On the Road as MENC's All-American Marching Musicians Receive Hometown Star Treatment

The 2011 U.S. Army All-American Marching Musicians Selection Tour is in full swing across the United States. And so is the media coverage. Print and online news organizations have featured many of the 125 students as they are announced.

On January 8, 2011, the marching musicians, all high school seniors, will perform the halftime show at the U.S. Army All-Amerian Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Students who are named on the selection tour receive an all-expenses paid to Bowl Week trip to San Antonio, practice with an elite group of student musicians, and instruction from some of the renowned collegenation’s most respected marching band directors.

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

A sampling of recent USAAAMB selection announcements from the fall tour:

Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) Executive Director John Stroube stopped in to congratulate USAAAMB trumpet player David Councill from Franklin County High School in Frankfort. State MEA representatives are visiting tour stops to show their support.

Corbin Croom from Central Valley High School in Veradale, Washington, was selected for the 2011 USAAAMB. He is shown with band director Eric Parker.

Dewey Mullis of the Ledford Senior High School in Thomasville, North Carolina, got a lift from fellow band members during the tour stop held in his honor. The Ledford band directors are Mike Howell and Margie Harrison.

2011 USAAAMB band members Katie Kozlowski and Matt Nedimyer pose with Chris Revett (L), Orchard Park District coordinator of music, and Orchard Park band director Donald Carducci (R).

USAAAMB sponsors include Jupiter Instruments, which provides instruments; Mapex Drums, which provides percussion instruments; and DeMoulin, the USAAAMB uniforms provider.

Roz Fehr, November 9, 2010 © MENC: The National Association for Music Education