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The band is the most visible performing ensemble on the McKendree University campus. The band performs at all home football games.

Each fall, the band wraps up their season with a staged and specially lighted concert in the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts. The show highlights music and choreography performed during the season!




Band Member for a Day!

During the school year, we offer several opportunities for prospective students to come and spend a day in the life of a McKendree University Band Member.

Click here for upcoming dates and register today! 


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Thinking about pursuing your passion for band and color guard after high school? The band is made up of students from many different disciplines: approximately 65% majoring in areas outside music and 35% majoring or minoring in music.

Sign up for a audition today.

If you would like to speak with a band representative about our programs, scholarships and events, simply fill out our info form by clicking the gold button.

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1. It's Fun!

College Band is NOT about preparing for competitions. It's about entertainment! Starting with your first day of band camp, you’ll be building lasting friendships with people just like you! Support the athletic teams doing what you do best and enjoy the bonding time with new friends.

2. An Opportunity to Grow as a Musician

ALL of the McKendree Music Department staff of private lessons instructors are active PROFESSIONAL musicians from the Greater St. Louis area. Our band scholarship guidelines are designed to encourage members to take advantage of this invaluable resource. Learn more about our fantastic instructors.

3. It’s Good for You!

Prevent that “Freshman 15” with an activity you enjoy! According to a recent study by V.S. Cowen, band members take an average of 13,987.8 + 4,715.7 steps on game day and 8,337.5 + 4,015.7 steps on non-game days!

4. It Pays!

Automatic $3,000 Annual Scholarships for Band and Color Guard Members (ILMEA, MMEA and TNMEA musicians of at least district level qualification will receive $5,000 for their participation.)

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Band Scholarships - Up to $5,000

Awarded to students regardless of major field of study for co-curricular participation in the band, drumline and color guard. These awards will stack on top of academic scholarships. Learn what level of academic awards you can qualify for by visiting the Academic Scholarship Page.