Prepare for Beatle-Mania with the Marching Illini

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Fans should be ready to experience a throwback to the ‘60s when the Marching Illini performs at Saturday’s game vs. Charleston Southern University; for its halftime performance, the band will be marching a Beatles-themed show. Last May, the Beatles movie “Yellow Submarine” was released as a restored version of the 1968 original.

“This sparked Beatle-mania to pick up once again,” said Professor Barry Houser, director of the Marching Illini.

Though the band will not be performing the piece “Yellow Submarine,” other featured tunes include “Magical Mystery Tour,” “Lady Madonna,” “Eleanor Rigby” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

Houser notes that the crowd will want to watch the drill closely, for the Marching Illini will be bringing back the “old-school picture show,” where the band scatters and forms the outline of an image, as opposed to only formations.

“There could be a stick-figure rocking out,” Houser said.

The band has just come off an exciting weekend of performing at the Bears home-opener. This Friday, the band will travel to Wilmington, Ill., to perform at the Wilmington High School football game. On Sunday, a small portion of the band will travel to Lincoln Park to play at I-Run Chicago, an 8K fundraising run.

And starting next week, the Marching Illini will start preparing for the third home football game vs. Louisiana Tech, a night game on Sept. 22.

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.