Panther Marching Band Festival: Charleston, IL - September 30, 2023

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Grand Champion: O'Fallon Township

Field 1A:

557.000 Casey-Westfield (Music, Visual, GE, Percussion)

530.000 Cumberland

523.000 Lawrenceville (Color Guard)

513.000 Blue Ridge

Field 2A:

719.000 Mt. Carmel (Music, Visual, GE)

636.000 Tolono Unity

611.000 Robinson (Color Guard)

564.000 Richland County (Percussion)

560.000 Paxton-Buckley-Loda

Field 3A:

772.000 East Peoria (Music, Visual, GE, Color Guard)

740.000 Newton (Percussion)

668.000 Mattoon

651.000 Coal City

648.000 Effingham

Field 4A:

753.000 Paris Cooperative (Visual, Color Guard)

752.000 Alton (Music, GE, Percussion)

681.000 Marion

621.000 Carterville

Field 5A:

778.000 Granite City (Music, Visual, GE)

719.000 Belleville West (Percussion, Color Guard)

Field 6A:

895.000 O'Fallon Township (Music, Visual, GE, Percussion, Color Guard)

805.000 Champaign Central

Notes: Small Schools Champion: East Peoria

Contact Information:

Dr, David Boggs
Festival Website



The Eastern Illinois University Panther Marching Band invites YOU to join us for the 46th Annual Panther Marching Band Festival on Saturday, September 30th, 2023 in O'Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois.

The event will be capped at 35 participating bands. Classification is based on a hybrid of school enrollment (official IHSA data) and band size. Breaks in classification vary from year to year and are based on the natural gaps that occur when school enrollment and band size are placed in order from smallest to largest. The official start time is 10am. Bands will perform in the order of classification with awards for Class 1A, 2A and 3A following the 3A bands. Awards for 4A and 5A will follow the 5A bands. Performance order within each class will be decided by the date the registration fee is received at EIU. (Exceptions have been made on occasion in order to provide the most participation possible.) A draft schedule will be sent in late August. The final schedule will be sent and published two weeks prior to the festival. Scoring for the Panther Marching Band Festival is 60% music, 40% visual. The music score will be comprised of 20% of each music performance and effect caption. The visual score will be 10% of each performance caption and 20% from effect. Awards will be presented in each competitive class for Participation, Best Music, Best Visual, Best General Effect, Best Percussion, Best Auxiliary, Best Drum Major, and the Top 3 Places. Grand Champion trophies and Outstanding Soloist Awards will presented for Small Class (1A, 2A, and 3A combined) and Large Class (4A and 5A combined) divisions. Spectator Tickets and Parking: $10 for adults $5 for students/senior citizens Children ages 5 and under are FREE Festival Programs will be available for $5 Tickets available on the day of the event. Cash or check accepted. Parking for the festival is FREE. Spectators can park in the stadium lot to the west of the stadium or the J lot to the north.

Blank Score Sheet

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Judging Panel

Music Performance – Dr. Kim Fleming
Music Performance – Dr. Alex Kaminsky
Music General Effect – Mike Madonia
Visual Performance – John Timmins
Visual General Effect – Jeff Fiedler
Percussion – Chris DeBerry
Color Guard – Joy Eslick

Festival Address: 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920

Performance Schedule:

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Class 1A
11:45 AM: Casey-Westfield

Class 3A
12:00 PM: Effingham

Class 2A
12:15 PM: Tolono Unity
12:30 PM: Robinson
12:45 PM: Richland County
1:00 PM: Paxton-Buckley-Loda
1:15 PM: Mt. Carmel

1:30 PM: Break

Class 1A
1:45 PM: Cumberland
2:00 PM: Lawrenceville
2:15 PM: Blue Ridge

2:30 PM: Break

Class 3A
2:45 PM: East Peoria
3:00 PM: Coal City
3:15 PM: Mattoon
3:30 PM: Newton

3:45 PM: EIU Panther Marching Band

4:00 PM: Awards

Class 4A
4:30 PM: Carterville
4:45 PM: Paris Cooperative
5:00 PM: Alton
5:15 PM: Marion

Class 5A
5:30 PM: Belleville West
5:45 PM: Granite City

6:00 PM: Break

Class 6A
6:15 PM: Champaign Central
6:30 PM: O'Fallon Township

6:45 PM: EIU Panther Marching Band

7:00 PM: Awards

Last Updated On: 09-25-2023