The Eastern Illinois University Panther Marching Band invites YOU to join us for the 47th Annual Panther Marching Band Festival on Saturday, October 12 in O’Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois.
We are very excited to be part of a pilot program which will potentially offer three different performance formats for participating marching bands! One division, Open Class, will utilize BOA sheets, the second division, Scholastic Class, will utilize modified BOA sheets by taking some of the focus off the general effect caption, and the third division, Festival Class, will be a non-competitive class utilizing modified BOA sheets for comments only. The purpose of the division of classes is so that the PMB Festival can best meet the needs of our constituents and meet their individual competitive desires based upon the financial and staffing resources that each marching band has available to them. Festival staff will be working directly with participating band directors to ensure that directors have input into the sub-classifications within each division and that directors understand how to best choose the division in which they want their marching band to perform. Since we are in a transitional phase with this new format we don't quite have all the details worked out but below are the guidelines which will remain consistent from last year's festival format to this new format. We are looking forward to being part of this new format which should lead to greater inclusivity in the Illinois marching band world!
1) Classifications within each division will be made based upon IHSA classification AND either musician size OR total band size. Participating directors will have input into which option is the most fair and the final determination of classifications will be made by mid-September.
2) Awards will be presented in each competitive class for Best Music, Best Visual, Best General Effect, Best Percussion, Best Color Guard and the Top 3 Placements. Grand Champion trophies will be presented for Small Class and Large Class divisions.
3) Performance order within each class will be decided by the date the registration fee is received at EIU. (Exceptions have been made on occasion in order to provide the most participation possible.)
4) We will continue to utilize a percussion adjudicator and color guard adjudicator in addition to the rest of the standard BOA caption adjudicators. For the 2024 PMB Festival Open Class division these captions will include: one music performance individual, one music performance ensemble (TWO for the Scholastic Class), one visual performance individual, one visual performance ensemble, one visual general effect,and two music general effect (ONE for the scholastic class).
The registration fee for the 47th Panther Marching Band Festival is $350 if payment is received AFTER September 20th. Registration fees received PRIOR to September 20th are $300. Online registration will open on February 1, 2024. Follow the link below.
Registration deadline is September 1, 2024.
Checks for the $350 / $300 Registration Fee (see above) should be made out EIU and sent to:
Panther Marching Band Festival
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
We hope you will join us for the exciting and spectacular pageantry of Illinois high school marching bands at O’Brien Stadium!
A well-maintained turf field.
Well organized festival with a welcoming and helpful staff.
Energetic environment that focuses on student success.
Judges from DCI, BOA, WGI, and the best marching directors in the nation.
High camera video of all band performances provided by EIU visual media free of charge.
If you have any further questions, please contact Prof. David Boggs, Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at email@example.com.