The Eastern Alamance High School Marching Band has been selected to march in this year’s National Independence Day Parade in Washington, DC.
In addition to marching in the National 4th of July Parade, students will experience the Marine Corps Band perform on the White House Lawn, tour the national monuments at night, visit the US Capitol, watch the fireworks, and participate in other educational opportunities.
The Eastern Band has worked to make building community relationships part of the Marching Eagle Tradition. This year, band students were honored to play the National Anthem at the Marine Corps League Detachment state meeting in Burlington, march in the Veterans Day Parade in Graham, perform at Destination Downtown Mebane community festivities, as well as other parades and events.
Over the last 2 marching seasons, 50 total awards were earned - with 1st or 2nd overall class awards in 7 of the 8 competitions. The 2018 Eastern Marching Band performance, No Strings Attached, won a multitude of awards at multiple competitions - including top rankings for Colorguard and Visual Performance, Drum Major, Percussion, General Effect, and Music Performance. This includes the Southeast Guilford Falcon Invitational “Falcon Spirit Award” and 1st Place Overall in Class 3A Competition.
Both Concert and Symphonic Bands recently were awarded Superior ratings at the 2019 Annual NC Bandmasters MPA at Cedar Ridge High School. Multiple judges noted the energy and passion of the band with one judge thanking the students for “bringing the music to life.”
Ben Crotts, Band Director, is quoted on the Band’s Facebook page as saying, “It’s such a joy to see these students make music and enjoy their time together.” He goes on to thank the community, parents, Band Boosters, and school administration for their support. The Band Boosters are credited for helping raise funds that allowed music clinic specialists to be brought in to augment students’ music education. The Boosters acknowledge this would not be possible without the support of a generous community. <https://easternalamanceban.wixsite.com/sponsors>
“It takes a lot to bring these performances to life...we appreciate our Band Boosters for making it possible to bring in clinicians to work with our students, the staff and administration at Eastern for their support, the band parents who attended this trip with us and donated food and drinks for the kids, and the students themselves for working so diligently, tirelessly, and enthusiastically on their music for this event. They represented their school, community, and themselves with pride, dignity, and respect for the entire event. Great job to all!" Crotts added.
The EA Band Boosters invite the community to show their support for these students by making a donation to the EA Band Boosters by contacting EAHSBandBoosters@gmail.com or mailing a check to Eastern Alamance Band Boosters, PO Box 1361 Mebane, NC 27302. Funds for the band are also being raised with an upcoming Free Trip for 2 to Hawaii Raffle with the drawing being held on Thursday, May 16 at Eat for the Band Night hosted by HWY55 Burgers Shakes and Fries in Mebane and a Car Wash event on May 18 from 8:00am to 2:00pm at Advance Auto Parts on Mebane Oaks Road near Lowes Foods in Mebane.