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The South Shore Drill Team takes great pride in winning competitions and putting on dazzling, crowd-pleasing performances. But the best measure of the program’s success is the degree to which it helps its members become more committed students—and more confident, self-disciplined, and productive young people. Though many team members attend schools with drop-out rates as high as 55%, every year more than 99% of South Shore Drill Team members graduate with their class -- 100% since 2012! -- most go on to college or technical school. Every June, the accomplishments of graduating seniors are celebrated at the Spring Show, the culmination of many years of support from instructors, parents, volunteers, and fellow team members.

Listed below are some of the group’s most high-profile performance venues and events:

  • Marched in the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Parade, selected from 2,800 applications
  • Opened Chicago Architecture Biennial in October, 2015
  • Marched in Dallas MLK Parade in 2016
  • Performed in 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York
  • Performed for First Lady Michelle Obama & Guests at NATO event May, 2012
  • Winners of the country’s third largest parade, the Bud Billiken, for over 20 years
  • 2011 Winter Guard International World Champions
  • Ambassadors for McDonald’s HBCU Football Classics (Indianapolis, Atlanta, & Orlando)
  • Opened Magnificent Mile Lights Festival televised nationally 2009-2015
  • Traveled to Africa with Sister Cities to tour Morocco in 2005
  • Featured at NFL Timken Hall of Fame Parade in Canton, OH 2009-2014
  • Chicago Bulls & Orlando Magic halftime shows
  • Walt Disney World
  • The Kentucky Derby
  • Chicago premiere of LeBron James documentary, More Than a Game
  • The Indianapolis 500
  • Opening of Chicago’s Millennium Park
  • Grand Reopening of Soldier Field
  • Gucci Fashion Show at the Field Museum
  • Fiesta Bowl
  • Appeared in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off