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UI Bands Alumni

Our Illinois Band Alumni

Due to the legacy of being the first college band program, the University of Illinois Bands has over 12,000 living alumni with degrees from every major on campus. Truly, our alumni represent the entire University of Illinois, from some of the finest music professionals in the world to business leaders, engineers, medical professionals, and so on. Our band alumni have a unique bond forged through their experiences in the University of Illinois Bands and you can (and should) continue to enjoy your link to the most famous band program in the world.

Our University of Illinois Bands Alumni organization is an official alumni unit on campus. In addition to a board, the organization has several committees to assist with communication, the alumni marching band at homecoming, alumni concert band events, and so on.  This activity creates a living connection between our amazing alumni and our current students. 

To connect with our Alumni Band, please visit their website (  The current Alumni Band President is Dale Hallerberg and can be reached here.

2016 Homecoming Information—Alumni Band


Homecoming 2016—REGISTER HERE
Our 2016 edition of the Homecoming Alumni Band is going to be fantastic!  Gary Smith and Barry Houser have put together an exciting show, selection of stands tunes, and a well-planned social experience for all of our band alumni!  We look forward to seeing you again!  The weekend date is October 28-29, the weather should be great, Lovie will coach a winning game, and the alumni band will share the field with our 2016 edition of Marching Illini!  We have a music rehearsal and the Homecoming Parade on Friday, a rehearsal Saturday morning, and then the Homecoming game in Memorial Stadium. 

Friday will include the music rehearsal, a quick snack, parade, and then a reception for all interested alumni and friends. Saturday is an 11:00 am Game Kickoff against Minnesota.

You may participate in a variety of activities offered—whatever appeals to you.  Options include the following:
1.    Music Rehearsal on Friday
2.    Homecoming Parade on Friday
3.    Reception for Alumni, family, and friends ($20 per person)
4.    Play in the stands during the game
5.    Pre-Game Performance (must attend Saturday morning rehearsal)
6.    Three-In-One Performance (must attend Saturday morning rehearsal)
7.    Half-Time Performance (must attend Saturday morning rehearsal)

Attention Recent Grads (2016)
You can attend for free!  All 2016 graduates are welcome. You will still need to provide the uniform items, but the registration fee is waived. Click here to register.

Homecoming Schedule | Friday October 28
11:00 am - Bands Alumni Board Meeting | Any interested alumni are welcome to attend

1:00 pm - Alumni Band Registration | Harding Band Building

2:00 pm - Alumni Band Welcome and Rehearsal in Harding 141 | Illinettes, Drumline, Flag Sectionals

5:00 pm - Pre-Parade light snack | Move to Education Building to prepare for parade

6:00 pm - Homecoming Parade featuring the Alumni Band and the Marching Illini

7:00 PM - Harding Band Building open for instrument storage

7:00 pm - Reception with food and beverages.  Attendance is $15 for each person.  All are welcome—bands alumni, friends, family, etc.—at Temple Buell Hall on the South Quad, East of the Education Building.

Homecoming Schedule | Saturday October 29  
6:30 am - Alumni Band Registration at South Tunnel of Memorial Stadium

7:00 am - Alumni Band drill rehearsal at the Irwin Indoor Facility. Set and rehearse the “Block I”.... same for both pregame and halftime. Note: you must be willing to do both pregame and halftime. We will also rehearse the halftime drill and music. With an 11:00 am game time, the drill will be simple.

7:45 am - Rehearse Halftime and 3-in-1 with MI

11:00 am - Alumni Band sets Seating Block in the stands | Rehearse pep tunes in the stands

8:30 am - Illini Walk and Pregame concert on the West Steps with the MI

9:00 am - Alumni Band sets Seating Block in the stands

10:00 am - Set Marching Block in Armory

10:15 am - Alumni Band March to Stadium

10:40 am - Alumni Band Pre-Game Performance

11:00 am - Illinois vs Minnesota Kick-Off  

Half-Time - Alumni Band and the Marching Illini Halftime Performance

Box Lunch in Stadium after Halftime

Post-Game - March with the MI from the Stadium to the Post-Game concert at the Education Building 

Note: You may wait to register on-site at the Band Building on Friday or early Saturday morning.  However, there will be no way to set up an instrument, music, or lunch for you.

Alumni Band Instruments
Mellophones, Baritones, Sousaphones, and Drumline instruments will be provided to those who need to check one out for the weekend. This will take place on Friday afternoon during registration. Register early for an instrument...first come, first served!

Seating and Tickets
The Alumni Band will receive complimentary tickets from the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics for your contribution to the Game Day atmosphere in Memorial Stadium. Extra tickets for family and friends are available in the stands behind the alumni band, and you may purchase these below.

Parking will be available Friday evening near Assembly Hall, with van transportation from the NW lot to the Harding Band Building from 12:45 to 2:30 pm. In addition, there are campus lots open on Saturday...some near the Education Building.

Rooms are being held for alumni at the Country Inn and Suites, 602 W. Marketview, Champaign; 217-355-6666. The group name is “UI Bands Alumni,” and this block will be held until 30 days prior.

Alumni Band Music  
This will be available once you register. All music will be provided in PDF format online or via email. We kindly suggest that you print this before arriving for homecoming.  If you prefer, the band can print this for you, but otherwise we appreciate your help in keeping printing costs down. If you would like printed music or a flip-folder for this weekend, please email us at

Illinettes, please contact Devon for uniform info here, or email Devon here

For all other participants, the uniform will consist of the following:

  • Alumni Band Jacket (purchase online—details TBD)
  • Orange Alumni Band Polo (purchase onlinedetails TBD)
  • Khaki pants


Email us at for more information.




We are planning a Concert Band Reunion for the 2016-17 academic school year (most likely spring 2017), which will be a University of Illinois Sesquicentennial Celebration year.  We will have a date by the summer of 2016.