Sulphur High School senior band member Ethyn Evans was recognized Tuesday as a 2018 U.S. Army All-American, and will perform with the U.S. Army All-American Band at half-time of the nationally-broadcast “U.S. Army All-American Bowl Presented by American Family Insurance” at noon, Saturday, January 6, on NBC. The game takes place in the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas.
U.S. Army representatives hosted a ceremony for Evans, his family, bandmates and classmates in the SHS Auditorium, where he was presented with an official U.S. Army All-American jacket.
Evans is one of only 125 high school marching band students among the millions in the United States. He has been a member of the SHS Marching Band since his sophomore year, and he plays the sousaphone. Upon receiving his jacket, Evans thanked his parents for being his “No. 1 fan.” He noted that his mother has never missed one of his performances.
“Only the best are selected to be a U.S. Army All-American,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Roberto Ortio. “Not only are they expected to achieve musically and academically, but also as young people of character who embody the Army values loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.”
Evans’ mother Angie was presented with the Dream Champion award for her support of her son’s band membership. SHS Band Director Tim Mcmillen said Mrs. Evans spends countless hours driving her son across the country during the summer to the types of camps that help shape high-caliber musicians.
Mcmillen, along with SHS Principal Robert Barrantine, were recognized for fostering an educational environment that supports excellence.
For 18 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the nation’s premier high school all-star event and football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Odell Beckham Jr., Andrew Luck, Eric Berry, Tim Tebow, and Sam Darnold are just some who made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. A total of 351 U.S. Army All-American alumni have been selected in NFL Drafts. Last year’s Bowl drew an all-time record crowd of 40,568 to the Alamodome.
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Presented by American Family Insurance is owned and produced by All American Games, a New Jersey-based sports marketing and event management company.