From drill spots, to yard lines, to eighth notes and count offs, marching band is all about numbers. So what numbers make up the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band?
On the most basic level, the USAAAMB is made up of 125 high school seniors from 30 different states across the country. Between them there are 77 winds, 23 percussion/auxiliary, 24 color guard members, and one drum major. That’s roughly 100 instruments, 14 flags, 10 rifles, and one set of white drum major gloves. These band members have only 24 hours worth of rehearsal to learn, clean, and perform a two-song and five-minute-long halftime show. That’s roughly half a competitive field show performance-ready in less than three days of an average band camp.
Off the field, the USAAAMB boasts some pretty impressive statistics. Of the 100 musicians, 104 members participate in their schools’ concert band. This means that multiple color guard members double as musicians in the band room. Half of the All-American musicians ranked as All-State during their junior year, putting them both top in their state, and in the country. Twenty-four members participate internationally during the summer in DCI, representing 14 different corps including Bluecoats, Cavaliers, Spirit of Atlanta, and The Academy. Nineteen All-Americans are also members of Tri-M, an international music honor society sponsored by the National Association for Music Education, which requires music and academic excellence. Overall, the USAAAMB prides an impressive average GPA of 3.75 with all members in good academic standing at school.
In the fall, 62% of the band will take the next step and pursue music in college. Band members will be majoring in fields such as music performance, music education, music business, composition, and music therapy, among others. Roughly half of the students will choose music performance or music education, with many students opting to double major with engineering, business, or science. Needless to say, being selected as an All-American is more than just being a great musician. These students are role models, both on and off the field.
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