Panther Marching Band Festival: Charleston, IL - September 25, 2021

Select a year:

Grand Champion: Granite City

Links: EIU Recap

Field 1A:

57.500 Blue Ridge (Visual, GE)

54.800 Oblong (DM)

54.400 Ridgeview (Music, Percussion, Color Guard)

Field 2A:

60.700 Watseka Community (Visual, GE, Color Guard)

59.300 Hoopeston Area (Music, Percussion, DM)

58.900 Lincoln Community

57.300 Casey-Westfield

54.500 Rantoul Township

Field 3A:

67.500 Tolono Unity

67.400 Paris Cooperative (Music, GE, Percussion, DM)

66.200 Robinson (Visual)

63.900 Richland County (Color Guard)


Field 4A:

73.400 Newton (Music, Visual, GE, Color Guard, DM)

69.700 Effingham (Percussion)

60.100 Paxton-Buckley-Loda

Field 5A:

73.300 Alton (Music, GE, Percussion, DM)

70.200 Highland (Visual, Color Guard)

66.500 Argo

Field 6A:

80.400 Granite City (Music, GE, DM)

76.400 Mascoutah (Visual, Drumline)

76.000 Triad (Color Guard)

70.400 Champaign Centennial

Field Exb:


Notes: Small Schools Champion: Unity

Contact Information:

Dr, David Boggs
Festival Website



The Eastern Illinois University Panther Marching Band invites YOU to join us for the 44th Annual Panther Marching Band Festival on Saturday, September 25th, 2021 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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Festival Address: 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920

Performance Schedule:

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Class 3A
12:30 PM: Charleston

Class 1A
12:45 PM: Oblong
1:00 PM: Ridgeview

1:15 PM: Break

Class 1A
1:30 PM: Blue Ridge

Class 3A
1:45 PM: Richland County
2:00 PM: Robinson
2:15 PM: Murphysboro
2:30 PM: Paris Cooperative
2:45 PM: Tolono Unity

3:00 PM: Break

Class 2A
3:15 PM: Hoopeston Area
3:30 PM: Casey-Westfield
3:45 PM: Lincoln Community
4:00 PM: Watseka Community
4:15 PM: Rantoul Township

4:30 PM: Break

Class 5A
5:15 PM: Argo
5:30 PM: Highland
5:45 PM: Alton

Class 4A
6:00 PM: Paxton-Buckley-Loda
6:15 PM: Effingham

6:30 PM: Break

Class 4A
6:45 PM: Newton

Class 6A
7:00 PM: Triad
7:15 PM: Mascoutah
7:30 PM: Champaign Centennial
7:45 PM: Granite City

8:00 PM: EIU Panther Marching Band

8:15 PM: Awards

Last Updated On: 09-17-2021