Illinois Marching Band Championships


The University of Illinois Bands is proud to present the 49th annual Illinois Marching Band Championships! The Illinois Marching Band Championships provides participating marching bands with feedback from the activity's finest adjudicators, relevant and educational evaluation rubrics, and the thrill of performing in historic Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Illinois! Participation is open to the first 42 Illinois high school marching bands that are divided into six classifications based on IHSA school enrollment.

2018 IMBC Results

Governor’s Grand Champion
1A, 2A, 3A

Mahomet-Seymour HS


  • 1st Place | Watseka HS

  • 2nd Place | Arthur Lovington Atwood HS

  • 3rd Place | Hoopeston Area HS

  • Best Music | Watseka HS

  • Best Visual | Watseka HS

  • Best General Effect | Watseka HS


  • 1st Place | Newton Community HS

  • 2nd Place | Paris HS

  • 3rd Place | Pontiac Township HS

    Best Music | Paris HS

  • Best Visual | Monticello HS

  • Best General Effect | Paris HS


  • 1st Place | Mahomet-Seymour HS

  • 2nd Place | University HS

  • 3rd Place | East Peoria Community HS

  • Best Music | Mahomet-Seymour HS

  • Best Visual | Mahomet-Seymour HS

  • Best General Effect | Mahomet-Seymour HS

Governor’s Grand Champion
4A, 5A, 6A

Granite City HS


  • 1st Place | Washington Community HS

  • 2nd Place | Galesburg HS

  • 3rd Place | Grayslake North HS

  • Best Music | Washington Community HS

  • Best Visual | Grayslake North HS

  • Best General Effect | Washington Community HS


  • 1st Place | Granite City HS

  • 2nd Place | Belleville East HS

  • 3rd Place | Collinsville HS

  • Best Music | Granite City HS

  • Best Visual | Belleville East HS

  • Best General Effect | Granite City HS


  • 1st Place | Minooka Community HS

  • 2nd Place | Waubonsie Valley HS

  • 3rd Place | Carl Sandburg HS

  • Best Music | Neuqua Valley HS

  • Best Visual | Minooka Community HS

  • Best General Effect | Carl Sandburg HS

2020 IMBC Registration Opens March 2 at 9:00 am


  • DATE: Saturday, October TBD, 2020

  • Where: Historic Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Illinois

  • Application and Fee: $450.00 — can be paid via credit card or electronic check only

  • The application form accepts credit card and electronic check payments — please have you card or your check in hand before you begin, for the most timely registration

  • NOTE: APPLICATIONS ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL PAYMENT HAS BEEN COMPLETED. All applications are automatically time-stamped and are accepted in order of payment completion.

To pay by check, choose one of the following options:

1. Use the electronic check option (if you have a check in hand, this is the preferred option) — paper check does not need to be received by Illinois Bands, if the info is entered into the payment form online

2. Or, mail/drop off the check to:

Illinois Bands
Harding Band Building
1103 S. Sixth St., Room 140
Champaign, Illinois 61820

ACCEPTANCE POLICY: In order for your application to be complete, the application, along with payment via credit card or check, must be received no earlier than March 2 at 9:00 AM.