OPRF High School’s Marching Huskies recently won 1st place in all five AA categories (drum major, winds, percussion, color guard, overall) in the Maple Leaf Classic marching band competition in Geneseo on Sept. 26. So Wednesday Journal isn’t the only one to recognize their talent (Marching Bach, Inside Report, Sept. 23).
According to OPRF spokesperson Kay Foran, the 19-year-old competition in western Illinois this year, hosted 15 marching bands from across Illinois and Iowa.
The Marching Huskies performed “Classical Renovation,” based on works by J.S. Bach, the same show they performed at OPRF’s first night game on Sept. 18. According to Foran, this year’s band and color guard numbers almost 100 members. In addition to playing at all OPRF home game half-time shows, the band participates in several competitions, including the Lancer Joust in Roselle and the University of Illinois marching band festival. In past years, the band has performed at Walt Disney World, the Martin Luther King day parade in Hawaii, and at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Ga.
Anthony Svejda is the band’s director and Patrick Pearson designed the show. Jennifer Burgdorff is the Color Guard director, Justin Ahlgren the drumline instructor and Tom Kanwischer the drum major coach.