UPDATED: Hart County Band Student Playing At All-American Game


Knowing that someone from this area is going to that big game and being seen by thousands of people, he's really representing us a lot. More than he knows." - Hart County Band Member, Johnathan Carter.

UPDATED 5:45 PM -- Music has been a part of Cameron Johnson for his whole life.

"There's a picture on my refrigerator of me when I'm maybe four of five. I was playing the drum set. That's always what I would do."

Now as a senior at Hart County High School, he's preparing for his biggest performance ever.

At a competition in Indianapolis more than a year ago, he heard about the U.S. Army All-American Football game.

"I found out all the things and when the deadlines would be due. That's when it all really started." said the Hart County High School senior.

Soon after, Cameron applied doing all sorts of things from proving he was playing with no sheet music, to sending videos of himself marching. After weighing more than 1,300 applicants, 125 were chosen including Cameron.

"I'm excited but I'm nervous. We only have four days to learn the show then get to perform it. added Johnson.

Cameron's mother and father both work as music directors with the Hart County Schools and said being chosen to play in the band at the game is a testament to his talent and dedication.

"He's worked really hard. Lots of hours keeping his sister up at night buzzing his mouthpiece and playing until 11:30 or 12 o'clock, while also getting his homework done. It's a very big honor." commented Hart County Band Director, Ed Johnson.

Cameron is the only band member from Kentucky chosen to make the trip to the Alamodome in San Antonio, but his band mates back in the Bluegrass said they'll be rooting him on every step of the way.

"We're a very small county and we're not very well known. Knowing that someone from this area is going to that big game and being seen by thousands of people, he's really representing us a lot. More than he knows." said Hart County Band Member, Johnathan Carter.


MUNFORDVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) -- It was more than a year ago that Cameron Johnson found out about the Army All-American Football Game. Cameron hits the gridiron almost every Friday night, but he isn't a football player.

Cameron plays trumpet in the Hart County High School Band, and Saturday January 4, he'll be playing in front of a national audience. After a rigorous process, Cameron was the only musician from Kentucky selected to play in the game. He describes music as his life and this, his biggest performance to date.

He's scheduled to go to San Antonio where the game is being played a few days early to meet the other musicians. It won't be just fun and games, Johnson will also have to mesh with his fellow musicians from around the country in a short period of time by practicing constantly leading up to the game.

Anyone who's ever been to a football game knows the halftime entertainment can make or break an experience. Cameron and other musicians from around the country will perform at halftime of the game at the Alamodome. He said he never gets nervous before a performance, but he had to admit that this one has a him a little queasy.

The game airs on NBC live on January 4, while the halftime performance will air live online at Banddirector.com.


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