Rep. Barletta congratulates student on selection to Army band

Jan 4, 2012
Press Release

HAZLETON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, congratulated one of his constituents for being named to the prestigious Army All-American Marching Band, which will perform during the 2012 Army All-American High School Football Game.

Allison Gordner, a student at Berwick Area High School, is one of 125 top high school marching band musicians chosen to perform at the game, to be played in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday, January 7, at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The game will be televised live on NBC.

Allison, a trumpet player and daughter of John and Lori Gordner of Berwick, is a member of the concert band, marching band, jazz ensemble, modernaires, women’s chorus, and combined chorus at school. She earned positions in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District Eight Band, including the chorus, and jazz band. Allison also earned positions in the Columbia County Band and Jazz Band, as well as the Columbia-Montour County Chorus. She is a varsity athlete for cross country, track, and soccer. Allison is involved in Relay for Life, Youth in Philanthropy, and Prom Project. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is in the top 15 percent of her class. (Source: U.S. Army)

“I’m very proud of Allison for her selection to the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, and for her accomplishments in high school. She is an example for other young people, and I wish her the best of luck as she represents Northeastern Pennsylvania during the bowl game,” Rep. Barletta said.

Now in its fifth year, the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band performs during halftime of the game. The band recognizes the nation's leading high school band members. Musicians and color guard members are nominated by those in their communities and selected by the National Association for Music Education. Selection for the bowl reaches more than 200 communities around the country. From September to December, the Selection Tour hosts events in each of the selectees' hometowns and shares Army values and strengths. The young men and women demonstrate the U.S. Army core values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honesty, Integrity and Personal Courage in their everyday lives.

Like the U.S. Army All-American football players, the national selection of All-American band members is based on a broad range of attributes that go beyond performance and include qualities such as academic achievement, leadership abilities and community service. Inclusion in the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band is a top-tier validation of their accomplishments.

The Army All-American Bowl showcases not only the best high school football players, marching band musicians, and color guard members in the country, but also highlights some of the best soldiers in the Army. Ninety of the nation's top high school football stars were selected to play in the game and they are paired with an Army “Soldier Hero” (recipients of a Bronze Star with V Device for Valor, Silver Star and/or Purple Heart). The player/soldier combo will interact throughout Bowl Week in a variety of activities that demonstrate the core values that make these players and soldiers so special.