Who is eligible for the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band? American students who exhibit exceptional musicianship, marching achievement, character, and leadership prior to their high school senior year are eligible. Students must be active members of their high school marching band from the time of the nomination through the final performance at the All-American Bowl. If you are not an American citizen, you must show proof of legal residency.
What does a student receive if selected as an All-American?
- National recognition through NAfME and news media outlets
- An all-expense paid trip to San Antonio to perform as a member of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band including airfare, hotel, food, rehearsal gear, performance gear, instrument (borrowed), and more
- A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rehearse and perform alongside the finest high school marching musicians in the nation
- The chance to work with an all-star marching band staff made up of directors from the most respected high school and collegiate marching band programs in America, and musicians from the the U.S. Army Field Band
- All-American Selection Tour Event at your school to announce their elite accomplishment to media, school administration, and fellow community members.
- An opportunity to perform at half time of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, TX in front of 50,000 spectators.
Who pays for all of these expenses? The U.S. Army, DeMoulin Bros & Co., Jupiter Instruments, DCI and All American Games, as well as many other generous sponsors of this event will cover all expenses and provide equipment for the student to participate free of charge.
Are there any fees involved? No. There are no entry or participation fees. Once selected, the student will have all expenses paid to participate, perform, and to be recognized for their exceptional music accomplishments.
How is a student selected for the band? Band directors nominate current high school juniors before January 31 of each year. It is the responsibility of the teacher to pass this on to their nominees as we are unable to collect student information. Audition videos and applications submitted by student musicians, are reviewed by an NAfME committee and final All-American selection is determined in July.
How can a student be nominated? Music teachers submit the names of their exceptional high school junior marching musicians using the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band Nomination form found on the All-American page in the USAAAMB section of the NAfME website. All-American nominations can be submitted through the online nomination form beginning September 1 of each year.
What instruments can I be nominated or apply for? Eligible instruments include piccolo, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, mellophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, sousaphone, snare drum, multi-tenor drum, bass drum, mallets, color guard, piano, drum set, bass guitar, and drum major.
YOU MUST RECORD AUDITION VIDEOS ON THE INSTRUMENT YOU ARE AUDITIONING FOR (Ex: Marching Baritone rather than Concert Euph and Mellophone rather than French Horn)
Can I be nominated or apply for multiple instruments, or for both an instrument and drum major? Yes. A student can be nominated or apply for multiple positions, but when application and audition materials are submitted, the student must submit a separate application and audition videos for each position.
When is the USAAAMB Nomination deadline? February 1 (2018 Program)
When is the USAAAMB Application and Audition deadline? May 1 (2018 Program)
2017 Audition FAQ
When will I find out if I made it? You will be notified via EMAIL in late July, followed by a hard copy letter to the applicant, band director, and school administration.
What if I move or change schools? You must become a member of the marching band at your new school, and provide NAfME with updated information for your new band director. This includes PCS moves for military personnel.
Does a student have to be nominated to audition? No, anyone may audition or apply. However, nomination is an additional recognition for the student.
Does a music teacher have to be an NAfME member to nominate a student? No, but students of non-NAfME members will not receive a certificate.
Do nominees receive anything special? Yes! Those students that complete the application process AND are nominated by an NAfME member will receive a special All-American Nominee certificate and mention in NAfME media.
Does a student nominated by a non-NAfME member receive a certificate? No, only those students nominated by NAfME members will receive an All-American Nominee certificate and mention in NAfME media.
Is nomination enough to be selected? No. In the spring, students must submit an application outlining accomplishments as well as submit specific audition videos for committee review.
Do the USAAAMB members get to perform as a group? Yes! The musicians chosen as High School All-Americans will perform in January of their senior year at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio as the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.
Where can I find USAAAMB Nomination and Application materials? The All-American nomination form, application, and audition music can be found here. If you have difficulty viewing or downloading any of the information, call the online assistance hotline at 800-336-3768.
When making my audition videos, can I edit to correct flaws? No. It is only acceptable to stop the tape between audition segments. It is not acceptable to touch-up, overdub, edit, correct, or alter the video or audio elements in any way to cover flaws. It is acceptable to splice together video segments for the solo audition video.
What is expected of me if I am selected? Selected students will be expected to perform at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, TX in January. This will include rehearsals the week prior to the Bowl in San Antonio and arriving with all music memorized for the event.
What if I am unable or unwilling to perform? NAfME will select a replacement from the audition pool to take your place. Reasons for not performing might be due to injury, excused absence, or disqualification.
Can I select someone else to perform in my place? No, only NAfME may place All-American participants.
What marching style does the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band use? The marching style used for the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band is drum corps style (roll step, no high leg lift).
I don’t march drum corps style! It is understood that there are many effective marching styles, but for consistency of appearance, the drum corps style has been selected.
Do I have to be related to someone in the Army or the military to be in the band? No. The USAAAMB is open to all high school
seniors that fulfill the requirements listed above.
My question isn’t answered here. Who should I contact?
If you need additional assistance, contact the USAAAMB at USArmyAllAmericanBand@gmail.com.