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The Eastern Illinois University Panther Marching Band & Division of Intercollegiate Athletics invite YOU to join us for the annual Panther Band Day on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at O’Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois.

This annual event is for any high school student and is an excellent opportunity to experience the game day performance and atmosphere of a College Marching Band. Students spend the entire day with the Panther Marching Band from our morning dress rehearsal - to our pregame performances at the Booth Library and President's Tent - to Halftime - to our postgame tradition at the Alumni Clock Tower.


Schedule (Tentative)

8:00am - Registration at Doudna Fine Arts Center

8:30am - Welcome and Introductions - Meet Dr. Druffel, PMB Band Director, and the section leaders you will spend the day with.

9:00am - Rehearsal with the PMB at O'Brian Stadium - Parents are welcome to watch!

10:00am - Announcements and break for lunch at Food Court (Bring money for lunch, about $10)

11:30am - Warm-up for Pregame Performance

11:45am - Pregame Concert at Booth Library

12:00pm - March to the Stadium - Join the ranks of the PMB as we parade to the stadium. Watch out though - this isn't your normal parade!

12:15pm - Tailgate performances - Help get the Panther spirit going!

12:45pm - Pregame performance on the field

1:00pm - Kickoff - Join the PMB in the stands and cheer your heart out!

2:30pm - Halftime - After Halftime you are welcome to join us for the remainder of the game or you can leave at this point.

4:30pm - Game ends - PMB ends game day by marching to the Alumni Clock tower in the center of campus for a special postgame tradition. 

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Cost of the event is $10 which includes a PMB t-shirt. Students should also bring about $10 for lunch.

Half-price game tickets - $10 - are available for family and friends. Participants do not need a ticket. Let us know how many you need on the registration form. Payment for these are due at registration on the day of the event. Tickets will still be available at the box office the day of, but will be full price. 



Registration for Panther Band Day is now closed. Check back here in March for information about Panther Band Day 2018. 

For questions, contact Dr. Benjamin Druffel at bjdruffel@eiu.edu.