Where It Started…And Never Stops

The notable Illinois Bands program began on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus in 1868, and, thanks to our amazing students and our many staunch supporters over the years, is still going strong today. We invite you to join with these individuals in helping us innovate and grow our educational and impactful bands program that has had, and continues to have, an impact on the lives of thousands of students across every discipline throughout campus.

To honor donors who are able to give $500 or more, their names are displayed each year on the Illinois Bands Loyalty Society Donor Board in the historic Harding Band Building.

Support Illinois Bands

Our Annual Loyalty Fund supports all facets of our Illinois Bands program from the Marching Illini to our various concert ensembles, including the Illinois Wind Symphony, Wind Orchestra, Hindsley Symphonic Band, Campus Band, University Band, British Brass Band, and Summer Band.

Illinois Bands Annual Loyalty Fund

$ Marching Illini Band Fund

This fund is used for the support of the Marching Illini.

Other Funds

Friends and family of Illinois Bands have created numerous awards and scholarships to support our students and contribute to their success. We thank each of them for their generosity and invite you to consider contributing to one of these established funds.

$ Albert Austin Harding Band Awards

The Harding Band awards were established to recognize achievement in concert band performance.

$ David A. Trotter Endowment Fund

The income from this fund is used for equipment and instrument purchases for the Marching Illini.

$ Gary E. Smith Excellence in Leadership Endowment Fund

The Gary E. Smith Excellence in Leadership Award Scholarship honors the legacy of Associate Director of Bands Emeritus—and former Director of the Marching Illini—Gary Smith, whose selfless dedication embodies the spirit of Illinois Loyalty. Established by Band alumni to provide critical support to current students of the Bands program, awardees will be selected by the Bands faculty based upon applicants’ proven leadership skills, academic excellence, and inspiration to others on campus.

$ Gregory Vasich Memorial Endowment Fund

This fund is used for the support of producing a halftime marching band performance by the Marching Illini in memory of Gregory S. Vasich, a former member of the band. Greg played trombone in the Marching Illini.

$ Harry Begian Assistantship Fund

The legacy of former Director of Bands Harry Begian is acknowledged through an endowment establishing an award for travel and study given to a MM or DMA wind band conducting major.

$ Illinois Concert Bands Fund

Our Concert Bands Fund was established to support the many students who participate in our concert bands. This includes the purchase of concert instruments for non-music majors, music purchase and rental, and any other equipment and materials needed to support a successful and nationally recognized program.

$ Marching Illini Drumline Scholarship Fund

The income from this fund produces a scholarship for a member (or members) of the Marching Illini Drumline. Drumline members must be in the MI for two previous seasons in order to be eligible.

$ Marching Illini Instructional Tower

Our Marching Illini Instructional Tower fund supports the ongoing costs of our practice field and tower.

$ Mark H. Hindsley Fund in Bands

The legacy of legendary Director of Bands and music arranger Mark Hindsley is acknowledged through this endowment. Proceeds from this fund are used to enhance the concert band program through music and instrument purchases and recognize undergraduate and graduate musical talent through yearly scholarships.

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Creating a Legacy of Excellence

A significant portion of the University of Illinois Bands' annual and endowment income comes from realized bequests and other types of deferred gifts from our alumni and friends. Donors who remember the Illinois Bands in their estate plans provide critical funding to establish scholarships, awards, fellowships, and other student and faculty support. There are many ways to establish a planned gift for the Illinois Bands.

We would like to recognize the following named endowment funds in support of Illinois Bands:

  • Guy M. Duker Awards Fund

  • Thomas J. Harris Memorial Band Award Fund

  • William F. Ludwig U of I Band Awards for Percussionists Fund

  • John Brownfield Memorial Fund

  • George Brownfield Memorial Fund

  • James R. and Candace Penn Frame Endowment Fund

If you would like more information about ways to give, or have other questions, please call or email David Allen, Director of Development (Office: 217-333-6453).