The Illinois State Marching Band Championships (ISMBC) is the state’s premiere invitational event hosting 42 high school marching bands in preliminary and finals competition. Participating bands are divided into the six classifications determined by the Illinois High School Association school enrollment. Bands are evaluated by the leading clinicians in music education and enjoy the thrill of performing to packed crowds at the incredible Hancock Stadium on the campus of Illinois State University.
DATE: Saturday, October 23, 2021–Gates open at 6:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Hancock Stadium on the campus of Illinois State University
TICKETS: Tickets are $15.00 for all day admission including both prelims and finals. Children 5 and under are admitted free. No advance ticket sales. Tickets can only be purchased at the Hancock Stadium ticket windows.
CLEAR BAG POLICY: ISMBC will adhere to the Hancock Stadium clear bag policy from Illinois State University Athletics. Information on approved and prohibited bags can be found here.
NO TRIPOD POLICY: No tripods will be allowed in Hancock Stadium. Performance video can be purchased through BOX5-TV or at the Box 5 booth in the concourse.
The official Illinois State Marching Band Championships tshirts, hoodies, and participant patches can be purchased on the day of the event in the concourse of Hancock Stadium. Band booster organizations and individual participants are highly encouraged to pre-order these items for pick up at the event. Apparel and participant patch pre-order is available in mid-September and closes in mid-October.
A live-stream of the entire competition is available through BOX5-TV.