Homecoming 2018

Our 2018 edition of the Homecoming Alumni Band is going to be fantastic! Gary Smith and Barry Houser have put together an exciting show, selection of stands tunes, and a well-planned social experience for all of our band alumni. We look forward to seeing you again. The weekend dates are October 12-13, the weather should be great, Lovie will coach a winning game, and the alumni band will share the field with our 2018 edition of Marching Illini.

We have some new activities which should be great!

You choose how you want to participate. Click Here for more information.

Attention Recent Grads (2018):  You can attend for free!  All 2018 graduates are invited to attend for free. You will still need to provide the uniform items, but the registration fee is waived. 


Homecoming Schedule | Friday, October 12

11:00 AM  Bands Alumni Board Meeting—Any interested alumni are welcome to attend.

1:00 PM    Alumni Band Registration | Harding Band Building.

1:00 PM    Drop-in reception for participating Alumni families at the Harding Band Building, Room 167.

2:00 PM    Alumni Band Welcome and Update in Harding 141.

2:20 PM    Rehearsals begin—Winds in Harding 141. Illinettes, Drumline, Colorguard Sectionals.

4:45 PM    Leave for MI Practice Field.

5:15 PM    Pre-parade casual dinner provided for all Alumni Band and Marching Illini members at the MI Practice Field [corner of First and Gregory, adjacent to Memorial Stadium].

6:00 PM    Homecoming Parade featuring the Alumni Band and the Marching Illini.  The MI and Alumni will march the parade together!

7:00 PM    Parade ends at Krannert Center, with time for a cocktail (cash bar) before the concert.

7:30 PM   Homecoming Concert featuring the Illinois Wind Symphony, Wind Orchestra, and the Marching Illini at the Krannert Center. All Illinois Band Alumni and their families and friends are invited to attend! Tickets for registered alumni band members will be included in Alumni registration packages, and can also be purchased at the door or through the Krannert Center ticket office.

9:00 PM  Post-concert reception welcoming all current and Alumni band members, and family and friends of Illinois Bands at Krannert Center. (Cash bar and dessert/snacks available.)

Homecoming Schedule | Saturday, October 13

8:30 AM    Alumni Band Registration at Harding Band Building. Coffee and donuts for all Alumni participating in Saturday activities.

9:00 AM    Alumni Band drill and music rehearsal in Memorial Stadium. Details regarding pre-game activities, parade, and lunch will be updated on this site as they become available.

1:45 PM Official MARCH OUT from the Armory to Memorial Stadium

2:30 or 3:00 PM    Kickoff !

  • Pregame Performance

  • Halftime Performance 

  • Post-Game March-out from Memorial Stadium to the Education Building for our traditional post-game concert.


You may participate in a variety of activities offered—whatever appeals to you.


Illinettes, please contact Devon for uniform info: http://alumnettes.com/contact-us.html or Alumnettes@gmail.com

Colorguard, please contact Kristi Kaplan at kristeeone1@aol.com

For all other participants, the uniform will consist of the following:

  • Alumni Band Jacket, available from Campus Ink here.

  • Orange Alumni Band Polo, available from Campus Ink here.

  • Khaki pants

  • New for 2018—We encourage you to purchase the Orange ballcap to match the Marching Illini's stands hat featuring our 150th year anniversary logo. Register before September 1 and you can purchase the hat for $20, which is $5 off the regular price. The hat will look similar to this photo, but with the 150th logo.

Alumni Band Instruments

Mellophones, Baritones, Sousaphones, and Drumline instruments will be provided to those who need to check one out for the weekend. This will take place on Friday afternoon during registration. Please indicate whether you need to borrow an instrument during the online registration process.

Seating & Tickets

The Alumni Band will receive complimentary tickets from the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics for your contribution to the Game Day atmosphere in Memorial Stadium. In addition, the DIA will provide tickets for family and friends in the stands behind the Alumni Band at a significant discount of $27 per ticket. These must be purchased during the registration process.

Late ticket purchase, or other ticketing options, are available via the Illini ticket office.


Email us at uibandsalumni@gmail.com for more information.