This has been done across the country with numerous school districts. Lockport has been a district band prior to Lincoln-Way combining forces. The true reason that L-W combined is that when the one school was closed, the district was shifted and the LWE & LWC bands were split up, thus losing their band family. Combining forces helped the kids stay together and brought the community together as one. It has been a fantastic experience that has been shared by the entire district.
Also, as stated previously, two more bands were able to be in finals because of it.
FYI L-W is only in their 4th year and placed 4th overall last year at the St. Louis Super Regional. I say that is pretty good since it was only their 3rd year. They have also been the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade and are marching in the 2020 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.