Liberty Drum Challenge
The Liberty Drum Challenge is one of the highlights of the Parade, bands from all across the Country prepare all year long for a chance to compete! There were so many talented bands that competed in this year's July 4th Liberty Drum Challenge, making it a very hard decision for the judges. We would like to thank each of the bands in our list below for their stellar performance in America's Birthday Parade!
2020 Band Competition Application
We are currently taking applications for the 2020 Parade with all applications due by May 30, 2020. Please complete the application on this page for consideration.
$10,000 to the winning bands in the 2019 Liberty Drum Challenge!
1st Place $5,000 O'Fallon Township High School Band
2nd Place $3,000 Belleville East High School Band
3rd Place $1,000 Collinsville High School Band
4th Place $500 Mascoutah High School Band
5th Place $500 Lincoln High School
All participating bands received up to $1,200 for travel expenses.
University Herald Brass
The University Herald Brass is the signature music ensemble for AMERICA'S BIRTHDAY PARADE - one of the largest and oldest 4th of July celebrations in the country and viewed by 25% of the U.S. on national TV last year.
Any current university brass student including incoming freshmen.
Apply using the online application on this page.
No audition required.
One rehearsal on July 3, 2020
Parkway Central High School, 369 Woods Mill Road, Chesterfield, MO, 63017
"You're a Grand Old Flag" to be memorized.
Provided prior to rehearsal at 4:30 pm.
Charter bus to and from the parade site from Parkway Central High School. Departs 7:00 am on Thursday, July 4th and returns at 11:00 am to Parkway Central.
IMPORTANT - Email is our ONLY form of communication. Keep your email account current and check your email for updates and important information.
Please contact the Band Coordinator, C. Herbert Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org
2020 University Herald Brass Application
We are currently taking applications for the 2020 Parade. Please complete the application on this page for consideration. All applications due by June 23, 2020.