Close to 1,000 people turned out for the Golden Eagle Marching Band (THSGEMB) “Fall Classic” on Saturday. Spectators were treated to eight bands from the tri-state area, all vying for top honors in the Musical Arts Conference (MAC).
The gates opened at 4:30 p.m. with the National Anthem played by the and eighth grade band students. There were a variety of tents offering everything from food to merchandise to candy and air grams.
The performing bands included Brookfield High School and Port Chester (New York) High School and ranged in size from 35 to 150 members and compete in different MAC classifications. Trumbull competes under MAC's Marching Band National Class.
The culmination of the event was a performance by THSGEMB (as the hosts of the event, the band performs in exhibition and not in competition). The band was escorted on to the field by approximately 30 alumnae of the band. Former band members from near and far return every year for the Fall Classic to reconnect with each other and offer support.
The 150-member strong Golden Eagle Marching Band has already garnered top honors at early competitions this season. Their program this year is entitled "A Fine Line", featuring a series of enigma variations by Sir Edward Elgar. The band’s rendition of Elgar's musical compositions makes this a bold and captivating show.
After the performance, the band honored their 32 seniors, some of who have competed for 5 and 6 years, having joined the band in middle school.
If you missed the show last weekend, you will have a rare opportunity to see the band, as well as others perform at Trumbull High School this Saturday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. The band usually only hosts one home show a year, but this year they will take on hosting responsibilities for another school that was unable to. However the band will perform in competition this weekend.