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Monarch Marching Band Leader, ODU Player, Guests of Army ROTC at All-American Bowl in Texas

The bandleader of Old Dominion University's Monarch Marching Band and a player from the ODU football team were recently guests of the Army ROTC at the All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

Alexander Trevino, director of athletic bands and associate director of bands, traveled to Texas with Chad King, a defensive lineman with the Monarchs who is also an ROTC cadet.

The two spent most of last week in San Antonio, culminating with the football game on Jan. 9, which featured high school All-America performers from across the country.

"We were invited by the U.S. Army Cadet Command, and originally nominated by LTC William Brown from ODU's Army ROTC program," Trevino said.

King was assigned to the football combine, helping to scout high school students from around the country for next year's All-American Bowl. "As an ROTC cadet, he has a unique perspective on the experience of being an all-star college athlete as well as a cadet," Trevino said.

Trevino was invited, along with other educators and administrators from around the country who are involved in some capacity with the ROTC programs at their universities. He said it was an honor to be nominated and to be able to tell his colleagues from other schools about the strength of ODU's ROTC programs.

As part of the trip, Trevino and King toured the Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio and met with several wounded soldiers.

"We also toured the Center for the Intrepid, a state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility for soldiers in the Warriors in Transition program," Trevino said. "Along the way, we met doctors and nurses who all benefited from the U.S. Army educational benefits programs, and as a result, the wounded soldiers, sailors and airmen of our country are treated by the very best caregivers in the world."

All-American Bowl attendees met and heard speeches from several military leaders, including Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli.

Trevino also met with the All-American Bowl Marching Band, which featured 97 top senior musicians from around the country who were selected for their outstanding musicianship and academic performance.

"Any one of these students would make a great ODU student - and hopefully a Monarch Marching Band member - because they are everything one would want in a student representing the university: smart, disciplined and hard-working," Trevino said.

"I am hoping to attract some of these students to ODU, as I have no doubt they would succeed here."

This article was posted on: January 19, 2010

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