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Illinettes Dance Team holding tryouts April 2

By Ryan Wilson

March 30, 2016


Filed under Sports

Tweet: .Make sure your turns are sharp and your leaps are high. The Illinettes Dance team is preparing for tryouts on Saturday. #IlliniAs a 3-year-old, Jaclyn Montagano remembers watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.And nearly 20 years later, she was on the other side of the television screen,...

The 'best band in the land' shows its Illini pride in NYC and on social media

The 'best band in the land' shows its Illini pride in NYC and on social media

By Abigale Svoboda

November 26, 2015


Filed under News

The Marching Illini will lead Santa through midtown Manhattan in the 89th Macy’s Day Parade on Thursday. The band — which has been preparing for the parade for over a year now — will perform in the parade for the very first time in University history this Thanksgiving. Though this is...

Marching Illini steps toward its homecoming performance

October 21, 2014


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Football players clad in orange and blue won’t be the only students to grace the football field at the University’s annual Homecoming Game. The Marching Illini, with its shiny instruments and rhythmic cadence, is also preparing for its field performance. Although initial preparations for the Homecoming game’s hal...

Marching Illini steps toward its homecoming performance

October 20, 2014


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Football players clad in orange and blue won’t be the only students to grace the football field at the University’s annual Homecoming Game. The Marching Illini, with its shiny instruments and rhythmic cadence, is also preparing for its field performance. Although initial preparations for the Homecoming game’s hal...

Marching Illini performs at Soldier Field

Marching Illini performs at Soldier Field

September 29, 2014


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The stadium is about the same capacity as Memorial Stadium. It feels familiar too — the fans are all clad in orange and blue. But there’s a big difference. It’s Soldier Field. There’s about 62,000 fans in the stands, most of whom aren’t cheering on the Illini but screaming at the Chicago Bears ...

University Basketball Band members bring back a popular ’90s Blues Brothers tradition

University Basketball Band members bring back a popular ’90s Blues Brothers tradition

By Bridget Hynes

March 19, 2014


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For every Big Ten home basketball game this season, Brian Tucker and Nate Leonardi have stepped onto the court of State Farm Center to perform — while wearing suits and ties.  Tucker, senior in Engineering, and Leonardi, junior in AHS, are members of the University’s Basketball Band. Leonardi, who p...

Marching Illini to tour through Ireland

Marching Illini to tour through Ireland

By Declan Harty

March 12, 2014


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Though most identify St. Patrick’s Day and Ireland with the color green, the Marching Illini will be celebrating in blue and orange. On March 17, they will march down the historic winding streets of Dublin, Ireland, in the St. Patrick’s Day parade. The trip to Dublin is nothing new for the band; t...