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. 

Winning Prizes

$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:

Charter bus to and from the parade site from Parkway Central High School. Departs 7:00 am on Saturday, 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


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.

Apply to be in the Band Competition

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