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P-CEP Marching Band at Grand Nationals Competition!

Post Date:11/20/2019 9:29 AM
  • School NameP-CEP

""Plymouth-Canton Educational Park marching band qualifies for semi-finals at Grand Nationals

Canton – The Plymouth-Canton Educational Park (P-CEP) marching band competed their 2019 program, Amid Surreal Nights’ Dreams, this past week at the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, IN.

In the initial preliminary round of the competition held on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 at Lucas Oil Stadium, P-CEP placed 22nd in Class AAAA, and 28th overall out of 91 bands in the nation’s most prominent marching band championship. Their high score of 84.150 and placement qualified them for the semi-finals round held Saturday, Nov. 16,, 2019.

In the semi-finals round, the band achieved a score of 83.100, placing them in 20th place in their class and 24th overall. The top 12 bands overall advanced to the finals round. See additional pictures below.

group of horns performingIn 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, and Mt. Pleasant High School. P-CEP and Rockford 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 90.225, only 2.325 points behind second place Lake Orion High School and 4.1 points behind first place Rockford High School.

“Participating at Grand Nationals is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for band members, and is no easy task,” said Mike Wells, director of bands at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park. “Our students begin preparing the first week of summer break, and put in countless hours over six months memorizing the music, and learning and rehearsing the show. This preparation not only helps our marching band members strive for excellence on the field and in the classroom, but also creates life-long friendships and teaches them lessons of dedication, leadership and teamwork that are necessary for achieving excellence in the performance field and in life. We are so proud of all of our marching band members this year because of their commitment, work ethic and consistent pursuit of excellence!”

The P-CEP Band Programs are currently accepting P-CEP students for the Winter Percussion and
Winter Guard programs. In particular, the Winter Guard is looking for dancers and gymnasts to enhance their team. Interested students for winter guard can email Mr. Istratie at, and students interested in winter percussion can email Mr. Rodriguez at for more information.

The Color Guard will host a clinic on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. in the Plymouth High School Band Room for all P-CCS students. The clinic is free and no experience is necessary. Attendees should wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle. Questions can be sent to

The Winter Percussion will begin their rehearsals on Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Plymouth High School band room. Any interested students are encouraged to attend; no previous experience is required.

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

Photo credit: Julie O’Connor


timpani and colorguard performing

large group of band performing

Sousaphones and horns performing  

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