As part of a nationwide tour, representatives of the U.S. Army’s All-American Selection Committee visited the Eagleville High School gym Wednesday to announce senior Brittany Parker as its newest choice for the All-American Marching Band.
Eagleville High School senior Brittany Parker was selected for the All-American Marching Band. She will perform as part of the color guard during the half-time show of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. (Photo submitted)
The band performs at halftime of the nationally broadcast U.S. Army All-American Bowl, televised live on NBC at 1 p.m. (EST) on Jan. 7, 2012.
By becoming an Army All-American band member, Parker joins an elite group of only 125 high school band members selected each year among the millions in the United States.
She is co-captain of the Eagleville High School Marching Band and has been a member for all four years of her high school career.
During her membership the color guard has achieved many Superior ratings and first place awards for their competitive class.
Eagleville High School band director Kelly Medford recommended Parker during her junior year as part of the application process, noting she is the first student to be selected for this honor in Eagleville High School’s history.
“Brittany is a self-motivated leader, and any teacher would be proud to recommend her for anything she chooses to pursue,” Medford said.
Parker had to meet strict academic standards and exhibit exceptional character through written recommendations from her teachers and principal in order to be chosen as a finalist.
She then submitted video performances demonstrating her skills and a video interview to establish herself as a mature adult deserving of such an honor.
The induction ceremony was one of 125 to be held nationwide as part of a nationwide tour, which will air on the Versus Channel’s “The Ride” television series.
For more than 11 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the nation’s premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars.
Adrian Peterson, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Ndamukong Suh, Marcus Lattimore and Andrew Luck all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans.
The 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of nearly 38,000 to the Alamodome and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.