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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 Form - closed until March 1, 2017

  • Illinois Marching Band Championships Application—IMBC applications are closed for all classes 


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 +