*All band and guard students need to wear the Music Changes Lives t-shirt as their outer layer when they arrive at EP. This t-shirt, pants or shorts of your choice, and Drillmasters or guard shoes are the rehearsal uniform.
*Students can bring snacks/breakfast on the bus for the ride down. Breakfast and snacks will be provided by the boosters after the rehearsal.
*Students should NOT bring valuables with them other than money for lunch. School buses do not lock. Students will purchase lunch from the concession stands at Memorial Stadium; you should budget $10-15 for lunch. Outside food and drink are not allowed in Memorial Stadium.
*Band members: folio should contain U of I music (2 songs) and Star Wars
3:45 a.m. Arrive at EP, get uniform and instrument/equipment
4:00 a.m. Load buses (same buses as Stagg)
4:15 a.m. Leave for Champaign
6:30 a.m. Arrive in Champaign, check in, head to stadium for rehearsal
7:00 a.m. Sections rehearse with Marching Illini
7:20 a.m. Full band rehearsal with Marching Illini for halftime performance
8:00 a.m. Back to buses – drop off instrument/equipment, pick up breakfast from boosters, walk to Grange Grove
8:30 a.m. Watch pregame concert at Grange Grove while eating breakfast
9:10 a.m. Return to buses, dispose of breakfast garbage, change into Class A Uniform, pick up instrument/equipment, walk to Armory
10:00 a.m. Parade staging at Armory
10:15 a.m. Parade of bands from Armory to the stadium
10:40 a.m. Enter stadium with instruments to watch the first half
***NOTE: DO NOT PLAY INSTRUMENTS IN THE STANDS AT ANY TIME. YOU SHOULD ONLY BE PLAYING WHEN IT IS TIME TO PERFORM! (Directive from Professor Houser)
when instructed leave seats to prep for halftime performance
after halftime Follow Mr. Kazin as a group to buses, change out of uniform in buses, head back to the stadium and reenter the game. You will need your ticket for reentry.
*You may purchase lunch once you reenter the stadium in your street clothes during the remainder of the game. Everyone needs to be back in their seats by the time there are 4:00 minutes left in the game. Once the group reenters the stadium, NO ONE should leave the stadium FOR ANY REASON. We will leave as a group at the end of the game and head to the buses. Stay close together; there will be large crowds leaving the stadium.
approx. 3 p.m. load buses, leave for EP
approx. 5:30 p.m. Arrive at EP, hang up uniform, check in uniform with parent, put away equipment.
GOAL OF TODAY’S EVENT: to see the impact that a Big 10 college marching band has on the climate of both the game and its community as a whole and how we can use that to better contribute to OUR school climate and community