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Marching Band Festival to be Oct. 13

Kesha Green, News Bureau
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Fifty-five high school bands from across the state will compete in the 31st annual Illini Marching Band Festival on Saturday (Oct. 13) at the University of Illinois.

Participating high schools include: (EDITORS: See list).

The bands will take part in the Field Show Band Contest at Memorial Stadium, 200 E. Florida Ave., Champaign. The competition will begin at 8 a.m. with a performance by Winchester High School. Prospect High School will close the show at about 7 p.m. The UI Marching Illini will perform at 7:30 p.m.

Thirty-five of the bands will participate in the Parade Marching Contest, which begins at 9:15 a.m. at Peabody Drive and Fourth Street in Champaign, near Memorial Stadium. Rochester High School will lead the procession. The bands will move east on Peabody Drive, north on Fourth Street, east on Armory Avenue and south on Sixth Street. They will file past the judges’ reviewing stand one block south of the Harding Band Building, 1103 S. Sixth St., then march west on Pennsylvania Avenue to Fourth Street and back to the stadium.

These roads will be closed to traffic from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.:

o Peabody Drive from First Street to Sixth Street
o Fourth Street (north) from Pennsylvania Drive to Armory Avenue
o Armory Avenue from Fourth Street to Sixth Street
o Sixth Street (south) from Armory Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue

Judges will include musicians and music educators from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. The judges will rate the bands on marching, maneuvering, music, showmanship, percussion, and drum-major and color-guard performances.

Spectators may enter the west stands of the stadium after 7 a.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for high school students and children, and free for band members in uniform. In case of inclement weather, the show festival will be held in the stadium’s west hall.

The band contest is sanctioned by the Illinois High School Association and sponsored by the UI Office of Continuing Education and Public Service in Music, School of Music, University Bands and Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.


ALTAMONT – Altamont High School
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – John Hersey High School
ASHLAND – A-C Central High School
ATWOOD – Atwood Hammond High School
AURORA – Waubonsie Valley High
BARRY – Barry High School
BATAVIA – Batavia High School
BELLEVILLE – Belleville West Township High School West
BEMENT – Bement High School
BETHANY – Okaw Valley High School
BLOOMINGTON – Bloomington High School
BREESE – Mater Dei High School
CASEY – Casey Westfield High School
CHAMPAIGN – Champaign Central High School
CHAMPAIGN – Champaign Centennial High School
CHICAGO HEIGHTS – Marian Catholic High School
COLFAX – Ridgeview High School
DANVILLE – Danville High School
DECATUR – Decatur MacArthur High School
DUNLAP – Dunlap High School
ELK GROVE VILLAGE – Elk Grove High School
EUREKA – Eureka High School
FAIRBURY – Prairie Central High School
FARINA – South Central High School
GALESBURG – Galesburg High School
GENESEO – J.D. Darnell Senior High School
GRANITE CITY – Granite City High School
HIGHLAND – Highland High School
HILLSBORO – Hillsboro High School
HOOPESTON – Hoopeston Area High School
HUTSONVILLE – Hutsonville High School
JOLIET – Joliet West High School
LOCKPORT – Lockport Township High School
MAHOMET – Mahomet-Seymour High School
MINOOKA – Minooka Community High School
MONMOUTH – Monmouth High School
MONTICELLO – Monticello High School
MORTON – Morton High School
MOUNT PROSPECT – Prospect High School
NAPERVILLE – Neuqua Valley High School
NEW LENOX – Lincoln-Way High School Central
NEWTON – Newton Community High School
O’FALLON – O’Fallon Township High School
ONEIDA – ROWVA High School
ORLAND PARK – Carl Sandburg High School
PINCKNEYVILLE – Pinckneyville Community High School
ROBINSON – Robinson High School
ROCHESTER – Rochester High School
ROCK ISLAND – Rock Island High School
SPARTA – Sparta High School
ST. JOSEPH – St. Joseph High School
URBANA – Urbana High School
WASHINGTON – Washington Community High School
WESTVILLE – Westville High School
WINCHESTER – Winchester High School