Piccolo player reflects on national honor

Priyunka Maheshwari, Feature Editor

After being selected in November for the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, Sarah Hassall performed on Jan. 5 at halftime during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. The senior piccolo player was one of only 125 students selected for the honor.

“It was awesome to feel the energy, everyone was motivated to do well,” Hassall said.

The members of the band had to put together a full marching show in one week. Throughout her time at the Alamodome, Hassall rehearsed for a total of 24 hours learning drills, music and formations. In addition to improving her marching technique, Hassall learned about the principles of leadership from the army.

“I am so glad Sarah was afforded the opportunity to perform with the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band,” Director of Bands Jeremy Spicer said. “She was instructed by an all-star group of educators at the top of their field and formed memories and established relationships that will last a lifetime. I could not be more proud of her.”

Hassall spent a week bonding with the other members of the band and enjoyed her time both in and out of rehearsal. Spending time with other musicians who were equally passionate about band made the experience more special for Hassall.

“It was really cool to meet all the people,” Hassall said. “They were fun to be with and they have the same love of marching I do.”