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La Salle-Peru Township High School band members practice on the football field at Howard Fellows Stadium during a formation routine. The band is practicing for its upcoming performances and competitions.
The La Salle-Peru Township High School Marching Cavaliers head to Western Illinois University today, coming off their victories at the Metamora Township High School invitational Oct. 12.
L-P took home first place in its division and fifth place overall out of 22 marching bands at Metamora. Additionally, the band earned best winds and best percussion distinctions.
Metamora was the Marching Cavaliers’ second competition of the season. Their first competition was the Normal West invitational at Illinois Wesleyan University on Sept. 21. There, L-P placed third out of five bands in their division.
The performance at Metamora has the students anticipating upcoming competitions.
“I was very happy with the improvement we showed from our previous competition,” said senior mellophone player Lisa Hallen. “I’m excited to keep improving.”
Band director Kyle Adelmann’s goal for the Marching Cavaliers is for them to compete mainly against themselves.
“We make a conscious effort not to make it about trophies,” Adelmann said. “As long as we improve show to show, I’m happy.”
The band has a packed schedule for today’s competition at WIU. They’re on the road at 9 a.m., practicing during the day and performing at 7:30 p.m. They won’t return home until after midnight Sunday.
“(WIU is) probably our biggest competition,” said senior color guard member Chandler Lourie. “It’s awesome to play in front of such a large crowd that’s totally silent.”
The Marching Cavaliers’ final home rehearsal of the season is open to the public, 6-9 p.m. Thursday. The season wraps up Oct. 26 with the Panther Marching Band Festival competition at Eastern Illinois University.
“It’s the final stretch of something you work four months for,” Adelmann said. “I just want to show my kids off. I’m proud of them.”