My incredibly brief thoughts on some finals performances:
Eureka: Nice sound for their size
Warren: For as big as they were they were very quiet. Their size really limited their drill. Just too big in my opinion
Lockport: Was that show bought note-for-note from Ronald Reagan HS?
LWW: Loved the demand for such a small band. Well-deserved their finals placement
Plainfield North: Wow! The surprise of the evening. What a showing for their first time at ISU! Since when were these guys good? Kudos to you all.
Naperville North: I feel they're like the Cadets of Illinois Marching Band. A group with great potential plagued by poor show selection.
Morton: These guys are at the edge of taking it to the next level, and I believe they'll get there eventually. It took me a while to get into the show... I feel kind of left out because I haven't seen the movie. I tried to pick up as much as I could but it was difficult at times.
LWN: I'm glad they used the beige/gold pants this year. It gives them an identity apart from the other lincoln-ways that they so desperately need. As for the show, I wish they would have marched outside the 35 yard line... Still undetermined about whether I like Don Hill's music this time. Score wise, they blew everyone out of the water musically, although that wouldn't have been my opinion.
Prospect: My first time seeing this show this season. It's definitely different than past Prospect shows, but in a good way. I was kind of hoping for a little more both musically and visually, but they were good nonetheless.
LWE: Not going to lie, I had a big problem with replacing the tubas with a synth. I understand using synth on big hits to boost the sound of the band a little bit, but to replace them the entire show? Someone around me said that's cheating, but I will hold judgement until I hear their reason why. Anyways, I feel they tried to pack a little too much into this show. Conceptually it's packed with GE but I feel like I missed out on things at times. Execution is way up there and I loved the body work in the beginning. Love the uniforms, and nice job integrating the guard into the show. Hopefully they can improve between now and nats and don't peak too badly. This is probably the one show I want to see again
LP: It seems like for the past two years they've been taking a new direction in show design, both musically and visually. And it's working. It's about time the old Lake Park started emerging a perennial threat again. Visually they were very clean but I feel the music book was a bit bland, but that's not the students faults. I do wish however they would bring back that beautiful woodwind sound that has defined them over the years. I really enjoyed this show, and was expecting them to place lower than they did, until I saw them perform during finals. Great job.
Marian: Very clever. Very very clever. Personally this is another show that I would have to watch again to pick up on the things that I missed the first time. Execution wise, it's Marian. No need to say more in that respect. Well deserved title of State Champion. Did I see some conversing with Lake Park on the way out? Good to see that friendship is still going strong.