About Eagle Band

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Eagle Band Staff 2017

2017 Eagle Band Roster

2017 Eagle Band Auditions

Color Guard Auditions
-Tuesday, May 16 6-8:30 Training
-Thursday, May 18 6-8:30 Training
-Monday, May 22 6-8:30 Training
-Tuesday, May 23 6-8:30 Training
-Thursday, May 25 6-8:30 Training
-Thursday, June 1 6-8:30 Auditions
-Friday, June 2 6-8:30 Auditions

Hornline Auditions
-Monday, May 8, 6-9pm – Rookie Auditions
-Thursday, May 11, 6-9pm – Vet Auditions

Drumline Auditions
Frontline Auditions
-Tuesday, May 23, 6-9pm – Introduction and try both sessions
-Thursday, May 25, 6-9pm – Pick your section – more focused/audition prep
-Tuesday, May 30, 6-9pm – Individual auditions

About Eagle Band

The 2014 Eagle Band was a finalist at the BOA Super Regional competition in St. Louis

The 2014 Eagle Band was a finalist at the BOA Super Regional competition in St. Louis

The award-winning EPHS Eagle Marching Band is comprised of 9th through 12th grade students and performs at all home football games, numerous weekend field show competitions, festivals, and parades. They are nationally recognized and compete in numerous competitions in the AAA division in Minnesota. They also travel every year to the Bands of America Super Regional competition in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2015, the Eagle Band will also be competing at BOA Grand Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The band is lead by directors Scott Palmer, Mike Whipkey and Elizabeth Jackson, with the assistance of an outstanding staff of coordinators, caption heads and section instructors.

The Eagle Marching Band is both curricular and co-curricular, so students receive one regular class credit for participation in the Fall quarter. Eagle Band includes students who play woodwinds (all except oboe, english horn, and bassoon), brass, and percussion, and those who participate in the colorguard. Two to three students are also chosen as drum majors to lead the band. Students audition in May and start practicing in mid-July, attend Eagle Band Overnight Camp in early August, and kick off their season in August.

2017 Performance Calendar

The Eagle Band will perform their 2017 Field Show “Title coming soon” in the following competitions, festivals and games:

  • Saturday, July 30 • Band Camp Performance
  • Thursday August 24 • Minnesota State Fair
  • Monday, August 28 • District Kickoff
  • Monday, August 28 • Parent Preview
  • Thursday, August 31 • Home Football Game
  • Friday, September 8th • Home Football Game
  • Saturday, September 9 • Prairie Colors Marching Band Festival, EPHS
  • Saturday, September 9 • Eastview Marching Band Festival
  • Saturday, September 16• Rosemount Marching Band Fesitval
  • Friday, September 22 • Home Football Game
  • Saturday, September 30 • Irondale Music of the Knight
  • Saturday, October 7 • Anoka Marching Band Festival
  • Saturday, October 7 • Champlin Park Marching Band Festival
  • Friday, October 13 • Home Football Game
  • Saturday, October 14 • Youth In Music (MN State Finals) Band Festival
  • Saturday, October 21 • BOA Indianapolis Super Regional


Em Stark started the marching band in September 1963. The band grew yearly but was discontinued in 1971. It restarted in 1977 and has been active ever since.  Stark remained the director of the band until 1986, when it was taken over by Steve Olsen. In 1998, the school had the largest high school band program in Minnesota with total band enrollment exceeding 500 students. The Eagle Band membership was capped at 225 students because that’s the number of uniforms they had.

The EPHS Eagle Marching Band celebrated its 50th anniversary on October 15, 2013.  The city of Eden Prairie declared Oct. 28, 2013, as Eden Prairie Eagles Marching Band Day.

Watch this retrospective video created by the Eden Prairie Band Parent Organization in tribute to the Eden Prairie band program!




Auditions are held at various times depending on what section of the band the student is auditioning for. There are three sections.

Hornline: all wind instruments

Drumline: Marching and grounded percussion

Color Guard: Flags, Dance, and weapon

All audition and registration information and music are posted under “Marching Band Music”  There is a password required for the “Marching Band Music” section. Please ask your (any) Band Director.