Our 2015 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 23-24, the weather should be great, we will win the game, and the alumni band will share the field with our 2015 edition of Marching Illini! We have a music rehearsal and the Homecoming Parade on Friday, a rehearsal Saturday morning, and then the Homecoming game in Memorial Stadium.
You choose how you want to particiate.
Attention Recent Grads (2015): You can attend for free! All 2015 graduates are invited to attend for free. You will still need to provide the uniform items, but the registration fee is waived. Click here to Register.
New for 2015 !
Friday will include the music rehearsal, a quick snack, parade, and then a reception for all interested alumni and friends.
Saturday 2:30p Game Kickoff.
Homecoming Schedule | Friday October 23
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 light snack. Move to Education Building to prepare for parade
6:00 PM Homecoming Parade featuring the Alumni Band and the Marching Illini
7:00 PM Reception with food and beverages. Attendance is $15 for each attendee. All are welcome -- bands alumni, friends, family, etc. Temple Buell Hall on the South Quad, East of the Education Building.
Homecoming Schedule | Saturday October 24
7:30 AM Alumni Band Registration at Harding Band Building
8:30 AM Alumni Band drill rehearsal at the Irwin Indoor Facility or MI Practice Field. Set and rehearse the “Block I”.... same for both pregame and halftime. You must be willing to do both. We will also rehearse the halftime drill and music.
10:30 AM Rehearse Halftime with MI. Rehearse 3-in-1 with MI. MI continues rehearsal to 11am.
11:00 AM Alumni Band sets Seating Block in the Stands. Rehearse pep tunes in the stands.
12:00 PM Illini Walk and Pregame concert on the West Steps with the MI12:30 PM Box lunch with the MI at Harding Band Building
1:15 PM Set marching Block in Armory
1:30 PM Alumni Band March to Stadium
2:10 PM Alumni Band Pre-Game Performance
2:30 PM Illinois vs Wisconsin Kick Off
Half-Time | Alumni Band and the Marching Illini Half-time Performance
Post Game | March with the MI from the Stadium to the post-game concert at the Education Building
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:
- Music Rehearsal on Friday
- Homecoming Parade on Friday
- Reception for Alumni, family, and friends ($15 each)
- 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. Extra tickets for family and friends are available in the stands behind the alumni band, and you may purchase these below. Deadline is 15-October; after that check the Illini ticket office.
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.
All music will be provided in PDF format online. 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 (purchase below)
- Orange Alumni Band Polo (purchase below) (Women's Sizing help click here)
- Khaki pants
Ordering can only be done until October 4th. If you don't have the official jacket and polo please substitute a dark blue jacket and orange polo or tee-shirt.
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