Two STJ seniors will represent AL in Army All-American Marching Band
Students will perform during January’s All-American Bowl, televised by NBC
Saint James High School’s Madison Smith and Alexander Chung have been named to the U.S. All-American Marching Band that will perform during January’s Army All-American Bowl, the nation’s premier high school football game. Both seniors, Smith and Chung are the only Alabama students selected for the prestigious 125-member band from more than 1,300 nominees representing 47 states.
“It’s great because I’ll get to know so many more people and spend another great weekend with band,” Chung said. “My kept saying, “Congratulations, you deserved it because of all the hard work you’ve put in.”
“I am so looking forward to that week because music is my passion,” Smith added. “To be around people who share that is a great feeling and to have us all working toward a common goal is very special.”
Representatives of the U.S. Army’s Chief of Staff announced Smith and Chung’s selection on Friday, Oct. 25, during a school pep rally in STJ’s high school gym. The U.S. Army representatives visit the high school of each All-American player and band member that has been selected -- to recognize the students and announce their selection. During the event Chung and Smith were formally presented with official bowl jackets.
As members of the honor band Smith and Chung (who respectively perform in the Color Guard and play the mellophone) will fly to San Antonio in January for a week – all expenses paid -- to rehearse and play with other All American Band members. The highlight of the trip is participation in the halftime show of the Army All-American Bowl game, televised live from the San Antonio Alamodome on Jan. 4, 2014 by NBC. The anticipated television audience for the bowl is 2.5 million viewers.
Students selected for this honor band exhibit exceptional musicianship, marching achievement, character, and leadership, and are competitively chosen after nomination by their school’s band director and an audition video the students, themselves, produce. The National Association for Music Education, the All American Games and Drum Corps International select the band members.
“It’s such an honor to be an All-American,” Smith said. “It’s almost like being an Eagle Scout in music.”
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