Two Forsyth Central High School seniors have received invitations to the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.
Color guard member Lindsey Womac and band member Anthony Young will perform in a group of 125 of the nation’s top marchers during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl halftime show Jan. 7.
The nationally televised game features 90 of the top high school football players from across the country at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Both Flash of Crimson marching band seniors agreed the band opportunity is a great honor.
"It means a lot," Womac said Tuesday. "There are only 125 kids out of the whole United States. Two from Forsyth Central is exciting."
Young said he can’t wait to meet the other students selected for the All-American group, and perform in front of such a large crowd.
"It’s a pretty big deal to be able to represent my school in this and my family," he said, "and show how much I’ve progressed throughout the year to be able to get to play."
Young completed his video audition for the band playing the marimba, while Womac showed off her skills with the flag.
The two four-year marching band members were nominated by Central’s director, John Mashburn, for selection in the All-American band.
"They’re very dedicated students and show a lot of pride and honor in the band program," Mashburn said. "They’re outstanding performers and outstanding people."
The Central students will be the eighth and ninth selected over the past four years for the All-American band.
Army Maj. Alice Smith presented the official selection invitations in a Tuesday ceremony, which was part of the group’s selection tour across the U.S.
"Both embody the character and signature values of an Army strong soldier," Smith said, "and we are proud to have them on our team and have them wear our colors."
The band members will gather Jan. 2 in San Antonio to begin rehearsing for the performance.