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Prospect High School wins Midwest band contest

Lake Park and Wheeling also win at Lancer Joust contest

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  • Elk Grove High School Marching Band member Michael Bravos plays the gong and bass drum during the 35th annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition at Lake Park High School in Roselle.

       Elk Grove High School Marching Band member Michael Bravos plays the gong and bass drum during the 35th annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition at Lake Park High School in Roselle.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Jacobs High School Marching Band members perform during the 35th annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition.

       Jacobs High School Marching Band members perform during the 35th annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Waubonsie Valley High School Marching Band members begin their performance Saturday during the 35th annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition.

       Waubonsie Valley High School Marching Band members begin their performance Saturday during the 35th annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Elk Grove High School Marching Band member Jesse Sneath plays the bass Saturday during the 35th annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition.

       Elk Grove High School Marching Band member Jesse Sneath plays the bass Saturday during the 35th annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Lake Park High School Marching Band members Catherine Vecchione, left, and Matt Fink, right, polish their instruments Saturday before their performance, during the 35th annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition.

       Lake Park High School Marching Band members Catherine Vecchione, left, and Matt Fink, right, polish their instruments Saturday before their performance, during the 35th annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia High School Marching Band member and tenor sax player Ali Shuger looks toward the field Saturday during the 35th annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition.

       Batavia High School Marching Band member and tenor sax player Ali Shuger looks toward the field Saturday during the 35th annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Waubonsie Valley High School Drum Major James O'Neill leads a marching band performance Saturday during the 35th annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition.

       Waubonsie Valley High School Drum Major James O'Neill leads a marching band performance Saturday during the 35th annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville Central High School Marching Band members begin their performance Saturday during the 35th annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition.

       Naperville Central High School Marching Band members begin their performance Saturday during the 35th annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia High School Marching Band members take to the field Saturday during the 35th annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition.

       Batavia High School Marching Band members take to the field Saturday during the 35th annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Jacobs High School Marching Band members perform Saturday during the 35th annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition.

       Jacobs High School Marching Band members perform Saturday during the 35th annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Fremd High School Marching Band member Marlena Patterson begins a performance during the 35th annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition.

       Fremd High School Marching Band member Marlena Patterson begins a performance during the 35th annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville Central High School Marching Band member Bryson Wilks plays the Mellophone on Saturday during the 35th annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition.

       Naperville Central High School Marching Band member Bryson Wilks plays the Mellophone on Saturday during the 35th annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald Report

In what is becoming an annual tradition, Prospect High School Marching Knights took first-place honors among a field of 24 Midwest bands at Saturday's 35th annual Lancer Joust Marching Band Competition at Lake Park High School in Roselle.

Prospect also was honored with the competition's Best Music and Best Visual Performance awards. While Wheeling won best General Effect.

Lake Park's competition is one of the first in the region, and it's modeled after the Bands of America national competition. Many bands that participate move on to compete at the state and national levels.

Bands are rated in seven categories including Individual Performance-Music and Visual; Ensemble Performance-Music and Visual; and General Effect-Music I, Music II and Visual. Percussion and Color Guard performances will also be scored in preliminary rounds.

The event serves as Lake Park's largest fundraiser for its marching band. It's been known to generate about $15,000 for uniforms, instruments and travel expenses.

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