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41st Annual

Panther Marching Band Festival

Saturday, September 30, 2017 10:00 AM
O’Brien Stadium, Eastern Illinois University

2017 Festival Results

2017 Festival Recap

2017 Festival Photos


General Information

The Eastern Illinois University Panther Marching Band invites YOU to join us for the 41st Annual Panther Marching Band Festival on Saturday, September 30, 2017 in O’Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois.

The event will be capped at 35 participating bands. Classification is based on a hybrid of school enrollment (official IHSA data) and band size. Breaks in classification vary from year to year and are based on the natural gaps that occur when school enrollment and band size are placed in order from smallest to largest. 

For the 2016 festival, the hybrid system resulted in the following classifications:

  • Class 1A: School Enrollment 1-700, Band Size of 1-50 students

  • Class 2A: School Enrollment 1-700, Band Size of 51-70

  • Class 3A: School Enrollment of 1-700, Band Size of 71+

  • Class 4A: School Enrollment of 701+, Band Size of 1-100

  • Class 5A: School Enrollment of 701+, Band Size of 101+

The official start time is 9am. Bands will perform in the order of classification with awards for Class 1A, 2A and 3A following the 3A bands. Awards for 4A and 5A will follow the 5A bands. Performance order within each class will be decided by the date the registration fee is received at EIU. (Exceptions have been made on occasion in order to provide the most participation possible.) A draft schedule will be sent in late August. The final schedule will be sent and published two weeks prior to the festival. 

Scoring for the Panther Marching Band Festival is 60% music, 40% visual. The music score will be comprised of 20% of each music performance and effect caption. The visual score will be 10% of each performance caption and 20% from effect.  

Awards will be presented in each competitive class for Participation, Best Music, Best Visual, Best General Effect, Best Percussion, Best Auxiliary, Best Drum Major, and the Top 3 Places. Grand Champion trophies and Outstanding Soloist Awards will presented for Small Class (1A, 2A, and 3A combined) and Large Class (4A and 5A combined) divisions.

More information for directors can be found in the directors information packet.  

2017 Directors Information Packet 

Why the Panther Marching Band Festival?

  • A well maintained turf field.

  • Well organized festival with a welcoming and helpful staff.

  • Energetic environment that focuses on student success.

  • Judges from DCI, BOA, WGI, and the best marching directors in nation.

  • High camera video of all band performances provided by EIU visual media free of charge.

  • Jolesch Enterprises on hand to take amazing photos of the event. www.JoleschEnterprises.com

  • Panther Marching Band performances!


2017 Adjudicators

Music General Effect - Nikk Pilato, Indiana State University

Music Performance, Ensemble - Eric Smedley, Indiana University

Music Performance, Individual - James Hile, Elmhurst College

Visual General Effect - Robert Steihl, University of Illinois, retired

Visual Performance, Ensemble - Rob Bryant, Danville KY

Visual Performance, Individual - Brandon Spidel, Indianapolis IN

Auxiliaries - Sara Gray, Mt. Pleasent IA

Percussion - Pamela Nave, Purdue University

Drum Majors - Molly Elvert, Red Hill High School, Bridgeport IL

Panther Marching Band Adjudication Forms



The registration fee for the 41st Panther Marching Band Festival is $300. Online registration will open on March 1, 2017. Follow the link below. 

2017 Panther Marching Band Registration Form

Registration deadline is September 1, 2017.

Checks for the $300 Registration Fee should be made out EIU and sent to:

Panther Marching Band Festival
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920


Registered Participants

Class 1A:

Maroa-Forsyth High School Marching Trojans - Maroa, IL

Sparta High School Marching Bulldogs - Sparta, IL

Le Roy High School Marching Panthers - Le Roy, IL

Blue Ridge High School Marching Knights - Farmer City, IL

Arcola High School Purple Raider Marching Band - Arcola, IL

Oblong High School Marching Panthers - Oblong, IL

Sullivan High School Marching Band - Sullivan, IL

Class 1B:

Pana High School Marching Panthers - Pana, IL

Paris High School Beacon Brigade - Paris, IL

Mount Carmel High School Marching Aces - Mount Carmel, IL

Casey-Westfield High School Marching Warriors - Casey, IL

St. Joseph-Ogden High School Marching Spartans - St. Joseph, IL

Wesclin High School Marching Warriors - Trenton, IL

Rantoul Township High School Marching Eagles - Rantoul, IL

Class 2A:

Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond Marching Knights - Arthur, IL

Unity High School Marching Rockets - Tolono, IL

Taylorville High School Tornado Marching Band - Taylorville, IL 

Mt. Zion High School Marching Braves - Mt. Zion, IL

Class 3A:

Robinson High School Marching Maroons - Robinson, IL

Richland County High School Marching Tigers - Olney, IL

Monticello High School Marching Sages - Monticello, IL

Newton Community High School Marching Eagles - Newton, IL

Salem Community High School Marching Wildcats - Salem, IL

Charleston High School Marching Trojans - Charleston, IL

Class 4A:

Mattoon High School Pride of the Green Wave Marching Band - Mattoon, IL

Triad High School Marching Knights - Troy, IL

Centralia High School Marching Showcase - Centralia, IL

Class 5A:

Marion High School Marching Wildcat Band - Marion, IL

Mahomet-Seymour High School Marching Bulldogs - Mahomet, IL

Champaign Central High School Marching Maroons - Champaign, IL

Belleville Township High School West Marching Maroons - Belleville, IL

Granite City High School Marching Warriors - Granite City, IL



Spectator Tickets and Parking

$10 for adults
$5 for students/senior citizens
Children ages 5 and under are FREE

Festival Programs will be available for $5

Tickets available on the day of the event. Cash or check accepted.

Parking for the festival is FREE. Spectators can park in the stadium lot to the west of the stadium or the J lot to the north. 

Campus Map

We hope you will join us for the exciting and spectacular pageantry of Illinois high school marching bands at O’Brien Stadium! 


If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Benjamin Druffel, Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at: bjdruffel@eiu.edu