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32nd Marching Band Festival set for Oct. 19

Jeff Unger, News Bureau
(217) 333-1085


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Fifty-six high school bands from across Illinois will compete in the 32nd annual Illini Marching Band Festival on Saturday (Oct. 19) at the University of Illinois.

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

Forty-six of 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 R.O.W.V.A High School. Prospect High School will close the show at about 7:15 p.m. The Marching Illini will perform at 7:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will be at 8 p.m.

Thirty-nine of the bands will participate in the parade marching competition, which begins at 8:45 a.m. at Peabody Drive and Fourth Street in Champaign, near Memorial Stadium. Clinton Community 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 a 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 to from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.:

orange dot Peabody Drive from First Street to Sixth Street

orange dot Fourth Street (north) from Pennsylvania Drive to Armory Avenue

orange dot Armory Avenue from Fourth Street to Sixth Street

orange dot Sixth Street (south) from Armory Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue

Judges will include musicians and music educators from California, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, New York, Ohio, South Carolina 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 to the stadium after 7 a.m. Saturday. 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 field show competition will be held in the stadium’s west hall.

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


ALTAMONT – Altamont High School
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – John Hersey High School
ASHLAND – A-C Central High School
ATWOOD – Atwood-Hammond High School
BATAVIA – Batavia High School
BEMENT – Bement High School
BLOOMINGTON – Bloomington High School
BOLINGBROOK – Bolingbrook High School
BREESE – Mater Dei High School
CENTRALIA – Centralia High School
CHAMPAIGN – Centennial High School
CHAMPAIGN – Champaign Central High School
CHICAGO HEIGHTS – Marian Catholic High School
CHILLICOTHE – Illinois Valley Central High School
CLINTON – Clinton Community High School
COLFAX – Ridgeview High School
DUNLAP – Dunlap High School
EL PASO – El Paso High School
EUREKA – Eureka High School
EVANSTON – Evanston Township High School
FAIRBURY – Prairie Central High School
FRANKFORT – Lincoln-Way East High School
GALESBURG – Galesburg High School
GENESEO – J.D. Darnall High School
GLEN ELLYN – Glenbard West High School
HERSCHER – Herscher High School
HIGHLAND – Highland High School
HOOPESTON – Hoopeston Area High Schol
LOCKPORT – Lockport Township High School
MACOMB – Macomb Senior High School
MAHOMET – Mahomet-Seymour High School
MATTOON – Mattoon High School
MINOOKA – Minooka Community High School
MONMOUTH – Monmouth High School
MONTICELLO – Monticello High School
MORTON – Morton High School
MOUNT PROSPECT – Prospect High School
MOUNT ZION – Mount Zion High School
NAPERVILLE – Neuqua Valley High School
NEW LENOX – Lincoln-Way Central High School
NEWTON – Newton Community High School
OBLONG – Oblong High School
ONEIDA – R.O.W.V.A High School
ORLAND PARK – Carl Sandburg High School
PALOS HEIGHTS – Alan B. Shepard High School
PAXTON – Paxton Buckley Loda High School
PIASA – Southwestern High School
PINCKNEYVILLE – Pinckneyville Community High School
PONTIAC – Pontiac Township High School
RAMSEY – Ramsey High School
ST. JOSEPH – St. Joseph-Ogden High School
WASHINGTON – Washington Community High School
WATERLOO – Waterloo High School
WHEATON – Wheaton North High School
WHEATON – Wheaton Warrenville South High School
WINCHESTER – Winchester High School