Westfield High School senior, Michael Hauge, performed in the US Army All-American Marching Band as one of the top 125 high school senior marching band musicians from across the country. Hauge showcased his talent on the clarinet during the largest celebration of high school football in America, the US Army All-American Bowl, which was televised live on Jan. 7. One of only two students from the state of New Jersey who were selected for this honor, he received an all-expense paid trip to San Antonio Texas to participate in this elite ensemble.
"My time with the US Army All-American Marching Band was the greatest week of my life,” stated Michael. “Being surrounded by such outstanding musicians and great leaders was an amazing experience. We were able to work with members of the US Army Field Band, which was unforgettable. Everyone showed teamwork, dedication, and focus constantly. Being an All-American was the perfect capstone to my time in marching band and provided me with memories I'll keep forever."
Michael’s band instructor at Westfield High School had this to add: “The whole WHS Band family is so incredibly proud of Michael. He truly earned this honor. In his four years, he has dedicated hundreds of hours to rehearsal, personal practice, and participation in nearly every band-related activity we offer. Michael is one of the most capable student leaders I’ve ever taught. He’s like an assistant director! It’s been a pleasure watching him grow, and I am so glad he had this rewarding opportunity!”
Michael plays the clarinet in the school’s Symphonic Band and was chosen to perform in the New Jersey All-State Symphonic Band and the Central Jersey Music Education Association’s Regional Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. He also has led the award winning Blue Devils Marching Band as the Drum Major.
Having earned straight A’s during his high school career thus far, he is a regular entry on the school’s distinguished honor roll. Michael is a National Merit Semi-Finalist and has earned perfect scores on the SAT in Reading, Writing and US History. He was selected to the National Honor Society and elected as an officer. In addition, Michael received first honorable mention in the Moody’s Mega Math Challenge and helped the WHS Math team receive first place at the 2016 National Math Convention.
At the Convention held in St. Louis, Michael was presented with an individual trophy – earning 14th place in Mu Differential Equations. He has been a participant on both the Westfield High School Chemistry and Physics teams at the Merck State Science Day competitions. Michael also takes the time to volunteer, including as a Westfield High School Transition Leader trained to run groups that support the transition of ninth grade students into the school.