Corey Mohar was daunted by a piece of audition music.
The Susquehannock High School senior had to videotape himself playing the snare drum in order to be considered for the U.S. Army All-American Band, and the audition music "was probably the hardest music I've ever had to play," Mohar, 17, recalls.
But it eventually earned him a spot on a national platform.
Mohar is one of just 125 seniors nationwide and one of only five snare drummers to be selected for the prestigious scholastic band. The band will play on Jan. 5 in San Antonio as part of the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game.
Mohar said he's always liked playing drums -- "It has a nice sharp sound. it's very rhythmic" -- and that it's "unbelievable" he now gets to play it on such a high level.
"That me, of all people, from New Freedom, would make it in," Mohar said with a laugh.
Other than the audition music, Mohar was chosen based on his grades, community service and school leadership, according to U.S. Army band officials.
Mohar is a bit of a drumaholic: He plays in the marching band, the pep band, the indoor drum line, concert and jazz bands, pit orchestra and full orchestra.
None of those, even combined, will have an audience the size he'll play in front of in a month.
"It's going to be a huge difference playing in front of 50,000 people ... I don't think I've ever even been around 50,000 people before," Mohar said.
The game will be broadcast on NBC at 1 p.m., with the band performing at halftime. Mohar was nominated last May by his marching band director, Christian Poole.