Homecoming 2017


Our 2017 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 dates are October 27-28, the weather should be great, Lovie will coach a winning game, and the alumni band will share the field with our 2017 edition of Marching Illini.

We have some new activities which should be great!


Attention Recent Grads (2017):   You can attend for free!   All 2017 graduates are invited to attend for free.  You will still need to provide the uniform items, but the registration fee is waived.   



Illinettes please contact Devon for uniform info:  http://alumnettes.com/contact-us.html   or   Alumnettes@gmail.com

Colorguard please contact Maureen for uniform info:  maureen.durack2@gmail.com

For all other participants, the uniform will consist of the following:

  • Alumni Band Jacket.  Sorry -- ordering is closed.
  • Orange Alumni Band Polo.  Sorry -- ordering is closed.
  • Khaki pants  



As of October 20th, the registration deadline has passed; however, we do encourage all Band Alumni to attend the Friday evening concert with the Wind Symphony, Wind Orchestra and Marching Illini at 7:30 PM.  Click here: ticket office to order tickets from the Krannert ticket site. A reception for all Alumni, Friends, Family and the Public will follow the concert. 


Homecoming Schedule | Friday October 27

11:00 AM  Bands Alumni Board Meeting - Any interested alumni are welcome to attend.

1:00 PM    Alumni Band Registration | Harding Band Building

1:00 PM    NEW -- Drop-in reception for participating Alumni families at the Harding Band Building, Room 167

2:00 PM    Alumni Band Welcome and Update in Harding 141

2:20 PM    Rehearsals begin -- Winds in Harding 141.  Illinettes, Drumline, Colorguard Sectionals

4:45 PM    Leave for MI Practice Field

5:15 PM     NEW -- Pre-parade casual dinner provided for all Alumni Band and Marching Illini members at the MI Practice Field [corner of First and Gregory, adjacent to Memorial Stadium]

6:00 PM    Homecoming Parade featuring the Alumni Band and the Marching Illini.  NEW -- MI and Alumni will march the parade together!

7:00 PM    NEW -- Parade ends at Krannert Center

7:30 PM    NEW -- Homecoming Concert featuring the Illinois Wind Symphony, Wind Orchestra, and the Marching Illini at the Krannert Center. All Illinois Band Alumni and their families and friends invited to attend! Tickets will be included in Alumni registration packages, and can also be purchased separately through the Krannert Center ticket office.

9:00 PM    NEW -- Post-concert reception welcoming all current and Alumni band members, and family and friends of Illinois Bands at Krannert Center. (Cash bar and dessert/snacks available.)


Homecoming Schedule | Saturday October 28  

6:30 AM    Alumni Band Registration at South tunnel of Memorial Stadium.  Coffee and donuts for all Alumni participating in Saturday activities

7:00 AM    Alumni Band drill rehearsal in Memorial Stadium . 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.  With an 11am gametime the "drill" will be simple.  NEW: National Anthem for pregame.

7:45 AM    Rehearse pregame and halftime with MI: National Anthem, Block I, halftime, Three in One

8:30 AM    Illini Walk and Pregame concert in Grange Grove (West steps of Memorial Stadium)

9:00 AM    Set Alumni Band seating block in the stands

10:00 AM    Meet in Armory to set the Parade Block

10:15 AM    Official Alumni Band March-out from Armory to Memorial Stadium

10:40 AM    Alumni Band pregame performance.  NEW -- Alumni Band performs the National Anthem with the Marching Illini

11:00 AM    Illinois vs. Wisconsin Kickoff!


Marching Illini and Alumni Band performance

Box lunch in stadium after Halftime 


March-out from Memorial Stadium to the Education Building for our traditional postgame concert



Email us at uibandsalumni@gmail.com  for more information