The Eastern Illinois University Panther Marching Band & Division of Intercollegiate Athletics invite high school students in grades 10-12 to join us for the annual Panther Marching Band Member for a Day on Saturday, October 16 or Saturday, November 20, 2021, at O’Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois. This date will be finalized soon.
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.
Below is the 2019 Member for a Day schedule so you have an idea what to expect. The schedule will be updated once the game time and our 2021 Band Day schedule has been finalized.
7:30am - Registration at Doudna Fine Arts Center
8:00am - Welcome and Introductions - Meet Prof. Boggs, PMB Director, and the section leaders you will spend the day with.
8:30am - Rehearsal with the PMB at O'Brian Stadium - Parents are welcome to watch!
10:00am - Lunch
11:30am - Warm-up for Pregame Performance
11:45am - Pregame Concert at Booth Library
12:00pm - March to the Stadium / Panther Prowl - 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 Peformance! - 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.
Cost of the event is $15 which includes a PMB t-shirt and pizza lunch.
Tentatively half-price game tickets - $10 - are available for family and friends. Since we are still under Covid guidelines final information regarding ticket availability and cost closer to the date of the event. 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.
In recent years, Panther Band Day has grown into a very popular and well-attended event for area high school students. Unfortunately, for 2021 and beyond we need to limit on the number of attendees. This year we will limit participation to the first 150 attendees who register, and students must now be in grades 10-12 to participate.
To register, click the link below and fill our the online form. Make sure you provide a working email address so we can send music and other announcements to you. Deadline to register is Friday, October 2.
For questions, contact Prof. David Boggs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Panther Marching Band Family looks forward to seeing you on campus this October!!