All Four Lincoln-Way Marching Bands Compete at Illinois State Finals
Thursday, October 22, 2015

All four Lincoln-Way High School Marching Bands competed in the 50th Annual Illinois State University Marching Band Championships last weekend. This marks the first year that all four Lincoln-Way High Schools earned a place in the finals to compete among the best marching bands in the state of Illinois.

Lincoln-Way Centrals Marching Knights placed second in Class 2A and13th overall for their performance of Sport of the Future, which features music from Samuel Barbers First Symphony.

Lincoln-Way Easts Marching Griffins placed second in Class 5A, winning a caption award for crowd appeal and placed seventh overall with their production of Bliss which features selections by Eric Whitacre and Snarky Puppy.

Lincoln-Way Norths Marching Phoenix won their seventh consecutive Illinois State Class 4A Championship as well as caption awards for music performance, visual performance and effect. In the finals, the Phoenix finished fifth overall with their production of Pastoral.

Lincoln-Way Wests Marching Warriors placed third in Class 3A and 11th overall in the finals with their production of Go West.

The Marching Phoenix pushed all season without ever taking their foot off the gas pedal, said band director Kirk Hickman. It has been remarkable to see them complete the final chapter of the Lincoln-Way North Marching Phoenix with such poise and determination.

It was really a special milestone in Lincoln-Way history that all four marching bands competed in finals, said Lincoln-Way Central Band Director Chris Mroczek. Its certainly a reflection of our students determination and commitment to excellence.

At the conclusion of finals, all four Lincoln-Way marching bands came together to sing the Lincoln-Way alma mater in a touching show of unity at the end of the competition.