
The Honor Band of America will perform in concert, Saturday, March 17, at 8 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall, located on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Honor Band of America is a national ensemble that will be conducted in 2012 by Col. Lowell Graham, Chairman of the Music Department and Director of Orchestra Activities at the University of Texas at El Paso. The students will first come together, from 23 states representing 59 high schools, the Wednesday before the concert.
Mason, a flutist, has performed with the Carolina Forest High School Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, and High School Musicals including; Les Miserables, Drowsy Chaperone and Grey Gardens as well as the Long Bay Youth Symphony and Coastal Youth Wind Ensemble. In addition, she has been selected to perform in All County Band, All County Orchestra, All Region Band, Winthrop University Honor Band, Coastal Carolina University Honor Band and Scholarship Festival and the University of South Carolina Honor Band Festival. When Mason is not rehearsing she enjoys playing golf with her father and is a dedicated spokesperson for the American Heart Association.
The Honor Band of America is part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, March 15-17 in Indianapolis. Band members are selected by recorded audition, evaluated by leading music educators. "To be selected for membership in this elite national ensemble is a great achievement and honor," says Eric Martin, Music for All President and CEO. "The 2012 Honor Band of America members are ambassadors of America's music programs, as well as their states, schools and communities."
The Music for All National Festival includes the National Concert Band Festival, the Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival and the Middle School National Music Festival, all taking place simultaneously in major venues throughout Indianapolis. In addition to the many performance and audience opportunities, students at the Music for All National Festival participate in master classes taught by some of the leading music instructors in the country, as well as a motivational session and social events. In addition to the Honor Band of America, the Festival includes two other honor ensembles, the Jazz Band of America and the Honor Orchestra of America.