Congratulations to the Niles West Marching Band that was named the class 1A champion at the 37th annual Metamora Marching Band Invitational held on October 7 in Metamora, IL. The competition is one of the largest and oldest, continuous running, high school-sponsored competition in the state of Illinois. Attendees are usually drawn from Illinois, eastern Iowa, and western Indiana. Niles West won best music, best winds, best percussion, and the color guard took second place in their class and division. Based on Niles West’s overall score, they were also awarded the division 1A/2A Grand Champion trophy, with a fourth place overall out of 15 ensembles. The band would have won every other class with the exception of 5A, which requires over 120 members.