Our 2014 edition of the Homecoming Alumni Band is going to be fantastic! Gary Smith and Barry Houser have put together an exciting show, selection of stands tunes, and a well-planned social experience for all of our band alumni! We look forward to seeing you again! The weekend date is October 24-25, the weather should be great, we will win the game, and the alumni band will share the field with our 2014 edition of Marching Illini! We have a music rehearsal and the Homecoming Parade on Friday, and a rehearsal Saturday morning, then the Homecoming game in Memorial Stadium.
You choose how you want to particiate.
Attention Recent Grads (2014): You can attend for free! All 2014 graduates are invited to attend for free. You will still need to provide the uniform items, but the registration fee is waived.
New for 2014 !
After the Friday Parade --- Alumni dinner and mixer, sponsored by the College of Fine and Applied Arts. This will be a party with food and drinks for the Alumni band, with an appearance by members of the Marching Illini. This event is complimentary for each registered Alumni Band member, and includes one guest, and children under 12. Location will be on the South Quad.
Homecoming Schedule | Friday October 24
11:00 AM Bands Alumni Board Meeting - Any interested alumni are welcome to attend.
1:00 PM Alumni Band Registration | Harding Band Building
2:00 PM Alumni Band Welcome and Rehearsal in Harding 141 | Illinettes, Drumline, Flag Sectionals
5:00 PM PreParade snack and water provided and move to Education Building to prepare for parade
6:00 PM Homecoming Parade featuring the Alumni Band and the Marching Illini
7:00 PM College of Fine & Applied Arts (FAA) Homecoming Celebrations (reception) – South Quad, Adjacent to Temple Hoyne Buell Hall. Barbecue, beer, wine, soft drinks and camaraderie is free for all registered Alumni Band members, one guest, and children under 12. $20 for extra guests. Special appearance by the MI.
There is no drill rehearsal Friday night. The Alumni Band show for Saturday is the Block I for pregame, marching onto the field for the Alumni Band portion of the halftime show, playing show music with the MI, and the Block I for Three and One !
Homecoming Schedule | Saturday October 25
6:30 AM Alumni Band Registration in the South Tunnel of Memorial Stadium
7:30 AM Alumni Band Drill Rehearsal in Memorial Stadium
This rehearsal will be for those who wish to march the "Block I" at pregame and halftime's "Three in One," plus setting the halftime block on the field. Pregame Alumni drill is: Run on cadence / Revised Entrance #3 / Oskee –– in "Block I" formation. Halftime drill is: march onto the field, play, Three and One (or march off).
9:00 AM Alumni Band sets Seating Block in the Stands
10:00 AM Marching Illini only -- March from the Armory to Memorial Stadium
10:40 AM Alumni Band Pre-Game Performance
11:00 AM Illinois vs Minnesota Kick Off -- Box Lunch delivered during the game
Half-Time | Alumni Band and the Marching Illini Half-time Performance
Post Game | March with the MI from the Stadium to the Alice Campbell Alumni Center. All alumni and guests are invited to the free post-game reception at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center. There will be free hors d'ouvres and a cash bar.
You may register on-site at the Band Building on Friday or Saturday. However, there will be no way to set up an instrument, music, or lunch for you.
You may participate in a variety of activities offered - whatever appeals to you. Options include the following:
- Homecoming Parade on Friday
- FAA Reception for Alumni and friends
- Play in the stands during the game
- Pre-Game Performance (must attend Saturday morning rehearsal)
- Three In One Performance (must attend Saturday morning rehearsal)
- Half-Time Performance (must attend Saturday morning rehearsal)
The Alumni Band will receive complimentary tickets from the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics for your contribution to the Game Day atmosphere in Memorial Stadium.
Parking will be available Friday evening near Assembly Hall, with van transportation from the NW lot to the Harding Band Building from 12:45 to 2:30.
In addition, there are campus lots open on Saturday - some near the Education Building.
This will be available once you register. All music will be provided in PDF format online or via email. We kindly suggest that you print this before arriving for homecoming. If you prefer, the band can print this for you, but otherwise we appreciate your help in keeping printing costs down. If you would like printed music or a flip-folder for this weekend, please email us.
For all other participants, the uniform will consist of the following:
- Alumni Band Windbreaker
- Orange Alumni Band Polo
- Khaki Pants
You may register on-site at the Band Building on Friday or Saturday. However, there will be no way to set up an instrument, music, or lunch for you
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