This annual event is the premier concert event for the finest band programs in Illinois. Those invited to Illinois SuperState present a concert in the Krannert Center’s Foellinger Great Hall and receive conducting feedback and an expert analysis of the performance from four internationally respected conductors. An invitation to Illinois SuperState has become the highest honor for band programs in the state of Illinois.
The band faculty of the University of Illinois presents this annual summer event for music educators focused on sharpening their skills, sharing “best practice” pedagogy, and energizing their creativity. The symposium includes sessions on conducting, rehearsal techniques, wind band repertoire, pedagogy, educational philosophy, and much more. The exact curriculum for the two-day symposium will change from year to year to encourage making this event a recurring necessity for attendees.
All Illinois High School marching bands are invited to join the Marching Illini in performing at a Fighting Illini Football Game. This event incorporates a cast of thousands. All programs are welcome to register and there is no entry fee. Enjoy the thrill of rehearsing and performing with the Nation's Premier College Marching Band - the Marching Illini! We hope to see you in historic Memorial Stadium!
This annual event is the oldest major marching band competition open to all Illinois High School marching bands. The festival provides participating bands with feedback from the finest national adjudicators, relevant and educational evaluation rubrics, and the thrill of performing in historic Memorial Stadium at the University of Illinois. Participation is open to the first 50 bands that apply in six classifications based on certified school size. The two awards ceremonies, one mid-day for classes 1 through 3, and one at the end of the day for classes 4 through 6, feature signature awards and performances by the world-famous Marching Illini!