Lincoln-Way Central student picked for All Star band
November 13, 2013 2:24PM
Lincoln-Way Central junior Emilio Castaneda practices with his music teacher, Eric Wellman, as they celebrate Emilio’s selection as a 2014 All Star Invitational Marching Band member. | Supplied photo
Updated: December 18, 2013 6:02AM
Lincoln-Way Central High School band member Emilio Castaneda has been selected for the 2014 All Star Invitational Marching Band.
“I am really excited to be a part of the All Star Band. It is a huge honor for me. I have never done anything like this before, and I love to travel,” Castaneda said in a news release.
Castaneda is a tenor saxophone player.
“Participation in the All Star Invitational Marching Band is limited to the finest high school performers from across North America. Acceptance to the elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication and achievements demonstrated in his application and audition videos,” Lisel Bruscia, representing the All Star Invitational organization, said in a release sent to Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210.
The Lincoln-Way Central junior will join other performers from the United States for two performances at the Discover Orange Bowl college football game on Jan. 3 at the Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Castaneda is a member of the Lincoln-Way Central Marching Knights, Jazz Band I and Singing Knights. He is active in Tri-M Music Honor Society, Pi Sigma Pi, National Honor Society, student council and the environmental action club.
The All Stars will come together in Florida for six days of practice for their two performances in the Orange Bowl. The week includes the opportunity to work with the nation’s leading marching band directors from the University of Notre Dame, Florida International University and Arizona State University.
“I am really excited to participate and kind of nervous. We will play in front of 75,000 people in Miami,” Castaneda said.