Keiley Rowland, a senior at Coosa High School, has been selected as a member of the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. Rowland will perform with the band's color guard. She will join with select band performers from across the country to perform at halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl football game in January at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The National Association of Music Educators selected 125 musicians and band performers to participate in the event.
Students singled out for this honor represent the best of high school marching band members in the country. Rowland and others tabbed to participate were selected from hundreds of qualified applicants for their outstanding performance ability, marching skill, attention to detail, ability to follow directions and maturity.
“We are proud to work with All-American Games, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Army Field Band on this program,” wrote Jane Mell Balek, executive director of the National Association of Music Educators, in her letter informing Coosa of Rowland’s selection. “It has truly become one of the most prestigious and competitive programs in the United States.”
The 2017 edition of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band will be the 10th year of the program. Selection to perform in the band covers all expenses of students for their trip to San Antonio. Since 2008, nearly 1000 high school seniors have taken part in the All-American Marching Band.
Rowland is also a top academic student at Coosa High as she was recently recognized as an AP Scholar by the College Board. An AP Scholar has earned grades of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.