This year’s marching band season will last just a little longer than usual for Buchanan High School’s Collin Allen. The senior trumpet player has been selected to perform as a member of the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band in January’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The band, comprised of marching band and color guard members from throughout the nation, will perform the halftime show during the Jan. 7 football game at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl, established in 2001, features 90 the country’s most outstanding football players in and East versus West game. The U.S. Army All-American Marching Band has been part of the event since 2008.
Nominated by their band directors in the fall of their junior year, the 125 high school seniors were selected based on musicianship, marching achievement, character and leadership ability.
Allen was honored at a special recognition ceremony at Buchanan last Tuesday, where he was officially invited to Bowl Week and presented with a U.S. All-American Marching Band jacket. His parents, Dave and Mary Allen, received the American Family Insurance Dream Champion award for supporting him in his musical endeavors. American Family Insurance is the presenting sponsor of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
“It’s a great honor to have been selected to be a part of this band,” Allen said in a speech to assembled friends, family and students, including fellow band members.
Later, he added, “I’m looking forward to meeting a bunch of new high caliber musicians and just putting a show together and getting new instructions from people.” Although he plans to do some sightseeing, he said, the majority of his time in San Antonio will be spent learning the show.
Jason Orchard, Buchanan Area Director of Bands, has worked with Allen since he was a seventh grader at Alta Sierra Intermediate. “Collin is just one of those kids who is hard not to like,” he said. “He’s very kind to everybody and very hardworking and very consistent ... everybody in the band really loves him, so it’s really fun to see him have this success.
“I remember hearing him play as a seventh grader and just watching his growth over the years,” he added. “We’ve got a rich tradition at Buchanan of students doing amazing things [but] this is the first time that we’ve had a U.S. Army All-American, so it’s a pretty big honor.”