CHICAGO | The Cook County Board gave recognition to a Chicago Heights-based high school whose band program is one of only three in the United States to receive top honors from the John Philip Sousa Foundation.
The County Board approved a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy, D-Crestwood, that praises Marian Catholic High School’s band program for winning both the Sudler Flag and the Sudler Shield issued by the foundation named for the composer of such patriotic marches as "The Stars and Stripes Forever.”
The flag is for high school concert band excellence, while the shield is for marching band excellence.
The resolution recommends that Marian Catholic’s band, along with band director Greg Bimm, be chosen to represent all of Illinois at the presidential inauguration parade to take place Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C., following the swearing-in ceremony.
Murphy’s resolution also pointed out the Marian band program has won its class at the Illinois State Marching Band Competition 32 consecutive times, and has won the overall state championship 13 times, including six times during the past decade.
Aside from musical details, the resolution also praised the Marian band program for including students from more than 40 ZIP codes across the South Side and surrounding suburbs.
“Its racial diversity is one of the few represented in national (band) competition,” the resolution reads.