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Drums at Appletime®

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

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.

Concessions will be available, including the Kiwanis Appletime General Store, serving snacks and drinks around the east bleachers.

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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, Nancy Caskey, & Peggy Reiman

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

Online Registration now available for Apple Festival Grand Parade and/or Drums at Appletime - CLICK HERE

  • 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 -

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