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Drums at Appletime

WHEN: Saturday, September 16, 2017
                 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM

WHERE: Murphysboro High School's E.L. 'Doc' Bencini Field

EVENT PARTNERS:  Republic Services, WPSD Local 6, & The Southern Illinoisan

EVENT CHAIRS: Kirk Caskey & Peggy Reiman

HOSTED BY: Murphysboro High School Crimson Express

ADMISSION: $7 for adults
                            $4 for students
                            Children 5 and under are free. 

Admission is collected at the gate. Tickets will not be sold prior to the event!

No one can resist the lure of a marching band and Drums at Appletime continues as one of Murphysboro Apple Festival's most popular events, drawing sell-out crowds year after year.

Although the bands competing have changed from nationally touring Drum Corps like the Black Knights Drum & Bugle Corps, to high school marching bands, the level of competition has not changed!

The Grand Parade is just a taste of the level of performance and musicianship these students possess - Drums at Appletime is where they really shine!

Murphysboro's own Crimson Express began hosting in 1990 and have gone on to compete and win many major competitions throughout the United States and Canada in the past 27 years. They continue to welcome area marching bands to this annual event and showcase the talents of their members in exhibition at the end of the night.

The Appletime General Store, hosted by the Murphysboro Kiwanis & Key Club, will be open and serving snacks and drinks at the concession stand located behind the east bleachers.


2017 Results

Class A

  1. Pinckneyville Community High School

  2. Anna-Jonesboro Community High School

  3. Oblong High School

    Participation: Kelly Community High School
    Participation: Sparta High School

    Drum Major: Kelly
    Auxiliary: Pinckneyville
    Percussion: Pinckneyville
    Music Performance: Pinckneyville
    Visual Performance: Pinckneyville

Class AA

  1. Potosi High School (Potosi, MO)

  2. Carterville High School

  3. Civic Memorial High School (Bethalto, IL)

    Drum Major: Potosi
    Auxiliary: Potosi
    Percussion: Potosi
    Music Performance: Potosi
    Visual Performance: Potosi

Class AAA

  1. Waterloo High School

  2. Belleville Township High School West

  3. Carbondale Community High School

    Drum Major: Carbondale
    Auxiliary: Belleville West
    Percussion: Carbondale
    Music Performance: Belleville West
    Visual Performance: Waterloo

Tony Stevens Soloist Award
Best Soloist Regardless of Class

  • Belleville West Marching Maroons - Alto Saxophone Solo

Drums at Appletime Champion
Best Overall Score in Field Show Competition, Regardless of Class

  • Waterloo High School Marching Bulldogs

Marion Nash Grand Champion Award
Best Overall Combined Parade & Field Show Scores, Regardless of Class

  • Waterloo High School Marching Bulldogs


Phone: 618.684.3200
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