The McDonald's All-American High School Band kicks off its 25th anniversary with the search for America's most talented high school musicians.

McDonald's is inviting high school band directors across the country to nominate their most outstanding high school senior to the prestigious All-American Band."Every high school band director has top students whose musical excellence, dedication and hard work deserve recognition through nomination to the McDonald's All-American Band," said Bridget Marshall, McDonald's director of public relations. "Although only 53 students are selected for band membership, it's important that we recognize and encourage the thousands of talented young musicians who are All-Americans in their bands."

McDonald's founder, Ray A. Kroc, established the All-American Band 25 years ago to nationally recognize outstanding musicians with the same "All-American" status usually reserved for athletic excellence. During the Band's 24-year history, approximately 75,000 young musicians have been nominated by their high school band directors, while the band itself has nearly 2,500 alumni.

Deadline for nomination to the 1991 McDonald's All-American Band is Jan. 25.

- Those interested in learning more about the band should write to: McDonald's All-American High School Band, P.O. Box 11189, Chicago, IL 606611. A selection committee of musical educators will announce the selected Band members in early March.