Elizabeth Student Named To 2014 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band

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Army representatives present Elizabeth High School student Jhon Mesa with his All-American Bowl jacket in a ceremony at the school on Nov. 22. Pictured from left to right are Staff Sergeant Quincy Jones, Mesa, and Staff Sergeant Albert Soto.

Army representatives present Elizabeth High School student Jhon Mesa with his All-American Bowl jacket in a ceremony at the school on Nov. 22. Pictured from left to right are Staff Sergeant Quincy Jones, Mesa, and Staff Sergeant Albert Soto.

 ELIZABETH — Elizabeth High School student Jhon Mesa was officially recognized today as part of the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.

Army representatives presented Mesa with his All-American Bowl jacket in a ceremony at the school this morning. He joins the ranks of an elite group of 125 musicians and color guard members from across the country who will showcase their talent during a halftime performance at the nationally broadcast U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 4, 2014.

“The U.S. Army has a distinguished musical history,” said Mark Davis, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Marketing. “It takes great skill, teamwork and dedication to be a successful band member, just as it does to be an Army Soldier. Only the strongest wear the Army colors, which is why we are proud to honor all of our 2014 U.S. Army All-American Band members and congratulate each of them on their selection.”

Mesa has been in the music program of Elizabeth High School Upper Academy  since eighth grade, participating in both concert band and jazz band. He plays the electric bass for the Elizabeth High School Marching Band, an undefeated  USBands 5A State and National champion band for the past two seasons. He also plays the electric guitar for the high school’s jazz band and won a best solo award in last year’s competition in Boston, Mass. He also excels academically, with a GPA of 3.93.


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