Galesburg Marching Streaks win Class 7A Saturday in first competition of season

Tom Martin
Galesburg Register-Mail
The Marching Streaks, led by Director of Bands Andy Empey, performed their show "Things That Go Bump in the Night" at the Washington Marching Panther Invitational and beat out two other schools to be named champions in Class 7A.

WASHINGTON — The Galesburg High School Marching Band won its division Saturday night in its first completion of the season. 

The Marching Streaks, led by Director of Bands Andy Empey, performed their show "Things That Go Bump in the Night" at the Washington Marching Panther Invitational and beat out two other schools to be named champions in Class 7A. 

Limestone Community High School and Champaign Central bands finished second and third behind the Streaks. 

Galesburg also won best percussion and best color guard in Class 7A on Saturday night and finished third place among all 25 bands that participated. 

Morton High School, in Class 8A, won Grand Champions, followed by Normal High School and Galesburg.

Other area schools participating were Kewanee High School, which won best in Class 5A, and best perscussion.

The Marching Streaks will compete next at the Normal Marching Band Invitational, Saturday, Sept. 17. The competition is at Illinois Wesleyan University's Tucci Stadium and the Streaks are scheduled to perform at 8:30 p.m.

(Editor's Note: In the interest of full disclosure, this writer has two sons in the Galesburg Marching Band.)