Marching Eagles finish notable run with performance at board meeting

University of Illinois. University of Missouri. Youngsville High School.

The Marching Eagles have joined some illustrious company.

The Eagles’ extended trip to Ireland added to their stockpile of hardware for the year.

At Monday night’s school board meeting, the Eagles, under the direction of Cindy Scheid, performed Shut Up and Dance and presented their collective awards from the year: St. Marys — first place; Bishop McDevitt — third place; Home at War Memorial Field — first place; Tyrone — first place; McKeesport — first place.

And Penn-Trafford Region 8 Championships — first place.

That success seeded the Eagles fourth going into the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championships, Scheid said. “We came out of ACCs, at the silver medal level with 23 bands from nine states, we placed fourth.”

“Then we went to Ireland,” she said.

The band participated in the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Limerick International Band Championship.

“We had a meeting when we got back to the hotel after the parade,” Scheid told the board. She was asked if they would win an award. “We never win when we’re in the Dublin Parade, it’s too big a parade.”

Shortly thereafter, the judges called and informed Scheid they had won the small band division.

Then, in the snow at Limerick, “we had the big surprise of winning best overall performance,” she said.

The competition is in its 48th year, but the award is only three years old. Youngsville is now engraved at the top of the cup awarded to the top performer… right under Illinois and Missouri.