Lincoln-Way East color guard member to perform at U.S. Army All-American Bowl
By Susan DeMar Lafferty firstname.lastname@example.org October 26, 2012 6:26PM
Lincoln-Way East student and color guard member Michelle Lindeman adjusts her jacket with Staff Sgt. Gavin Wortman prior to the announcement that she will be a member of the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band during a ceremony at the school in Frankfort, IL on Monday October 15, 2012. She will join an elite group of musicians who will perform during halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 30, 2012 6:03AM
Those who know Michelle Lindeman readily describe Lincoln-Way East High School senior as a hard worker, a go-getter and a leader.
So when members of the Midwest selection tour for the U.S. Army All American Marching Band arrived at the Frankfort high school on a recent afternoon, it should have been no surprise they wanted Lindeman.
After all, they had been seeking students who demonstrated “exceptional musicianship, character and leadership.”
“She’s a very good example,” Lincoln-Way East band director Bert Johnson said. “She’s the first one here and the last one to leave.”
The captain of the Lincoln-Way East color guard will join an elite group of musicians who will perform during halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl game Jan. 5 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
She is one of 125 high school band students selected along with the nation’s top 90 high school football players to take part in the game, and the fifth Lincoln-Way District 210 student to be so honored.
“I really wanted to be able to represent my school,” Lindeman said. “This is such a huge honor. I’m so excited for the opportunity.”
Right now she is savoring the moment and not thinking about the intense week of practice she will have with fellow All-American band members before their January performance.
A member — and captain — of the high school’s 18-member color guard since her freshman year, Lindeman had to submit a performance video and a biography for consideration.
“I love color guard. It’s the perfect blend of dance, art and athleticism,” she said.
According to her parents, she’s quite the accomplished musician, too.
Her mother, Laura Lindeman said her daughter also plays piano, flute and clarinet, but being on the color guard has been her “saving grace,” she said, and enabled her to have a “huge amount of friends.”
“I was thrilled for her,” she said of this honor. “It’s very competitive.”
“She works hard at what she does. She practices constantly. I’m so proud of her,” said her father, Dean Lindeman. “She took to music like a fish to water.”
Several color guard members showed their support by attending the brief ceremony in the Griffin’s Lair at Lincoln-Way East.
Lindeman is “very mature,” “very organized,” and definitely “the leader of the group,” they said.
Mallory Izbicki, a representative of the Midwest selection tour, said “not just anyone” can earn a spot in the All-American band, which includes 100 musicians and 25 members of the color guard.
They seek students who are mentally and emotionally strong, who are dedicated and determined, Izbicki said.
“This marching band is a national celebration of high school marching music,” she said.
“It’s a great experience that she’ll always remember,” Johnson said.