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Marching Illini makes Macy's Day Parade debut

December 9, 2015

By Dixita LimbachiaStaff writerThe Marching Illini performed one of their biggest shows ever to TV screens watched by over 65 million people — except instead of a football field, this time their stage...

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

The Marching Illini drum-line performs for fans in Grange Grove before the game.
November 26, 2015

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...

The Marching Illini prepares for the Macy's Day Parade

The trumpet section gets warmed up before practice.
November 19, 2015

By Dixita LimbachiaStaff writerThe Marching Illini has been preparing to lead Santa through midtown Manhattan for over a year now.The band will perform in the 89th Macy’s Day Parade for the very first...

Dads Weekend Calendar of Events

November 11, 2014

Friday, Nov. 14 Friday Night Films: Expendables 3 7 p.m. Location: Illini Union Pine Lounge Cost: Free, popcorn will be provided for first 100 attendees Illini Student Musicals Presents: West Side Story 7:30...

Marching Illini steps toward its homecoming performance

October 20, 2014

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...

A Look Back: Notable Homecomings of the Past

The Alpha Epsilon Phi House’s 1954 Homecoming decoration. The decoration urges Illinois to “Web Wisconsin.”
October 20, 2014

In the spring of 1910, seniors Clarence Foss Williams and Walter Elmer Ekblaw came up with the idea of a University “Homecoming” while sitting on the steps of the University YMCA, now known as Illini...

Marching Illini performs at Soldier Field

The Marching Illini performed during the Bears vs. Packers halftime show at Soldier Field at 3 p.m. on Sunday, followed by a performance at Navy Pier.
September 29, 2014

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...

Marching Illini to tour through Ireland

The Marching Illini wear their warm-up suits and march down the streets of Dublin, Ireland in the St. Patrick's Parade in 2008. On Monday, the Marching Illini will perform in the parade for the seventh time since 1992.
March 12, 2014

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...

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