The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the premier all-star game for the nation's best high school football players. But it's also a chance for the nation's best band members to show off their skills, as well.
For Bradley Gehlhausen, it's an exciting opportunity.
"I feel really great. I wasn't expecting that much enthusiasm and support from my classmates. So, it feels good that they support me that much," Gehlhausen said.
Gehlhausen says he auditioned to be a part of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band with a two minute video featuring his skills on the tuba.
"I had a solo prepared from last year, for a Solo and Ensemble. So, I played two minutes of that," Gehlhausen said.
Gehlhausen says he was encouraged by a couple of his teachers, but he didn't have high hopes of actually being selected.
"It was August, I believe. I was actually in West Lafayette. I was playing for the Purdue commencement with my older brother because he plays at Purdue," Gehlhausen said. "We were at a White Castle. We were using his laptop, and I looked it up at a White Castle. Then I found out that I was in the band. So, that was a good night."
This morning, Army representatives and school officials lead a special presentation, publicly announcing that Gehlhausen would play with some of the best high school marching band members in the country.
"I just think this whole experience is awesome. We're really looking forward to seeing him in San Antonio. Just hopefully, more people try to do the same thing he's been doing and we'll have a few more," proud dad, Jerry Gehlhausen, said.
"Hopefully, I'll build some friendships, maybe that'll last for beyond just this experience alone. Life is about making memories. This is going to be a good one," Gehlhausen said.
Gehlhausen will fly down to San Antonio on December 30 and perform at halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 4.
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