Established in 1966, and the longest running marching band festival of its kind, CMBF provides an educational marching band experience for bands of all class sizes and performance experience

“...district success is on

display in well-run events

like CMBF...”

-Frank Bischoff, judge and Bands of

America Hall of Fame inductee

“I’m proud to host all of the

schools and their fans.”

-CMBF volunteer

“We love attending CMBF....We

appreciate the judging panel’s

ability to make taped comments

that are both applicable and

helpful for our students to take

their performance to the next


-Andy Sturgeon, Director of Bands,

Mundelein High School

“This has always been my

favorite marching band


-Visiting Spectator

Reasons to attend this marching band festival...

  • Become a part of one of the greatest marching
  • band traditions in northeastern Illinois
  • Professionally run and well organized (we’ve been doing this a long time!)
  • Nationally recognized judges
  • Professional video recording of your performance
  • On-site parking for spectators
  • Artificial turf stadium
  • CMBF apparel available for sale
  • Tasty concessions

Add-ons you likely won’t find at other festivals

  • Drum Major Award (camp scholarship with $550 value)
  • Instrument award for top band performance
  • Clinics with top-notch clinicians right after your show (limited availability)
  • Free on-site instrument repair
  • Free event program for spectators

And in most years...

  • Bands from multiple states
  • Exhibition performance by college marching band