The Marching Illini

For over a century, the Nation's Premier College Marching Band, the Marching Illini has captivated audiences across the nation with spectacular performances and innovative concepts. The unique style of the Marching Illini represents a combination of time-honored traditions and exciting innovations.  Whether performing in historic Memorial Stadium or around the country, the Marching Illini has held a level of national distinction and reputation for excellence that makes them The Best Band In The Land.

All members of the Marching Illini are chosen by a music and marching audition, and represent every academic discipline on campus.  They are a very select and close-knit organization made up of Illinois' finest and most dedicated students.  Two of our largest majors include engineering and music majors preparing for careers as performers or teachers. The band includes members from across the country and throughout our home state of Illinois.

Continually at the forefront of great university marching bands, the Marching Illini has built an international reputation for its traditional, entertaining, and colorful performances on the field, energetic and spirited support for its athletic teams, and loyal ambassadorship for the University of Illinois. The Marching Illini was awarded the prestigious Louis Sudler Intercollegiate Marching Band Trophy in 1983, the nation’s highest and most coveted award for college and university marching bands.  The band has performed around the world with highlighted performances at the Rose, Texas, All-American, Peach, Liberty, Citrus, Sugar, Kraft Fight Hunger and exhibition performances at a number of local and state functions, Chicago Bears games, and Bands of American Super Regional Contests.

Welcome to the Illini Nation and Your Nation's Premier College Marching Band...


MUS 273 | Marching Illini
4:30 - 6:30 PM | Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
8:00 - 9:30 PM | Tuesday in Memorial Stadium

*All ensembles are open to all University of Illinois students based on an audition.

*Does not fulfill major ensemble requirement for music majors.