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Coast students to perform at U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Ocean Springs trumpet player Landon Grigsby and Pascagoula sousaphone player David Thomas have been chosen to participate in this year's Army All American Marching Band. (Photo source: GoArmy.com) Ocean Springs trumpet player Landon Grigsby and Pascagoula sousaphone player David Thomas have been chosen to participate in this year's Army All American Marching Band. (Photo source: GoArmy.com)
Landon Grigsby, a trumpet player from Ocean Springs High School in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, poses for a photo with Staff Sergeant Adam Pate after officially being named to the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. (Photo source: GoArmy.com) Landon Grigsby, a trumpet player from Ocean Springs High School in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, poses for a photo with Staff Sergeant Adam Pate after officially being named to the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. (Photo source: GoArmy.com)
David Thomas, a sousaphone player from Pascagoula High School in Pascagoula, Mississippi, is officially named to the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. (Photo source: GoArmy.com) David Thomas, a sousaphone player from Pascagoula High School in Pascagoula, Mississippi, is officially named to the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. (Photo source: GoArmy.com)
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

Two students from Ocean Springs and Pascagoula will represent their hometowns and schools during this year's Army All-American Bowl.

Ocean Springs trumpet player Landon Grigsby and Pascagoula sousaphone player David Thomas have been chosen to participate in this year's Army All American Marching Band. The elite group of marching band members will perform during halftime at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. Only 125 musicians from across the country are selected for this prestigious honor.

Grigsby is the fourth person ever chosen from Ocean Springs High School, and Thomas is the first from Pascagoula.

"I was ecstatic, because I had no clue that this was going to happen and I was assuming I wasn't going to make it," Thomas said. "But once I found out it was just an amazing sense of joy that came from me. I just love music, I love playing music, so this is why I wanted to join this band."

"The music world is incredibly competitive," Grigsby said. "There's nothing that you do in music that's not competitive. It's really stressful sometimes, but you just have to keep pushing through and practicing really hard."

The Army All-American Bowl is set for January 3, 2015.

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