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Canton – The Plymouth-Canton Educational Park (P-CEP) marching band competed their 2018 program, Textured, this past week at the Bands of American Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, IN.

In the initial preliminary round of the competition held on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 at Lucas Oil Stadium, P-CEP placed 12th in Class AAAA, and 18th overall out of 108 bands in the nation’s most prominent marching championship. Their high score of 86.800 and placement qualified them for the semi-finals round held Saturday, Nov. 10,, 2018.

In the semi-finals round, the band achieved a score of 83.600, placing them in 14th place in their class and 20th overall. The top 12 bands overall advanced to the finals round.

In addition to the P-CEP Marching Band, four other Michigan bands represented the state of Michigan including Rockford High School, Lakeland High School, Jenison High School, Reeths-Puffer High School and Walled Lake Central High School. P-CEP and Rockland were the only schools to advance to the semi-finals round.

On Nov. 3, P-CEP competed at the MCBA State Championship at Ford Field and placed third in their flight with a score of 94.275, only .025 points behind second place Walled Lake Central High School and .525 points out of first place Rockford High School.

“Participating at Grand Nationals is truly a life-changing experience for band members,” said G. Jonathan Thomann, director of bands at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park. “The months of preparation help band members strive for excellence on the field and in the classroom, but also create life-long friendships and teach them lessons of dedication, leadership and teamwork that are necessary for achieving excellence on the performance field and in life. Mr. Wells and I are proud of all of our marching band members this year as they continuously strived to improve their performances as a team and individually.”

The band ended the weekend in Indianapolis with their traditional “senior block” where all seniors are surrounded by underclassmen on the outdoor basketball court of the YMCA camp that they stay at. The event led by Thomann recognizes the seniors for their hard work, commitment and leadership as they tearfully march their last few steps of their high school marching band careers.

The P-CEP Band Programs are currently recruiting P-CEP students for the Winter Drumline and Winter Guard programs. The Winter Guard placed first in the state at the Michigan Color Guard Circuit Championships and second in the world in the Scholastic Open Division at the Winter Guard International Color Guard World Championships this past spring. This outstanding placement led them to a promotion to the world class level, the highest level of competition for a winter guard team.  Both programs are currently recruiting interested students, and in particular, the guard is looking for dancers and gymnasts to round out their team. Interested students can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on both programs.

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About the Plymouth-Canton Music Boosters: The Plymouth-Canton Music Boosters is a parent-run 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization supporting high school concert bands, marching band, jazz bands, color guard, winter guard and percussion students from Plymouth, Canton and Salem High Schools in Canton, Mich. The boosters are a dedicated group of parents and other adults who volunteer their time so that band students are able to enjoy the many benefits of a comprehensive music program. For more information about band programs at the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, please visit www.pcmb.net.