Marian Catholic High School

Marian Catholic High School Band

Marian captures 10th Place at BOA Grand Nationals

    

The Marian Catholic High School Marching Band, one of only 12 schools in the nation to reach the finals of the Bands of America Grand Nationals this weekend, captured 10th Place overall with an 87.45 score on Nov. 15 at the Lucas Oil Dome in Indianapolis. More than 25,000 fans were onhand for the finals after the competitors were narrowed down from 96 starting on Wednesday.


Marian also earned second place in Class AA at BOA Grand Nationals and captured the E'spirit de Corps Award, an honor that distinguishes the band displaying exceptional pride, spirit and professionalism throughout the weekend.

 

The band’s show this year was entitled Rapture of the Deep. The show tells the story of deep sea divers who get to the bottom of the ocean and meet strange creatures who eventually help them reach the surface again. The show features the music of Nigel Clarke, John Mackey and Michael Giacchino.

British composer Nigel Clarke has expressed his excitement that the Marian Band is performing his piece Earthrise in their show. He has been actively following the bands progress this season through social media and congratulated the band on its success through his personal Facebook page.

 

The Marian Band also won its 35th consecutive Illinois Marching Band state championship in Class on Oct. 27 at Illinois State University, as well as winning its sixth straight overall Grand Championship at ISU and 14th overall. Marian recently captured third place in the BOA Super Regionals at Indianapolis, including a first place in Class AA.

 

Making its record 31st appearance in the BOA Grand Nationals (the longest streak by far), the Marian 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.

       15 selected to Illinois Music Educators' All-District Band

     Fifteen Marian Catholic Band members were selected to the Illinois Music Educators' All-District Band on Nov. 22 at the festival held at Lincoln-Way West High School.

     All-District selections included: Matthew Dutczak, Jennifer Hickey, Lisette Villarreal, Nicole Szewczyk, Dorothy Hodson, Joe Musharbash, Matthew Osuch, Joe Chmura, Sarah Lisak, Julian Goods, Crishon Campbell, Emmanuel Ogunlana, Joe Strus, Joel Godinez and Doug Nunes
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Fifteen were selected to the Illinois Music Educators' All-District Band


Marian earns third overall at Super Regionals

RegionalsThis weekend the Marian Catholic Marching Band competed in the Bands of America Indianapolis Super Regional. A total of 65 bands competed this weekend from all over the midwest including 16 Illinois marching bands. The band competed in a preliminary competition on Saturday morning and was named class 2A Champions including awards for best music, best visual, and best general effect. In addition to winning their class, the band earned a spot along with 14 other bands in the night time finals performance where they placed 3rd overall.

The band now has three weeks to perfect their show before the Grand National Championships the weekend of November 14. That weekend, the band will compete against the best marching bands in the country.

The band’s show this year is entitled Rapture of the Deep. The show tells the story of deep sea divers who get to the bottom of the ocean and meet strange creatures who eventually help them reach the surface again. The show features the music of Nigel Clarke, John Mackey, and Michael Giacchino. British composer Nigel Clarke has expressed his excitement that the Marian Band is performing his piece Earthrise in their show. He has been actively following the bands progress this season through social media and congratulated the band on their state championship through his personal Facebook page.

 

Marian Band captures 35th straight Illinois State title in class,
earns sixth Grand Championship in row (14th overall)

BOA Grand Nationals in Indianapolis next target


The Marian Catholic Band took home its 35th State Championship in class on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Hancock Stadium at Illinois State University. The band has won its sixth consecutive overall state title. Marian Catholic won 3A class in prelims, placing first in Music Performance, Effect and Visuals, and went on to finals where it finished in first place among the field of 35 bands.

 

The next big challenge the Marian Catholic Marching Band is preparing for is the Bands of America Grand Nationals on Nov. 13-16, 2014. There will be 92 bands from across the United States in Indianapolis vying for a spot in the top 12 and a chance at the overall Championship.

 

The Marian Catholic Band program has a reputation as one of the most outstanding marching bands in the United States. Over the past 20 years the bands have earned hundreds of awards and honors. The Marian Catholic Band’s educational and leadership philosophies have been used as models for band programs in nearly every state of the union.