Saturday, September 21, 2019
Join the Big Red Marching Machine and cheer on the Illinois State Redbirds to victory as they play Northern Arizona University!
Any high school marching band student is invited to experience the unique and exciting opportunity to perform with one of the nation’s finest collegiate marching bands.
September 21, 2019
|1:30-2 p.m.||Check-in, northwest gate of Hancock Stadium|
|2-3:30 p.m.||Rehearsal with BRMM, Hancock Stadium|
Dinner, Cook Hall
(Change into uniforms during this time. Belongings can be stored in Cook Hall Room 212.)
|4:50 p.m.||Call Time at Cook Hall|
|5:20 p.m.||Step-off from Cook Hall for pregame parade and pep rallies|
|6 p.m.||Enter Hancock Stadium, watch BRMM pregame show from seats|
Kickoff vs. Northern Arizona – GO REDBIRDS!
(Participants will sit in the stands with BRMM and perform with them on the field at halftime.)
|Post-game||Parade back to Cook Hall|
|~10 p.m.||Dismissal from Cook Hall|
Registration will open on Monday, August 5, and will run until Friday, September 13. Registration and payment can be submitted through options that will be available in the “Join Us” box on this page once registration opens. The $30 fee is required to participate in the event. The deadline for registration is Friday, September 13.
Students will receive admission to the game, music for the performance, a box meal for the day of the game, and a keepsake BRMM collapsible water bottle.
After you register, you will be sent a link with all of the music needed for the performance.
Of course! Routines for these groups will be taught on Saturday morning with our coaches and college students. Links to videos of select routines will also be sent to you prior to the date so you can practice ahead of time if you choose. Don’t worry, the routines are easy enough to learn in a short amount of time.
Yes! Each student is responsible for providing their own instrument or equipment.
Our plans will adjust based on the weather; however, our preferred dress for the event is your high school uniform. This will allow you to represent your school at the performance. If you are unable to wear your uniform, please wear apparel representing your high school or Illinois State University apparel. Ultimately, we want everyone to be warm and comfortable, so making sure to dress appropriately for the weather is important.
Participants can be dropped off on Delaine Street between Horton Field House and Haynie Hall. A member of the ISU Bands staff will be at the drop-off point to welcome students and direct them to the check-in table. Parents/guardians are welcome to attend the game day rehearsal in Hancock Stadium and sit on the EAST side of the stands (the new grandstand). If you choose to watch the rehearsal, please note that parking near the stadium can be tricky on game days.
It is important for students to be on time for the 2 p.m. rehearsal. We have a lot to learn and in a short amount of time—just like college marching band!
If you would like to attend the game, you will need to purchase tickets. Discounted tickets are available for you to purchase through the link at the top of the page. PLEASE NOTE: These discounted tickets are for the WEST grandstand—the same side of the stadium where the band will be seated.
After our rehearsal we will travel to Cook Hall, where students can drop off their belongings in a secure place, eat dinner, and change into their uniforms. From there, all members will report to the front (quad side) of Cook Hall to prepare for our parade to the stadium. Cook Hall is located on University Street.
Following the game, the band will parade back to Cook Hall. Concluding each performance with the singing of the Alma Mater is one of our most important game day traditions.
Students can be picked up following the Alma Mater behind Cook Hall. Keep in mind that parking and traffic will be a challenge following the game. We recommend parking in Red Faculty/Staff lots or Green Commuter lots near Cook Hall and walking to the building to meet your student(s).
If you have any questions, please contact Ben Stiers, director of the Big Red Marching Machine.