Our 2018 edition of the Homecoming Alumni Band is going to be bigger and better than ever!  As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of The University of Illinois band program, Gary Smith and Barry Houser are developing an exciting show, selection of stands tunes, and well-planned social experiences for all of our band alumni.  We look forward to seeing you again.  The weekend dates are October 12-13, game time is 2:30 or 3pm, the weather should be great, Lovie will coach a winning game, and the alumni band will share the field with our 2018 edition of Marching Illini.


Attention Recent Grads (2018):   All 2018 graduates are invited to attend for free.  You will still need to provide the uniform items, but the registration fee is waived.

  2018 Graduates Click Here



Click here to Register

In the registration screens you will be asked what events you are planning to participating in.  You can choose to do as much or as little as you like!  


For example, you might choose:

Low-Key Band with no Marching --  

Friday afternoon practice at Harding Band Building

Friday night Homecoming Concert featuring the Illinois Wind Symphony, Wind Orchestra, and the Marching Illini at the Krannert Center

Sit with the alumni band in Memorial Stadium and play a couple stadium tunes


Medium Band with just a little marching -- 

Friday afternoon practice at Harding Band Building

Homecoming Parade

Friday night Homecoming Concert featuring the Illinois Wind Symphony, Wind Orchestra, and the Marching Illini at the Krannert Center

Sit with the band in Memorial Stadium and play a couple stands tunes

Perform the 3-In-1 on the field with the Alumni Band and Marching Illini

Play at the Education building post-game concert


All-In Band -- Do it all !


Homecoming Schedule | Friday October 12

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    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    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.  The MI and Alumni will march the parade together!

7:00 PM    Parade ends at Krannert Center, with time for a cocktail (cash bar) before the concert.

7:30 PM   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 are invited to attend!  Tickets for registered alumni band members will be included in Alumni registration packages, and can also be purchased at the door or through the Krannert Center ticket office.

9:00 PM  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 13

8:30 AM    Alumni Band Registration at Harding Band Building.  Coffee and donuts for all Alumni participating in Saturday activities

9:00 AM    Alumni Band drill and music rehearsal in Memorial Stadium.  Details regarding pre-game activities, parade, and lunch will be updated on this site as they become available.

1:45 PM:     MARCH OUT from the Armory to Memorial Stadium

2:30 or 3:00 PM:     Kickoff !

     Pregame Performance

     Halftime Performance

     Post-Game MARCH OUT from Memorial Stadium to the Education Building for our traditional postgame concert


Click Here to purchase a flip folder with music inside of it ($10).

Click Here to purchase a smartphone lyre ($25).



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

Colorguard please contact Kristi Kaplan at kristeeone1@aol.com

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

-- Alumni Band Jacket, available from Campus Ink here.

-- Orange Alumni Band Polo, available from Campus Ink here.

-- Khaki pants 

-- New for 2018 - We encourage you to purchase the Orange ballcap to match the Marching Illini's stands hat featuring our 150 year anniversary logo.  Register before September 1 and you can purchase the hat for $20, which is $5 off the regular price.  The hat will look similar to this photo, but with the 150 logo.   

Click Here to add a hat to your Shopping Cart.



Extra Game Tickets

Click Here for extra game tickets for family or friends.



Email us at uibandsalumni@gmail.com  for more information.