Homecoming 2017—REGISTER HERE

Our 2017 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 27-28, the weather should be great, Lovie will coach a winning game, and the alumni band will share the field with our 2017 edition of Marching Illini.

We have some new activities which should be great!

You choose how you want to participate. Click Here to register.

Attention Recent Grads (2017):  You can attend for free!  All 2017 graduates are invited to attend for free. You will still need to provide the uniform items, but the registration fee is waived. 


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

Colorguard, please contact Maureen for uniform info: mdurack@vedderprice.com

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


Click Here to register.

The registration deadline is October 20. In addition, please note that any new uniform items must be ordered prior to October 13 in order to ensure delivery for Homecoming. 



Homecoming Schedule | Friday October 27

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   NEW—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 NEW—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. NEW—MI and Alumni will march the parade together!

7:00 PM   NEW—Parade ends at Krannert Center

7:30 PM NEW—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 will be included in Alumni registration packages, and can also be purchased separately through the Krannert Center ticket office.

9:00 PM   NEW—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 28

6:30 AM   Alumni Band Registration at South tunnel of Memorial Stadium. Coffee and donuts for all Alumni participating in Saturday activities

7:00 AM   Alumni Band drill rehearsal in Memorial Stadium. Set and rehearse the “Block I”.... same for both pregame and halftime. You must be willing to do both. We will also rehearse the halftime drill and music. With an 11 AM game time, the "drill" will be simple. NEW: National Anthem for pregame.

7:45 AM   Rehearse pregame and halftime with MI: National Anthem, Block I, halftime, Three in One

8:30 AM   Illini Walk and Pregame concert in Grange Grove (West steps of Memorial Stadium)

9:00 AM   Set Alumni Band seating block in the stands

10:00 AM   Meet in Armory to set the Parade Block

10:15 AM   Official Alumni Band March-out from Armory to Memorial Stadium

10:40 AM   Alumni Band pregame performance. NEW—Alumni Band performs the National Anthem with the Marching Illini

11:00 AM   Illinois vs. Wisconsin Kickoff!

  • Halftime
    • Marching Illini and Alumni Band performance
    • Box lunch at stadium after Halftime
  • Post-game
    • March-out from Memorial Stadium to Education Building for our traditional post-game concert


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

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 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 may be purchased during the registration process and must be ordered prior to October 15. Late ticket purchase, or other ticketing options, are available via the Illini ticket office.


The Alumni Band has reserved a limited block of rooms at the Country Inn & Suites in Champaign 217-355-6666. We urge you to make your reservations as soon as possible to ensure you are able to get a room in Urbana-Champaign. Most are listed on travel websites like Travelocity, Expedia, etc., and you can also find listings at the Champaign County Convention and Visitors Bureau website: http://visitchampaigncounty.org.

Alumni Band Music and Folders

Please note during the registration process whether you need a Flip Folder or an eFlip. These will be loaned to you if requested ahead of time.

The link to the music will be sent to registrants. 

Register To Attend

Click Here to register.


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