Drums at Appletime

WHEN: Saturday September 14, 2019
                 Gates open - 4:00 PM
                 Introductions - 4:15
                 Competition Begins - 4:30

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

EVENT PARTNERS: Republic ServicesWPSD 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 collected at the gate - Cash Only.
Tickets will not be sold prior to the event!

**NOTE: Grand Parade Band Awards will be presented with Field Competition Awards
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.


2019 Results

Class A

  1. Centralia High School Marching Showcase

  2. Anna-Jonesboro High School Marching Wildcats

  3. Pinckneyville High School Marching Panthers

    Kelly High School Marching Hawks (Benton, MO)

    Drum Major: Anna-Jonesboro
    Auxiliary: Kelly
    Percussion: Centralia
    Music Performance: Centralia
    Visual Performance: Kelly

Class AA

  1. St. Charles West High School  Marching Warriors (St. Charles, MO)

  2. Potosi High School Trojan Marching Band (Potosi, MO)

  3. Carterville High School Pride of the Lions

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

Class AAA

  1. McCracken County High School Mustang Marching Band (McCracken Co., KY)

  2. Waterloo High School Marching Bulldogs

  3. Wentzville Liberty High School (St. Charles Co., MO)

    Belleville Township High School West Marching Maroons
    Cape Central High School Marching Tigers

    Drum Major: Waterloo
    Auxiliary: Wentzville
    Percussion: Waterloo
    Music Performance: Cape Central
    Visual Performance: McCracken County

Tony Stevens Soloist Award
Best Soloist Regardless of Class

  • McCracken County - Flute Solo

Drums at Appletime Champion
Best Overall Score in Field Show Competition

  • McCracken County High School Mustang Marching Band

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