Eagles Drumline members, from left, Ryan Donnelly, Andy Moffatt, Brian Smith, and Zach Larimer at a pep rally in Minnesota the day before Super Bowl LII (Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles)
When the Philadelphia Eagles took the field at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis during Super Bowl LII, they could hear a familiar, driving beat. Now in its ninth year of revving up fans and players, the Eagles Drumline joined the team for the big game.
Twenty-seven members strong, the drumline includes four former IUP Marching Band percussionists on snare: Andy Moffatt ’02, Brian Smith ’04, Zach Larimer ’05, and Ryan Donnelly ’07.
“The Super Bowl was incredible,” said Andy, the group’s director and an original member. “Eagles season ticket holders repeatedly told us that having us there made it feel more like a home game.”
The drumline kept a busy schedule during Super Bowl week, performing at the Mall of America and at the Super Bowl Experience, an NFL theme park at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The group also appeared on a number of networks and news shows.
Days after the Eagles emerged victorious, the drumline was back in Philadelphia, playing in the victory parade before an estimated 700,000 fans.
“The street was packed with Eagles fans for the entire eight miles,” Andy said. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
The full Eagles Drumline. Starting in the back row, fourth from left, are IUP alumni Ryan Donnelly, Andy Moffatt, Brian Smith, and Zach Larimer.