Elizabeth Student & Teacher Selected For U.S. Army All-American Marching Band

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ELIZABETH – Elizabeth High School student Alberto Carrion and Band Director Wayne Dillon have been selected to be a part of the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.  Carrion will join an elite group of musicians who will perform during half-time at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

The U.S. Army All-American Marching Band recognizes the top 125 high school senior marching musicians and color guard members from across the country, showcasing their talents during the largest celebration of high school football in America, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, televised live on NBC at 1:00 p.m. EST.

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Carrion and Dillon were chosen from hundreds of applicants throughout the country by the U.S. Army All American Marching Band Selection Committee consisting of The National Association for Music Education, Drum Corps International, Head Director and Show Coordinator Nola Jones, and All American Games.  In their acceptance letters, Carrion was praised for his exceptional clarinet audition and Dillon received accolades for his hard work and dedication to the marching arts.

The official announcement of their selection was made on Oct. 12 in Elizabeth High School’s auditorium.  In front of district officials, team members, and students, representatives from All American Games and the U.S. Army honored Carrion and Dillon for being two of the best high school marching musicians in the country.  Both received an all-expense paid trip to attend the U.S. Army All-American Bowl where Carrion will rehearse, under the direction of Dillon, in preparation for performing with the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band during the half-time show.

“Congratulations to Alberto Carrion and Wayne Dillon for this extraordinary accomplishment.  Your efforts exemplify what it means to work with love and a laser-like focus on teaching and learning,” commented Superintendent of Schools Pablo Muñoz.

Elizabeth Board of Education President Carlos Trujillo added, “This accomplishment is something everyone in Elizabeth Public Schools can take pride in as it represents the continuing dedication of our team members and students to achieve excellence.”


Elizabeth High School Principal Bruce Elflein, Elizabeth High School Band Director Wayne Dillon, Alberto Carrion, and U.S. Army representatives.


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