The Illinois State Marching Band Championships is one of the oldest events of its kind in the state of Illinois. Over forty of the state’s finest high school marching bands compete in preliminary and finals competition.
The State of Illinois Concert Band Festival is held annually in April. The event hosts Junior High and High School concert bands from across Illinois for performances and clinics in the Center for the Performing Arts.
The Illinois State University Concert Band Recording Sessions are held annually in February. The event hosts Junior High and High School concert bands from across Illinois for professional recording sessions in the Center for the Performing Arts.
The annual Illinois State University Jazz Festival is the highlight of the year for jazz on campus. In addition to a competition between numerous high school and junior high jazz ensembles, the festival features two evening showings of a collaborative performance by ISU Jazz Ensembles with a renowned guest artist.