The Illinois State University Marching Band, “The Big Red Marching Machine”, has a long and proud history. Since its inception with Professor Ed Livingston it has developed into an accomplished marching band performing at major events at home and abroad.
Each year, the “Big Red” performs at home football games, exhibition performances around the state of Illinois, and at the State of Illinois High School Marching Band Championship. In addition, The Big Red has performed in events across the United States and Ireland including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland.
The Big Red represents almost every major on campus and welcomes all students. WE WANT YOU to be a part of it!
If you have any questions regarding marching band at Illinois State University, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Summer Newsletter (coming soon)
All wind players (woodwinds and brass) are accepted without playing an audition.
The PULSE Drumline requires auditions for snare drum, tenors, and bass drums. There is no audition required to play cymbals. More information can be found on the drumline webpage.
Any student with questions regarding the auxiliary teams within BRMM, Redline Express Dance Team, Color Guard, or Twirler, please email the instructor associated with your area of interest for specific information.
It is easy to become a member of the Big Red Marching Machine. Just complete the following steps!
1. Enroll in the course:
2. Fill out the Online Membership Form no later than July 19 to reserve your spot and be eligible for early move-in to the residence halls. (Requires an active ULID and password.)
3. Once you are enrolled in the course, you will receive a welcome packet in your Illinois State e-mail in late July. This packet provides significant details and instruction for the next steps needed to participate. Please read it carefully, and follow the enclosed directions.
All ensembles at Illinois State University are credit generating classes. With responsible preparation of your music and commitment to the ensemble, they should provide a boost to your GPA every semester you participate!
Drumline InstructorJessica Riss-Waltrip
Redline Express Coach
Color Guard Coach