PARKLAND, FL- The Eagle Regiment makes their presence known weekly at the Stoneman Douglas Football games. The marching band's music and cheering help pump up the team and crowd.
"Since the new band director (Steve Rivero) came in the culture has changed. It's the first time we've seen the band get involved and support our team," said Mandy Goodman, president of the Douglas Gridiron Club, a non-profit organization that supports the Douglas Football Program.
Goodman noted that the new school administration, new band director and new head football coach are working to build a family atmosphere. The Eagle Regiment has worked to bridge the gap that can form between the band and football. "I firmly believe that a marching band’s number one role at a football game is to instill the will to win for their school’s team. They do this by playing at all the right times and while simultaneously motivating the audience and players to be involved in the game!" explained Rivero. The Stoneman Douglas football team has noticed the support of the Eagle Regiment. "Our boys are loving our band! When we need that extra noise they bring it." Goodman added.
The Stoneman Douglas football team wanted to keep building on this foundation laid by the band. They wanted to support the band just as the band supports them. "When positive things happen, you acknowledge it," stated Goodman. "The band director (Rivero) works on the Friday night culture and still works on competition. They are doing so well. We are so proud of them." The football team delivered London themed goodie bags filled with candy to celebrate the Eagle Regiment's recent invitation to march in the London New Year's Day Parade 2021 and to wish them luck in their Bands of America Competition. "It's a small way to say we see what you are doing. We are thankful," said Goodman.
The Stoneman Douglas football team and the Eagle Regiment will both be in action during the last regular season football game on Friday, November 1, at 7:00 p.m. The Eagles face Plantation at home as the Eagle Regiment gets the fans and players pumped for the game.
"It's Friday Night Lights. It's the real deal," said Goodman.