MHS Honor Band 

Select MHS students attended the all-day West Central Conference Music Festival at WIU, ending with an evening concert performance on November 15, 2018. Those participating were Sanjana Babu, Clara Barclay, Carter Benson, Olivia Bishop, Rachel Bosworth, Richard Engel, Halle Evans, Sasha Grigortsuk, Lucy Gruidl, Breanna Hall, Lily Mansfield, Samantha Mattsey, Hannah Murray, Breanna Rhoads, Hannah Robinson, Karem Tasdan, Ben Walker, Micaela Windsor and Gabe Zahnle.

Congratulations to the MHS band students who performed at the Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA)  District IV Concert Festival held November 3 at WIU.  Macomb was well represented in the Senior Band and Senior Orchestra by these amazing young musicians:  Aleksandra Grigortsuk, Gibson Blankenship, Richard Engel, Halle Evans, Jamie Im, Hannah Robinson, Lily Mansfield, Samantha Mattsey, Carter Benson, Brooks Wallace, Hannah Murray and Joey Trost.  Additionally, Bennett Walker will be performing for the District IV Jazz Festival to be held at Glenwood HS on November 17.  

Drum Majors Joey Trost, Gibson Blankenship and Lucy Gruidl
pose with trophies won at the Western Illinois University Marching Band Classic.

The Macomb High School Marching Bomber Band won awards at two competitions on Saturday, October 20, including winning the Dale F. Hopper Small School Division Grand Champion Award at the Western Illinois University Marching Band Classic. The band’s marathon day started with a bus ride to Normal at 3 a.m. for the Illinois State University Marching Band Championships and finished on cold, windy Hanson Field at 9:30 p.m.

The day began and ended in triumph as the band first won the award in their class for Outstanding Musical Performance at Illinois State. At WIU, the band won first place for class 2A and was named the Grand Champion for classes 1A and 2A. In addition, the band swept the caption awards in class 2A, including Best Winds/Instruments, Best Percussion, Best Auxilary/ Color Guard and Best Drum Majors.

Section Leaders are Sasha Grigortsuk, Breanna Rhoads, Lily Mansfield, Kerem Tasdan, Carter Benson, Anabelle Clark, Hannah Murray, Clara Barclay, Megan Redding, Madeline Weiss, Marc Musser, Rachel Bosworth, Joe Burkholder, Ben Walker, Richard Engel, Leslie Eutsler, Addison Fowler, and Lily Dunsworth.

Join the Macomb Bomber Band as they start the 2018 marching season. Band camp began in early August, adding many new faces with incoming freshman. Through the dedication of the staff and students, continual progress is being made on “Other Worlds”, their field show for this season.

You can see them perform at all MHS home football games this season, starting Friday, August 31. They will also perform at the following marching band competitions:  Morton (September 15), Limestone (October 6), Illinois State University and Western Illinois University (both October 20). The band wraps up the marching season with a performance at the conclusion of the Macomb Bands Chili Supper on October 22.

For performance photos and competition results, check out the Macomb Band Boosters webpage www.macombbands.org  or follow us on Facebook at Macomb Band Boosters, Inc. GO BAND !!

The Band Sweepstakes Winners Announced !!

The Macomb Band Boosters announced the winner of their Grand Band Sweepstakes May 1st at Fellheimer Auditorium, Macomb Jr.-Sr. High School. Collin and Courtenay Ring, of Macomb was the winner of the $1000 cash prize. The Ring’s generously donated the entire prize back to the band boosters to help support the purchase of student oboes, the purpose of this year’s fund raiser.

The band boosters would like to thank the Ring’s for their generosity, Citizen’s Bank, Terrill title, Dr. Christine Standard of Macomb Audiology, and Robin Briney/Key Relators for being our sponsors, and to all those who purchased chances for helping us achieve our goal.

Left to right: Douglas Mattsey, Macomb High School band director; Courtenay Ring; Collin Ring; Arturo Martinez, Macomb Junior High band director; Courtney Blankenship, Macomb Band Booster President