Marching Huskies dance past competition

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Show/Hide Gallery

By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

 For the second year in a row, the OPRF High School Marching Huskies took every award available in their division — including best winds, best percussion, best color guard and best drum majors — at the annual Geneseo Maple Leaf Classic marching band competition, held over the weekend in Geneseo, Illinois. 

And for the first time since 2014, the Huskies were named the competition's Grand Champions, an honor that goes to the top marching band out of the 17 competing bands. 

"The Marching Huskies have been making a name for themselves these past few years," said Anthony Svejda, OPRF's director of bands in an email statement. 

"They have won numerous [individual] awards, including best color guard and best drum major, for a while. It has only been in recent years that they have been recognized for their music performance as well as their overall performance," Svejda said.  

"Their shows have become both judge and audience favorites," he added. "It has been a very exciting year so far. Looking forward to see what we can do in the remaining weeks of competitions."

In their show, the Huskies channeled a range of dance expressions, including flamenco, and performed pieces by composers like Maurice Ravel ("Bolero") and Alfred Reed ("El Camino Reel"). 

The band will perform the show, called "Los Bailes de Espana" (The Dances of Spain), during halftime at OPRF varsity home football games. The next game is Friday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.

 Michael Romain  


Reader Comments

No Comments - Add Your Comment

Note: This page requires you to login with Facebook to comment.

Comment Policy

Facebook Connect

Answer Book 2018

To view the full print edition of the Wednesday Journal 2018 Answer Book, please click here.

Quick Links

Sign-up to get the latest news updates for Oak Park and River Forest.

MultimediaContact us
Submit Letter To The Editor
Place a Classified Ad

Latest Comments