Ill. high school band to march in Rose Parade

November 15, 2009 3:49:17 PM PST
It starts with long lines, then the blaring horns and booming drums.It's just another day's work for Marian Catholic High School's marching band.

Marian Catholic is the only band from Illinois marching in the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade.

Head drum major Diamond Murphy says they've been practicing all summer to get ready.

"Everyone's excited but we also know that we don't want to get our, have our excitement over...we know we have to get the work done," said Murphy.

Sometimes the band practices more than eight hours a day.

"It will be a once in a lifetime experience," said band director Greg Bimm.

Bimm says it's a huge deal to play for the millions of people watching the Rose Parade.

"When people look at that they're going to say, this is what bands are like in Illinois, so there's a bit of pressure involved but it's a real honor," said Bimm.

At halftime of Friday night's football game the president-elect of the rose bowl will present the band with the official Rose Bowl flag.

It's just the latest honor for the band. They've won seven Bands of America Grand National Championships and performed in the Macy's parade in 2007.

"It's just amazing the discipline and hours that they put in, from morning to night, and every day after school," said Sister Judine Hilbing, Marian Catholic High School.

"I've always watched it on TV, so it's cool that I'm going to be on TV," said one band member.

It's hard work but band leaders say they're ready for the big time.

"It feels really good to get recognized for your work," said another band member. "It's really a cool experience to have."

Friday night's game is sold out but you can catch the band performing in the Rose Parade right here on ABC7 on New Years Day.


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