Marian Catholic High School Band

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  • National Champions 7 times in the past 30 years
  • Illinois State Champions 34 Consecutive years

The Marian Catholic High School Band in Chicago Heights, IL, has a well-earned reputation as one of the most outstanding concert and marching bands in America. Led by Hall of Fame director Greg Bimm, Assistant Director Bobby Lambert and using Légère Reeds, Marian is known for its strong woodwind section. Over the years the school’s bands have earned hundreds of awards and honors, including its 34th consecutive state championship in October 2013, an outstanding demonstration of consistent excellence!Their 2013 season was capped by Marian Catholic’s second performance in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, an unforgettable experience for their 225 student musicians. They were also selected to perform in the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA, in 2009.

Bobby Lambert (left) and Greg Bimm, Directors of the Marian Catholic Band

"The Légère Reeds gave us the full rich characteristic sound we demand, but with much more consistency and reliability. Our advanced students loved the feeling of confidence created by always knowing they had a good reed. Our younger students made instant improvement as they discovered what it is to play on a quality reed. Légère Reeds really work!"

Greg Bimm, Head Band Director

"As a saxophone player, I was reluctant to the use of synthetic reeds as past experience had always led to poor tone quality and lack of flexibility. However, in using the Légère Reeds and having our students use them exclusively, my mind has completely changed. The full tone quality, flexibility of tone colors, and consistency of quality presents the player with all the tools for successful performance. Range, volume, and color were always as good if not better in comparison with cane reeds. Our younger students excelled quickly with the use of Légère Reeds versus lower quality cane reeds, while our more advanced players found the same accuracy and flexibility they enjoyed with professional cane reeds minus the inconsistency. Reed maintenance is always an issue. With the Légère Reeds, that variable is suddenly taken out of the equation and performance can always be the focus. Our students would use two reeds for five weeks or more with the quality constantly staying true. Out of a box of ten cane reeds, our advanced students would find four at most that would provide the best sounds. Two or three Légère Reeds gave our students the same quality from August until November. Compare those prices!"

Bobby Lambert, Assistant Band Director