Wednesday, February 19, 2020
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A jester stands on a bed for a marching band

Dressed as a jester, Emma Caparoon quietly snatched a teddy bear from a sleeping color guard member and set the tone for Mahomet-Seymour High School Marching Band’s field show, entitled “Dreamscapes,” at today’s Illinois Marching Band Championships at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, the News-Gazette reports.

The Bulldogs in Class 3A, as part of the small schools competition, “brought the colorful nightmare to life, giving it a happy ending,” wrote photographer Heather Coit in a photo cutline—one of 22 written. Mahomet-Seymour unfortunately had to cancel their own home festival just last weekend, but they sure performed here, and the photos, magnificently composed and processed, document that effort.

In all, 41 high school marching bands performed, plus the Marching Illini, on this seasonably warm, cloudy, and windy fall day on the campus of the University of Illinois.

O’Fallon Township High School won the grand championship for the large schools in Classes 4A through 6A at this, the 46th annual marching band invitational on this historic field, and also won caption trophies for outstanding music, visuals, and general effect in the top class.


O’Fallon Township High School marching band in a parade this summer (school website)

“Obviously it takes many parts to have a successful marching band program,” O’Fallon’s band director, Melissa Gustafson-Hinds, wrote on these pages last year after winning the grand champion trophy at a Bands of America regional in Tennessee.

“It takes school support, band parent support (in a variety of ways), a great staff, and great kids. I would like to emphasize the importance of a strong booster organization. We have always had booster support for our band program here at OTHS.”

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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