Saturday, October 6, 2018
Join the Big Red Marching Machine and cheer on the Illinois State Redbirds to victory as they play Western Illinois University! Any high school marching band student is invited to experience the unique and exciting opportunity to perform with one of the finest collegiate marching bands!
Students will receive admission to the game, music for the performance, a box lunch for the day of the game, and a free pair of Big Red Marching Machine sunglasses!
Any changes will be announced in advance of the event and a permanent schedule will be sent to all registered students.
Please click on the Register button in the “Join Us” box to fill out the appropriate registration and submit your payment for the event. The $30 fee is required to participate in the event. The deadline for registration is Monday, October 1.
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. Don’t worry, the routines are easy enough to learn in a short amount of time.
Yes! Each student is responsible for providing an instrument or color guard equipment. Please register to perform on your major instrument. There will be a significant amount of sight-reading and to learn very quickly!
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.
Parents are welcome to attend the morning rehearsal in Hancock Stadium and sit on the EAST side of the stands (the new grandstand). It is important for students to be on time for the morning rehearsal. We have a lot to learn and very little time to do it—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—find out more regarding the purchase of tickets for family and friends at a discounted price.
After our morning rehearsal, we will travel to Cook Hall, where students can drop off their belongings in a secure place, eat lunch, and change into their uniforms. At 12:15 p.m. 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 at Cook Hall. Keep in mind that parking and traffic will be a challenge following the game!
If you have any questions, please contact Ben Stiers, Assistant Director of the Big Red Marching Machine