CUMMING — One Forsyth Central High School graduate will be in the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., tonight as the Alabama Crimson Tide takes on the Clemson Tigers, but she will be neither in the stands nor in the game.
She will, however, be representing her school.
Ashley Jeter is a member of the Alabama Million Dollar Band and will take the field with the color guard at the College Football Playoff Championship Game.
“I’m proud to be an alumnus from Forsyth Central,” she said. “I am representing the entire SEC in the college football playoff. I never would have imagined as a freshman in high school that five years later I would be an SEC champion two years in a row and be able to compete in a national championship.”
In her second year with the college’s color guard, she recently participated at halftime in the SEC championship game in Atlanta and the playoff game in Irving, Texas.
“The Million Dollar Band is the only band in the SEC to perform in the inaugural college football playoff and the first band ever to make a second appearance,” Jeter said.
The Crimson Tide is the only squad to reach the four-team playoffs in its first two years.
“What I’m looking forward to most is being able to represent the SEC in the national championship and being able to perform with my band family. I’m so thankful for the support of my family at home and all over the country,” she said. “They constantly encourage me and are the reason I’m living my dream.”
During her senior year as captain in Central’s Flash of Crimson Marching Band color guard, Jeter was selected to perform in the 2014 U.S. Army All American Marching Band, which included 24 guard members from all over the nation.
“Color guard is a passion of mine. I love performing and being an inspiration and role model to other youth,” she said.
She was also chosen to perform in the 2013 Macy’s Great American Marching Band at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with high school students from around the country.
She was the only student from Forsyth County chosen to take part in the band and was one of only 20 flags in the parade.
Now attending the University of Alabama, Jeter is also a member of the Alta Marea Winterguard in Tuscaloosa.
“I’ve been to so many places and have met so many people through color guard,” she said, “and I’m so blessed to have had so many experiences with it.”
The national championship game kicks off at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.