"I thought they performed really, really well," Handshoe said. "We're a pretty young, inexperienced group, and they handled the pressure great. That was probably our best run of the season."
The students giving the performance agreed.
"We had a lot of fun out there, and I think that's really good, especially for the new members," Kilgore said. "I think we did good enough to make the night show, so I really hope we make it."
With camouflage equipment and white flags, the Eagles were playing their instruments in an imaginary war zone. And their performance title of "Battlefield" was appropriate.
"We really wanted to portray people going nuts on a battlefield," Wallace said. "And I think we did a good job of that."
The band even had specially designed tools for the drum section to simulate the sound of marching soldiers.
Wallace, who plays the saxophone, has been a part of the marching band since eighth grade. He was so confident in the performance he said it was the best performance he's ever been a part of.
Despite having to go first and play in a slight drizzle, Handshoe said his team was unfazed.
"Going first didn't have any impact on us," he said. "We were ready no matter what."
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