The Eden Prairie Eagle Marching Band invites you to its home show, Prairie Colors, taking place at Aerie Stadium at Eden Prairie High School on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Tickets go on sale starting at 10:30, and the first band steps off at Noon. Thirteen bands from around the state and as far away as Sioux Falls, SD will compete. After Eden Prairie marches in exhibition, there will be a special performance by the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Marching Band.

For more information and a schedule of bands, check out our Prairie Colors Event Page HERE.

Hope to see you there!

2014 Eagle Band Spirit Wear is making its debut at Eden Prairie Band Camp this Saturday! If you’re at camp, make sure you check out the wonderful new Eddie Bauer fleece jackets! Orders taken at band camp or received by the 15th of August will be delivered by August 28th. If you will not be at band camp, you can mail your order and check (or email/fax if using a credit card) to Spirit Apparel using the address on the order form by August 15th.

2014 Spirit Wear Order Form

We will also have our new What Lies Beneath show shirts at band camp. For just $17, you can wear it in the stands while you cheer on your Eagle Band student. There will be several opportunities to buy them, but when they’re gone, they’re gone.

Remember, Spirit Wear is only available for a short time (final orders are usually due early in September), so don’t put off making your purchase thinking you can do it later.

Special note to new EPHS band parents: If your student in grades 9 – 12 plays in any pep band during the school year, they will be asked to wear a black shirt with “Eden Prairie” or the EP logo on it. Many students order the black hooded sweatshirt so they can wear it at pep band. It is NOT required, but itis a great option.

Show your Eagle Band Spirit!

This is a reminder that the second payment of Eagle Band fees is due on Thursday, July 31st. This payment should include the $250 required fee plus any additional fees for Colorguard Equipment, Frontline/Drumline Equipment and Black Marching Shoes (if needed). If you did not pay the initial deposit at the time of registration, please include that amount as well.

Checks made out to EPHS can be given to Mr. Palmer or Mr. Whipkey, mailed to the school to Mr. Palmer’s attention, or placed in the black lock box located on the wall just to the right of the band office door.

A note about shoes: If your student told us they needed shoes, we had them sized and put them on our order list. However, we will not order their shoes unless the $35 fee has been paid. The final shoe order will be placed on Monday, August 11th. You can still order shoes after that date, but the cost will be $45 to cover the additional shipping for a single pair of shoes. We also have donated used shoes in many sizes that are available for your student’s use free of charge.

The final $150 is due by September 1st and is payable directly to Student Activities. They are still working on setting this up – we will notify parents when it is okay to pay.

If you have any payment issues, please discuss them with Mr. Palmer as soon as possible. He cannot help you work through them if he doesn’t know about them. All conversations will be kept confidential.

Mark Your Calendars! Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 1:30 – 5:00pm.

Back by popular demand, we will have a parent social immediately after the buses leave for Band Camp at the Golden Nugget Tavern and Grille. ALL EP band parents are invited. We especially welcome CMS and freshman parents – it’s a great way to get to meet other band parents in a relaxed setting.

We will have the back room and patio reserved for our group. Each parent is responsible for the cost of their own food and beverages. Golden Nugget will once again offer $6 burger baskets until 5:00.

Hope to see you there!

Work day at The ARC (Band Camp) in Osceola is Saturday, July 19th, 2014 from 9:30am (be at ARC) until 3:00 or 4:00 pm. We can carpool from the high school to minimize the driving.

The staff members at the ARC have designed a new field for EP Band to use at band camp. It was developed towards the back of camp and is farther away, noise wise, from the surrounding neighborhood. Two years ago we helped them finish the director stand and removable stairs. Last year we helped build a human foosball court and a gaga pit. These were so beneficial to EP Band Camp that here is a way to return the favor.

The ARC staff needs our gift of time and talents with projects around camp to help with the up keep of the general area and some activity sites. They have not specified the projects at hand but there will be something to do that fits everyone’s skill level.

They have requested the help of 20-25 people:
Adults with some carpentry and electrical skills
Adults or older kids that like to paint
Many able bodies to groom the area (weed, trim, etc)

The materials needed and most of the tools will be supplied by The ARC.
If you have a favorite shovel, hammer, work gloves, or other tools bring them along.

Lunch will be provided by the ARC. Snacks will be available. Just bring your own water bottle. Water to refill water bottles will be available.

This is a great opportunity to see the camp and get a feel for what the week of Band Camp will be all about for your child.

Please respond to Jo Benson at jobenson@comcast.net if you are able to help or have any questions.