Maddie Oleson

Dear future Eagle Pride Band members,

In fall of 2014, I along with 40 other freshman, embarked on a new journey by joining the Sandra Day O'Connor Eagle Pride Marching Band. We were completely unaware of what was in store for us, we had no idea of the journey that was about to begin. Being a member in this band is truly a journey unlike any other, and I encourage you future eagles to consider being a part of this program!

There is absolutely nothing else in the world that compares to the feeling of performing with the one's you love. We only have 10 minutes to perform, and it is our responsibility as a member in the band to entertain. Every competition, we each choose someone specifically in the audience, and try to take them out of their world. In our lives today, it feels nearly impossible to find peace and comfort amongst our trials and afflictions. We are blessed with the opportunity to make these people watching, and ourselves, forget about the hardships in their lives. Once we walk on that field, nothing else in the world matters, and we are unstoppable. This is only achieved through the hard work of every single person in the band. Not only are we a team, but we are a family that sticks together through thick and thin. Amongst all of our differences in who we are, where we are from, what we've been through, we are united together through the passion of those in the band. It is an honor to be able to participate in this program, and will truly change your life.

Being a part of this band requires hard work, dedication, perseverance, and passion. You are not expected to be perfect, but you are expected to try your best in everything you do. As you strive for greatness, your efforts will carry you and the band to success. Even with exhausted muscles and bruise after hours upon hours of practicing, the members of the band never fail to make it a positive and uplifting environment for everyone. Because of this attitude, you can't help but fall in love with the sport. We truly are one giant family, and I promise that the friendships you make while in band are everlasting.

For those of you still questioning whether or not marching band is for you, fear not! I was once in your shoes, and I know that this is a decision that you shouldn't take lightly. I know that I wouldn't be the person I am today without the influence of band and the people I have met through it, and I am so thankful I decided to do it. I am beyond grateful for the memories I have made from these past years in band, and I am so excited to hopefully make some more with you! <3

Maddie Oleson