Marian Catholic High School Band

State of the Art
The Marian Catholic Band dominated at the State of the Art Band Contest on Saturday, February 22! The Symphonic Band won class 3A while also winning awards for Best Brass and Best Percussion!
Symphonic Band was named the overall Grand Champion! This was the 40th year of the competition and Symphonic Band was the first Grand Champion 40 years ago. During every year of eligibility of those 40 years, the Symphonic Band has remained undefeated!
Front row (L to R) Mallory Thompson- Director of Bands, Northwestern University, Craig Kirchoff - Director of Bands Emeritus University of Minnesota, Cam Stasa, Dick Dunscomb - Professor Emeritus, former Chair of Music Columbia College, Gladys Wright - Internationally famous ground breaking woman band director - founder of Women Band Directors National Association, James Keene - Director of Bands Emeritus University of Illinois. Back row (L to R) Larry Livingston - Internationally famous orchestra conductor, music educator and motivational speaker former Dean of the USC Thornton School of Music, E Daniel Long - Orchestra conductor/educator Founder of the Youth Symphony Orchestra Ann Arbor Michigan, Greg Bimm - Director of Bands Marian Catholic High School, Julian White - Director of Bands Emeritus Florida A&M, Garuy Green - Director of Bands Emeritus Miami University, Ray Cramer - Director of Bands Emeritus Indiana University, Stan Mauldin (coordinator)
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. Greg Award


The Marian Catholic Marching Band swept all captions to earn first place in Class AA at the 2019 Bands of America Grand Nationals! The band earned captions of Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance, and Outstanding General Effect in their class.

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. 

Illinois Music Educators Association All-District Festival, Jacob Kopczyk William Flores, Ethan Camacho, Helder Perez-Viera, Gerald Floyd, Sydney Wood, Kelly Osmolski, Andrew Klopp, Erik Curtis, Kyle Lavin, Matthew Hrinda, Nikolas GerretseThese band students were selected to participate in the Illinois Music Educators Association All-District Festival on Saturday, November 17, 2018. From the left, they are Jacob Kopczyk William Flores, Ethan Camacho, Helder Perez-Viera, Gerald Floyd, Sydney Wood, Kelly Osmolski, Andrew Klopp, Erik Curtis, Kyle Lavin, Matthew Hrinda, and Nikolas Gerretse.


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.