An East Meadow High School senior is the only student-musician from Long Island — and one of three statewide — selected to perform next month with the U.S. Army’s All-American Marching Band.
Elton Ha, 17, will participate with 124 other students in the halftime show of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which brings together 90 of the nation’s top high school football players. The game is scheduled Jan. 9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Ha, who plays the piano and clarinet, will perform the piano.
“It’s pretty exciting for me,” he said. Music, Ha said, “serves as a form of escape for me, particularly when things are stressful.”
Students were nominated by their band director and submitted an application to the National Association for Music Education in their junior year. Ha’s application included performance of Frédéric Chopin’s Étude Op. 10, No. 5.
His other musical accomplishments include playing in ensembles at the All-State, All-Eastern and All-National levels. Ha was one of 13 students to perform last year in the Ninth Annual Piano Showcase in Rochester.
“He’s a wonderful musician and it could not have happened to a more deserving student,” said Molly Tittler, the high school’s band director.
Ha is vice president of his school’s Tri-M Music Honor Society, secretary of the Science Honor Society, and a member of the Spanish Honor Society.