Marching Illini perform “Chicago”

“Three In One”

State spirit was just as strong as school spirit when the Marching Illini took the field at Saturday’s football game vs. Western Michigan University. Despite the constant threat of torrential downpours, the Marching Illini was able to perform the piece “Chicago” from the hit musical under overcast yet rain-free skies.

This Chicago-theme came out of two developments within the University of Illinois’s Division of Intercollegiate Athletics (DIA): First, this year the DIA came out with a new motto: ILLINOIS. OUR STATE. OUR TEAM. This prideful motto, which is now proclaimed on banners that line the back of the stands of Memorial Stadium, is not only school spirited, but also it demonstrates pride for the state of Illinois.

Second, on Sept. 9, the Marching Illini will be performing a halftime show for the Chicago Bears on Soldier Field. It seemed only appropriate for the Marching Illini to perform a piece that represents Illinois’ largest city in the week leading up to this exciting appearance.

Following the Marching Illini’s performance of “Chicago,” the band marched the traditional and incomparable “Three In One”, which has roots that can be traced back to 1926.

The Marching Illini’s next performance at Memorial Stadium will be Sept. 15, when Illinois plays Charleston Southern University.

About: Kirsten Keller

Kirsten is a sophomore in news-editorial journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She plays piccolo in the Marching Illini and works for The Daily Illini, the University's daily newspaper. Kirsten is originally from Downers Grove, Illinois.