The Lockport Township High School marching band placed first in Class 6A at the 2019 Illinois State Marching Band Championship on Oct. 19 at Illinois State University in Normal.
Additionally, the marching band placed second in the Finals and won caption awards for General Effect and Crowd Appeal.
This is the ensemble’s third state class championship, having won previously in 2013 and 2015.
Throughout the past months, the students could be seen on campus putting in long hours of practice— 2 hours for three days a week and eight hours almost every Saturday.
For senior Tori Clugg, “being head drum major has been an extremely rewarding experience throughout the season. Hearing Lockport called for 6A state champs was unreal and we all knew at that moment that our hard work finally paid off," Tori said in a news release from Lockport School District 205.
The LTHS competitive marching band, made up of 175 members, is led by Brian Covey with the assistance of associate director of bands Aaron Kennedy.
The show this year is entitled "Tribe" and includes music from Nick Phoenix and Thomas Bergersen.
It is meant to be a more aggressive and rhythmic show, in direct contrast to the lyrical productions of recent years.
The ensemble’s final competition of the season was the Bands of America Indianapolis Super Regional Competition on on Oct. 25 and Oct. 26.
According to lths.org, the marching band has appeared in local and state parades including the State Street Thanksgiving Day Parade, Disney Parades in both Florida and California, and the Von Stuben Day Parade featured in the hit film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."