By: Sharon Aron Baron
Representatives from the U.S. Army, along with other officials, paid a visit to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week to congratulate Gabrielle Edrich to the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.
Gabby, 17, who will be joining an elite group of musicians and color guard members who will be performing during halftime at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, was congratulated in a special ceremony which included Congressman Ted Deutch, Vice Mayor Larry Vignola and Commissioner Tom Powers.
A resident of Coral Springs “pretty much her whole life,” Gabby lives in the Kensington Glen development in Coral Springs with her parents Larry and Michelle and older sister Rachel, who attends the University of Alabama.
Gabby is the first color guard member of the Eagle Regiment Marching Band to be selected for this prestigious event.
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 on Saturday, January 3, 2015.
Gabrielle’s selection was based on an extensive audition consisting of musical performances, marching technique, and an essay communicating her passion for music, dance and a desire to represent her school, community, and country.
Gabby has been in the color guard since her freshman year and was excited when she found out she made it. “I was in bed one morning when I got an email and saw the word ‘congratulations’. I called my mom in really loudly and I told her I made it.”
She says she is looking forward to performing at the Army All-American Bowl and meeting new people from around the country.
“The U.S. Army has a distinguished musical history,” said John Myers, Director of Marketing, Army Marketing and Research Group. “The skills and strengths necessary to be a successful band member are mirrored in Army Strong Soldiers. Only the strongest wear the Army colors, which is why we are proud to honor all of our 2015 U.S. Army All-American Band members and congratulate each of them on their selection.”
Last year, Stoneman Douglas band member Jeremy Guttveg was awarded this honor.
Gabby, who says that her friends and family are “super proud” of her, is hoping to attend the University of Central Florida next year.