* 2018 ISU Invitational

October 20, 2018 – Illinois State University – Hancock Stadium – Normal, IL

Featuring 42 of top marching bands, the 2018 State of Illinois Invitational High School Marching Band Championships will be held in Hancock Stadium. Preliminary competition starts at 7:18 am and Finals begin at 7:30 pmNCHS Performs at 4:08 pm.  Go Marching Redhawks!  Leave it all on the field!

  • Students – please bring:
    • Your confidence and smiles!
    • Lunch (for NCHS meal break)
    • Snacks (contingency for finals)
    • WATER/beverages
    • $$ for concessions or spirit wear if desired
    • Warm clothing for post-performance (it will be windy and cold!)
    • Blankets for bus if desired
    • Cell phone charging options (portable batteries, etc)
10/20 NCHS ISU Competion Schedule
  • 8:00 AM Rehearsal Begins at NCHS
  • 10:15 AM Final Run Through
  • 10:30 AM Rehearsal Ends/Announcements/Load Trailer and Trucks/EAT A BIG LUNCH!!
  • 10:30 AM Rehearsal Ends/Announcements/Load Trailer and Trucks/EAT A BIG LUNCH!!
  • 11:30 PM Load Busses, Roll Check
  • 11:45 PM Depart for ISU
  • 1:45 PM Arrival (Hancock Stadium)/Restrooms/Unload Equipment/Change into Uniforms
    • NCHS will likely be parked at Hancock Stadium in  lot G82 (map).  TBD.  Emails and texts will be sent to pit and prop crews.  Look for NCHS Band Trailer.
    • Parents and Volunteers help assemble props, unload pit equipment, set up for tailgating
  • 2:52 PM Depart for Warm-Up [0:14]
  • 3:06 PM Begin Physical Warm-Up (WARM UP B) [0:14]
  • 3:20 PM Begin Musical Warm-Up (WARM UP B) [0:28] 3:48 PM Warm Up Ends/Depart for Gate [0:10]
  • 3:58 PM Gate Time [0:10]
  • 4:20 PM ISU Group Photo taken (Students may purchase group photos)
    • Parents and Volunteers disassemble equipment, load trucks and trailer, start the tailgating
  • 5:00 Students eat dinner provided by Band Boosters.  Parents and Volunteer help appreciated to serve students!
  • 6:42 PM Class 5A/6A Awards and Finalists announcements
  • 7:30 PM 1A-4A Finals Begin
    • 7:15 PM Load/Departure for NCHS
    • 9:30 PM Arrive at NCHS/Dismissal
    • 7:30PM Finals Competition Begins (Load equipment immediately following
    • Performance / Eat Concessions) –
    • 11:00PM Finals Awards (Approx.)
    • 11:30PM Return to busses for departure immediately following Awards ceremony
    • 12:00AM Depart for NCHS
    • 2:30AM Arrive at NCHS/Dismissal


Tailgating at ISU:

All volunteers and parents attending ISU are welcome to join in the 3rd annual ISU tailgate at the band trailer in the ISU parking lot! We assume that the buses and trucks will be parked in lot G82 (map). Please bring your own chairs, food for grilling, drinks, and a dish to share (appetizer or dessert). There will be room on the trucks for everything if you are a bus chaperone or do not have enough room in your vehicle.

We need two tables, two portable grills, and two canopies. If you can bring one or more of these items, please sign up here in Charms.

We will plan on setting up tables and grills before departing for warm-up (1:45-2:45). Anyone not on props or pit crews is welcome to help set up at that time.

Tailgating time will be approximately 5:00-6:45. If we make finals, we will continue to tailgate, otherwise, we will pack up after awards.

ISU Live Stream:

A live-stream of the entire competition is available through BOX5-TV.

Ticket Information

Tickets are $15.00 for all day admission, including finals. Children 12 and under are admitted free. No advance ticket sales. Tickets can only be purchased at the stadium ticket windows.

Charms Link (itinerary, volunteering, etc)

ILMarching.com link (schedules, scores)

ISU Competition Spirit Wear Link