OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Catherine Patriquin and Alexys Bush are two of only 125 students chosen from across the nation to be a part of the US Army All American Marching Band. Patriquin plays the tenor saxophone and Bush plays the clarinet.
Bush has been playing the clarinet for six years now.
"It means the world, honestly," Bush said. "It was really a long process to try out and I'm just really excited, it's a tremendous opportunity."
Patriquin has been playing music all her life. She decided to try out for the All American Marching Band as a tenor saxophone because that is what her grandfather and mother played.
"I hope to gain an experience musically. Also, in sort of a friendship perspective," Patriquin said. "I love going away to band things like this because I get to meet new people and make new friends; it's an awesome experience."
These young ladies will travel to San Antonio, Texas in January to play during the halftime of the All American Bowl.
"This is the chance to play with the best of the best, all coming together across the nation. So it's one of the highest honors in marching band, I would say, they can receive," said US Army All American Bowl Selection Representative Danielle Jelensperger.
In order to be selected, the students had to send in three videos to be screened by two different selection committees. With more than 4,000 applicants, it is very rare that two students from the same school are selected.
"It's very cool to have someone that I've shared so much history with and someone that has always been there throughout our entire high school and middle school careers," Patriquin said.
While they may go their separate ways for college, both students hope to turn their passion for music into a career.
"I would love to teach music, just sort of being able to be the inspiration for someone else is my goal," Patriquin said.
This is the second year in a row an Ocean Springs student has been chosen for the US Army All American Band.