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Come be a part of one of the largest and most visible student organizations at Eastern Illinois University! Entertaining thousands of fans with their spirited, high-energy performances, the Panther Marching Band enjoys a growing reputation as one of the great collegiate marching bands in the country.  Their repertoire runs the gamut from cool jazz to today's contemporary hits, classic favorites and music from the stage.  Recently, members of the PMB have enjoyed excellent exposure at exhibition performances throughout Illinois, the annual PMB Festival, and the FCS Play-Offs.  Any Eastern student is eligible to participate, regardless of major. The Panther Marching Band is under the direction of an Assistant Director of Bands and Director of the Panther Marching & Basketball Bands.


Band rehearsals are scheduled on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 4 to 5:50 PM. Rehearsals on game days are 90 minutes and the start and end time depends on the kickoff time.  Game day rehearsals are held on O'Brien Field in the Stadium. These rehearsals provide an enjoyable change of pace with minimal time involvement for the busy college student. No "extra" rehearsals are scheduled.  Panther Marching Band (MUS 202) earns one college credit per semester.  This credit may be used as an elective in any degree program.

Pre-Season Week

"Pre-Season Week" (as EIU's band camp is called) is held one week before classes begin and includes extensive training in marching and playing at the college level. In addition to regular rehearsals, there are lots of social activities planned throughout the week to give students a chance to relax and meet new friends! Those students who have been assigned a dorm room can move into their room during this period at no charge. The band provides most meals. The band's early arrival on campus provides each individual an opportunity to get settled in the residence halls, rent books, make over 130 new friends, and adjust to a new environment and a new independence before classes begin.

Wind Auditions

Currently, there are no auditions for woodwinds and brass.   

Photo of the marching band snare line.

Percussion Auditions

The drum line is selected by audition scheduled on April 23, 2016. Appropriate numbers of snares, tenors, bass drums, and cymbals are selected for a total of approximately 20-25 members.


Color Guard Auditions

Auditions for the 2016 Panther Color Guard will be on April 22-23. It is MANDATORY that all candidates attend on Saturday, April 23. Registration is scheduled from 8:30 - 9:00 and auditions will conclude at approximately 5:00 p.m.


Feature Twirler Auditions

 The Feature Twirler participates in all home games, parades, playoff games, events on and off campus, and occasionally at basketball halftime. Auditions for the 2016 Feature Twirler positions will be held on April 23. One to three spots are available per season. These performers twirl up to four batons and fire batons, and are expected to do 3-turns and toss illusions.



The band usually travels with the full band to one away event each year.  In addition, The Panther Marching Band has recently traveled in-state, to Tennessee, Indianapolis, and to several professional football games.  Travel expenses such as lodging, transportation, and meals are provided by Eastern Illinois University - there is no cost to the band members.


Student Honors

Members of the Panther Marching Band, including two current students, have been selected as members of The Cavaliers, the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps, and Pioneer, WGI Color Guard and Percussion groups, as well as several other prestigious organizations.



Eastern Illinois University provides financial support for the band. There is generally no expense for being in the band except for the purchase of a band t-shirt, black shorts, band cap, uniform shoes, flip folder, lyre, and optional purchases such as a band jacket, polo shirts, sweat pants, and decals. (Color guard may have other specialized equipment needs.) Band members do not do any type of fundraising.


Drum Majors and Student Leadership Staff

Drum Majors and Student Leadership staff are selected at the end of the fall season from the ranks of the Panther Marching Band. Selection is based on experience, rehearsal discipline, conducting ability, personality, and leadership potential. Freshmen and new members of the marching band are eligible to try out for these positions after completing one year in the PMB.


Service Organizations

The honorary band sorority, Tau Beta Sigma, and band fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi, are very active throughout the year providing special service to the band and supporting its needs.


Do you have other questions about the Panther Marching Band?

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to find more information about the PMB.  Still have questions?  E-mail PMB Director, Dr. Benjamin Druffel at bjdruffel@eiu.edu.


If you are planning to be a member of the PMB...

Let us know to expect you. Complete our Pre-Season Camp Form now.