Avon Lake High School takes great pride in its academics, athletics, and performing arts. And now, with sixteen years at the helm of the band program, the high school will be saying farewell to their music director and teacher. David Eddleman, Director of Bands, is retiring at the end of the current school year. During his tenure as the director of bands, the high school band program re-instilled the excellence that it had long been known for, providing hundreds of students with extraordinary performance, travel, and educational opportunities. Mr. Eddleman came to Avon Lake High School in 2005 after teaching at Clearview High School and Tiffin Junior High School. His mission for the Avon Lake High School band program was to develop the musical skills of the students to become lifelong instrumentalists. Many Avon Lake band alumni have continued to participate in musical groups in college and still perform with church and community bands and orchestras. For many others, he has instilled in them a life-long appreciation for quality music. When asked about the highlights of his sixteen years at Avon Lake, one of the first that came to mind was how much pride the students have in achieving musical excellence. The bands have been very successful at Ohio Music Education Association events, with one or more of the bands earning trips to state finals every year since he came to the high school. The marching band has traveled to perform at events over the years that included the Indy 500 Parade, the Universal Studios Macy’s Christmas Parade, and several times to college football bowl games in Florida during winter break. Under his musical leadership, the premiere concert group, the Avon Lake Symphonic Band, was able to perform the highest level of OMEA band literature and performed by invitation at Severance Hall in Cleveland, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and Carnegie Hall in NYC. When Mr. Eddleman leaves his position at Avon Lake High School, he plans to stay involved in musical activities including his work with Drum Corps International, Marching Music’s Major League. He also added that he and his wife Carol own a second home in Sullivan, Maine near Acadia National Park that has become a popular Airbnb for travelers coming to the area to visit the park.
Congratulations Avon Lake Marching Shoremen. A well deserved top rating at OMEA State Marching Band Finals! Keepin' the streak alive... 2018 - Superior top rating (Wish Upon A Star) 2017 - Superior top rating (To the Moon) 2016 - Superior top rating (American Sketches) 2015 - Excellent two rating (Rock Art) 2014 - Excellent two rating (Quidam)
Ohio Senate honors Avon Lake Marching Band for Outstanding Attainment at State Marching Band Finals!
BAND AIDS OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS The Avon Lake Band Aids have created a scholarship fund for students needing assistance for educational and life-changing events such as the CYWS, indoor drumlines or guards, a DCI corps, or summer music camps. Download the scholarship application and submit it to Mr. Eddleman. The scholarship committee meets two to three times per year as needed.