eNewsletter, January 2018: All-American Legacy
On Saturday, January 6, at halftime of the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, 125 of America’s finest high school musicians took the field as part of the 11th annual U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. They gave an exceptional performance of a challenging show they only started rehearsing five days prior.
The 2018 All-Americans came to San Antonio the previous Monday with their music prepared, set the music to movement with the help of an expert marching staff, and received instruction from the Soldier-Musicians of The U.S. Army Field Band. The Army Field Band has mentored the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band every year since its inception. “The opportunity to meet and work with these highly motivated students is incredible,” said Master Sergeant Ward Yager, trumpet player with the Army Field Band. “Their energy, positive attitude, and sense of belonging to the team only grow as the week continues. It’s amazing to know previous participants still identify themselves as All-Americans.”
The U.S. Army All-American Marching Band was founded in 2008, and has gone on to become one of the most prestigious honors for high school musicians. Prospective participants must be nominated by their band directors, and then take part in a highly competitive audition through the National Association for Music Education. The All-Americans are selected by that year’s director. The director of the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band is Dr. T. André Feagin, Director of Bands at Coastal Carolina University.
“The young men and women of the 2018 All-American Marching Band have been outstanding,” said Dr. Feagin. “This group’s work ethic, enthusiasm, and high performance quality rank among the very best. With each passing moment, these talented performers define what it means to be an All-American. I am humbled and blessed to serve as their director.”
The 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl is of special significance: it will be the last one that bears the Army name. But the discipline, respect, intelligence, and skill displayed by the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band have not gone unnoticed. Although the Army will no longer be the name sponsor and its role in future All-American Bowls has yet to be determined, the Army is committed to supporting the marching band in some capacity.
Sarah Herrero was a member of the color guard in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. She went on to attend Texas Tech University on an Army ROTC scholarship, and now serves as a first lieutenant with the 330th Transportation Battalion at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
“The members of this band are a unique group,” said Lieutenant Herrero. “They’re not just musicians and performers. They’re also leaders of their communities. Many of them graduate with 4.0s, are valedictorians of their schools, and earn prestigious degrees at top universities. They’re the future leaders of their fields. The Army All-American Marching Band has been a great way to give these people an opportunity to get to know their military, and to put a face on what the Army is and what it does. Whether they join our ranks or not, these future leaders feel like they have a human connection to their military. And that’s because of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.”
Congratulations to the 2018 All-Americans, and to all the alumni of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. You continue to make us all proud.
The U.S. Army Field Band
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