Photos and audio by Samantha Bowden
The Crimson Express is a well-known part of the band program at Murphysboro High School. The Crimson Express is accompanied by the Jazz band, Concert band, Pep band, and Solo & Ensemble It is also the most well known part of the band program.
The band room is covered with trophies from the past 15 years. The band was first formed by Mark Mikulay back in 1991. They pride themselves on their hard work and commitment to the program. The band has become a valuable asset to the Murphysboro community.
The band has traveled the United States for competitions; they have gone all the way from Canada to Disney world to Denver Colorado. They have performed at many international contests and festivals also. They also compete in the Mid-West Championships in Dekalb, IL. During the Weekend in Murphysboro Weekend the Crimson Express competed in the McKendree University Preview of Champions in Lebanon, Illinois. The band ended up taking first place in the 2A class beating out another local high school, Carterville.