University Of Illinois Marching Band To Participate In Bicentennial Parade

The Marching Illini, one of the featured attractions at the upcoming Greenville Bicentennial Parade

The world famous Marching Illini from the University of Illinois will participate in Greenville’s Bicentennial parade Sunday, September 6.

Billed as “The Nation’s Premier College Marching Band,” the Marching Illini is comprised of more than 350 students. Since its inception in the 19th century, the U of I band has been a trendsetter. It was the first to use Sousaphones in 1906, the first to form its school letters during a parade, and performed during the first televised college football game.

The band is scheduled to entertain at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York.

The band will perform in the Greenville Bicentennial Parade at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 6 and in a short concert following the parade.

For more information, call parade organizer Allan Davis at 664-1911.