EDISON, NJ—The Edison High School Marching Eagles have been soaring ever since they completed another extremely successful season, and earned a second national championship.
Currently, the team are two-time defending State and National Champions, which makes them undefeated since 2013.
Supporters say that the students who are a part of the Marching Eagles are extremely talented and hard-working individuals, on and off the field, and the team is looking forward to another strong season in 2015.
The Marching Eagles has been recognized by several government bodies including the Edison Township Council in 2013, and the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, which passed a resolution of recognition in December 2014.
"I know it takes a lot of time and effort, and sweat and tears sometimes. But you really made us proud by winning that championship," said Freeholder Director Ronald Rios, as the marching band posed for photographs.
"Kudos to all of you… It's really something that you should be proud of and these are memories that you will never forget for the rest of your life."
"They are unbelievable," said Freeholder Charlie Tomaro, an Edison resident who says he lives close enough to Edison High School to hear the band practice rigorously throughout the season.
"I can hear them practicing in August in the heat, I can hear them practicing in the cold."
The marching band, like many high school sports teams, starts its practice schedule long before the school year even begins.
The band’s 2014 program was called “The Grind,” and the band's members proudly sported shirts with that slogan at the Freeholder meeting.
The EHS Marching Eagles have grown over the past year in size.
In 2013, the competed in "Group 2" with 52 members, but now they are competing with bigger bands in "Group 3" after increasing to 74 members for the 2014 season.
“The Grind” placed first in every competition they competed in, including the state championship, which was held at Rutgers University, and the national championship at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford.
At nationals, held in the same stadium where the New York Giants and Jets play, the Edison High Marching Eagles won first place out of eighteen other competitor schools with a grand score of 98.300.
In 2015, the marching band hopes to be recognized by the governor’s office in Trenton.
More information and videos of the marching band can be found at www.ehsbands.org.