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Red & Black Fall Classic
Marching Band Competition
NIU Huskie Stadium
Saturday September 26, 2015
1:00 pm Tentative Start
(Tickets on sale & gates open at 1 hour before start)

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The Red & Black Fall Classic held at Northern Illinois University’s Huskie Stadium is the Phantom Regiment's 13th year of producing a high school marching band competition. In partnership with the NIU Huskie Marching Band, the competition is now at one of the very best venues in the state of Illinois. 

All seats will be general admission, and the gates will open an hour before the start time. The start time of the competition will be announced closer to the date of the event as we wait for the number of band entries. Tickets are only available at the stadium on the day of the event.







Children 5 & under


Accessible seating available on the field only.

The stadium does NOT allow: outside food or beverage; bottles; alcohol; confetti; laser pointers; pets. The temperatures in the evening has been known to get chilly at this time of year, so be sure to come with the appropriate clothing. Blankets are OK.

Professionally Recorded DVD
Professionally recorded DVDs are available for purchase. (Band directors receive a complimentary copy of their band). Fans may purchase individual bands to an entire class. This service is provided by Box5 Media. DVDs from this upcoming, as well as past years, can be purchased here.

Performing Bands (to be announced)

To see the show schedule and school information on your smartphone or tablet - visit

Directions and Parking
Parking is in Lot K on the NIU campus (enter off Lincoln Highway, just west of Annie Glidden Rd.), with overflow at the NIU Convocation Center Lot 2. Parking is being charged by the university and is $5. (ADA parking will be in Lot L).

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Huskie Stadium
This stadium is one of the best venues in the Midwest! Watch northern Illinois' finest high school marching bands perform on state of the art turf. The turf (see picture) was just installed in 2009. Students will enjoy performing on the big stage for you in this venue.

Huskie Marching Band
An added bonus is a special performance by the Northern Illinois University Huskie Marching Band under the direction of Dr. Thomas Bough. "The Huskie Marching Band," says Dr. Bough, "is always eager to perform, be it for the enthusiastic fans in Huskie Stadium or for the hard-working and talented high school band members that perform and compete every weekend during the fall around the state of Illinois." The Huskie Marching Band will be performing at the conclusion of the competition.

For Directors
Registration is still open to attend the Red & Black Fall Classic. To read about all the benefits of participating in our competition.