Wheaton North Falcon Marching Band Festival: Wheaton, IL - September 26, 2015

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Grand Champion: Marian Catholic

Links: Scoring Recap

Field 1A:

69.250 Lincoln-Way West (Music, Visual, GE, Percussion, Auxiliary)

56.900 Wheaton Warrenville South

51.550 Dwight D. Eisenhower (DM)

48.100 Coal City

Field 2A:

76.000 Wheeling (Music, GE)

74.550 Munster, IN (Visual, Percussion)

68.950 A.A. Stagg (Auxiliary)

63.450 Waubonsie Valley (DM)

63.000 Naperville North

61.050 Alan B. Shepard

57.650 Glenbard West

Field 3A:

80.500 Marian Catholic (Music, Visual, GE, Auxiliary)

73.450 Minooka Community (Percussion)

71.400 Davenport Central, IA

65.950 Fremd

63.800 Bolingbrook (DM)

62.150 Plainfield South

Contact Information:

Kent Krause
Festival Website



Trophies will be presented for first, second, and third place in Classes A, AA, and AAA. Overall caption awards presented for the event will include: Outstanding Visual Performance, Outstanding Musical Performance, Outstanding General Effect, and Outstanding Percussion.

The 2015 Falcon Fest will feature a performance by Chicago's own Mucca Pazza (http://www.muccapazza.com)

MUCCA PAZZA assembled itself in a steel mill parking lot along the Chicago river.. Combining marching band traditions and street theater experience with rock band sensibilities, Mucca Pazza quickly found a home for its 30-odd members in the thriving Chicago underground music scene. Their eccentric, frenetic visual presence, and genre-bending original compositions earned them critical praise and a loyal local following. Before long, with their live show’s reputation preceding them, Mucca Pazza began to branch out nationally, appearing onLate Night with Conan O’Brien, WFMU, and the Kentucky Derby, as well as supporting major national acts and performing at numerous national music festivals like Lollapalooza, Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors and the Montreal Jazz Fest. Having worked with choreographers, filmmakers and theatrical groups, as well as performing in art museums around the country, Mucca Pazza is as comfortable in the fine arts and performance art world as the local rock club, or parking lot.

“Ceci n’est pas une Marching Band”

Mucca Pazza is not a marching band, despite the drums and brass, cheerleaders and uniforms. They seldom march, musically or physically. Their uniforms do not match. The cheers are strange. There are no recognizable patterns, no discernible formations, no militant airs. However, the force and presence of a marching band remain – sonically, theatrically, odorously. There is the brass harmony, rich and powerful. The drum section, as tight and idiosyncratic as Machu Picchu’s masonry. The band might even move from point A to point B. This is where similarities to familiar marching traditions end. Mucca Pazza dances, flails, tumbles, and spins in circles. There are instruments borrowed from rock bands and orchestras. There are speaker helmets. The cheerleaders rouse, encourage and confound the audience with synchronized absurdity. The music moves from brass band groove to noise rock to avant-garde game show themes without blinking. Performances can induce geeky freak-outs and nerdy rapture, from either audience or band members, often both. The American tradition of the marching band, whether as presidential entourage, half-time show, or second line party favor, gets both fresh love and artful abuse from Mucca Pazza.

Blank Score Sheet

Want to try to score the bands for this festival yourself?
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Judging Panel

Music Performance Individual: Rob Sanchez
Music Performance Ensemble: Mike Madonia
Visual Performance Individual: Michal Lisowyj
Visual Performance Ensemble: Ryan Klassa
Music General Effect: Mark Ponzo
Music General Effect: Tim Yontz
Visual General Effect: Mike Marcantano
Percussion: Tony Holm
Color Guard: Sara Gray
Drum Majors: Morgan Lanahan
Timing & Penalties: Kurt Makaryk

Festival Address: 1 Falcon Way, Wheaton, IL 60187

Performance Schedule:

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Class 1A
4:15 PM: Dwight D. Eisenhower
4:30 PM: Lincoln-Way West
4:45 PM: Coal City

Class 2A
5:00 PM: Waubonsie Valley
5:15 PM: Glenbard West
5:30 PM: Naperville North

5:45 PM: Break

Class 2A
6:00 PM: Alan B. Shepard
6:15 PM: Wheeling
6:30 PM: Munster, IN
6:45 PM: A.A. Stagg

7:00 PM: Break

Class 3A
7:15 PM: Fremd
7:30 PM: Minooka Community
7:45 PM: Plainfield South
8:00 PM: Davenport Central, IA
8:15 PM: Bolingbrook
8:30 PM: Marian Catholic

Class 1A
8:45 PM: Wheaton Warrenville South

9:00 PM: Wheaton North
9:15 PM: Mucca Pazza

9:45 PM: Awards

Last Updated On: 09-17-2015