Liberty Drum Challenge

A highlight of the Parade, bands from all across the country prepare all year long for a chance to compete in the Liberty Drum Challenge. There were so many talented bands that competed in the 2019 Liberty Drum Challenge, making it a difficult decision for the judges.  We would like to thank each of the bands, listed below, for their stellar performance in America's Birthday Parade! 

2021 Band Competition Application

We are currently taking applications for the 2021 Parade. All applications are due by May 30, 2021.  Please complete the below application for consideration. 

Winning Prizes

Congratulations to the 2019 Liberty Drum Challenge winners, who were awarded a total of $10,000.

  • 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.

O'Fallon
Collinsville
Belleville East

University Herald Brass

The University Herald Brass is the signature music ensemble for AMERICA'S BIRTHDAY PARADE - one of the largest and oldest Independence Day celebrations in the country and viewed by 25% of the U.S. on national TV last year.

 

Membership:

Any current university brass or saxophone student including incoming high school seniors.

 

Registration:

Apply using the online application on this page.

Auditions:

No audition required.

Rehearsal:

One rehearsal on Friday, July 2, 2021, 3:30 to 8:00 PM

Parkway Central High School, 369 Woods Mill Road, Chesterfield, MO, 63017 - Dinner Provided.

Music

"You're a Grand Old Flag" to be memorized.

Uniform:

Provided prior to rehearsal on Friday, July 2, 2021 at 3:30 pm.

Charter bus:

Provided on parade day, July 3rd to and from Parkway Central High School. Departs at 7:30 AM. 

Communication:

IMPORTANT - Email is our ONLY form of communication. Keep your email account current and check your email for updates and important information.

 

Contact:

Please contact the Band Coordinator, C. Herbert Duncan at stlfestival@gmail.com

 

2021 University Herald Brass Application

We are currently taking applications for the 2021 University Herald Brass.  Please complete the application and submit it no later than June 20, 2021.

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