Marching Illini Welcomed in New York City

Friday, November 27, 2015

With Santa not far behind, the Marching Illini strutted into Herald Square at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with a bluesy holiday tune featuring shoutouts to the big guy in red, energetic choreography, the drumline extraordinaire, wailing saxes, and a sextet of trumpets. Drum major Rose Craig will bring home a bonus from the parade: the Bob Hope Band Scholarship. She was honored for musicianship, leadership, community service, and sense of humor, and she and the band will each receive $5,000. Register for a free account to read reactions from band members to their time in New York in a Chicago Tribune article, and check the official Marching Illini Twitter account for images, videos, and support from fans across the country. The Best Band in the Land will continue Thanksgiving weekend activities with a halftime show for the football game between Illinois and Northwestern at Soldier Field on November 28.