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BCS Students Join All-American Band
BCS Students Join All-American Band
Posted on 10/31/2017
Two Buncombe County Schools band students have been selected for an elite performance.

A.C. Reynolds High School (ACRHS) senior Thomas “T.J.” Kane and North Buncombe High School senior Hayley Knighton will perform with students from around the country during halftime at the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

“It’s a really prestigious opportunity to be able to play with all of these other great musicians,” Kane said. “I decided to give it a shot, and it was exhilarating to find out that I made it.”

"My acceptance into the national Army band is one I will remember forever," Knighton said. "I am honored to have to opportunity to march with the best marching band members in the country. The now seven years I have put into this sport has paid of in many ways."

To be selected, Kane and Knighton had to submit videos that showcased their playing and marching abilities, along with video essays about themselves.

“Music is a way to express who you are,” Kane said. “It’s great to have that outlet, that medium to express all kinds of emotions at the same time.”

North Buncombe High School Senior Hayley Knighton receives a jacket during a celebration ceremony.ACRHS band director Sean Smith said he’s excited to see one of his students selected for the honor. Music, he said, is a wonderful form of artistic expression that teaches critical thinking and team-building skills.

“It’s something that will benefit students for their entire lives,” he said.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is presented by American Family Insurance. For more information on the bowl and its related events visit Connect with U.S. Army All-American Marching Band activity at

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