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The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

COLUMN: Marching band is a sport

COLUMN: Marching band is a sport

Ellen Dooley, Opinions Editor October 6, 2023

Earlier this week, in a column by my respected colleague, Dan Hahn, he stated that marching band is not a sport. To that- my professional answer is no. My unprofessional band kid of now 11 years and...

Dan Hahn is a graduate student studying English and can be reached at 217-581-2812.

COLUMN: Marching Band is not a sport

Dan Hahn, Columnist October 5, 2023

Even though competitive marching band requires significant physical training, focus, and teamwork, I am not convinced that marching band can be called a sport. Marching bands typically perform at...

COLUMN: Marching band molded me into the person I am today

COLUMN: Marching band molded me into the person I am today

Katja Benz, Columnist July 15, 2022

There are marching band clinics going on around campus this week. I found out the hard way when about 200 teenagers were sprinting into Taylor Dining shortly after I had arrived, gotten my food and sat...

The Richland County High School Marching Tigers color guard perform as part of “The Greatest Show.” It featured songs from “The Greatest Showman,” and props that evoked a circus theme. The show opened with band and color guard members pantomiming a circus and audience. They placed fourth in the 3A division.

High school marching bands take O’Brien

Luke Taylor, News Editor September 26, 2021

Instruments shone in the sunlight, flags rippled in the wind and music filled the stadium during the Panther Marching Band Festival on Saturday. High school bands from around central Illinois entered...

COLUMN: Marching band is not easy: Heres why

COLUMN: Marching band is not easy: Here’s why

Ian Stobaugh, Columnist September 20, 2021

Saturday was tough. It was the Panther Marching Band’s first game of the year, and for me it was my first college game day. I was used to playing during halftime in high school, so the days before I...

David Boggs, assistant director of bands, adresses the Panther Marching Band after a Sept. 27 rehearsal at the Greek Court parking lot. The PMB Festival will be Saturday, and the first performance is at 9:30 a.m.

PMB Festival set for Saturday at O’Brien Field

Logan Raschke, Managing Editor October 3, 2019

The Panther Marching Band Festival will bring a variety of high school band performances and classic rock songs from “Queen” to O’Brien Field Saturday. The first performance of the festival is at...

Robyn Heitman, one of the drum majors for for the Panther Marching Band leads the band in a performance on move in day Aug. 16 outside of Andrews Hall.

Marching orders

Kate Rehwinkel, Staff Writer August 28, 2018

At 4 p.m. on the dot last Friday, members of the Panther Marching Band, assembled on the Tarble Arts field for practice despite light rain and a cool breeze. Benjamin Druffel, assistant director of bands...

Eastern hosts 41st annual Panther Marching Band Festival

Travis Moody, Contributing Writer October 1, 2017

Flags flew and symphonies rang through O’ Brien Stadium as hundreds gathered to watch 33 high school bands from all over Illinois compete in the 41st annual Panther Marching Band Festival Saturday Sept....

The Panther Marching Band stands ready to breaking into music during the Panthers home game against Southern Illinois-Carbondale on Sept. 6, 2014.

Band students express love for marching

Mackenzie Freund, City Editor September 21, 2015

It’s a Saturday morning and people all over campus were preparing for the home game that the football team was playing that day. The Panther Marching Band is on their way for their first rehearsal...

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