AKRON, N.Y. (WIVB) - A local high-school musician will showcase her talent on the national stage during the largest celebration of high school football in America.
Casey Alterio of Akron High School has been selected to be a member of the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. She's one of only 150 high school musicians nationwide to earn the honor and will play at the All-American Bowl.
Alterio has a long list of musical accomplishments as a percussionist with a focus on mallet arts. She was nominated by her music teacher last winter and underwent a lengthy audition process.
Alterio said, "It's starting to become real to me. Before this ceremony, I didn't think it was going to happen, but I am pretty excited. I can't wait!"
Canisius College professor of military science Lt. Col. Brandon Dewind said, "It was really a big accomplishment for western New York. There were [also] two students from Orchard Park, so really a big deal for western New York to have three. There was only 150 all together, so three from western New York is really a big deal and shows the dedication of the musical students within the area."
The musicians head to San Antonio a week before the game and practice eight to 10 hours a day to prepare. You can watch them during the halftime show of the All-American Bowl on Saturday, January 5.
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