High schools in Clover and Fort Mill will send four of their band members to perform on the national stage.
Clover, Fort Mill and Nation Ford high schools in York County will send the four student musicians to perform Jan. 3 on the Alamodome field in San Antonio, Texas, during the eighth U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game.
The four students chosen for the honor are Clover seniors Trey Ferrell III and Meredith McSwain, Matthew Krieger from Fort Mill High and Megan Sibley from Fort Mill's Nation Ford High.
The four have been selected to play in a group of the nation's top 97 high school musicians at halftime of the game, which will be shown live on NBC at noon.
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Ferrell and McSwain were presented with Army gear in the Clover High School band room Friday before a crowd of screaming students and administrators.
Krieger is scheduled to be officially named for the honor at Fort Mill High on Monday, while Sibley will be honored at Nation Ford on Tuesday, organizers said.
Ferrell said performing at the bowl game is an honor he doesn't take lightly.
"It took a lot of time for us to get to this point, as far as our skill, and if you look on the Internet and see the other people that are doing this you'd see a really talented group of people."
The game might be played in front of 30,000 fans.
"I'll probably never get to do anything else like this," McSwain said. "It's going to be incredible and I can't wait."
SportsLink, Football University, U.S. Army National Combine and Rivals.com comprised the selection committee for players and band members.
Although the band program is only in its second year, Matt Blaszka, SportsLink operations manager, said he hasn't seen many honorees from the same high school band.
"We travel to 160 cities a year to do this, for football and band," Blaszka said, "so for two students to be selected from the same high school is a pretty great honor."
Blaszka said the band students will have four days, after they arrive in San Antonio, to learn the routine they are to perform at halftime of the game. He expects some long days for the band members and said their preparation is harder than the football players.