Three of those fortunate musicians selected are from the Nation Ford High School Marching Band. Jake Mann, John Richardson and Ian Pilley received their official welcome to the ensemble by U.S. Army Major Walker.
The three young men are all seniors and were selected based on musicianship, marching achievement, character and leadership. Mann plays the clarinet and made sure to thank his mom for tolerating his clamor for the past 6 years.
Ian Pilley auditioned for the ensemble playing the tenor saxophone. Though that is not his primary instrument of choice, he was still overjoyed with the opportunity to play in such an elite band with some of the best high school musicians in the country. Pilley acknowledged his parents, friends and band members for their continuous support.
Tuba player John Richardson also thanked his supporters.
Jake, Ian and John will head to San Antonio, Texas in early January to practice with other student musicians from across the nation. All expenses for the week will be covered by the U.S. Army. Nation Ford High School President Beverly Bowman noted the marching band students for their achievement in both music and academics.
All three of the young men plan to pursue music upon graduation from high school. A live stream of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be available to watch on January 5th on www.allamericangames.tv