GHS fanfare named grand champion of the Normal Marching Band Invitational
BLOOMINGTON – The Galesburg High School Marching Band won first prize on Saturday at the Normal Marching Band Invitational in Bloomington.
The GHS group won the Grand Champion award by beating a group of 11 other marching bands for the honor. This is the first time since 2009 that GHS has won the grand champion of the annual competition.
Galesburg won Class 4A against Bloomington and then received the Grand Champion award in all classes. Bloomington and Galesburg were the only competitors in Class 4A. Galesburg edged Bloomington with a score of 74.6 to Bloomington’s 74.15.
The Marching Streaks also won the award for best woodwinds, which includes brass and woodwinds.
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“The kids have worked so hard and come a long way over the past two weeks,” said group director Andy Empey.
This year’s show is Out West and includes music from “The Ecstasy of Gold” to “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, the main theme of “The Magnificent Seven”, “The Last Stage Coach Heist”, by Travis Weller and “Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi.
“Our goal was to find music that was recognizable and fun to play,” said Empey.
It was the first competition of the season. The group parades Saturday at the Maple Leaf Marching Band Classic in Geneseo against the groups of the township of Rochelle, ROWVA and Geneseo.
“I predict the kids will have a great season! Said Empey.
The band has 117 students, including the Color Guard. The marching band will also perform at halftime of the Streaks’ return football game on Oct. 1 against Rock Island.
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In other classes, ROWVA won Class 1A by beating groups from Olympia, Ridgeview and Blue Ridge. ROWVA scored 52.93 against 51.88 for Olympia. ROWVA finished eighth overall, ahead of the 2A Streator school and the other 1A class schools.
In Class 2A, Unity Tolono won best in class with a score of 61.65, beating Kewanee (61.50), Monmouth-Roseville (54.28) and Streator (52.20). Kewanee finished 6th overall and Monmouth-Roseville 7th.
Dunlap defeated Metamora Township and won Class 3A with a score of 69.90.