Madison Kelly to march with All-American Bowl band

October 2, 2012

By Staff

When the marching band takes the field at the Jan. 5 All-American Bowl, Issaquah High School’s Madison Kelly will be among the musicians.

The senior mellophone player is one of 125 high school senior marching musicians and color guard members from across the country that was chosen to be a part of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. The musicians will perform during halftime of the nationally televised bowl, featuring the nation’s top 90 high school football players.

“I’m elated. This has been such an amazing experience from start to finish. Everyone has been so supportive,” said Kelly, who began the application process last spring. “It’s cheesy, but it’s a dream come true.”

Kelly, who first picked up the trumpet in sixth grade, thanked her parents during the award ceremony Sept. 27 for their patience through those first stages of her learning to play a musical instrument. She graduated to the French horn her sophomore year at Issaquah High and switched to the mellophone, which is more typically used in a marching band, four months ago.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is scheduled for Jan. 5 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, and will air live on NBC at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Learn more about the game and its related events at

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