The Panther Marching Band establishes the spirit for EIU through traditional songs. There are four traditional EIU songs that every PMB member learns to sing and play. The four songs; I’m So Glad, Hot Time, Alma Mater, and the Eastern State March (Fight song) become memorized by band camp’s end. They will become part of you and your legacy at EIU—treat them with the respect similar to God Bless America or the Star Spangled Banner.
For us arose thy walls and towers;
Their beauty, strength, and grace are ours.
The hills and prairies at thy feet
For us in lovely landscape meet.
So must our hearts remember thee,
So may our lives our tribute be;
Strong, true, and beautiful and brave and free,
So shall our hearts, our hearts, remember thee.
Eastern State March
We are loyal EIU/we’re loyal and true-
Though the odds be great or small
We’ll still be cheering you (rah! rah!)
So fight you Panthers for the glory of our dear name
Fight on for Eastern, come on Panthers let’s win this game!
I'm So Glad
I’m so glad/I go to EIU (3x)
Singin’ “Glory Hallelujah”!
I go to EIU!
Late one night
When we were all in bed
Old Mother Leary
Left a lantern in the shed
And when the cow kicked it over,
She winked her eye and said,
"There’ll be a hot time
In the old town, tonight."
Panther War Chant
You don't wanna go to war
With the Panthers
Don't start no stuff they'll be no stuff.