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Drums at Appletime®

Saturday, September 14, 2024 3:30PM - 8:00PM

Artificial Turf Field, LED Field Lighting,
and Larger Press Box!

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 huge crowds year after year.

From its inception, featuring nationally touring Drum Corps like the Black Knights Drum & Bugle Corps, to today, showcasing the region's most talented 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 has gone on to compete and win many major competitions throughout the United States and Canada. 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.

Concessions and souvenirs will be available to purchase around the east (home) bleachers.

2023 Results


  1. Anna-Jonesboro Community High School - 59.7
  2. Pinckneyville High School - 54.8
  3. Kelly High School (Benton, MO) - 49.0
  4. Du Quoin High School - 46.8
  5. East Prairie High School (MO) - 46.7
  6. Frankfort Community High School (West Frankfort, IL) - 39.7
    Percussion: Pinckneyville
    Auxiliary: Pinckneyville
    Drum Major: Anna-Jonesboro
    Music Performance: Anna-Jonesboro
    Visual Performance: Anna-Jonesboro


  1. Waterloo High School - 72.8
  2. Centralia High School - 71.2
  3. Carterville High School - 51.7
    Percussion: Waterloo
    Auxiliary: Waterloo
    Drum Major: Centralia
    Music Performance: Waterloo
    Visual Performance: Waterloo


  1. McCracken County High School (KY) - 77.6
  2. Cape Central High School (Cape Girardeau, MO) - 71.3
  3. Marion High School - 62.1
  4. Northwest High School (Cedar Hill, MO) - 61.9
    Percussion: McCracken County
    Auxiliary: McCracken County
    Drum Major: Cape Central
    Music Performance: McCracken County
    Visual Performance: McCracken County

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

WHEN: Gates and concessions open at 3:30 PM; Introductions start at 4:15 PM

EVENT CHAIRS: Kirk Caskey, Nancy Caskey, & Peggy Reiman

HOSTED BY: Murphysboro High School Crimson Express, Director Nick Williams


$10 for adults
$5 for students
Children 5 and under are free.
Admission collected at the gate and is Cash Only!


We continue to grow year after year and 2023 is no exception! We are in need of volunteers for a variety of tasks from selling tickets to hosting the hospitality room. If you are able to volunteer for any length of time during the event, please contact the Drums at Appletime Committee -

Band Registration

Click below to register online via Crimson Express Google Forms (you will be taken to a new website)

2024 Drums at Appletime® & Apple Festival Grand Parade Online Registration

  • Drums at Appletime® is open to high school bands only
  • Up to 25 bands will be accepted for Drums at Appletime®
  • Quality adjudicators will evaluate your performance with judging sheets modeled after BOA
  • All Band Awards, including Parade, will be announced at the conclusion of Drums at Appletime®

Acceptance into both Grand Parade and Drums at Appletime events will be determined by Application and Payment Dates.

For questions, please email our committee chairs -

The Murphysboro Apple Festival has implemented enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures and has added additional handwashing stations and sanitizing stations throughout the Festival grounds. Please follow all recommended guidelines while attending the Festival in order to keep it fun and safe for everyone!

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