The Golden Eagles Marching Band concluded their 2016 season this past Saturday, finishing 10th at Nationals at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. They scored a 91.875 overall; their highest score of the season.
I'm extremely proud of each student in the band. Considering how much we've grown as a band, and as busy as we've been this season, I'm very happy with our results. We never finished lower than second all season up to this point with some really fantastic band competing against us, and to end in the Top 10, especially as an Open Class band, at Nationals is a VERY good year. Plus, how powerful was it for our school to be the positive message of "loving others well" on a national platform, this of all weeks!
The Marching Band performed at a total of six competitions and four football games this season. The also attended a "Band Day" at Stevenson University and went on tour on October to each of AACS's three feeder campuses to play for the student bodies. Their competitive show, The Hand of Friendship, received numerous commendations for being an emotional and meaningful message at every venue they performed.
Looking ahead, the 2017 Competitive Show will be unveiled this spring at the annual All-Band Fellowship Meal. Interested in joining the Golden Eagles Marching Band or know of someone who is? There will be a mini-camp in June that you won't want to miss. Look for more on our website this spring.
Pictured above: The band is saying goodbye to 9 seniors.
Also pictured: Drum Major Rebekah Lynner (center) receives the award at Nationals with (left to right) Carleigh Bothmer, Andrew Cogliano, Robert Campbell, and Christiana Cole.
Written by Ethan Hall, AACS Instrumental Music Director