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20131125 Palmview-U.S.Army-Bowl-Marching-Band AF  0066 featurePALMVIEW—U.S. Army representatives visited Palmview High School on Monday to select Christian Hernandez for the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. Hernandez is scheduled to play trombone during the half-time show of the U.S. Army All American Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 4, 2014.

The high school senior, along with his mother and Superintendent Alda T. Benavides, were part of the selection presentation. John Cahill, selection tour representative with the U.S. Army, said the program is on its seventh year with more than 4,000 applicants from across the nation.

Cahill added the application process is strenuous, and students must submit three different videos: a marching routine, personal video with their instrument of choice and a team video with their campus marching band.

“We team up with the National Association for Music Education in selecting the students,” Cahill said. “It’s long and tedious, but if they want to do it, they put in a lot of time and effort to get here. They will perform during half time of the nation’s premier high school football game.”

Band Director Jacob Banda explained the opportunity is a great honor for Hernandez and their campus. He added it’s a great feeling to see his students excel after they’ve worked hard.

“In my time here, we have only had one other student make the band…so Hernandez is the second student to make it from Palmview High School,” Banda said.

Banda added the student selected in 2011 also played the trombone—both students study directly from the director.

“It’s a great honor; I’m excited that I’ve been selected out of 125 students and out of 1,000 students who went to audition,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez said though he struggled with the application process, it was important to him and overall he had fun pursuing his goal. He added he looks forward to the experience and has future plans to study music and eventually teach students like himself.

Cahill said Hernandez would have a unique experience performing during the half time show, as well as an interesting day of prepping for the big event. Hernandez received a jacket and cap in part with his selection; he also thanked his family, Banda and the district for its support.

“I know that as a member of the band, I will do my best to represent my family, my community and school district with honor and pride as I wear the army colors,” Hernandez said.

For more information on the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl visit: www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com.

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