MARCHING EAGLES FOR A DAY
THE MARCHING EAGLES
The Marching Eagles are a corps-style marching band who are active participants in local and national competitive circuits. The group has consistently qualified for Ohio Music Education Association State Marching Band Finals throughout it’s competitive history. They also compete in Bands of America and Lakeshore Marching Band Association events most seasons.
The band is comprised of four units that work together to bring music to life- Winds, Battery, Front Ensemble, and Colorguard. No prior experience is required to join any section, only a strong desire to play an instrument. Wind players perform the bulk of the marching and perform on wind instruments (flute, tuba, saxophone, etc.) Percussionists will be placed in the Battery (marching drums) or Front Ensemble (marimba, vibraphone, synthesizer, auxiliary percussion, etc.) based on their performance at percussion clinics. The color guard will be taught dance and a variety of flag and other equipment techniques based on their performance at color guard clinics.
Throughout late summer and fall, the marching band will perform at both football games and band competitions. Members are expected to be present for all performances.
Students will earn ¼ credit for participation in marching band, as well as physical education credit for two years of marching band.
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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.
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 O.M.E.A. 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.
Competitions are an opportunity to perform for like-minded audiences and receive detailed feedback on our performance and technique and showcase our hard work outside our community.
Colorguard/Percussion clinics/tryouts occur in late May or early June each year. Clinics last several days and placement in the colorguard or percussion sections is determined at the end of clinics. It is recommended that students attend all clinics in order to receive the best possible placement.
Leadership clinics occur throughout May and June to returning members who are interested in improving their leadership skills.
Band officially begins in June two weeks before July 4th where students will begin to learn marching technique and music for the fall, then perform in the Lakewood July 4th parade on the holiday.
After a couple weeks off, band camp begins. The first week of camp typically occurs the last week of July on campus. Students are taught fundamentals of marching a field show, as well as music for the fall’s football and competition shows.
The second week of band camp is typically an away camp held the first full week of August. At this overnight camp, students will learn the entire football show and a large portion of our competition show. This camp is required for all members to attend.
Between school and band camp, the band will rehearse Monday-Thursday.
Once school begins, the band rehearses three days a week after school and continues to complete and perfect our competition show. Football games occur on Fridays or Saturdays beginning in August and ending in November. Competitions begin mid-september and conclude with State Finals in early November.
There are fees to participate in the marching band at St. Edward H.S. During the summer months, you will be able to pay them HERE or via check.