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Marching Buccaneer Color Guard Member Tapped For Army All-American Band

OSWEGO, NY – An Oswego Marching Buccaneer tradition continues as another Marching Buc will perform in the national spotlight.

The 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour will visit Oswego High School the week of Sept. 29 to select band a member to the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.

Oswego High School will honor this student before her fellow band members, classmates, fans and family during a special recognition event.

“I have some exciting news to share with you. Each year thousands of students apply and audition for the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. The Army, in conjunction with the National Association for Music Education, select a grand total of 125 members into the marching band that will perform a halftime show during U.S. Army All-American Bowl game,”  said Scott Ciesla, OHS’s band director. “Oswego is currently the only school in the country to have an All-American selected each year going back to the start of this program in 2008. This year, the honor goes to Kylie Pelkey – a member of our color guard.”

On Oct. 2,  Pelkey will officially receive an invitation to join the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band and her honorary jacket in front of family, friends, fellow band members and classmates.

The induction ceremony will be at 8:30 p.m. on Joe Wilber Field, Ciesla said.

“If mother nature chooses to be uncooperative,  we will host the event in the Robinson-Faust Theatre at the same time,” he said. “We hope that you will join us for this remarkable occasion!”

The All-American Marching Band performs at halftime of the nationally-broadcasted U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

By becoming a U.S. Army All-American Marching Band Member, these students join an elite group.

Only 125 high school band members among the millions in the United States are selected each year.

Band members are chosen not just because they excel in music, but because they embody the same values of our Army Strong Soldiers – values like Loyalty and Respect, according to an Army spokesperson.

The 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be televised live on NBC from the Alamodome on Jan. 3, 2015, at 1 p.m. EST.

For the past 15 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. Andrew Luck, Patrick Peterson, and Jamaal Charles made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. The 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of 40,017 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.

Since 2007 (for the 2008 game), Oswego has had 13 students selected to participate. In 2010, 2011 and 2013 there were two Bucs named. 2007 saw a trio of Bucs join the elite group. This year and 2008, 2009, 2012 all had one.