With a drum roll from the drum line and a loud, "Go Eagles!" from the crowd of more than 100, Will Marshall '19 and Destiny Jacque '18 revealed the new Eagle Pride marching band and color guard uniforms on Monday, February 13.
"We wanted something contemporary and fresh that will pop," said the Director of Performing Arts, Debi Schutt. "When people see it, they will know without a doubt it is CJ."
The uniforms were made possible by benefactor Sam Rinehart '69.
"I played trumpet in the marching band," Rinehart reflected. "At the opening of Roger Glass Stadium - Home of the Chaminade Julienne Eagles in August, I told Roger we needed uniforms."
Rinehart chuckled, "So he got the stadium and I got the uniforms."
The uniforms were unveiled to performing arts students, parents and supporters during the Performing Arts Winter Concert on Sunday, February 12. Rinehart was in attendance for the concert.
When asked about his reaction to the seeing the uniforms, all Rinehart could say was, "Wow!"
"The Eagle Pride guard is so very grateful for this generous gift," Kelly Muhl, guard instructor said. "These new uniforms will help guard members feel great about themselves in their performance. We are also hoping that it will encourage new interest in joining the team and being an exciting part of a new era for Eagle Pride!"
Starting this fall, participation in Eagle Pride will qualify for use of the PE waiver. This allows students to earn the state of Ohio required PE credit while having fun with their fellow classmates interested in music and entertaining.
"Our group receives a large amount of support and everyone wants to see it continue to grow and remain an active group in the school and the community," Schutt shared. "This is the first time the group will have a formal band uniform in quite a number of years. Students will be proud to wear the uniforms and represent our group and our school."
Rinehart also challenged the students during the reveal on Monday.
"This year we have about 30 members of Eagle Pride," Rinehart said. "We have 50 uniforms for next year and I will buy uniforms for every new member up to 100."
Students who are interested in learning more or participating in Eagle Pride can sign-up here.
Posted February 16, 2017