Lincoln-Way Students Selected for U.S. Army All-American Marching Band
Thursday, October 15, 2015

Lincoln-Way East student Olivia Jones and Lincoln-Way West student Mark Macha have been selected for the prestigious honor of playing in the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.

Army representatives visited Macha and Jones this week during a special selection tour to honor students in front of their classmates, families, teachers and school administrators.

Macha and Jones will join 125 of the nations top marching band members to perform during the nationally-broadcast U.S. Army All-American Bowl which is played at the Alamodome in Texas on January 9.

U.S Army Sargent David Wilson presented Macha and Jones with U.S. Army Bowl jackets and a formal invitation to join the marching band for one of the nations premier football games played by high school athletes, many who are recruited for college and professional football.

Marching band, like the Army, provides students with the discipline and dedication needed for success, said Sgt Wilson. These students are not only excellent marching band members, but they have also demonstrated many of the Army values like loyalty, duty and honor and were pleased to welcome them to the 2016 All-American Marching Band.

Jones has been a member of the Lincoln-Way East color guard for four years and thanked Principal Dr. Sharon Michalak, East Band Director Bert Johnson, her family, and marching band members for their support in helping her achieve this exciting accomplishment.
Olivia has been an outstanding ambassador for our schools music program and she deserves this in every single way, said Johnson.

Macha has been playing the trumpet since the age of ten and hopes to perform with a professional orchestra in the future.

I have been watching the marching bands in the All-American Bowl since I was little, Macha said. This is an incredible opportunity to play with other musicians who are just as passionate as I am.