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Wheaton Warrenville South Tiger Marching Band Wins Division, 2nd Overall at Marching Mustang Music Bowl

WWSHS Tiger Marching Band wins first place in its division, second place overall in a field of 22 bands, at 10th Annual Downers Grove South High School Marching Mustang Music Bowl.

The Wheaton Warrenville South High School Tiger Marching Band won first place out of seven bands in its division and second place overall in a field of 22 bands at the 10th Annual Downers Grove South High School Marching Mustang Music Bowl on Saturday, October 13. 

Also in its division, WWSHS won first place for percussion, first place for general effect, first place for music performance, and first place for drum major. The school’s two drum majors are senior Maggie Inman and junior Alyssa Henrikson. WWSHS received second place in its division for auxiliary (color guard).

Saturday’s windy, rainy conditions didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the hundreds of participating musicians and color guard members who took to the Downers Grove South football field determined to perform their approximately eight-minute, 2012 competitive shows. The day-long, preliminary round was followed by a 2 ½ hour finals competition that showcased ten of the 22 bands. Finals featured the top-scoring band in each of three divisions, along with the seven other bands that posted the highest preliminary scores.

The overall first place winner of the finals competition was Plainfield North High School (86.35), followed by WWSHS (84.00), Glenbrook South High School (83.90), Naperville North High School (80.90), United Township High School (80.15), Huntley High School (78.05), Lemont High School (75.75), Bolingbrook High School (75.50), Wheaton North High School (72.10), and Romeoville High School (71.70).

The Tiger Marching Band features 69 musicians, 19 color guard members, and two drum majors. For its 2012 competitive season, the band is presenting a show titled “Nightmare,” which features three distinct movements: Your Worst Nightmare, Clash of Dreams, and Hope in Darkness. The music was composed by Jordan Yi, a student at Northern Illinois University majoring in music education. Yi was a drum major with the NIU Huskie Marching Band and a member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps.

The Tiger Marching Band is scheduled to present its final performance this season at the Greater St. Louis Band Festival at the Edward Jones Dome on Friday, October 19.

The band is directed by Vic Scimeca. Tiger Marching Band staff  includes assistants Jordan Yi and Don Kaihatsu, and Greg Abel, Daniel Pratt, Marcus Taylor, Amanda Malarich and Tara Jarvie.

For more information about the Tiger Marching Band, contact Vic Scimeca, at victorscimeca@cusd200.org.

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