Partly Cloudy | 7MPH




September 2014


Jordan brings brass ring to championship game

Cooney senior plays trombone at halftime of BCS title game

Jake Jordan usually spends halftimes in locker rooms, huddled with his teammates. But not this time.

The Oconomowoc High School senior, a trombone player, was selected to the All-Star Invitational Marching Band, which spent a week in Miami earlier this month culminating with a halftime performance during the BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium - a 42-14 win for Alabama over Notre Dame on Jan. 7.

Jordan, a defensive back and special teamer for the OHS football team, hasn't had the chance to march at halftime with his co-horts in the OHS band during his past two seasons on the varsity. That proved to be a challenge for this process, which required a videotape submission of live-action marching.

"We literally went into my backyard and pulled out an iPad and taped me marching around playing our school song," said Jordan. "There was some doubt they'd accept that, but I felt like I'm a good enough marcher that I might still get in based on sound quality and ability to play trombone, in addition to being an athletic kid."

Jordan was part of a similar program two years ago that played in New York at Carnegie Hall, and the travel agency that arranged that voyage alerted him to this opportunity.

"That was definitely the coolest experience I ever had," Jordan said of the BCS halftime performance. "It combined my love for band with my love for athletics and football. I made a lot of great friends there. Altogether, it was one of the best experiences I ever had."

March Madness

Eight trombone players were selected for the competition, which brought in players from around the country to fill out its marching band of roughly 150 participants.

When they emerged for the halftime show, the students were facing a crowd of 80,120, just slightly more than what one would find at an OHS home game.

"There were more people that were a little more shell-shocked than me - I usually keep a fairly level head with things - but it did surprise me the amount of people that were in that stadium," said Jordan, who also participated in the rolling out of the flag for the National Anthem prior to kickoff.

"We got new marching uniforms (last year), which was something extra that makes you feel more confident on the field," Jordan said. "We wore our high-school uniforms (in Miami), so you could see everybody's uniforms from across the nation."

Jordan said the caliber of musician and marcher in the All-Star Invitational band was elite. He began playing trombone as a fifth-grader and started marching as a freshman.

"I played it (in fifth grade) just because I could, but when we started doing more things with it like jazz band, concert band … once there was more opportunity to play really cool songs, I got really into it," he said. "By freshman year I was thinking, 'I've got to be in the band.' I'm going to stick with it for a very long time."

Jordan has applied at a number of colleges, including Big Ten schools with high-profile marching bands, and said the prospect of playing at that level is one of his top considerations in the application process.

Special event

It's especially notable that Jordan doesn't get a chance to march that much during the fall season, restricted by his presence on the football team. Though he's limited to parades and special events, including a performance during a Brewers game last year, he said he doesn't regret playing the sport and missing some of the fun.

"My band director, (Michael) Krofta, and the OASD, which provides all the musicians at OHS is one of the best music programs in the state," Jordan said. "I would not have gotten the opportunities I have if not for them."

In Miami, the band members were given a chance to roam around Miami and attend a festival right on South Beach, they also had a chance to perform with the famous Miami Sound Machine as part of the halftime show.

"We took a ton of pictures with them and enjoyed playing with them," said Jordan, who admitted he didn't know a lot about the Miami Sound Machine before the voyage.

He didn't stick around for the final of the game, where Alabama laid claim to its third national championship in four years.

"It really wasn't that much of a game," Jordan said.

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Living Lake Country

E-mail Newsletter

Top stories from the Lake Country area. Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings.

Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.
Lake Country Construction Guide


Consruction season is underway in Lake Country and

we've got you covered when it comes to street closures and delays:

Mukwonago area projects

Sussex, Menomonee Falls area projects

Kettle Moraine area projects

Greater Lake Country area projects


Special Report
Community Pride 2014


Celebrate Lake Country 

communities with stories

of community pride








Rummage Router
Just click to find a rummage near you


Your Photos
Xinyue Sanchez - Sussex , WI
Community Blogs

Lake Country residents share their views on news, happenings and current events.

It's Hemmer Time
By Amy L. Geiger-Hemmer
Obama has no intention of defeating ISIS...period.

Bernie Ziebart

The Engineering Perspective
By Bernie Ziebart
Penn State

By Mike Garber
35th Topic - This space for rent

Cook's Corner
By Cynthia Acosta Luksich
Summer in Wisconsin equals chili: Basic chili from leftover taco meat

Eagle's Eye
By Al Neuhauser
Global Humbug IX-Environmental Madness features more than a dozen community bloggers - a group of volunteer conversation leaders who are up on the latest topics and never short on an opinion. Just a few are pictured here. Check out the rest and see what they have to say!

View All Blogs

Discussion Guidelines

Do you want to become a Community Blogger? welcomes your thoughts and opinions. Contact us for more information:
I want to blog

Legal Notices
Back to top