Freshmen, sophomores and juniors in the Eagle Pride marching band have extra incentive to fine-tune their marching and musical skills this year, with a possible Tournament of Roses Parade in their future. Director Dan Wooten announced that the band has applied for a spot in the New Year’s Day 2017 parade, and he expects to learn the outcome this October. The Eagle Pride’s last appearance in Pasadena, CA, was in the 2008 parade.

In the meantime, the band has been rehearsing since mid-July, working toward perfecting its halftime show entitled “Take Flight.” Wooten noted that the band is also working on the Sept. 11 pregame show that will be part of a Patriot Day ceremony.

Fundraising is also in full swing, with a Spirit Night at Marco’s Pizza already completed and a Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A planned for Sept. 9. Fundraisers support operating expenses of the band and help individual students to offset costs to participate, such as instrument and uniform rentals.

Just in time for football season, the 300-member band is selling pasta in the shapes of the Gators, Seminoles, Tigers, Crimson Tide, Bulldogs and other favorite teams until Oct. 15. The “Fun Pasta” sale includes dry pasta in the shapes of more than 50 college logos; 2015 will be the last year for collegiate pasta. Numerous other themes are available, including sports activities, holidays, “Support Our Troops,” patriotic symbols, and animals. Soup, chili and macaroni and cheese mixes are available also.

With most items selling for $6.50 or $7.50, supporting the Eagle Pride by purchasing a unique, festive treat or gift can be very affordable. To place an order, contact any band member by Sept. 17. Online orders can be placed through Oct. 15 at funpastafundraising.com/shop/niceville-eagle-pride. Customers can designate individual band members to receive credit when they check out.

For more information about the Fun Pasta sale, email nhspasta@gmail.com.


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