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December 28, 2012

Cascade student gets chance to play music on college football’s biggest stage

CLAYTON — Cascade High School might not have a competing marching band or drum line, but that won’t stop one of their students from making a huge splash with his instrumental talents at the biggest college football game of the year, the BCS National Championship Jan. 7 in Miami.

Jason Franchville, 15, is one of only 85 musicians from all over the United States as part of the All Star Invitational Marching Band that will perform at pre-game festivities and half-time at Sun Life Stadium when Notre Dame and Alabama scuffle for college football’s version of immortality.

And he has absolutely no idea how it got to this point.

“We’re not sure how he got nominated,” said his mother, Beth. “Seven-thousand people were nominated and only 100 chosen — 85 musicians and 15 in the color guard. His band director says he didn’t do it, so it’s a mystery.”

Franchville offered more clues.

“One day I was at home and my mom handed me a letter, a nomination form that I had been nominated to be a part of the BCS marching band for the football game, and I had to do videos of me playing various percussion instruments,” he said. “A couple weeks ago they said I’d be playing bass drum.

“I thought it was very cool,” he added. “We don’t know where it came from, so I was very shocked and flattered because I never pictured myself to have an opportunity to go to a BCS football game. I’m very happy.”

Beth is equally excited for her son’s opportunity.

“We don’t have a marching band and he’s still going to be able to participate,” she said. “It will be an awesome experience for him, an opportunity for him to experience something that is unique to him. To be honest, I wasn’t sure he’d have a chance since we don’t have a marching band.”

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