UPDATE: I just received the news that my grandmother is in poor health, and that she may not be with us for much longer. As while I'm in Texas I will be closer to her than I have been in 17 years (when I last saw her), I am taking an extra few days after US Army All-American Marching Band Alumni reunion to go and visit her and my grandfather before she passes. This is important to me and as a result, I have raised my funds to match my need to visit them accordingly. If she, Heaven forbid, passes before I get there, I will be taking those few days to provide my grandfather some much needed comfort and company. My name is Alexandria Linn. I live in a small town in Pennsylvania. Im a college student, earning my second associates degree, and I work part time. Color guard and marching in general is my life. I started marching when I was 13 years old in drum corps, and from then on, it was my life. Beyond school and daydreaming about boys and male celebrities, it was what I first thought of when I woke up and the last thing when I laid myself down to sleep at night. Once I hit high school, there was always a guard thing to do. Marching band in the fall, winter guard in the winter, auditions for drum corps in the spring, and actually marching drum corps in the summer. My life was constantly about the flag in my hand and the point of my foot. When I hit college, I kept at it. Maybe not as much, as I only had marching band, no winter guard, and my corps was across the country, and even after the first year of college I wasnt doing marching band. But that didnt stop me from spinning all the way to my drum corps age out in 2015. My two greatest achievements from my color guard career both come out of my senior year in high school. One was the chance to perform in the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade with the Macys Great American Marching Band, and the other was the chance to perform at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl as a member of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. The U.S. Army All-American Marching Band is comprised of 125 high school seniors and have to go through an audition process, including an interview video. Thousands of students each year audition; only a select 125 make it. We perform at the halftime of the U.S. All American Bowl, where 90 high school senior football players are selected and play a game of East versus West. The US Army All American Bowl has been around since 1985, and some of the biggest names in football were members of this elite football teams, such as Tim Tebow (2006), Andrew Luck (2001), Jamaal Charles (2005), and DeMarco Murray(2006). These football teams over the years have produced 31 Super Bowl champions. 2017 marks the tenth year of this elite marching band group and alumni are more than welcome to join for this phenomenal celebration and a chance to once again support our nations Army and perform in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Not only does it mark the ten years that this band has been around, but it marks the fifth year anniversary since I went and performed. This year, I need your help. The money I raise will pay for bus fare, additional travel, three nights in a hotel, a few of my meals, my apparel, and another chance to perform in this fantastic venue. This group means the world to me. For an entire week my senior year, all I had to focus on was perfecting a show for the entirety of America to see and making some very true life long friends. And it was perfect. I am turning to you- my friends, my family, my acquaintances, and complete strangers, to help me achieve my dream: return to San Antonio with some of the best friends Ive ever had and perform. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.