On October 19, the marching band won first place for show bands in Class 3A at the Rich Central High School Marching Band Competition in Olympia Fields. The band also was awarded first place for best horn line and best percussion in Class 3A, and second place overall in percussion. Twelve bands participated in the competition.
On October 12, the East marching band placed third out of 15 competing marching bands at the Circle City Classic in Indianapolis. Proviso East had won first place in the contest, which is part of a showcase supporting education at historically black colleges in the United States, when it competed in 2012. As a reward for its first place finish last year, the marching band also performed a complete field show at Lucas Oil Stadium as part of the pregame festivities of the annual college football game that this year featured Grambling State University and Alcorn State University.
Mr. Reginald Wright, Proviso East band director, attributed the successes to the hard work and dedication of the students and staff members such as the new band assistant, Mr. Wardell Dobbins.
"We had a lot of the kids start with us over the summer, and we were able to get them prepared," Mr. Wright said. "They’re young, but they did very well."
Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that the successes in the competitions are another chapter in the Proviso East Marching Band’s successful run under Mr. Wright.
"The marching band under the direction of Mr. Wright has been a source of pride at Proviso East for a long time," Mr. Valente said. "We are proud of the work that the marching band and Mr. Wright have done and wish them continued success."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209 and a strong supporter of the bands, said that she continues to be proud of the band and impressed with the students’ discipline and talent.
"Our marching bands are one of our long-standing points of excellence in District 209," she said. "Proviso East has a long legacy of having a great band, and we want to make sure that continues."
Congratulations Proviso East Band! You are a large part of Proviso Rising!