Eagle Marching Band
2023 Season Information
Parent Information Session
5/23 6-7 PM Meet in the Band Hall
Marching Band Open Rehearsal Nights
5/22 6-8 PM meet in the Band Hall
5/23 6-8 PM meet in the Band Hall
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Color Guard Try it dates
5/15 6-9pm EPHS Activities Center
5/16 6-9pm CMS East Gym
5/18 6-8pm CMS East Gym
5/22 6-9pm EPHS Activities Center
5/23 6-9pm EPHS Main Gym
5/25 6-9pm EPHS Activities Center
EDEN PRAIRIE EAGLES DRUMLINE
BATTERY AND FRONT ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS
Monday, May 22nd | 6-8pm
Tuesday, May 23rd | 6-8pm
Thursday, May 25th | 6-9pm
• SNARE DRUM
• TENOR DRUM
• BASS DRUM
• MALLET PERCUSSION
• AUXILIARY PERCUSSION
Contact Jared Olson at email@example.com
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 and 2017, the Eagle Band also competed at BOA Grand Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The band is led by directors Michael Okwabi and Mike Whipkey, 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 Camp in early August, and kick off their season in August.
EAGLE BAND HISTORY
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. 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 Eden Prairie Eagles Marching Band Day.