York Suburban senior Nathan Krebs hugs his grandmother, Aileen Krebs, after being named to the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.
York Suburban senior Nathan Krebs hugs his grandmother, Aileen Krebs, after being named to the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. (John Pavoncello)

Nathan Krebs started as a musician by playing his grandfather's trombone when he was eight years old. He marks the third generation to play the instrument, and is one of several family members to play in marching band.

Krebs and his family had a chance to celebrate the generations of music Tuesday when he was named to the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.

Krebs is one of two York County seniors to be appointed to the marching band, which is made up of 125 musicians and color guard members from across the nation. Mark Weaver, a senior at Susquehannock High School in the Southern York County School District, will be honored Wednesday morning at a ceremony in the high school.

Krebs said he continued to play the trombone through high school because of the friends he came to know in band. Krebs said he practices between 10 and 15 hours a week for the marching band, and he's grown close to his band mates as a result.

"I enjoy the people I'm spending that time with," Krebs said.

Krebs is a co-drum major at York Suburban, and was nominated by his band director, Matt Husler.

Husler said it was easy to nominate Krebs because of his musical skills and the leadership he offers.

"He's one of our top musicians and people look up to him," Husler said.

Krebs said it's sometimes difficult to be recognized for contributions in music, and was happy to receive the honor.

Krebs' mother, Melinda, said the family was "delighted" to hear her son will be a member of the band. Krebs' grandmother, Aileen Krebs, said her late husband was so excited when his grandson first started playing his trombone: He found the instrument in the basement and made sure it was ready for his grandson to play.

"He would've been quite proud of Nathan," she said.

Mark Weaver will have the chance to be honored in front of his family, too. Weaver plays the snare drum at Susquehannock, but will play the bass drum in the U.S. Army All-American band.

Weaver said he is the co-captain of the drumline in his high school marching band this year, and started playing the drums when he was in fifth grade.

"I'm really excited that I'll get to go and play alongside other seniors," Weaver said. "I think it's going to be an awesome experience."

Weaver said the applicants, nominated by their band directors, needed to submit three videos for consideration. One was a video of the applicants marching to a selected composition, one was a prepared solo piece and the third was a short biography of the band members.

Army officials said more than 1,300 high school seniors applied for the 125 band spots. At the ceremony, Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Shearer and Staff Sgt. Leasi Maiava presented Krebs with an honorary jacket.

Krebs and Weaver both said they have aspirations to attend Penn State's main campus and play in the Blue Band.

Krebs and Weaver will play in the band during the All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Jan. 4, 2014.

-Reach Nikelle Snader at nsnader@yorkdispatch.com.