L-W East Marching Griffins end season with strong finish

Band takes 2nd in Class 5A at state championship; final performance tonight at East

The Lincoln-Way East High School Marching Griffins ended the 2012 competitive season with a strong finish Saturday, capturing 2nd in their class at the 46th Annual State of Illinois Marching Band Championship.

“Our Marching Griffins represented Lincoln-Way with the utmost class with two exceptional performances,” said Bert Johnson, the music department chair at Lincoln-Way East.

The 111-member band and color guard competed in the highly competitive Class 5A of the state competition, facing such schools as Victor J. Andrew, O’Fallon, Wheaton North, Edwardsville, Prospect, Hersey and AA Stagg.

Led by drum majors Justin Suda, Alan Hovorka and Teresa Mountford, the Marching Griffins performed their competitive show “1904,” a mesmerizing, dream-like routine with music inspired by a composition found on the album “Riceboy Sleeps” by Jonsi and Alex.

“Their preliminary performance subsequently earned them a chance to compete in the overall finals event in the evening,” said Johnson. “In the finals contest, the Marching Griffins were awarded 5th place overall in the state of Illinois.

“This accomplishment is truly remarkable,” he added, “and we are extremely proud of their exceptional effort.”

The community is invited to see the Marching Griffins will perform their award-winning show at the school’s annual Sounds of the Stadium event at 7 p.m. tonight (Oct. 30) in the Lincoln-Way East gymnasium, 201 Colorado Ave., Frankfort.

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