Screamin' Eagle Marching Band State Champions
Congratulations to Andy Murphy, Andi Webb, Justin Ahlgren, and all our Screamin' Eagle Marching Band participants on their back-to-back-to-back-to-back TPSMEA State Marching Band Championship! In Class I competition, the band earned a Division I superior rating and were awarded most outstanding in Percussion, Winds, Color Guard, Marching, & Musical Effect.
The Screamin' Eagle Marching Band competed with nine other bands at Nolan Catholic High School on Saturday, October 25. Six bands, including LCA, competed in Class I. The Screamin' Eagles stepped off to musical selections taken from Pirates of the Caribbean and various other sea chanties in their show entitled, The Pirates of Legacy.
The 2014-2015 Screamin' Eagle Marching Band is a particularly young band, made up of 85% underclassmen, including three 8th grade students. Judges were impressed, as they often are, by how well organized the performance is, with everyone clearly participating and filling a specific role. Earlier this year, though the LCA band was the only private school and smallest band participating, they competed in the Aubrey Marching Classic and placed 9th overall, earning 2nd place in percussion.
Following the fourth, consecutive, state championship for the Screamin' Eagle Marching Band, we sat down with Band Director, Andy Murphy, and senior drum majors, Ross Widner & Sarah Martinez.
Andy Murphy: It's hard going into a competition with the expectation to “win again,” but our students really stepped up on Saturday and played their hearts out. Honestly, I didn't sleep much last week – not because I was nervous about the competition, but because I wanted the kids to feel the improvements they've made since this time last year. Our band hasn't grown in numbers, but we've grown in strength and talent.
Sarah Martinez: We've been practicing for 45 minutes every morning and for 2 hours on Monday evenings. Every halftime performance is an opportunity to up our game and improve. The weeks leading up to the state performance were intense, but winning state again was worth it! Hard work will always pay off, and I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to work with this marching season!
Ross Widner: Everyone was nervous on Saturday; the tension was so thick you could almost cut it with a knife. But when the time came, we took the field and gave it everything we had. Mr. Murphy always says, “Our main goal is superior ratings. If we can accomplish that, everything else will fall into place.” During the awards ceremony, we just kept hearing our name called over and over, the excitement growing with each award. By the time we were officially named Grand Champion, Sarah & I could hardly contain our excitement!