ESCANABA - Escanaba High School junior Eric Cousineau will be drumming all the way to the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl in January.
Eric, 16, was recently selected to be a part of the All Star Invitational Marching Band that will perform in South Florida on Jan. 3, 2014.
The 16-year-old submitted a video of his talent on the tenor drums to the Selection Review Board on the Internet and was notified two weeks ago about his acceptance. He will be joined by performers from all across the country in the performance of two selections before a crowd of approximately 75,000 fans.
The Escanaba HIgh School gymnasium was bustling Monday evening as the High School band “In the Gym” concert took place. Above, band director Bruce Cassell, right, announces that Eric Cousineau, a drummer in the marching band, has been invited to perform during the Orange Bowl in Florida in January. Cousineau is currently fundraising to help fund his trip and donations are appreciated. (Daily Press photo by Holly Richer)
Selection to the elite band provides the young musicians with the opportunity to showcase their skills at a national marching event and interact with a team of nationally-recognized marching directors.
EHS band instructor Bruce Cassell said he cannot recall any band member from the school district being chosen for this prestigious honor.
The son of Mark and Elaine Cousineau of Escanaba, Eric has been playing the drums since he was in the sixth grade. He will travel to Florida for rehearsals with the other band members over the winter break.
In preparation for his trip, Eric said he has been earning and saving money throughout the summer by working as a soccer referee and as a member of the Escanaba City Band. He plans to continue his fund-raising efforts until he is scheduled to leave for the trip.