Illinois Marching Band Championships

The University of Illinois Bands is proud to present the 44th annual Illinois Marching Band Championships! The Illinois Marching Band Championships provides participating marching bands with feedback from the activity's finest adjudicators, relevant and educational evaluation rubrics, and the thrill of performing in the historic Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Illinois! Participation is open to the first 50 high school Illinois marching bands that are dividied into six classifications based on the IHSA school size.  

General Information

  • 2014 Date | Saturday, October 18
  • 2015 Date | Saturday, October 31 tentative
  • Place | Historic Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Illinois
  • Application | The 2014 application process is now closed.  The 2015 application process will open March 2 at 9 AM
  • Acceptance Policy | In order for your application to be complete, the application along with payment via credit card or check must be received no earlier than March 2 at 9AM.  Checks received this date will not be considered.  Credit card payment can be made over the phone and checks will be accepted on campus starting March 2, 2015 at 9 AM - 5 PM and ending once the contest has been filled. 
  • Fee | $450.00 can be paid via credit card, school, band booster, or personal check.  PO's will not be accepted or considered for a complete application.  Credit Card payments can be made by calling 217-333-3025.  All other forms of payments should be made and sent to:
Illinois Marching Band Championships
Harding Band Building
1103 South Sixth Street
Champaign, Illinois 61820
217.333.3025 | Main Office
 

Application & School Information Forms

Adjudication Format - New Expanded Panel for 2014
 
Music Visual
Music Performance 20% Visual Performance 10%
Music Performance 20% Visual Performance 10%
Music General Effect 20% Visual General Effect 20%

Drum Major, Guard, and Percussion adjudicators will provide comments and caption awards in their areas for each class.

 

Classifications
Based on IHSA school enrollment projections for Fall 2014
 
1A | 1 - 350
2A | 351 - 800
3A | 801 - 1100
4A | 1101 - 1600
5A | 1601 - 2500
6A | 2500 +
 
 
Performance Order
The performance order of classifications will rotate each year to provide a fair performance time slot for each class each year.  1A, 2A, 3A, will rotate with each other and 4A, 5A, and 6A will do the same.  This year the performance order will be 2A, 3A, 1A followed by 5A, 6A, 4A.  The order of performances within each class will be selected randomly.
 
 
Awards | Sponsored by DeMoulin Band Uniforms
There will be two awards ceremonies.   The first awards ceremony will take place following the conclusion of Classes 1A-3A and the second ceremony will follow the conclusion of 4A-6A. Exhibition performances of The Nation's Premier College Marching Band, the Marching Illini will occur before each awards ceremony.
 
First, Second, and Third place trophies will be presented to bands in each class

Best Music, Visual, Guard, Percussion, and Drum Major trophies will be presented in each class

The Marching Band receiving the highest score in combined classes 1A, 2A, and 3A will receive the Class 1A-3A Illinois Marching Band Championships Governor's Grand Champion Trophy

The Marching Band receiving the highest score in combined classes 4A, 5A, and 6A will receive the Class 4A-6A Illinois Marching Band Championships Governor's Grand Champion Trophy