It’ll be a spectacular Saturday, as marching bands will take the field and fill the Illinois air from I-72 to I-88, with a performance in Lisle by the celebrated and symphonious Marching Illini.
The school song of the university, “Illinois Loyalty,” was first performed March 3, 1906, and is the first school song ever written for a university in the US. The Marching Illini were also the first college band to use the upright sousaphones in place of tubas on the marching field.
But perhaps the biggest place Illinois holds in marching band history comes from 1907. At a football game against the University of Chicago—when Chicago was still in the Big 10—the group became the first band to perform a halftime show (in formation) at a football game.
In all, four marching band festivals take place, and Voxitatis will have special coverage, including interviews and photos, from the Naperville Central Marching Classic, which takes place at Illinois Benedictine University in Lisle. In the information below, all festivals are on Saturday and all bands are from Illinois high schools unless noted otherwise. Voxitatis will update this page as results become available.