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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 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 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.

2021 Results

Class A

  1. Kelly High School
  2. Anna-Jonesboro High School
  3. Pinckneyville High School
    Music Performance: Kelly
    Visual Performance: Kelly
    Music General Effect: Kelly
    Visual General Effect: Kelly
    Percussion: Pinckneyville
    Auxiliary: Kelly
    Drum Major: Kelly

Class AA

  1. Civic Memorial High School (Bethalto, IL)
  2. Centralia High School
    Music Performance: Civic Memorial
    Visual Performance: Civic Memorial
    Music General Effect: Civic Memorial
    Visual General Effect: Centralia
    Percussion: Civic Memorial
    Auxiliary: Centralia
    Drum Major: Centralia

Class AAA

  1. McCracken County High School (Kentucky)
  2. Waterloo High School
  3. Belleville West High School
    Music Performance: McCracken County
    Visual Performance: McCracken County
    Music General Effect: McCracken County
    Visual General Effect: McCracken County
    Percussion: McCracken County
    Auxiliary: Waterloo
    Drum Major: McCracken County

Tony Stephens Award for Outstanding Soloist

  • McCracken County High School

Marion Nash Drums at Appletime Grand Champions

  • McCracken County High School Mustangs Marching Band
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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 and is Cash Only!

Band Registration

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

Registration is now closed!

  • 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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