Audition Dates


2017 MARCHING ILLINI AUDITION CLINICS AND AUDITION DATES*

February 4 | Woodwind and Brass Audition Day | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Harding Band Building

February 4 | Drumline, Guard, and Illinettes Audition Practice Clinic | 12:00 – 3:00 PM

March 4 | Woodwind and Brass Audition Day | 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Harding Band Building

March 4 | Drumline, Guard, and Illinettes Audition Practice Clinic | 12:00 – 3:00 PM

April 1 | Illinettes Dance Team Auditions | 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM | ARC MP1

  • 9:00 AM    ARC Doors Open
  • 9:15 AM    Check In begins in the ARC MP1
  • 9:30 AM    Welcome & Introduction of our Judges
    • Lisa Dallas, Former Coach of the Pink Panthers, Eastern Illinois University
    • Haley Kesler, Former member & Captain of the Illinettes Dance Team
    • Paula Novak, Former member of the Illinettes Dance Team
    • Stephanie Raciak, Varsity Spirit Dance-Illinois State Director
  • 9:40 AM    Teach Technique 1 – turns and leaps & Marching Technique
  • 10:00 AM  Round 1 Auditions | Technique 1 & 2 Across the Floor, Marching Technique Across the Floor, One minute original routine
  • 1:00 PM    Round 1 concludes – Results posted under NEWS of this website
  • 2:00 PM    Round 2 Teaching Begins
  • 3:00 PM    Round 2 Auditions | Choreographed Dance Routine comprised of 3 styles, Interview with the Judging Panel
  • 5:30 PM    Round 2 concludes – Final Results posted under NEWS of this website
  • 6:00 PM    First Team Meeting in the ARC | Measurements and Team Picture
  • 6:30 PM    Illinettes Audition Day concludes

April 8 | Woodwind and Brass Audition Day | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Harding Band Building | AUDITION DAY IS FULL

April 8 | Drumline Auditions | 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Harding Band Building

  • 8:30 AM    Harding Band Building Doors Open
  • 9:00 AM    Check-In begins in HBB 141
  • 9:15 AM    Welcome & Introduction of our Judges | Clinicians
    • Aaron Kavelman, Illini Drumline Instructor & DMA Student
    • Matt Black, Director of Percussion/Assistant Band Director at Marian Catholic High School
    • Ben Stiers, Percussion & Athletic Bands Professor at Illinois State University
    • Daniel Eastwood, Innovative Percussion and Educational Artist, Drumline at Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls
    • Ronnie MacDuff, Former member of the Illini Drumline
  • 9:30 AM    Sub-Section Work and Individual Solo Auditions
  • 12:00 AM  Round 1 concludes – Results posted under NEWS of this website
  • 1:30 PM    Round 2 Begins – Full Line
  • 3:30 PM    Marching Portion
  • 5:30 PM    Round 2 concludes – Final Results posted under NEWS of this website
  • 5:45 PM    Wrap-up with the official Drumline Roster
  • 6:00 PM    Drumline Auditions conclude

April 29 | Marching Illini Guard Auditions | 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM | ARC Gym 1

  • 9:00 AM    ARC Doors Open – be sure to wear solid black, fitted athletic clothing, hair up, and athletic shoes and socks
  • 9:15 AM    Check In begins in the ARC Gym 1
  • 9:30 AM    Welcome & Overview of the Day
  • 9:40 AM    Morning stretch and warm up/technique exercises – begin learning audition piece
  • 12:00 PM  Lunch
  • 1:00 PM    Continue learning a short selection of choreography. Perform the piece in small, assigned groups for final audition in front of our panel of judges
  • 3:00 PM    Guard Auditions conclude

April 29 | Feature Twirler Auditions | 3:00 – 5:00 PM | Marching Illini Practice Field

 

* If you are a woodwind or brass player and cannot make any of the audition days, you may schedule an individual audition on any day Monday-Friday – you can check this when you complete the audition registration form!

* Also, please note that the Marching Illini roster fills quickly and is typically full by May.  Audition Early!  We had 400 new students audition last season.