Bands of America: 4 IL marching bands advance to Grand National Semifinals

… UPDATE AFTER FINALS:

Bands of America, celebrating its 35th year in service to America’s schools, named the marching band from Avon High School in Avon, Ind., the grand national champion Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. This marks the third consecutive grand national championship for the band.

Marian Catholic High School from Chicago Heights, Ill., is the only other marching band to be named grand national champion for three consecutive years. Their three-peat happened in 1987, 1988, and 1989. Marian Catholic was selected as one of 12 finalist bands this year as well.

Last month, Avon won the Indiana State School Music Association marching band title for the ninth time in the past 10 years (Class ‘B’ in 2001 and 2002; Class ‘A’ in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010).

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ORIGINAL POST:

Four high school marching bands from Illinois have advanced to the semifinals at the Bands of America Grand National Championships now under way at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The bands are Morton High School, which will perform Saturday at 8:15 a.m.; Lincoln-Way East High School from Frankfort, at 11:30; Marian Catholic High School from Chicago Heights at 12:45; and Lake Park High School from Roselle at 4:15.

The band from Avon High School in Avon, Ind., performs at 2:45 this afternoon. They are the two-time defending Grand National Champions. The only band in the history of Bands of America to be named Grand National Champion three consecutive years is Marian Catholic, 1987, 1988, and 1989.

Links to the pages for these bands are available here. In 2009, only two bands, Marian Catholic and Lake Park, advanced to the semifinals from Illinois.

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