Greater Decatur Youth Band

Sponsored by Millikin University and Decatur Park District

Celebrating 23 years of success in central Illinois! 









Marching in the 2015 Decatur Celebration Parade. We welcomed the Mister Softee Ice Cream Truck to our concerts this year



  • Students who have just completed 4th - 6th grades rehearse from 9:00-10:15
  • Rehearsals are Monday and Wednesday, June 12 -August 2, 2017
  • Students completing 7th-10th grades rehearse from 10:30-11:45 a.m.
  • All rehearsals are at Kirkland Fine Arts Center (Millikin University), room 136


  • Students playing woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments who have completed one year of band.


  • $68 for per student resident
  • $75 per student non-resident.
  • Discount for second child in family. 

2017 performance schedule

  • Wednesday, July 5 at 6 p.m. (Millikin University Quad))
  • Wednesday, July 19 at 6 p.m. (Kiwanis Park Ice Cream Social)
  • Wednesday, July 26 at 6 p.m. (Cresthaven Park)
  • August 2 Lantern Parade (Fairview Park)
  • Saturday, August 5 at 10 a.m. (Decatur Celebration Parade)

More information

  • Download the GDYB application
  • Mail form and payment to the Decatur Park District Office, 620 East Riverside Ave. Decatur, IL 62521 or the DISC 1295 West Wood St., Decatur, IL 62522.
  • Registration can also be completed online at
  • For additional information, contact Gary Shaw, Director of Bands, Millikin University at or 217.424.6309.
  • Youth Scholarship Program