Head drum major Diamond Murphy, center, from Marian Catholic High Schools decorated marching band leads the band to the field before the preliminaries at the 43nd Annual State of Illinois Marching Band Championship at Illinois State University in Normal. The group took top honors at the State of Illinois Invitational High School Marching Band Championships and placed fourth in regionals. At the national competition Marian tied with Avon High School, of Avon, Ind., for the outstanding visual performance award (Avon also tied with L.D. Bell High School, of Hurst, Texas, for the outstanding general effect award) and placed third in the overall competition. For the story of Marian Catholic's season see the story, a video, a photogallery and the story on their season's march to victory.
Tribune photo by William DeShazer
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