Whether it's background
music or half-time entertainment, marching bands have long played an important
role in high school and college football games.
Tuesday, the spotlight
was on a Sheldon High School sousaphone player.
Marching into school
history was Noah Hickman. He's became
the first student from Sheldon, the only student from Iowa, and one of only 125
high school musicians across the country chosen to perform with the U.S. Army
"This is just amazing,"
Hickman told his peers after accepting the honor.
Whether it's band,
choir, or theater, Noah is at home on the stage or the field.
"He's very excited to go
to practices and to perform," said his mother, Kecia.
Last spring, with the
help of his band director, Noah put together an audition tape, displaying his
musicianship and marching skills.
"Cause of the snow
storm we did it in our gym instead of on the field," pointed out his band
director, Cliff St. Clair.
In August, Noah got the
good news before band camp. He was
shining up his sousaphone when the email arrived.
"I almost literally
jumped up and down. ‘Hey, Mr. St. Clair,
Mr. St. Clair, I made it, I made it!'" remembered Hickman.
"He does everything
with a lot of enthusiasm, he really enjoys it," noted St. Clair.
His fellow bandmates
weren't surprised to see him hit such a high note.
"He's always just
so focused whenever we're out on the field," said senior band member Keri
"He's driven with
everything he does, he's tries hard for
everything," added fellow senior Ellie Clark.
Noah's sousaphone wasn't
his only ticket into the band. He was
also chosen for his character.
respect, selfless service, honor, integrity.
It takes a special person to be a soldier, and it takes a special band
member to be selected as a U.S. Army All American.," explained SSG Zachary
Grady, of the U.S. Army.
However, it's his
passion for music that makes his band director most proud.
"Obviously, when I
was young I was lit on fire in that way, and that's what we hope for all the
students, that there's something that grabs them and hooks them on music," said
The plume in St. Clair's
"marching cap" is that Noah wants to be a band director just like
him, one day.
Noah will be flown to San Antonio, Texas
for an all expenses paid trip.
You can catch Noah, and
the rest of the All-American band, marching at halftime in the U-S Army's
All-American Bowl in San Antonio,
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