As the school year comes to an end, senior band members are getting ready to go to college and leave high school. This is their last year before they leave for college and last performance as Golden Eagles. 

“What I will miss most about playing for the Naples Eagles is the excitement that came from the crowd during and after performing,” senior Amanda Ibanez said. 

This is the first year after being online for about a year, and seniors are ready to graduate with their friends. Some seniors are even planning to continue playing in college.

“I plan to try out for the “Sharkettes” cheer and dance team,” Ibanez said.

After playing for four years, they all have memories to cherish forever. Despite the ups and downs, they will soon graduate happily. 

My favorite memory is everything about my freshman season,” Ibanez said. “It was the most memorable and amazing time of my life. I loved everyone.”

Playing in the band is a lot of fun, even more so if done with friends. The seniors have played with a lot of other students throughout grade levels and will surely miss them when they leave for college.

“My favorite memory of playing with the seniors this year was when we played our last show for the year, when Valeria and I looked at each other and laughed before playing the last movement,” junior Morgan Tocco said.

Seniors have played plenty of performances, the most recent being a competition in November, a winter concert on December 15 and the Christmas parade on December 7. 

“My favorite performance was my freshman year “Wanted” show,” Ibanez said.

Many seniors this year will be leaving but not empty-handed, as they will have a competition trophy with them. With four years of being in the Naples High band, they have plenty of advice to give to new players who are coming in.

“Simply be yourself because at the end of the day you’ll end up being surrounded by people who care about you and want to see you succeed,” Ibanez said. “Also never give up, you’re going to have bad practices, but it’s all going to be worth it in the end.”