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Illinois Marching Band Championships

The University of Illinois Bands is proud to present the 46th 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 historic Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Illinois! Participation is open to the first 42 Illinois high school marching bands that are divided into six classifications based on the IHSA school size.  

General Information

  • When:  Saturday, October 15, 2016 | Date for 2017 is Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Where:  Historic Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Illinois
  • Application & Fee:  $450.00 can be paid via credit card or check (PO's will not be accepted or considered as completion of the application)
  • The application form accepts credit card payments—please have your card ready before you begin
  • The form can also be completed if payment by check is planned

To pay by check, there are two options:

1. Use the electronic check option (if you have a check in hand, this is the preferred option)

2. Or, mail the check to:

Illinois Marching Band Championships
Harding Band Building
1103 South Sixth Street
Champaign, Illinois 61820
217.333.3025 | Main Office

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 1 at 9AM. Checks will be accepted on campus starting March 1, 2016 at 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM and ending once the contest has been filled. 
 

Application & School Information Forms


Adjudication Format


Classifications

Based on IHSA school enrollment projections for Fall 2016
 
1A | 1 - 350
2A | 351 - 800
3A | 801 - 1100
4A | 1101 - 1600
5A | 1601 - 2500
6A | 2500 +
 
 
Performance Order
The performance order of classifications rotate each year to provide a fair performance time slot for each class each year.  The order of performances within each class are selected randomly.   
 
2016 Performance Order:
  • Class 2A
  • Class 3A
  • Class 1A
  • Class 5A
  • Class 6A
  • Class 4A  
2017 Performance Order:
  • Class 3A
  • Class 1A
  • Class 2A
  • Class 6A
  • Class 4A
  • Class 5A 
 
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.
  • 1st 2nd & 3rd place trophies will be presented in each class
  • Best Music, Visual, and General Effect 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