MILTON, Ga. – Milton High student Benny Ben-David was named to the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band during a ceremony Sept. 24.
“This is one of the biggest announcements in Milton High history,” said Principal Cliff Jones. He said this was only the second time in his tenure at the school that one of his students was selected.
Ben-David plays the marimba.
With his selection, Ben-David joins the ranks of an elite group of only 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, Texas, on Jan. 4, 2014. Band members are selected not just because they excel in music and performance, but because they embody the same values of the country’s “Army Strong” soldiers like loyalty and integrity.
“Not just anyone can become a soldier and not just anyone can be in the marching band,” said Christine Norton, with the Army.
“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.”
Ben-David said he has been involved in performing music since middle school.
“It’s a good way to express without using words,” he said. “It’s incredible.”
Ben-David was presented with his All-American Bowl jacket from local soldiers and will take his place on the field Jan. 4, 2014.