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Former Bulldog Racanelli Back at All-American Bowl

Ashburn veteran of the annual U.S. Army-sponsored game is working with this year’s marching band, which includes a Briar Woods musician, as two current Bulldogs prepare to take the gridiron.

Today’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl – which begins at 1 p.m. at the Alamodome in San Antonio and will be aired on NBC4 locally – has multiple ties to Ashburn as the athletes and musicians from the community begin to land spots regularly in the annual high school football spotlight.

A year ago, then-Stone Bridge student Andre Racanelli marched into the stadium for the All-American Bowl, among the few chosen nationwide to participate. As Racanelli, now a tenor drummer and Cadet, marched last year, Alex Carter, now a freshman standout at Stanford, took the field.

This year, Racanelli returns to work with the latest batch of featured musicians, which includes Briar Woods mellophonist William Ghrist. Racanelli is one of a half dozen Cadets selected to mentor this year’s band.

Ghrist and the rest of those selected for this year’s U.S. All-American Marching Band will cheer on quarterback Ryan Burns and defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, two Bulldogs who chosen for the elite U.S. Army game this year.

More than 30,000 fans are expected to fill the stands at the Alamodome.

Learn more about the U.S. Army All-American Bowl online.

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