Marching Eagle Band the pride of Calera High

Calera High School’s Marching Eagle Band practices on a late summer evening.

Last week, I introduced you to Calera High School varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders. This week’s column pays homage to the Calera Marching Eagle Band.

The Marching Eagles, under the direction of Ted Seabury, have consistently scored superior ratings and earned “Best in Class” awards at several competitions since he joined the school in 2001. This year will be no exception.

“I look forward to another good year,” Seabury said. “Our band consists of gifted musicians who work hard to make our community proud.”

Practice began July 19 for first-year marchers, percussion, majorettes, dance team and color guard. Rookie camp introduced seventh graders and new band students to marching and expectations of performance.

Bailey Seabury led the percussion camp as they worked on stand tunes and field music. A team of Auburn students and alumni taught pep rally routines in a private camp held at the school for the auxiliaries.

Full band practice began July 26. Tunes from Queen were selected for field performances. Songs include: “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Bicycle Race,” “Somebody to Love,” and “We Are The Champions.”

The band will wear new uniforms this year thanks to hard working parents, staff and community workers who raised funds over the past several years. The new, updated look of the band will be matched with great sound and clean marching.

Drum major Aeryn Kauffman is excited about the upcoming football games.

“I’ve played flute for five years, but this is my first year as drum major. I can’t wait for our first performance!”

The majorettes, dance team and color guard have practiced alongside the band. Sponsor Dawn Bone, BTA instructor, has choreographed the halftime shows at CHS for nine years. To prepare for the upcoming marching season, several auxiliary alumni helped choreograph this year’s halftime show.

“I love every minute of it,” Bone said. “It’s exciting to watch them progress throughout the summer and their hard work is evident by the first field show.”

Field captains are Aileen Cain and Kaitlyn Minor. Percussion captain is Cole Pevey. Dance team captains are Laura Hutto and Dulce Rivera. Emiley Glass and Stephanie Johnson are color guard captains.

You can watch the Marching Eagles at any Calera football game. The first game is Aug. 27 at Montevallo. Competition season will start Oct. 2 at the Southeastern Marching Festival in Troy.

Mollie Brown can be reached at dmjhb1@bellsouth.net.