Homecoming 2019

Our 2019 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 18-19, the weather should be great, Lovie will coach a winning game, and the alumni band will share the field with our 2019 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 (2019):  You can attend for free!  All 2019 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 18

11:00 AM  Band Alumni Board Meeting – Any interested alumni are welcome to attend. Rehearsal Room in Harding Band Building (HBB)

12:00 PM Welcome Center tour for all Band Alumni and their families/friends: Alice Campbell Alumni Center. Please ask for Joe Rank.

12:30 PM   Alumni Band Registration | Harding Band Building Library.

12:30 PM   Drop-in reception for participating Alumni families at the Harding Band Building, Room 167.

2:00 PM   Alumni Band Welcome in Harding 141.

2:15 PM   Rehearsals begin – Illinettes in ARC; Drumline outside, Colorguard in Armory. Everyone else in Rehearsal room HBB.

4:15 PM Band Alumni Meeting and Announcements.

4:45 PM   Leave for MI Practice Field (weather permitting).

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 near Krannert Center. Please enter at Stage Door on Illinois St. and follow signs to rehearsal rooms where you may temporarily leave your instruments.

7:30 PM   Homecoming Concert. Tickets for registered alumni band members will be distributed at Registration (one ticket per registrant). Additional tickets may be purchased via the Homecoming Registration form or from Krannert Center.

9:00 PM   Post-concert reception welcoming all current and Alumni band members and their guests. Cash bar and dessert/snacks available.

9:00-10:00 PM Instruments may be left at HBB in the Rehearsal Room on Friday night. You are responsible for picking up your instrument on Saturday morning and bringing it to Memorial Stadium.

Homecoming Schedule | Saturday, October 19

6:00 AM   Alumni Band Registration at Memorial Stadium. Coffee and donuts at Memorial Stadium for all registered Alumni.

TBD   All Alumni who are marching must be on the field.

TBD Alumni Band and Marching Illini drill and music rehearsal in Memorial Stadium.

TBD Lunch will be delivered for all registered Alumni to Memorial Stadium.

TBD Barry will provide detailed activities that the Alumni can participate in.

TBD March out from the Armory to Memorial Stadium.

11:00 AM   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, custom t-shirt and black yoga pants. Please email Alumnettes@gmail.com for more information.

Colorguard, custom t-shirt and black yoga pants. Please contact Maureen Durack at maureen.durack2@gmail.com for more information.

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


  • Blue pants or Jeans

  • FREE Alumni Association T-shirt  (will be distributed during Friday registration)

  • Dark Blue with no logo or Alumni Band Jacket (see Saturday uniform information below) if needed


  • Alumni Band Jacket

  • Orange Alumni Band Polo

  • Khaki pants

In general, the Band Alumni will maintain a uniform and neat appearance.  Please note that we are subject to the requirements of the University as they apply to the Marching Illini members.  This includes NO CHIEF clothing or items when participating in Band Alumni activities and performances.  Please go to the Campus Ink website at: https://stores.campus.ink/11740_alumniband/shop/home to purchase uniform items.

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.