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.

Alma Mater

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!

Hot Time

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.