The Prosper Mighty Eagle Band has once again soared to new heights as they wrap up their 2018 Season. As with the rest of Prosper High School, this competitive marching season was marked by the catapult into world of 6A. Not only does that entail new competitors and tougher contests alongside more seasoned band programs, but also new expectations and new hopes for the Eagles. Fortunately, the students were up to the challenge and managed to once again have their most successful season in Prosper history. “Crown achievements” for this year’s show themed “Royal Band Fan Favorite picture RISING” include earning their second consecutive trip to the UIL State Marching Contest and advancing to the Finals of the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, 11th place overall out of 108 competing bands.
This year’s Mighty Eagle Band has doubled in size in five years and now includes 353 members.
The Color Guard program has also doubled in size in ONE year, growing from 28 to 52, under the direction of Lindsay Kusmierczak, our PISD Color Guard Paraprofessional.
On Sept. 29th, the band appeared at the HEB marching contest for it’s first competition of the year. The Eagles placed 1st overall in Prelims, placing ahead of perennial powerhouses Flower Mound-Marcus, Keller, and Coppell HS. The band slipped to 3rd overall in Finals, but still gained a lot of momentum for October with this early stand out performance.
The Band made their first-ever appearance in the Final of a Bands of America event earlier this season at the Regional in Bedford, TX, placing 9th
On Oct. 20th, the band earned straight 1’s, first division ratings, at the UIL Region Marching Contest, advancing them to the UIL Area level.
On Oct. 27th, the band placed fourth in prelims and finals at the UIL Area B Marching Contest, advancing them to the UIL State Marching Contest in November. Area B is arguably the most competitive Area in UIL Marching Band, with all 10 of the finalists being perennial State contenders, finalists, and overall Champions at the State Marching Contests over the past three decades.
The band left the Allen Football game at halftime in order to pack the trucks and get a few hours of sleep before their 5:00 am departure on Nov. 2nd for the Bands of America Super Regional in San Antonio. Along with Grand Nationals, this contest is the most difficult marching event in the US, drawing 84 of the most competitive 4A, 5A and 6A programs in Texas. The Eagles placed 16th overall, just two spots out of finals.
Two days later, the band performed at the Alamodome for a second time, this time at the UIL 6A State Marching Contest. This was the bands second straight year to advance to State, the first time as a 6A. The band placed 16th out of 41 6A schools, just four spots out of finals.
On Thursday, November 8th the band was the first band out of 108 competing bands to compete at the Bands of America Grand Nationals Marching Contest. The band had their best performance to date and made a very strong impression on the judging panel! The band placed 9th overall in Prelims, advancing them to the Semifinals on Saturday morning. This would be the band’s second time to advance to the Semifinals, as they placed 23rd overall in 2017.
That Saturday evening the band placed 11th overall, earning finalist medallions and representing the Lone Star State at the highest level!