Kirkwood School District Day at the Edward Jones Dome: Kirkwood grad Jeremy Maclin makes St. Louis NFL debut and Kirkwood Marching Band performs National Anthem
It is a rare occasion when the home town crowd has an entire section of fans cheering for an opposing player, but Sunday, Sept. 11 will mark one of those days as a thousand Kirkwood Pioneers will cheer on Kirkwood High School (KHS) graduate Jeremy Maclin ('06). Maclin will be making his St. Louis NFL debut as a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles. Maclin's high school band, the Kirkwood Pioneer Pride Marching Band, will also play the pre-game National Anthem as the St. Louis Rams take on the Philadelphia Eagles at the Edward Jones Dome at noon.
Maclin continues to be a dedicated and involved Kirkwood Pioneer since entering the NFL in 2009. This past summer Maclin hosted a football camp on the stadium field at KHS. The community is excited about Maclin's NFL debut and the opportunity for the band students to play at the Dome.
Maclin recently found out about Kirkwood’s involvement with his homecoming. “It was already very exciting to be coming home to St. Louis to play. Knowing that there will be over a thousand Kirkwood faithful in the stands makes it that much more exciting and memorable for me. To be a visitor in any NFL stadium is tough, but I know they will make me feel at home, so I am extremely thankful for that,” said Maclin. Maclin made mention of how Kirkwood’s involvement with the game will bring back high school memories. “It will be just like high school again with the band kicking off the game and so many Kirkwood fans in the stands. It should bring back some really good memories for me,” said Maclin.
The 200 member KHS Pioneer Pride Marching Band is the largest band in the school's long history. The Pioneer Pride Band is led by Director Jason Rekittke and assisted by Jeff Melsha, Mary Wiley, and Rebecca Friesen. Student drum majors for the band are seniors Jess Grommet and Brad Skeens, and junior Ryann Bank. The band last performed at the dome during the 2006 MSHSAA State Football Championship Game between Kirkwood High School and Raymore-Peculiar.
Kirkwood group tickets are still available for $35, which includes one terrace level ticket. This price reflects a $17 savings from purchasing at the single game ticket price. Your ticket purchase also includes a $5 donation to the Kirkwood School District Band Program. You may purchase tickets online by visiting www.kirkwoodschools.org