Katherine Timm '25, staff writer

EDITOR’S NOTE:  This story was written before the state competition where the Marching Celtics made history! Their show “Orpheus in the Underworld” earned 2nd Place in Class 2A and they made it into finals for the 1st time in PCHS history at the ISU Marching Band Championships!  They took 15th place out of over 40 bands.

With three weeks left in their season, the Marching Celtics are ready to work as hard as they can in preparation for their upcoming competitions. Their record for this season is already amazing: they swept their division at the Lake Park Lancer Joust on September 11, won their division at Victor J. Andrews on September 18, and won second place in their division at the Romeoville Spartan Classic on September 25.

The band has made great progress over the past few weeks, and overcome great obstacles, as well. At Lake Park, one of the band’s props fell in the wind, and several band members were injured at various points in the season, but the band kept going and kept succeeding. They plan to keep succeeding throughout the rest of their season. When asked to comment, drum major Lillie Scherf said, “I have a lot of hope for [the season] because I feel like there’s a lot of hard work being done and I feel like there’s a lot of drive.”

The band’s greatest accomplishment so far this year is the energy they have been able to put out. Whenever the band rehearses, members are talking and laughing before and after rehearsals. This camaraderie is truly inspiring and is the main reason that this little group can give such great performances and win against bands twice their size.

On October 9, the Marching Celtics hosted 13 other bands at the Providence Catholic Marching Invitational, and on October 16, they will compete in the Lincoln-Way Invitational. On October 23, the Marching Celtics will end their season by travelling to Illinois State University to defend their title as state champions. The band has high hopes of success, but there is a lot of effort that will be put forth over the next few weeks. Director Lawrence Rogers said to the band, “We can’t take our foot off the gas,” referencing their need to continue refining and improving their show. Knowing the Marching Celtics, they are sure to do incredibly!