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Bishop Noll Band named best in Chicago Columbus Day Parade

Band will represent Indiana in a national competition later this year

Information provided by Bishop Noll Institute

HAMMOND, Ind. (October 18, 2022) – Bishop Noll Institute’s band program has made a full return and has received recognition for its hard work and dedication. Most recently, the band participated in the Chicago Columbus Day Parade on October 10 and was voted by the parade committee as overall best band, receiving first prize of $1,000.

The band’s next parade performance will take place November 5 at the Hammond Veteran Appreciation Day Parade. The parade begins at 10 a.m., traveling from Olcott Avenue, down 173rd Street and ending at Hessville Park Veterans Memorial.

Bishop Noll’s Mariachi Band is also present in the community, most recently performing at Burns-Hicks Elementary in Hammond to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.

This summer, the Bishop Noll band was selected to represent the state of Indiana and compete in the Reliaquest Bowl in Tampa, Florida, on December 29 through January 2.

“These kids have a special gift, and they want to give back to the community. The fruits of their hard work are paying off with the honor of representing the state of Indiana down in Florida,” said Rocco Carioto, BNI band director.

To raise funds for the upcoming trip, the band has organized several fundraisers. A mattress sale fundraiser will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 in the Bishop Noll fieldhouse. This is free and open to the public and all name brand beds will be sold at huge savings. The public can purchase a bed at a savings and have it shipped to their home.

On the same day, the band will perform a free fall/Halloween concert at 2 p.m. on October 23 in the school auditorium. Attendees can attend the Halloween concert and then stop by the mattress sale.

Bishop Noll is located at 1519 Hoffman Street, in Hammond, Indiana. Visit for more information.

Bishop Noll Institute
Bishop Noll Institute
Bishop Noll Institute has been providing students a college preparatory experience grounded in Catholic values since 1921. Based in Hammond, Indiana, the high school serves families throughout northwest Indiana and northeast Illinois.