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The Morton band program serves the music education development of over 190 wind, percussion, and guard students at Morton High School. The goal of Morton Bands is to develop students’ lifelong love of music and to expand their musical achievement through appropriate performance opportunities in Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Brass Ensemble, and Color Guard. Considerable emphasis is placed on individual student growth and achievement. Each year, multiple band members are selected for the Illinois Music Education Association District Honor Band and Orchestra, All-State Bands and Orchestras, and various honor ensembles throughout the state.

2017 Sudler Shield

The Morton High School Band Program is the recipient of the 2017 Sudler Shield - An international award recognizing high school, youth, and international marching bands of world class excellence, presented by the John Philips Sousa Foundation. In May of 2018, a formal award ceremony, hosted by the John Philip Sousa Foundation, was held to the students, parents, and staff of the Morton High School band program. The John Philip Sousa Foundation is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the promotion of international understanding through the medium of band music.

2023 Morton Marching Invitational
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11:00am – 9:30pm
Morton High School - Carper Field

Why Join MHS Marching Band?

The Morton High School Marching Band is a Bands of America Grand National Semifinalist and a Bands of America St. Louis Super Regional Class AA Champion. The band has performed in the Presidential Inaugural Parade and has won five Illinois Governor’s Trophy awards. At the state level, the Morton High School Marching Band has won the Illinois State Class 2A Championship for the past 16 years.

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What They Say About Us

My son is a sophomore in the Morton High School Marching Band, and he has been in the band program since 6th grade. He also serves on the leadership team. He plays high school sports as well, but band is his home base. It is where he feels most comfortable being himself. Band is where his best friends are. The band culture at Morton is like nothing I've ever seen. It provides an environment that has high expectations and pushes the kids to better themselves - both on and off the field - yet at the same time, the kids are accepted right where they are. If someone is falling behind, they rush to lift him or her up. The band is truly a family. There is something special about going to band competitions and witnessing the cheering and camaraderie that takes place amongst the competing bands - not the trash talking and back biting you might see at other competitive events.

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