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  1. Geneseo Maple Leaf Classic

    My predictions for this competition are as follows; Class 1A I have Sherrard. Sherrard got first in there class at the Washington Competition. I expect they come out on top with maybe some competition from ROWVA. Class 2A goes to Metamora. I simply don’t see the competition being enough to top Metamora. Metamora got second in their class at Washington and third at Morton. I think they win it here. Class 3A I have Dunlap. I am not sure if any band in 3A that can get very close to topping the caliber that Dunlap is at. So I have them taking this class by a solid margin. Class 4A has some good bands. The ones I expect on top at Oak Park-River Forest and Galesburg. Oak Park-River Forest yet to have too good of an outing getting 7th in their class at A.A Stagg. Galesburg got 3rd in their class at Washington. If I absolutely had to pick Galesburg wins here. Grand Champion here goes to Galesburg. I expect Dunlap will be in their vicinity overall and will have some competition from Oak Park-River Forest in their class.
  2. Geneseo Maple Leaf Classic

    Geneseo Maple Leaf Classic Schedule Class 1A GMS 2:00 PM AlWood 2:15 PM West-Central 2:30 PM Orion 2:45 PM ROWVA 3:00 PM Sherrard 3:15 PM Cambridge 3:30 PM BREAK 3:45 PM Class 2A Rock Falls 4:00 PM Metamora 4:15 PM Monmouth-Roseville 4:30 PM Streator 4:45 PM Farmington 5:00 PM Kewanee 5:15 PM BREAK 5:30 PM Class 3A Ottumwa 5:45 PM LaSalle-Peru 6:00 PM Pekin 6:15 PM Dunlap 6:30 PM Class 1A Galva 6:45 PM BREAK 7:00 PM Class 4A Galesburg 7:15 PM Bettendorf, IA 7:30 PM Clinton, IA 7:45 PM United Township 8:00 PM Rochelle 8:15 PM Oak Park-River Forest 8:30 PM EXH Geneseo 8:45 PM Awards 9:00 PM
  3. Predictions for each class will be top 3 placements, then an explanation for placement reasoning. Finals will be the order of placements in finals then an explanation of those placements. Order of performance for the 2019 ISU Marching Band Championships is 2A-1A-4A-3A-6A-5A. Class 2A Morton Metamora Canton Morton is the clear choice to win this class. Their program is good as shown in Washington so far this season. Metamora also a well put together program scoring 3rd in their class at Washington and 2nd at Morton invitational. Canton had a strong showing at Washington scoring 5 points behind Dunlap for 2nd in their class. As these programs continue to clean and develop, I expect the class to shake out something like this. Class 1A Illinois Valley Central Eureka University Here it is hard to put IVC anywhere other than first. They are a good clean small school band. Eureka and University in the second and third position. They are also good small school bands and could be very competitive with each other as well as with IVC. Class 4A John Hersey Elk Grove Batavia Not much of a jumping point in this class. So my prediction is John Hersey in first, good band program, clean programs. Followed by Elk Grove who is reasonably good for the class and Batavia. 2nd and 3rd could get flipped as more season develops. Class 3A Marian Catholic Galesburg Bloomington Marian Catholic is very good as usual. I pick them for first as most would. Followed by Galesburg who has a decent showing at Washington scoring just about 4 to 5 points behind powerhouses Morton and Normal, as they clean they will be a threat. Bloomington who could have done better at Morton got 3rd behind Washington Community and Collinsville. They will continue to clean and we will see how things shake out as season progresses. Class 6A Lincoln-Way Lockport Township Warren Township This is the biggest class in competition and also one of the most competitive. Lincoln-Way, the reigning champions, will be the first place winners most likely. Lockport will give them a run for their money but second is a good spot for them compared to Lincoln-Way. Warren Township will be good and I expect them to score well against their competitive. Class 5A Prospect Victor J Andrew Plainfield North Prospect is an easy pick for first place in this class. A great band with good students, staff, and program. Victor J Andrew will be behind them and I expect them to be up their, most likely between second and third place. Plainfield North will also be good. Expect them between second and third place in class 5A. FINALS Lincoln-Way Lockport Township Marian Catholic Warren Township Prospect Lake Park John Hersey Victor J Andrew Galesburg Morton Plainfield North Bloomington Elk Grove Illinois Valley Central Here I put Lincoln-Way in first because I think they will be the best here, they always have a well put together show. Lockport I put in second place, they have a very good and clean program and they always score well in finals here. Marian Catholic, they well be stuck in third, they will be good but it will be hard to beat Lincoln-Way and Lockport. Warren Township is good, but I think it will be hard for them to defeat Marian Catholic for the third place spot. Prospect will place in their range of expectation, reasonably good, but not necessarily placing in finals. Lake Park is iffy, they may or may not make it to finals and if they do I am not even sure if this is a good placement for them. Next is John Hersey, they are always good and I expect them to be good yet again. Victor J Andrew tends to not be as top tier as usual, I still have them in finals eighth place. In ninth place is Galesburg, a program in the process of rebuilding and doing a good job of it, I expect them to be good here. Morton I have under Galesburg but it will depend upon which band gets the most repetition and cleaning done prior to this competition, itll be close here. Plainfield North in eleventh place, usually good, but I don't expect them to keep up with Morton and Galesburg calibers this year, particularly in Music Performance and General Effect. Bloominton I also don't expect to keep up with Galesburg and Morton or most of their pack late in the season for that matter. Elk Grove and IVC are thirteenth and fourteenth.
  4. IL Marching Website

    For example, being able to make a edit proposal would fix the problem of only half of Washington’s schedule beignon the festival page. There are 7 classes and only 4 are shown in the festival page.
  5. Festival page

    I hate to keep posting about this but only half of Washington’s competition schedule is on its festival page.
  6. Washington

    Just bumping this up so the admins can add the schedule to the festival page.
  7. Washington Marching Panther Prediction

    This competition is a very important competition to decide which bands will be elite in Central Illinois. And the upper classes of this competition will be that of the most competitive on September 7th. Class 1A 1. Dwight Township 2. Farmington Central 3. RPS 205 *Class 1a is interesting, I’ve actually never heard of RPS 205, but I do know Dwight Township is a pretty good 1a school and they’re my pick for first, followed by farmington and RPS. Class 2A 1. Olympia 2. Wateska Community 3. St. Joseph-Ogden *Three solid 2A schools. If I’m not mistaken I’ve seen all of these folks in first place in their class at some point or another. Class 3A 1. Tri-Valley 2. Sherrard 3. ElPaso-Gridley *Easy love for First here in Tru-Valley, good middle competition school. Sherrard followed by El Paso for two and three respectively. Class 4A 1. Illinois Valley Central 2. Eureka 3. Metamora *Awesome Class, good bands, will be one of the most competitive classes. IVC, always great and Eureka will be a toss up, my pick though is IVC followed by Eureka followed by Metamora. Class 5A 1. Dunlap 2. Pekin Community 3. LaSalle-Peru Township * Dunlap will win this class. As for two and three it could go either way, and I don’t know these bands as well. My pick is Pekin followed by LaSalle-Peru for two and three. Class 6A 1. Limestone Community 2. East Peoria Community 3. Champaign Central *Limestone will be a band that is likely to or will get INCREDIBLY close to placing on the day. They’re my pick in 6A. East Peoria, Champaign Central are two solid programs. They’re my picks for two and three in this class. Class 7A 1. Morton 2. Galesburg 3. Normal *This is a fun class folks. I highly encourage everyone to stick around for this one. Morton is a well established program with great students and dedication, I have them winning the class. In second I have Galesburg who, undoubtedly, will be good this year which is obvious to anyone who saw them last year. Normal in a incredibly close third. All together I expect this to be close all the way down. GRAND CHAMPION: Morton (This Grand Champions status could certainly be challenged by an excellent performance from Galesburg or Normal. All in all 7A is my pick for grand champ, whoever wins it.)
  8. Lake Park Lancer Joust Prediction

    Lake Park is a good early competition to see what maybe we can expect from Chicagoland Bands this season. This competition is a preliminary and final competition. Preliminary Class 1A 1. H.D Jacobs 2. William Howard Taft 3. Providence Catholic Class 2A 1. Victor J Andrew 2. Wheeling 3. Naperville Central Class 3A 1. Lockport Township 2. Downers Grove South 3. Huntley Class 4A 1. Prospect 2. Greendale, WI 3. Plainfield North Finals 1. Lockport Township 2. Prospect 3. Greendale, WI 4. Downers Grove South 5. Plainfield North 6. Victor J Andrew 7. Huntley 8. Naperville Central 9. HD Jacobs 10. Wheeling What do you all think?
  9. Washington/Lake Park Competitions

    Anyone have the schedule for Washington or Lake Park?
  10. Competitions for 2019

    Pretty competitive Competition! Excited to see the outcome.
  11. Competitions for 2019

    When is it that the first competition (this year September 7th) typically release a schedule or list of confirmed bands?
  12. New Directors and Staffing Moves for 19-20

    I have some connections in Galesburg and it looks like they have some staff that worked with Andy Empey in Limestone as well as some staff from Galesburg High School and maybe Normal if I heard that correctly.
  13. Bands to watch in 2019

    Morton will be fun to watch, I always love thee shows and have much respect for the dedication of their students. Washington will fit in there as well but I like to take it year by year on them. Rock Island isn’t one of the greatest and that goes for right next door in Moline too. Limestone and Galesburg sorta both have an Andy Empey effect so I am really excited to see that ‘rivalry’ if you will. Bloomington is another one I take year by year but typically they are doing well. East Peoria and IVC are two really good small schools to watch. Granite City has decided not to return to U of I I believe after two years of winning, but wherever they are they will be good as well. And Normal didn’t blow me away last year, but I’m sure they’ll be decent as well.
  14. Bands to watch in 2019

    What do you think about the central IL bands? (Morton, Washington, Limestone, Dunlap, Galesburg, Rock Island, etc.)
  15. Bands to watch in 2019

    I’m interested in the opinion of those of you who use this forum frequently...who are some marching bands to watch in 2019. Whose gonna be good? Whose a force to recon with?