2011 USAAAMB Members Announced; MENC Seeks Comments on Proposed Marching Standards

2011 USAAAMB band member Josh Kurchinski (left) from Alan B. Shepard High School in Palos Heights, Illinois, was acknowledged with along with band director Christopher Pitlik during a recent tour stop.

The 2011 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band (USAAAMB) Selection Tour continues until early December. This year’s Selection Tour will recognize 125 marching band members from throughout the United States. A special ceremony is presented for classmates, family, and the media to honor each USAAAMB member individually.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the premier high school football game in the nation. Produced by All American Games, the Bowl features the nation’s top high school senior football players and marching musicians.

Students selected for the All-American Marching Band receive an all-expenses-paid trip to San Antonio, Texas, to march in the halftime performance of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome next January.

MENC was chosen by the U.S. Army to select members for the band from audition materials.


2011 USAAAMB Members

2011 USAAAMB Instructional Staff

Make 2012 USAAAMB Nominations

MENC will accept nominations for the 2012 USAAAMB through January 17, 2011. Students who will be seniors in 2011–2012 are eligible for nomination to participate. All students nominated by music educators will receive an invitation to audition in spring 2011.

Only students who exhibit exceptional musicianship, marching achievement, character, and leadership will be considered for the honor.

Comment on MENC/DCI Marching Music Standards

MENC and Drum Corps International (DCI) partnered to create National Standards for Marching Music. Post comments until November 1 on the marching standards drafts listed below. Comments will be archived and reviewed prior to final approval of the standards.

Marching music performances encompasses music, dance, theatre, and visual arts and contributes to the development of an character, physical, musical and cognitive abilities.

The marching music performance ensemble has been an integral part of American history and can be an effective component of a comprehensive music education program.The standards are broken into three broad categories: Visual Standards, Health and Safety Standards, and Music Standards.

National Guidelines for Marching Music

Contact MENC with questions about the USAAAMB or the National Marching Guidelines.

Photo Courtesy of All-American Games

-Roz Fehr, October 7, 2010 © MENC: The National Association for Music Education