Marian Catholic High School Band
Marian Band earns first place in AA, 5th place overall
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 5th Place overall with a 92.90 overall score on Saturday night at the Lucas Oil Dome in Indianapolis.
Marian also earned second place in Class AA at BOA Grand Nationals, while garnering first place in AA for Outstanding Visual Performance.
The band’s competitive show is called “My Brother’s Keeper,” a marching band commentary on man’s inhumanity to man. The show is a commentary on war, slavery and genocide, but is even more a plea for peace.
The Marian Band also won its 33rd consecutive Illinois Marching Band state championship in Class on Oct. 27 at Illinois State University, as well as winning its fourth straight overall Grand Championship at ISU and 12th overall. Marian recently captured third place in the BOA Regionals at Indianapolis, including a first place in Class AA.
Making its record 29th appearance in the BOA Grand Nationals, 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.
Marian Catholic won its 33rd consecutive state championship in class on Oct. 27 at Illinois State University (program on left).
Marian Band captures 33rd straight Illinois State title in class,
The Marian Catholic Band took home its 33rd State Championship on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Hancock Stadium at Illinois State University. The band won its 3A class in prelims and went on to finals where it finished in first place among the field of 45 bands.Marian Catholic won with the largest point spread in the history of the contest.
The next big challenge the Marian Catholic Marching Band is preparing for is the Bands of America Grand Nationals on Nov. 9-10. 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.