Lincoln-Way Central student selected for All-American Bowl band
BY ERIN GALLAGHER Correspondent September 27, 2013 8:38PM
Dave Kestel (far left) watches as Army Staff Sgt. Stephen Goeke, Staff Sgt. Gavin Wortman and 2nd Lt. Desmond Handson from Orland Park present Lincoln-Way Central senior Frankie Kestel with an All-American Bowl jacket. | Erin Gallagher~For Sun-Times Med
Updated: October 30, 2013 6:50AM
Lincoln-Way Central High School senior Frankie Kestel has been selected to be among 101 high school musicians in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl marching band.
Soldiers visited the New Lenox Township school Wednesday for a formal presentation announcement.
“She is a hard-working kid,” Lincoln-Way Central Principal Steve Provis said. “Everything that is happening now, she has worked for.”
Kestel, 17, will join five other piccolo players in the band for the Jan. 4 all-star high school football game at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Kestel twice has marched in the Tournament of Roses Parade that is a prelude to college football’s Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. She played the flute in the New Year’s Day parade this year after carrying a banner the year before.
More than 1,300 students across the country were nominated by their band directors to be in the All-American Bowl band, according to Diana Kestel, Frankie’s mom. Only 325 were asked to audition. Only 125 were selected, including 24 members for the color guard.
“It’s overwhelming, but it’s a good kind of overwhelming,” Frankie Kestel said.
She has applied to Illinois State University and hopes to study animal science and agriculture business, she said. She recently won a Grand Champion Overall award at the Will County Fair while showing a steer she raised.
“We’re just so proud of her,” Diana Kestel said. “She is just the most amazing child ever.”
“I’m pretty torqued up about this,” said her dad, Dave Kestel. “This is just another layer of ‘proud.’ ”
Provis called her “one in a million” and a fine representative of the high school.
The band is to march in the halftime show of the football game, which will air at noon Jan. 4 on NBC. The band performance also will be streamed on www.banddirector.com, according to a press release on Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210’s website.