Panther Marching Band Alumni Band

Alumni Band Weekend

Hello, Marching Band & Marching Blue Alumni & Friends,

It is our distinct pleasure to invite each of you back to EIU for this year's Homecoming game on Saturday, October 25 as the Defending OVC Conference Champion Panther football team takes on Tennessee State. The Panther Marching Band is back and better, we are working very hard to make meaningful connections with current students, alumni, community members, and band directors across the state of Illinois. We would love to meet as many alumni as possible during the Homecoming Weekend festivities, so please consider joining us for the rehearsals, parade, and football game!

For those of you who plan to participate in the 2014 EIU Alumni Marching Band, you will find below all pertinent information regarding registration, halftime and pregame music, rehearsal and game day attire, and football game tickets.


There are two ways to submit your registration to participate in the 2014 EIU Alumni Band. Please submit your registration form by Friday, October 17th via e-mail or mail. Mailed registration forms must be postmarked by October 5.


Option 1 (PREFERRED!): Register online!

Option 1: Click on "Download Registration Form (Word Document)" below, which will allow you to download a word document, type the information onto the form, and return via e-mail attachment to <>.

Download Registration Form (Word Document)

Option 2: Click on "Download Registration Form (PDF)" below, which will allow you to download the pdf, print it, complete it, and return it via U.S. Mail to the address on the form.

Download Registration Form (PDF)



This year for the Homecoming game the Panther Marching Band will perform a show titled "Power and Pizzazz," which includes “Mountain King," "Malaguena," and "The Incredibles .”  Please click the links below to download and print the music you will need for the halftime and pregame shows, as well as in the stands during the game. The Alumni Band will only perform one tune, “The Incredibles” for the halftime show. The pregame show link contains music for the entire pregame show; however, the Alumni Band will only perform Eastern State March, Hot Time, and the EIU Alma Mater.

Download Pregame Music

Download Halftime Music (coming on Oct. 9th)


Game Tickets
EIU Band Alumni who will be participating in the halftime and pregame shows will be admitted to the game for free. Spouses/Partners can purchase a ticket for $13 and will be allowed to sit near the band in the stands. If you submit an online registration form, please bring a check to pay for any non-alumni band member tickets you request.



Rehearsal attire should be casual and weather-appropriate. For the game, each participant will receive a PMB Alumni shirt,  to go with blue jeans, and comfortable shoes for the game. You are also welcome to wear a hat of some sort if you would like. There is an official Alumni Band t-shirt this year!

We hope to meet several of you on Friday, October 25! Please do not hesitate to e-mail the Director of Bands, Alicia Neal if you have questions regarding the Homecoming weekend details.


J. Corey Francis, Assistant Director of Bands, Director of the Panther Marching Band                            

EIU Marching Band4:00-4:30 pm: Registration
Doudna Fine Arts Center, Foyer
Check in and pick up your registration packet.

4:30-5:15 pm: Music Rehearsal
Doudna Fine Arts Center, 1550 (Large Rehearsal Room)
Join fellow alumni for a brief rehearsal on pregame and halftime show music led by Dr. Alicia Neal. If you plan to participate in the pregame halftime show, it is very important that you attend this rehearsal.

5:30-6 pm: Marching/Music Rehearsal (Tarble Field)
The Alumni Band will join the Panther Marching Band for an on-field rehearsal of the pregame and halftime music. You will not be asked to march during the pregame or halftime shows. You will simply stand with the band to play the selected tunes.

6:30 pm: (Tentative) Reunion Dinner (Location TBA)
This is your opportunity to re-connect with former band-mates and meet new alumni. Alicia Neal and Corey Francis will be on-hand to visit with dinner attendees. Attendees are responsible for the cost of their dinner and drinks.



7:30 am–8:30 am: Game Day Rehearsal

Tarble Field OR O’Brien Stadium, TBA


9:30 am: Homecoming Parade (Old Main)
March in the Homecoming Parade as a member of the EIU Alumni Band. Note: The parade route is approximately 2 miles long.

12:30 pm: Pregame Warmup (North side of Booth Library)
After a brief warm-up and run-through of selected pregame and halftime tunes, we will march over to O'Brien Stadium.


1:00 pm: Pregame Performance at the President's Tent (O’Brien Stadium)


1:35 pm: Homecoming Football Game (O’Brien Stadium)
EIU hosts SEMO for the Homecoming football game.