Sousaphone players play "Go Southern Go" while cheerleaders perform on Friday, Aug. 14, 2019, while rehearsing for the annual freshman convocation at Shryock Auditorium in Carbondale, Ill.
Members of the SIU Marching Salukis touch the tomb of Southern Illinois' original mascot, "King Tut," on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, before a game against the UT-Martin Skyhawks in Carbondale, Ill. Members of the football team and band alike touch the tomb for good luck going into that day's game.
Riley Wagner, a senior baritone player from Bismarck., Ill., far right, and Timothy Bailey, a senior mellophone player from St. Louis, Mo., kick while parading on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, during the Du Quoin State Fair Twilight Parade in Du Quoin, Ill.
Area residents watch on as the Marching Salukis go by on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, during the annual Southern Illinois University Homecoming Parade in Carbondale, Ill.
Morgan Brown, of Danville, Ill., embraces fellow mellophone player Zach Martine, of Bridgewater, New Jersey, on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, before Southern Illinois takes on the Illinois State Redbirds in Carbondale, Ill.
Michalah Troutt, a junior bass drum player studying music education from West Frankfort, Ill., rests her head on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, after the Marching Salukis perform in the annual homecoming parade at Saluki Stadium in Carbondale, Ill.
Josh Cooper, a sousaphone player from Chebanse, Ill, and the Marching Salukis sousaphone section run towards the end zone on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, before Southern Illinois' last home game of the season against the North Dakota State Bison at Saluki Stadium in Carbondale, Ill.
Trumpet players Zach Zappa, of Chester, Ill., and Trevor Eubanks, of Du Quoin, Ill., embrace Dr. George Brozak, Director of Athletic Bands, on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, during Southern Illinois' homecoming game against Youngstown State at Saluki Stadium in Carbondale, Ill.