DeKALB – The second annual DeKalb High School Marching Band Championship took place Saturday at DHS Stadium.
The competition featured 13 northern Illinois high school marching bands and a performance by DeKalb High School’s Marching Barbs. The 13 competing high schools performed a field show to be judged by and receive feedback from industry professionals.
Marybeth Kurnat, music educator with DeKalb School District 428, was the competition’s music individual judge.
“I’m judging based on tone quality, musicianship and technical accuracy,” Kurnat said. “Every kid out there has their dot on the field. It’s an entirely different show if you’re missing just one person or hit one wrong note. If you make 10 mistakes on a test, you might still get an A. It’s not that way when it comes to [judging] marching bands.”
The bands competed in four classes based upon a combination of school and band size. There were awards for class placement and captions: best color guard, best percussion and top three in class.
DeKalb County marching bands that won awards include Sandwich High School’s Renegade Regiment for best percussion and first place in Class 1A; Sycamore High School’s Marching Spartans placed second place in Class 3A.
The competition ended with a performance by DeKalb High School’s Marching Barbs. As the hosting team, the Marching Barbs did not participate in the competition.
Steven Lundin, the DeKalb High School band director, described the competition as a way to give the bands “an experience that is unique and educational.”
“Unlike a football game, the competition gives the bands an audience that’s there just for them, to hear and see them perform,” Lundin said. “All of the crowd is there to cheer on the marching band, not a sports team. It’s a positive performance opportunity for the students and way to get exposure and awards for the bands.”
This is a list of winning schools:
Best Color Guard: Richmond Burton Rocket Marching Band
Best Percussion: Sandwich Renegade Regiment
Third: Richmond-Burton Rocket Marching Band
Second: Oregon High School Marching Hawks
First: Sandwich Renegade Regiment
Best Color Guard: Grant Community Marching Bulldogs
Best Percussion: Niles West Marching Band
Second: Niles West Marching Band
First: Grant Community Marching Bulldogs
Best Color Guard: Rochelle “Hub” Marching Band
Best Percussion: Kaneland Marching Knights
Third: Rochelle “Hub” Marching Band
Second: Sycamore Marching Spartans
First: Kaneland Marching Knights
Best Color Guard: Plainfield East Marching Bengals
Best Percussion: Plainfield East Marching Bengals
Third: Plainfield East Marching Bengals
Second: Oswego East High School
First: Plainfield South Marching Cougars
Source: The Daily Chronicle