Greg Bimm has been director of bands at Marian Catholic High School since 1977. Under his direction, the Marian Band has grown from 70 to over 280 members, has earned over 600 awards and honors, and has become one of the premier high school band programs in the United States. Marian’s Marching Band is undefeated in its class in Illinois State competition since 1980 and has been named Bands of America Summer National Champion five consecutive years and Bands of America Grand National Champion in 1985, 1987, 1988,1989, 1994, 1997, and 2000 (The only band ever to win more than three times). The marching band was the Illinois representative to the 2001 U.S. Presidential Inaugural parade.
Mr. Bimm has received four National Band Association Citations of Excellence and one NBA Certificate of Merit, was named the 1983 national winner of the ASBDA Stanbury award for young band directors. In 1994, Bimm was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. A native of Peru, Illinois, Mr. Bimm holds degrees from Illinois State and Western Illinois Universities. His professional affiliations include ABA, ASBDA, IMEA, MENC, NCBA, NBA, Phi Beta Mu, and Phi Mu Alpha. He is a current member and past chairman of the Bands of America Advisory Board, has served on the Illinois High School Association Music Advisory Committee and has served as Band Division chairman.