The Rosemount High School marching band participated in the Youth in Music Marching Band Championships on Saturday, Oct. 13, at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

The Marching Irish earned first place in Class AAAA preliminary competition as well as Outstanding Color Guard and Outstanding Visual Effect. By winning the class competition, they were also awarded the Class AAAA Minnesota State Championship. Rosemount capped the day in finals competition earning the YIM Grand Championship.

"It is always exciting for the band to perform at US Bank Stadium, and this year was no different," said Director Leon Sieve. "The reaction from the audience is what truly makes this activity special. Our students have worked hard this season to provide a top-notch show and love performing it."

With 7,000 fans in attendance, the YIM event hosted 27 high school marching bands. This is the 12th time in YIM's 14 years that Rosemount has won the grand champion award.

Earning individual recognition was Rosemount senior color guard member Madison Vaillant, who was one of seven awarded a YIM Scholarship. Anika Mann from Farmington High School also received a scholarship.

The Rosemount High School marching band departs Friday, Oct. 19, for Indianapolis where they'll compete in the Bands of America Super Regional on Saturday, Oct. 20, and complete its field competition season.