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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 the finest and most dedicated students in the unversity.  While two of the largest concentrations of majors in the Marching Illini include engineering and music, the band includes members from all majors and disciplines across campus. Members come from across the country and throughout our home state of Illinois.

The Marching Illini is comprised of woodwinds, brass, percussion, feature twirlers, dancers (Illinettes), and colorguard. For more information on how to audition for the Marching Illini, please visit the website below:



Basketball Band
The University of Illinois Bands has a long lasting tradition of excellence and its basketball bands are no exception. The University of Illinois Basketball Bands perform at all of the Illinois home basketball games for both the men's and the women's teams. Members with the highest rankings in performance and service are selected to play post-season tournament appearances.  Visit here for more information.

Orange & Blues Band
The Orange and Blues Band is a carefully selected honor for approximately 50 members of the Marching Illini.  This band, comprised of the strongest performers and most dedicated members, play extra athletic events and many other services for the University of Illinois and the community of Urbana-Champaign.  Performers are selected by instrumentation and music memorization scores.  Visit here for more information.