Buffalo Grove High School's "Bison Pride" Marching Band, under the direction of Ed Jacobi, captured 1st place in the marching competition at the Buffalo Grove Days Parade on Sept. 1. Parade Chairman Rodney Odelsen from the Village of Buffalo Grove personally delivered the award to the school and presented it to Jacobi.
The band performed a rousing rendition of "Carry On" by Fun., an American indie pop band, to secure its win. During the pre-season BGHS summer band camp, Jacobi's son, Andrew Jacobi, who had written the drill, taught the halftime show to the band. The younger Jacobi is the director of bands at Richwoods High School in Peoria but frequently works with the BGHS band program, including directing and helping coordinate the recent European Concert Tour this past June.
The BGHS band director explained that it was his son's idea to do a show based on the music of Fun. Since his son started working with the BGHS band a few years ago, its "marching (dimension) has grown significantly," he added.
"I am so proud of the achievements of my (BGHS band) students and so appreciative to have someone like Andrew work with us, as his training, knowledge, and skills are all so current."
In addition to the band, Buffalo Grove High School's Poms, Cheerleaders, and Student Council participated in the annual parade--a last rite of summer and jumpstart to the new school year.