Drums at Appletime


WHEN: Saturday September 15, 2018
Introductions at 4:15

See full band performance schedule below

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 & Tanya Fletcher

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. Cash Only. Tickets will not be sold prior to the event!
**NOTE: All Grand Parade Band Awards will be presented at the conclusion of Drums at Appletime**


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.

From it's inception, featuring nationally touring Drum Corps like the Black Knights Drum & Bugle Corps, to today, showcasing the region's most talentend 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 28 years. They continue to welcome marching bands from the area and beyond to this annual event and feature 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.

2018 Performance Schedule

4:15 PM - Introductions


4:30 PM - Kelly High School (Benton, MO)
4:45 PM - Pinckneyville High School


5:00 PM - Centralia High School
5:15 PM - St. Charles West High School (Missouri)
5:30 PM - Carterville High School
5:45 PM - Potosi High School (Missouri)


6:00 PM - 15 minutes


6:15 PM - Alton High School
6:30 PM - Carbondale High School
6:45 PM - Belleville West High School
7:00 PM - Waterloo High School


7:15 PM  - Murphysboro High School Crimson Express


7:30 PM - All Parade & Field Show Awards

2018 Results

Class A

  1. Pinckneyville Community High School

  2. Kelly High School (Benton, Mo.)

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

Class AA

  1. St. Charles West High School (Mo.)

  2. Potosi High School (Mo.) TIE
    Carterville High School TIE

  3. Centralia High School

    Drum Major: Potosi
    Auxiliary: St. Charles West
    Percussion: St. Charles West
    Music Performance: St. Charles West
    Visual Performance: St. Charles West

Class AAA

  1. Waterloo High School

  2. Belleville West High School

  3. Alton High School

  4. Carbondale High School

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

Tony Stevens Soloist Award
Best Soloist Regardless of Class

  • Waterloo - Flute 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

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