The North Metro Marching Eagles left Wednesday, November 20, for their first ever band trip. They had been invited by the North Georgia Falcons to play at the National Homeschool Football League's Championship games in Panama City Beach, Florida. Arriving at about sunset on Wednesday, they enjoyed dinner, games, and a walk on the beach. Thursday was busy with two games and two half time shows. On Friday, they were able to relax around the retreat center with swimming, volleyball, gaga ball, basketball, and exploring the beach. Friday afternoon, they enjoyed mini-golf and Texas Roadhouse for dinner. The weather on Saturday was not as cooperative, but everyone kept good spirits. The band was able to play for the North Georgia Falcons (in drizzling rain) in the Patriot Bowl, where the Falcons swept a win against the Crimson Knights (Indiana), 28-6. The championship game between Christ Prep (Kansas) and the NOAH Jaguars (Oklahoma) was a hard-fought battle on a wet field in foggy conditions. Both teams appreciated the encouragement of the Marching Eagles in the stands during the game. At half time, the Eagles performed their best show, Flight of the Night Furry, to an attentive audience of football players and fans. The fog added a nice visual effect. Christ Prep won the National Championship with a score of 21-13. At the close of the game, both teams and a large number of fans huddled in the center of the field to pray and thank God for the blessing of a game well played. Sunday morning, the Marching Eagles gathered for breakfast before setting out for home. Amy Gravitte expressed her pride and appreciation to all of the band members for their excellent work this season on and off the field. Then we all thanked God for his provisions. We are so thankful our Marching Eagles were given this opportunity, and we look forward to returning next year.
The National Homeschool Football Association's Championship Tournament marked the last field show for the Marching Eagles this season. It has been a tremendous ride this year with many exciting opportunities. The Eagles will march in the March of the Toys Parade in Ball Ground on December 6 at 7:00pm. This is an evening parade in lights that benefits Toys for Tots. Consider coming out to support the Eagles and Toys for Tots next Friday.
The North Metro Marching Eagles is a non-profit community marching band, open to homeschooled, private schooled, and public schooled middle and high school students, ages 12 and up. We practice Thursday and Friday evenings, and play for football games on Fridays in the fall. We march in parades and participate in competitions. If you or someone you know is interested, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will begin Spring Marching--an opportunity to try it out and march in a parade--in February/March. Watch for details on our website and social media.