The 37th Annual F.J. Reitz Drill on the Hill Music Festival will be held this Saturday, October 5th with the first band performing at 6:00 pm CST.  The F.J. Reitz Drill on the Hill will be held at none other than our VERY own historic Reitz Bowl!  For those of you who have attended our DRUMS on the OHIO event, you know very well how amazing our Reitz Bowl is catered to the marching arts.  With a very unique “bowl” design, your able to experience a “wall of sound” as a spectator that is unmatched by any other high school football stadium in the region. Featuring beautiful views over the Ohio River, and not one bad seat in the house, this is a contest you don’t want to miss!  To learn more about the Reitz Bowl, why and how it was contructed, and why it is one of the BEST venues to experience the marching arts, head on over to our page at:,  or this previously written article by Evansville Living.  Recently the stadium has been nationally recognized as one of  “10 More High School Football Stadiums to See Before you Die.”  Another great feature of the Reitz Bowl is that those who are handicapped or using wheelchairs need not miss out on the fantastic views as the top level of seating is at entry level!

This year Drill on the Hill features 8 of the best bands in the area along with a special exhibition by the F.J. Reitz Mighty Marching Panthers.  Now that it’s mid-season and most bands have all their drill on the field, this contest will be one you don’t want to miss!

The F.J. Reitz Drill on the Hill Music Festival will use the ISSMA based classes of D,C, & B based on school size.  Be sure to check out after the show for contest results!

DRUMS on the OHIO invites all of our fans to come out Saturday to support these amazing local marching bands in action!

Admission Fees

Admission Program Books Shout Outs
$8.00 $5.00 $5.00

Judging Panel

Caption Judge
General Effect – Music Bill Laughlin
General Effect – Visual Christopher Lester
Music – Ensemble David Warren
Music – Individual Doug Goodwin
Visual – Ensemble Glen Hauger
Visual – Individual Taylor Clements
Color Guard Damon Padilla
Percussion Ed Kerns
Drum Major Art Adye

Contest Lineup

Class School Performance Time
D Mater Dei H.S. 6:00 pm
D Southridge H.S. 6:15 pm
C Evansville Bosse H.S. 6:30 pm
C Mt. Vernon H.S. 6:45 pm
C Corydon Central H.S. 7:00 pm
BREAK 7:15 pm
B Evansville Central H.S. 7:45 pm
B Evansville North H.S. 8:00 pm
B Evansville Harrison H.S. 8:30 pm
EXHIBITION F.J. Reitz H.S. 8:45 pm
AWARDS 9:15 pm

Concessions Menu

Item Price
Hamburgers $3.00
Cheeseburgers $3.50
Hot Dog $2.50
Popcorn $1.00
Papa John’s Pizza per slice $2.00
Papa John’s Whole Pizza $15.00
Nachos w/Cheese $3.00
Soft Drinks, Water, Gatorade (Pepsi Products) $2.00
Candy (M&Ms, Peanut M&Ms, Airheads, Skittles) $1.00
20oz Ski Slushie $4.00
Baked Goods $1.00