Alumni Band - 90th Anniversary

In celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the VW Bands we hope you will join us on September 1 for the home game against Wapakoneta. Different this year - Alumni can perform at Pregame and/or Halftime. For halftime we have selected two tunes (all pregame and halftime music can be found below) that the Alumni will perform that evening. MACARTHUR PARK (from the Jay Hall years) and SWEET CHILD O' MINE (from the Anthony Alessandrini era). Of course we'll also play a Cougar Fight Song!

Initial information:

Registration deadline- August 15 (after that we might not be able to provide a Tshirt or an instrument for you)

Performance Date- September 1, 2017

Report time- 5:15 Alumni Checkin for Halftime performers... 5:30 Halftime Rehearsal... 6:00 Checkin for Pregame/Bleacher only... 6:15 Warmup for Pregame with HS School Band. Kick off is at 7:00pm.

Dress- 90th Anniversary Tshirt (provided free), khaki shorts, sneakers

Cost- There is no cost to performing alumni (game entry, tshirt are provided free). Family members will be charged the standard game entry fee and can purchase tickets in conjunction with athletic department policies.

If you want to be involved please fill out the Google form below so we can keep in contact... or contact that band office at (419) 203-6876... or email Matt Alessandrini at:


NOTE: please do not sign up unless you are sure you'll attend. The Tshirt is provided by the band and we'd rather not pay for Tshirts that aren't used. If you register and then discover that you can't perform please email Matt Alessandrini at: BEFORE August 15.

Google Registration Form


MUSIC (download the pdf for your part - trumpets choose the range that is most appropriate for your current skill level)


Pregame Fanfare/Illinois Loyalty

Pregame Cougar Fight Song

Pregame Alma Mater/Star Spangled Banner

Halftime MacArthur Park

Halftime Sweet Child O' Mine

Cougar Fight Song (found above for pregame)