It is 9 a.m. on a Monday morning in mid-July. The heat is already growing intense as 150 teenagers (still half-asleep) trudge slowly down the steep concrete steps leading to a lower parking lot at Eastern High School. These 150 will spend the next four months of their lives (nearly 500 hours, to be more exact) on this parking lot and up on the empty grass field next to the stadium counting, "walking around," running, and exercising muscles they didn't previously know they had. Sounds easy, right?
Wrong. This group, known as the marching band at Eastern High School, consists of some of the hardest-working and most dedicated individuals throughout the entire building. Times may get a bit unflattering through the sweat, blood, and tears (and that is not an exaggeration), but they push through it for their love of music and for the love of success.
With the motivation given to them by Directors Mrs. Tweddell and Mr. Arthur, and their hard work, the band has excelled to rise to a level not previously known to be associated with Eastern. Upon traveling across the universe, they encountered many successes to bring their already superior reputation up one notch higher. In Youngstown, Ohio, they received 7th place out of 28 bands from 9 different states, received two Reserve Grand Champion Awards, and were awarded many distinguished ratings.