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Bassett High School Band members Rocky Ankeny (from left), Nikki Parker and Corbin Martin stand behind their Army band hats Wednesday at the school after being selected to play in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, a national high school football all-star game, on Jan. 5 in San Antonio. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Three Bassett High School (BHS) band members will perform at the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, a national high school football all-star game, on Jan. 5 in San Antonio.

On Wednesday, Corbin Martin, Nikki Parker and Rocky Ankeny were recognized in front of their bandmates at BHS. The three were presented with Army jackets and hats as well as their official uniform hats for the performance.

Each student gave a brief acceptance speech.

“Mr. (Trey) Harris and Mr. (Scott) Allred made me what I am,” said Martin, who plays the trumpet. “I have talent, but talent is nothing unless you form it into something.”

Harris is the band director at BHS, and Allred is the band director at Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School.

Ankeny, a French horn and mellophone player, said “this is the payoff” for hard work and dedication.

The three will participate in the marching band and color guard performance at the game at the Alamodome in San Antonio. A total of 125 high school marching band musicians from all over the country will perform at the event.

An Army official remarked that to be selected for the All-American Bowl means that the mental, emotional and physical strength of each individual is supreme. This is the sixth year that the Army has had a marching band.

Bassett now has had 10 of its band members play in the All-American Bowl band. Harris said he and the students thought the Army would select only one BHS musician. “We’re ecstatic,” he said. “Typically, only one or two are selected from a school.”

According to Harris, the three students stood out throughout the season. “These three were definitely leaders in the band and in their sections this season,” said Harris, who led the Army’s selected band for the first two years.

The students were informed of their nomination during summer band camp training.

Once nominated, a student had to submit an audition video showcasing his or her talents with a required marching piece and a personally selected piece that highlighted the student’s individual abilities.

Ankeny has filmed fellow bandmates’ audition videos since 2011 and said he felt familiar with the process. However, the video-making portion was the biggest obstacle for him.

“Making the videos, you want it to be perfect,” he said, recalling multiple takes.

With 12 years of experience in color guard activities, Parker said she was excited to be a part of the program.

The game will be streamed online and will air live on NBC. Every year the game has taken place, attendance has increased, with 2012 featuring 39,011 people who watched the game, according to the bowl game’s website.

The BHS Marching Band recently came in fourth in the USBands National Competition.


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