"The Nation's Premiere Marching Band"
  By thy rivers gently flowing, Illinois, Illinois,
  O'er thy prairies verdant growing, Illinois, Illinois,
  Comes an echo on the breeze.
  Rustling through the leafy trees,
and its mellow tones are these, Illinois, Illinois,
  And its mellow tones are these, Illinois.

     "Illinois" (Official State Song)
     --C.H. Chamberlain / Archibald Johnston

Congratulations to the Fighting Illini football team for their win over the Virginia Cavaliers in the MicronPC.com Bowl!!

The University of Illinois Fighting Illini page

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MicronPC.com Bowl

Most of my free time spent in college was taken up by running around with the Marching Illini. The MI is one of the most stirring, innovative, and dignified traditions at the University of Illinois. Many firsts in college band, specifically in the Big Ten Band-type tradition, were begun at the U of I. Namely the tradition of Homecoming and Chief Illiniwek. Without the Three in One and the Chief performing his traditional dance, it just would not be halftime at Memorial Stadium. The Marching Illini is significant to me not just because of all the loyalty and pride to the University it instilled in me, but also because of the friends I made simply by being in such a great organization. I met some of my closest friends (and my husband) there. It is one of the reasons I can say college was the best time of my life.

I was a piccolo player in the MI from 1989-1992 (my Illinois license plate used to say MI PICC 1), and my husband Jon played the bass drum in the Illini Drumline from 1988-1992. Naturally I became a big fan of the Drumline, as my husband as well as both my brother and my sister-in-law are alums of the MIDL. The Illini Drumline is a study in accuracy, technique, and skill, and I am always in awe at how well and precise the entire line plays together.

During the time Jon & I were in the MI, we went to five bowl games and one Ireland trip (collectively). These are the patches that we proudly wore on the arms of our MI jackets as "veterans" of those bowls.

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I do have other pictures lined up for display from this page, however I have not completed the formatting of them yet. Since this page is heavily into re-construction, check back later for updates. Thanks for your patience.

If you're interested, find out more by going to:

 The University of Illinois Marching Illini Home Page
 The Marching Illini Piccolos
 The Marching Illini Drumline Page


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