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Marching Illini makes Macy's Day Parade debut

By Dixita Limbachia

December 10, 2015


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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 was New York City when they performed at the 89th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.The band was one ...

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


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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...

The Marching Illini prepares for the Macy's Day Parade

The Marching Illini prepares for the Macy's Day Parade

By Dixita Limbachia

November 19, 2015


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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 time in University history this Thanksgiving.Barry Houser, director of athletic bands, said the ap...

Dads Weekend Calendar of Events

November 11, 2014


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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 p.m. Friday and Saturday Location: Lincoln Hall Theatre Cost: $8 students, $10 public Illinois Basketbal...

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...

A Look Back: Notable Homecomings of the Past

A Look Back: Notable Homecomings of the Past

By Bridget Hynes

October 20, 2014


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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 Hall. After months of planning, the first Homecoming weekend was held from October 14 to 16 in 191...

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 ...

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...