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EIU Panther Marching Band

Panther Marching Band MEMBER FOR A Day

Saturday, November 16, 2024

Band Day 2018


General Information

The Eastern Illinois University Panther Marching Band & Division of Intercollegiate Athletics invite high school students in grades 9-12 to join us for the annual PMB Member for a Day on Saturday, November 16, 2024 at O’Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.  

This annual event is 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.





This is last years' information.

The 2024 schedule will be similar.

8:00-8:30 am - Registration at the front of O’Brien Stadium

7:55 am – PMB warm-up and Pre-Game rehearsal starts (Member for a Day students are welcome to register early and come and watch our rehearsal)

8:35 am - Welcome and Introductions - Meet Prof. Boggs, PMB Director, and the section leaders you will spend the day with.

8:35 – Member for a Day Rehearsal with the PMB at O'Brian Stadium - Parents are welcome to watch!  You'll have a BLAST putting the music together in one rehearsal!  Wind and Brass players, please plan on bringing your instrument!  Color Guard Members - Please bring your favorite flag to rehearse and perform with!

9:25 am – Rehearsal concludes

9:35 am – ‘Brunch’ in the Doudna Fine Arts Center (Art Wing)

10:30 am – PMB warms up in sections

10:45 am - Pre-Game Concert in Library Quad

11:00 am - March to the Stadium - Join the ranks of the PMB as we parade to the stadium.

11:15 am - Tailgate performances - Help get the Panther spirit going!

11:40 am – PMB Pregame performance on the field

12:00 pm - Kickoff - Join the PMB in the stands and cheer your heart out!

1:30ish pm - Halftime Performance! - After Halftime you are welcome to join us for the remainder of the game or you can leave at this point.

3:45 pm - Game ends - PMB ends game day by marching to the Alumni Clock tower in the center of campus for a special postgame tradition.

For questions, contact Prof. David Boggs at or text at 618-567-3893.

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  • In recent years, Panther Member for a Day has grown into a very popular and well-attended event for area high school students. Unfortunately we need to limit on the number of attendees to the first 150 students who register in grades 9-12 to participate.
  • To register, click the Registration Form Link and fill our the online form. Make sure you provide a working email address (please DO NOT USE a school address as sometimes school tech security will not allow outside e-mail into the school e-mail system) so we can send music and other announcements to you.
  • Deadline to register is Wednesday, November 13, 2024.
  • Band Day Online Registration
  • For questions, contact Prof. David Boggs
  • The Panther Marching Band Family looks forward to seeing you on campus!!


  • There is no charge for registration and brunch will be provided free of charge!


Game Tickets

  • Participants do not need a ticket, but game tickets are necessary for family and friends.  Please contact the EIU Athletics Ticket Office at 618-581-2106 to order your tickets!
  • Let us know how many tickets you will probably need for friends and family on the registration form. This information will let the band staff know the number of MFD friends and family who may be in attendance that day.  Entering this information will NOT order tickets for you!




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