Marian Catholic band among top 10 in U.S.
November 23, 2013 9:14AM
The Marian Catholic marching band finished ninth in the country overall and first in Class AA. It marked the 30th straight year Marian Catholic made it to the final round. | Supplied photo
Updated: December 25, 2013 6:14AM
The Marian Catholic High School marching band is on Cloud Nine ... or make that Cloud Ninth.
Marian Catholic, one of only 12 schools in the nation to reach the finals of the Bands of America Grand Nationals that were held earlier this month, scored 89.55 in the finals to capture ninth place overall at the Lucas Oil Dome in Indianapolis, according to a press release from the school.
The Chicago Heights school also earned first place in Class AA at the grand nationals, while garnering top honors in AA for Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance and Outstanding General Effect.
“We are so proud of the students’ accomplishments,” band director Greg Bimm said in the release. “They have worked very hard to prepare for nationals, and winning the 2A national title is a great achievement. An equal accomplishment is getting into the final round of 12 for the 30th consecutive year. No other band has been a finalist more than 18 times. State and regional champions are eliminated in both the preliminary and semifinal rounds, so surviving to be invited to finals even one time is a great feat.”
The Marian Catholic band was a state champion in its class for the 34th consecutive time, winning Oct. 12 at Illinois State University, as well as winning its fifth straight overall Grand Championship at ISU and 13th overall, the release said.
Marian Catholic also earned fourth- and fifth-place finishes this year in BOA Regionals competition.
The band has won a record seven Grand National Championships, the last coming in 2000.
The Spartan Band was the lone Catholic band among the 12 finals qualifiers, as well as the lone representative from Illinois, the release said.