CHICAGO HEIGHTS | 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, scored 89.55 in the finals to capture ninth place overall on Saturday night at the Lucas Oil Dome in Indianapolis.
Marian also earned first place in Class AA at BOA Grand Nationals, while garnering top honors in AA for Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance and Outstanding General Effect.
“We are so proud of the students' accomplishments,” said Greg Bimm, band director. “They have worked very hard to prepare for nationals, and winning the 2A national title is a great achievement. An equal accomplishment is getting into the final round of 12 for the 30th consecutive year. No other band has been a finalist more than 18 times. State and regional champions are eliminated in both the preliminary and semifinal rounds, so surviving to be invited to finals even one time is a great feat.”
The Marian Band also won its 34th consecutive Illinois Marching Band state championship in Class on Oct. 12 at Illinois State University, as well as winning its fifth straight overall Grand Championship at ISU and 13th overall. Marian also earned a fourth and fifth place this year in BOA Regionals competition.
Making its record 30th 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.