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Bands to watch in 2019

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I don't think there will be much difference from the past couple of years.  O'Fallon not being at ISU will affect boasting rights in the state, but O'Fallon will be at BOA competitions with other Illinois bands.

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Can't really make any good predictions until first week or so of the season. The Lancer Joust is a good prediction of the season for Northern bands, Washington's competition for Central and Southern bands.Watch for Downers Grove South, Warren Township, Plainfield North, and Lockport (I have a good feeling about them this year).

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On 6/11/2019 at 8:41 PM, JT2002 said:

Can't really make any good predictions until first week or so of the season. The Lancer Joust is a good prediction of the season for Northern bands, Washington's competition for Central and Southern bands.Watch for Downers Grove South, Warren Township, Plainfield North, and Lockport (I have a good feeling about them this year).

What do you think about the central IL bands? (Morton, Washington, Limestone, Dunlap, Galesburg, Rock Island, etc.)

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On 6/18/2019 at 11:27 AM, Marchingmaniac88 said:

What do you think about the central IL bands? (Morton, Washington, Limestone, Dunlap, Galesburg, Rock Island, etc.)

Morton and Washington both will do well again, Limestone kids are awesome, I didn't like Rock Island's show last year but maybe they are still a great band, and Granite City (unless you consider that southern illinois) does a great job picking a show and they'll do great again. I don't know much else about central bands

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41 minutes ago, JT2002 said:

Morton and Washington both will do well again, Limestone kids are awesome, I didn't like Rock Island's show last year but maybe they are still a great band, and Granite City (unless you consider that southern illinois) does a great job picking a show and they'll do great again. I don't know much else about central bands

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.

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For down South, I expect most trends to stay about the same. I think O'Fallon will drop a little bit (but still be very good) after losing a very good class of 2019. Granite City are choosing to go to BOA St. Louis for the 1st time , as are a number of smaller bands (Highland,Triad, Mascoutah). Belleville East will be pretty similarly competitive to where they have for the past few years. I'm looking for Belleville West to continue to grow, as well as Collinsville. They have a new assistant director, and while very young, they are considerably larger than they have been, and their show looks to be their best in several years, if it's potential can be realized. Alton is a group I don't know too much about, I will expect them to be at a similar level to last season.

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My analysis of the top nine bands from ISU last year.  I do not know a lot about the remaining bands.

 

Lincoln Way – The band to beat, and probably will remain so. They have the largest band and the largest pool of students from their schools.

O’Fallon Township – Very nice show the past couple of years, but the question is whether they can repeat.  It will be interesting to see what their show will be this year.  While not at ISU in 2019, they are going to several BOA competitions where other Illinois bands are performing.

Marian Catholic – Best band musically.  Always has great shows, but the show theme last year was not as powerful as past shows.  I expect better this year.

Lockport Township – Excellent visual performances. Excellent soloist performances.  Watching their YouTube video of their 2018 Grand Nationals performance provides an overall perspective you do not see at local competitions. Lockport has always placed a very close second to Lincoln Way in the ISU 6A field, so this a band to watch in the future.

Prospect – Their show is always well executed.  One of the bands you don't want to miss performing.  Always a very good band and will remain within the top five.

Lake Park – Very nice show and well executed.  I believe band size has limited them the recent past.

Morton – Excellent all-around band.  Finished 29th at 2018 Grand Nationals. They do not have the appearance of a small school band, and appear to be a very dedicated group.  I expect Morton to remain the top 2A band for several years.

Downers Grove South – An excellent show in 2018.  I expect they will build from this show in 2019.  Another band you want to watch.

Bloomington – A band with very good potential.  My belief is their show needs to be more artistic.

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