The Illinois State University Marching Band, "The Big Red Marching Machine," has a long and proud history of performances at major events at home and around the world. Each year, the "Big Red" performs at all home football games and for an audience of over 10,000 at the State of Illinois Invitational High School Marching Band Championship. Known as one of finest of its kind, The Big Red has performed in events across the United States and Ireland, winning Best Overall Band in the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2017 and Best Overall Band in the Limerick’s International Band Competition in 2017.
WE WANT YOU to be a part of it!
All wind players (woodwinds and brass) are accepted without audition. A GOOD ATTITUDE is all that is required!
Percussion, Colorguard, Dance Team, and Twirlers will go through an audition process.
May 6, 2017 – ISU Campus – Auditions for Percussion, Colorguard, and Dance Team.
May 27, 2017 – ISU Campus – Auditions for Twirler
Percussionists participate in mini-camps to determine the specific instrument to be marched.
Email the instructor of the colorguard, baton, dance, or drumline for specific information about each area, and don't hesitate to email the marching band director at any time.
Percussion: Ben Stiers
Colorguard: Melanie Smith
Dance Team: Jessica Waltrip
Twirler: Amanda Heyden
Many many band members are not music majors, and, last season, we had students from every department of ISU. In fact, many band members who share the same major end up creating study groups together.
ALL ensembles at Illinois State are credit generating classes. With responsible preparation of your music and commitment to the ensemble, they should provide solid A’s to boost your GPA every semester!
The average GPA of the members of the ISU Bands is significantly higher than the GPA of the general student. If your grades are a priority (and we hope they are), you WILL be successful as a member of the ISU Bands.
We rehearse Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 4:10 - 6:00. Your section will have a one hour sectional each week, and we rehearse Saturday mornings of game days.
Early residence hall move-in will be Tuesday, August 15 at a determined time.
Big Red that is...
The Big Red Marching Machine will spell your name and create a special commemorative image for your home or business. Learn more about this unique opportunity to support the BRMM, and create a lasting memory.
Asst. Director and Director of Percussion
Music, Dance Coach