Marian Catholic High School Band
Missing Julie Giroux Composer, winner of multiple Emmy Awards
|The Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference is the world's largest instrumental music education conference, annually drawing approximately 17,000 attendees to Chicago from all 50 states and as many as forty countries. It is held every December in downtown Chicago. For the past several years, Midwest has used the following venues simultaneously: Hilton Chicago, Palmer House Hilton, Congress Plaza Hotel, and the Merle Reskin Theatre in downtown Chicago. In 2009, The Midwest Clinic moved to a new venue after spending the last 30 years at the Hilton. The conference is held at McCormick Place West - a state-of-the-art facility that opened in 2007 and is part of McCormick Place, a complex of convention space located about a mile south of the Hilton. A non-profit organization, the Midwest Clinic exists exclusively for educational purposes: to raise the standards of music education; to improve the methods employed in music education; to develop new teaching techniques; to disseminate to school music teachers, directors, supervisors, and others interested in music education information to assist in their professional work; to examine, analyze and appraise literature dealing with music; to hold clinics, lectures and demonstrations for the betterment of music education; and in general, to assist teachers and others interested in music education in better pursuing their profession.|
Six Marian Band students participated in the ILMEA All-State Conference in Peoria, Illinois. Students (from left to right in picture) Jacob Kopczyk '19, Kyle Lavin '20, Matthew Hrinda '20, Kelly Osmolski '19, Andrew Klopp '19, and Ethan Camacho '19 were selected as the top players in the state after auditioning in October. All six students were chosen for the Honors Ensembles which is the highest honor possible for individual musicians in the State of Illinois.
On January 27, the Marian Catholic Winterguard attended their first competition of the season at Naperville North High School. The girls had a strong first showing with a 1st place finish in
Scholastic Open Class.
On Saturday, February 17, 2018, Marian's three concert bands performed at the 38th annual "State of the Art" band contest held at St Rita High School. The contest included 17 bands from the Chicago area. The Cadet Band placed first in Class 1A and was awarded Best Woodwinds.
The Symphonic and Concert bands placed first and second in class 3A with the Concert Band receiving Best Percussion and the Symphonic Band receiving Best Bras and Best Woodwinds. Marian's Symphonic Band was named the Grand Champion which marked 38 consecutive undefeated years in Catholic School Competition.