The Eagles Come Marching In


The Olathe North Screamin’ Eagle marching band in the stands during the Olathe North Varsity football game. “This was a great first marching season for me,” freshman Azazel Dawson said. | Photo by Paige Keith

Mallory Graybeal, Online Editor

The Olathe North Screamin’ Eagles marching band finished out their competitive season on Saturday at the Shawnee Mission North Marching Invitational, placing second in their class. This is the second competition that the band has been to, the previous being the Kansas City Championships at Blue Springs South, where they placed third in their class and seventh overall. 

The 2022 marching show is titled “The Birth of Planet Earth” and features music from “The Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi, “Scheherazade” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and “All Creatures” by William Henry Draper.  As the season comes to a close, several marching band students reflect on their favorite memories. 

“My favorite part [of this season] was the competitions because I got to spend all day with amazing people,” junior Tatum Frederick said. “It was an amazing environment, even though we did kinda bad at all the comps.”

Other students liked the competitions for other reasons.

“The bus rides to and from competitions were my favorite [part of the season],” sophomore Angel Samano said. 

Sophomore Lauren Bullins agreed with Samano.

“My favorite part was competitions and games,” Bullins said. “We all got to bond and spend time together.”

Junior David Lye also enjoyed the competitions.

“My favorite part of band was hanging out with other people during competition downtime,” Lye said. “And stealing Henok’s phone.”

The band also performed at several football games throughout this season, playing the 2022 show at halftime and pep songs during the game. 

“I liked the football games the most,” freshman Azazel Dawson said. “Screaming in the stands with [the band] is awesome.”

Some band members had other favorite moments besides football games and competitions to share. 

“Another favorite memory was that one time I collapsed in the stands,”  sophomore Amy Nguyen said. 

Senior Dakota Oliva talked about a related memory. 

“[I liked] making sure Amy didn’t fall off of the bleachers,” Oliva said. “Again.”

Samano also decided to share one of his least favorite band memories.

“This definitely isn’t my best memory,” Samano said. “But, I showed up late to the warm up circle at a competition and was wearing the wrong uniform.”

The Screamin’ Eagles will play their 2022 show for the final time during halftime at the Olathe North football game against Lawrence Free State on Friday, October 21st. 

“We’ve worked really hard this season,” junior Jimena Saldivar said. “I hope a lot of people turn out to see us at this last game.”