Lincoln-Way Marching Band Named Grand Champions
Monday, October 22, 2018

Congratulations to the Lincoln-Way Marching Band (LWMB), 2018 Grand Champions of the State of Illinois Marching Band Championships at Illinois State University!

The LWMB traveled to ISU this past weekend to compete against 50 of the finest marching bands in the state of Illinois. In addition to being named Grand Champion in the Finals round, the Lincoln-Way Marching Band was first place in Class 6A, and earned caption awards for Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance, and Crowd Appeal.

The LWMB, composed of students from all three Lincoln-Way high schools, is directed by Chris Mroczek, Justin Barnish, Cary Ruklic, and Dr. Bert Johnson.

"We could not be more proud of the performances the students gave on the biggest stage in Illinois Saturday night. The energy and execution was tremendous!" said Mroczek.

"It is hard to quantify the truly exceptional season that this has been. To be Illinois State Marching Band Champions and to be performing on the world's biggest stage for marching band in Pasadena, California at the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1st. What an amazing year for the students in the LWMB!" said Barnish.

"As directors, coaches and teachers, we are all filled with joy to see our students excel in their chosen crafts. Watching the students’ performance Saturday night was as fulfilling as it gets!" said Ruklic.

"There are a lot of people to thank that make the LWMB what it is. To our district and school administrations, our school booster groups, our parent volunteers, our sponsors, our donors, our instructional staff, and most importantly our students past and present, thank you for providing an infrastructure of support that allows our students the opportunity to excel at this activity!" said Dr. Johnson.

The LWMB will compete in their final competition this weekend at the Bands of America Super Regional at the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri before beginning to make preparations for their performance in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day.

The Lincoln-Way community is invited to a reception to celebrate the LWMB accomplishments on Sunday, October 28 at 6 p.m. at Lincoln-Way East High School.

Click here to watch their state winning performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3fgM9lde6k