Illinois’s competitive marching band season takes the field Saturday from O’Fallon near St Louis to Roselle in Chicago’s northwest suburbs.
Voxitatis has updated this article as more information and results became available. All contests are on Saturday, and all bands are from Illinois high schools, unless otherwise noted.
Other noteworthy performances
Band Day at the U of I
The following bands are expected to participate in Band Day at the University of Illinois and march out onto the historic field of Memorial Stadium during halftime of Saturday evening’s game between the University of Illinois and the Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina.
Lincoln-Way Marching Band premiere season
Finally, the music programs at the three remaining high schools in Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 combined forces and made a new marching band. The group will present a “community preview” on Saturday, September 10, at Lincoln-Way Central High School (map), 1801 East Lincoln Highway, New Lenox.
The new Lincoln-Way Marching Band will be the first time the district has put just one marching band on the field since before Lincoln-Way East split off of Central in the 2001-02 school year. Later in the decade, Lincoln-Way North was added in Frankfort and Lincoln-Way West in New Lenox, but North closed its classrooms in June, with most of the school’s students transferring to East to finish high school.
That provided the perfect opportunity to combine the marching bands into a single performing unit, and they’ll put it on display Saturday at the community preview. The band’s show is entitled “ReNew.”
“It will be a challenge, but a good challenge,” the Daily Southtown quoted Bert Johnson, the music chair at East and one of the marching band’s directors, as saying. “By combining, we can do things we could not do as individuals. … We decided to keep them all together and give everyone the same experience, so they would not have to worry about missing out on anything at another school. We thought it would be worse if students didn’t participate at all.”
A festival in Grayslake on Sunday
Dwight D Eisenhower High School in Blue Island was named grand champion at the North Knights Marching Festival at Grayslake North High School on September 11 and also won caption trophies for best percussion and best auxiliary in Class 2A. The grand championship marks the first time the marching band from the school was so named at any marching band festival. The band’s show, entitled “Suspicious Minds,” includes music from Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor (K. 626), from composer Béla Bartók, and the title track by Elvis Presley.