L-W East Marching Griffins place 3rd at regional competition

Band performs “1904,” a mesmerizing, dream-like routine with music inspired by a composition found on the album “Riceboy Sleeps” by Jonsi and Alex.

   The Lincoln-Way East High School Marching Griffins picked up another trophy this past weekend, placing third in their class at the Bands of America Regional Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.


   “This marks the sixth consecutive year that the Marching Griffins have made regional finals,” said Bert Johnson, chair of the music department at Lincoln-Way East.


   The 111-member band and color guard was one of 17 bands from Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Indiana and Illinois to participate in the regional competition, which was held in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at the University of Louisville on Saturday, Sept. 22.


   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.


   They advanced to the regional finals, where they earned sixth place overall.


   “This is a great example of the incredible synergy that our Lincoln-Way students, staff, parents and school district possess and was prominently on national display via the students’ performances this past weekend,” said Johnson.


  The Marching Griffins will compete next at the Lincoln-Way Marching Band Competition to be held Oct. 6 at Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox.


   The community is invited to see all four Lincoln-Way high school bands – the Lincoln-Way Central Marching Knights, the Lincoln-Way East Marching Griffins, the Lincoln-Way North Marching Phoenix and the Lincoln-Way West Marching Warriors – perform at a Marching Band Showcase to be held Wednesday, Oct. 24 at Lincoln-Way West High School, 21701 S. Gougar Road, New Lenox. The event will begin at 7 p.m.


   Also, on Oct. 30, the Marching Griffins will perform at their annual Sounds of the Stadium event at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Lincoln-Way East gymnasium, 201 Colorado Ave., Frankfort. Area residents are invited to attend that event as well.


   The 2012 Marching Griffins are led by drum majors Justin Suda, Alan Hovorka and Teresa Mountford.

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