38th Annual

Panther Marching Band Festival

Saturday, October 4, 2014 10:00 AM
O’Brien Stadium, Eastern Illinois University


General Information

The Eastern Illinois University Panther Marching Band invites YOU to join us for the 38th Annual Panther Marching Band Festival on Saturday, October 4, 2014 in O’Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois.

This annual event is a field competition will be a great way for high school bands to close an amazing season! Placement and caption awards in each class in the areas of music, visual, general effect, percussion, guard, and drum major will be awarded. Grand Champion and Spirit trophies will be awarded for Small Class (1A and 2A combined) and Large Class (3A and 4A) divisions. 

The event will be capped at 40 participating bands. A new system of classification is being implemented for 2013. It is a hybrid of school enrollment and band size. Here is a tentative sample of the new system:

Class 1A: School Enrollment 1-800, Band Size of 1-45 students

Class 2A: School Enrollment 1-800, Band Size of 46-80

Class 3A: School Enrollment of 1-800, Band Size of 81+

Class 4A: School Enrollment of 801+, Band Size of 60-100

Class 5A: School Enrollment of 801+, Band Size of 101+


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. 


Why the Panther Marching Band Festival?

  • New turf and track create a fantastic field for performance.
  • Well organized festival with a welcoming and helpful staff.
  • Panther Marching Band performances!
  • Energetic environment that focuses on student success. 
  • Judges from DCI, BOA, WGI, and the best marching directors in the nation.
  • High Quality video provided by Box5 Media.
  • Lifetouch Photography on hand to take amazing pictures of the event.
  • Did I mention the PANTHER MARCHING BAND!!!



Introductory Letter
2014 Registration Form

2014 Program Information Form


2014 Performance Schedule

$200 Registration Fee should be made out and sent to:  

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


Performance Schedule

We hope you will join us for the exciting and spectacular pageantry of Illinois high school marching bands in O’Brien Stadium. The Panther Marching Band will be performing in exhibition after all bands and just before the awards ceremony.


2014 Judging Panel

Music Performance: David Cooksey (DCI Adjudicator, Cavaliers staff)

Music Performance: W. Dale Warren (BOA Adjudicator, awaiting final confirmation)

Visual Performance: Kevin McNulty, Sr. 

Visual Performance: Keith Baker (DCI adjudicator)

General Effect Music: Paul Hinman (BOA adjudicator)

General Effect Visual: Eric Sabach (DCI experience, national adjudicator)

Percussion: Adam Hill (DCI arranger and experience, Chicago Bulls/Bears Drum lines)

Guard/Auxiliary: Sara Gray (2013 PMB Festival adjudicator)

Drum Major: TBA



DVD's are available for purchase directly from the Box 5 Productions. DVD contains the a single band's performance or an entire division's performance, along with the Panther Marching Band's Exhibition Performance. Orders may be placed on the day of the competition.



$8 for adults 
$5 for students/senior citizens
Children ages 5 and under are FREE
Tickets available on the day of the event.  Cash or check accepted.

Contact Information

If you have any further questions, please contact:

J. Corey Francis, Assistant Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands