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Homewood and Flossmoor students at Marian Catholic High School helped the school’s marching band win the Class 2A National Championship Nov. 14.

The Marian Catholic High School Marching Band took eighth place overall among 95 schools at the Bands of America Grand National Finals in Indianapolis.

In addition to winning the Class 2A championship (determined in semifinals), the Marian band earned 2A top honors for Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance and Outstanding General Effect.

Marian made its record 32nd appearance in the Grand National Finals and was the lone Illinois band to reach the semifinals. The Spartan Band has won a record seven Grand National Championships, the last coming in 2000.

The Marian Band also won its 36th consecutive Illinois Marching Band state championship in Class 3A on Oct. 17 at Illinois State University, as well as winning its seventh straight overall Grand Championship at ISU and 15th overall. Marian recently captured third place in the BOA Super Regionals at Indianapolis, including a first place in Class AA.

Band members from Homewood and Flossmoor are: Serena Adeleye, Kelli Baker, Jordan Drayton-Plaxico, Kendal Johnson, Kyle Johnson, Devin Kryszyn, Tyler Kryszyn, Jarod Mizgalski, Danel Roome, Sydney Turner and Nolan Way.

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