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 hundreds of awards and honors, and has become one of the premier high school band programs in the United States. Included in the list of honors are seven grand national marching championships and thirty-six consecutive Illinois State marching class championships. The concert bands at Marian have performed at numerous major state and national conventions and have remained undefeated in the Chicagoland Catholic High School Concert Band competition for thirty–five years. The Marian Band appeared in the Macy’s, Presidential Inaugural and Rose parades and is one of the few programs in the country to have been awarded both the Sudler Flag for concert band and Sudler Shield for marching band by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.
In 1999, he was among the first to be awarded the “Mary Hoffman” Award of Excellence by the Illinois Music Educator’s Association, and in 2000 was recognized for his contribution to and support of arts education by the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education. In 2005, Bimm was elected to the Music for All/Bands of America Hall of Fame and in 2006, was named a Lowell Mason Fellow by the National Association for Music Education. In 2010, Mr. Bimm was given the Distinguished Service Award by the Archdiocese of Chicago and was inducted into the inaugural class of the Illinois State University College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame. In 2012, Bimm was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music Education by the Vandercook College of Music and in 2013 was awarded the Chicagoland Music Educator John Paynter Lifetime achievement award.
Mr. Bimm holds degrees from Illinois State (BME), Western Illinois (MA) Universities and the Vandercook College of Music (DME hc). 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, District I and state equipment manager for IMEA.