THE MARCHING EAGLES
START OF THE SEASON
The Marching Eagles’ color guard (flag corps) begin with clinics and try-outs in Spring. Percussion clinics are also in the Spring. The marching percussion, consisting of the front ensemble (pit) and battery (marching drum line), have sectionals (usually twice weekly) throughout the summer. The entire band begins rehearsing two weeks prior to July 4. All rehearsal dates can be found here.
During the summer rehearsals students begin to learn the music for the season as well as basic marching techniques. The band’s first performance of the year is the Lakewood July 4th Parade. The two weeks before July 4, the band rehearses from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
Summer rehearsals after July 4th are Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at St. Edward High School. At the end of the Summer, the band goes to band camp off campus and overnight ,usually the first week of August. At camp the band begins to learn the drill for the season’s shows and starts putting the music to the drill. There are extended rehearsals Monday through Thursday the week before band camp (1:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m.) and the week following camp (3:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.). Performing Arts Boosters provide dinners for these extended rehearsals. Before camp, the band typically attends a Drum Corps International Show. The Sunday before camp, we celebrate mass together. Transportation is provided to and from camp. Upon return, the band performs a preview show for families and friends. More information about camp can be found on Final Forms.
During the first quarter of the school year, the marching band rehearses on Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (on Br. James Everett, C.S.C. Field, behind the school) and the remaining of the week from 3:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. (on the front parking lot).
The band performs the National Anthem during pre-game as well as a half-time show and in the stands at home football games. They also perform during half-time and in the stands at nearby away games. For Friday games, the band stays after school to rehearse and Performing Arts Boosters provide dinner prior to the band’s departure by bus to the game. Following the game, band members return by bus to the school to store equipment and uniforms before being dismissed. At games, band members must remain in the stands within their sections except for third quarter, during which time they are free to visit the concession stand.
Band competitions are either half-day or whole day events. Between 6 and 20 bands perform in 15 minute intervals for a panel of judges and an audience. Family and friends are encouraged to attend and support their bands.
On Saturdays when there is a competition and no football game, band members arrive at school an hour or two prior to departure for a light rehearsal. When there is a football game and competition on the same day, students travel directly from one to the other and there is normally no rehearsal involved.
Busses provide transportation to and from competitions. About an hour prior to performing bands are given a short time to warm-up in an allotted space, usually a short distance from the stadium. Assisted by parent and student roadies the band and equipment move to the stadium. After performing members return to the busses to store their equipment. They go back to the stadium sitting together to watch the remaining competition. They normally have an opportunity to visit the concession stand at this time. After all bands have performed there is an awards ceremony after which the band departs. A rating of I-Superior at an OMEA local competition qualifies the band for state finals held at the end of the season. In the event that the band has to leave a competition early to attend a football game or other commitment a representative stays at the competition to accept awards.
The competition dates for Fall 2018 are tentative:
September 15, 2018 - Lakewood High School Band Exhibition
September 22, 2018 - OMEA University of Akron (10:00 a.m.)
OMEA Avon Lake (7:00 p.m.)
September 29, 2018 - OMEA Lexington
October 6, 2018 - Alumni Band & Marching Eagle for a Day (Homecoming Weekend 2018)
October 13, 2018 - Bands of America, Canton Hall of Fame Stadium
October 20, 2018 - OMEA Swanton
November 2, 2018 - OMEA State Marching Band Finals
In the Spring (check our calendar for dates, or e-mail Mr. Kortyka) percussion clinics are held at St. Edward. Placements are determined during clinics based on students' ability and attitudes. Students wishing to be a member of the percussion section for marching band should attend all clinic dates.
The marching percussion has two sections, battery and front ensemble. The battery are snare drums, tenor drums (multi-toms) and bass drums (also occasionally cymbals) who march on the field with the winds and color guard. The front ensemble, also known as pit, consist of mallet percussion (marimbas, vibraphones, xylophone, bells) and auxiliary instruments (gongs, hand drums, etc.).
Because of the highly specialized nature of the music they perform, the percussion sections have individualized sectionals during the summer.
ADDITIONAL MARCHING BAND STAFF
Mr. Evan Kleve, Visual Instruction
Mr. Dan Allie, Percussion Instruction
Ms. Taylor Young, Color Guard Instruction
Ms. Lisa Hirzel, Assistant Director