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Drums at Appletime®

Saturday, September 18, 2021 4:15PM - 9:30PM

New for 2021!
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 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 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 have 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.

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.

Judging Panel for 2021

MUSIC EXECUTION - Lindsey Williams
MUSIC GE - Mark Mikulay - Black Knights, Founder-Crimson Express
VISUAL GE - Jo Smith - DCM, Black Knights
PERCUSSION - Michael Davis - Freedom Percussion
COLOR GUARD - Marc Moss - Color Guard and Musician Choreographer
DRUM MAJOR - Michael Hanes, Professor Emeritus SIU School of Music

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

WHEN: Saturday, September 18, 2021 - gates open at 4:00 PM, first band to perform at 4:30 PM

EVENT CHAIRS: Kirk Caskey, Peggy Reiman, and Tanya Fletcher

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


$7 for adults
$4 for students
Children 5 and under are free.
Admission collected at the gate is Cash Only! Tickets will not be sold prior to the event!

Band Registration

Registration form coming soon!

Tuesday, August 31st, 2021

$225 entry fee ($25 late fee after 8/31/2021)

  • 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
  • Parade and Field Show Awards will be announced at the conclusion of Drums at Appletime®
  • Judges' Comments made available via web portal
  • Great Concessions and a Hospitality Room for Directors, Staff, and Bus Drivers

Acceptance into both Grand Parade and Drums at Appletime events will be determined by Application and Payment Dates.
There is an additional $25 Late Entry Fee for Drums at Appletime IF your entry is received after the deadline.


For questions, please email our committee chairs -

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