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Musician to Play All American Bowl

It's a big accomplishment for one Schuylkill County student. Morgan Bates, a senior member of the Schuylkill Haven marching band, will be performing in Texas in January.
Schuylkill Haven- "It's absolutely therapeutic. I get stressed out a lot and playing the trumpet calms me down and builds me up at the same time," says Morgan Bates.

Every time Morgan picks up her trumpet, she gets lost in the sound. For Morgan, playing the trumpet is something that feels very natural.

"I started playing the trumpet in 6th grade. I played cymbals in 4th grade, and saxophone in 5th grade. Something just didn't seem right," she says.

Morgan is now a senior and member of the marching band at Schuylkill Haven High School.

Morgan is also one of just 125-students who will perform live during half-time at the Alamodome on January 4th. It will be at the  nation's premier high school all-star football game, The U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

It all started with a nomination by Morgan's band director.

"The fact there were only 125-spots available for everybody in the country to make this organization, and thousands of students auditioned. To get one of those 125-spots is a huge honor. She takes a lot of pride in performing and she does a lot of practice on her own time," says Caitlyn Biggs.

That's something Morgan's little brother Nathan knows all too well. Knowing his big sister is one of the nation's finest young musicians is inspiring.

"She is definitely an influence to all of us but yea, an idol? I'd say yes," says Nathan.


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