By Emily Money
The U.S. Army All-American Marching Band has been selected, and three of the five Michigan inductees are from Central itself. Seniors Hailee Perrett, Michael Perry, and Harrison Seltzer have all been chosen for this elite band.
They receive the chance to play with the other 97 band members from around the United States at the US Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas this January.
Hailee Perrett is a member of the color guard. She has been participating in the marching band since her freshman year. “I’m honored to have been selected to be a part of this program and have the opportunity to work with some of the best people in the country,” said Perrett. “It speaks about our program at here at Central and how the hard work of a team can contribute to its achievement.”
Michael Perry is first trumpet and the trumpet section leader in the marching band. “To have three students at Central alone is insane! Then to have 60% of the students from Michigan chosen from our school shows how excellent our program is,” stated Perry. “Marching with some of the best in the country is going to be one of the greatest experiences of my life.”
Harrison Seltzer plays tenor saxophone and is one of the section leaders in the marching band. “It’s impressive that three of the five slots were from WLC,” said Seltzer. “I’m extremely proud of our band program for encouraging its members to audition on the national level.”
To be chosen for this exclusive band, members were nominated by their band director in the fall of their junior year. Then they each sent in a series of audition tapes in May, and a video saying why they should be considered an All American.
Dave Rogers, the director of the marching band, said to Central staff, “I am so proud of Hailee, Harrison, and Michael. They are all tremendously talented performers and more importantly, they are wonderful people. They continually represent the ideal in terms of balancing great performance skills and academics, along with being great leaders and teammates. I am so happy for each of them. They are a credit to our community.”