System+Spirit=Success is a guiding axiom that has helped defined the achievement of the students and the program. This idea began in the marching band world, but has since been implemented in many fields beyond music.
"The two most important attributes of a successful marching band are spirit and system. A system is a way of doing things. It represents the total structure of the band such as organization, procedures, activities, philosophies, teaching methods, marching and playing style, and policies. Spirit represents how individual band members respond to the system. It includes practice habits, good attitudes, mental discipline, commitment, responsibility, dependability, and hard work. Success is the result of a good system and spirit. Success generates its own byproducts, such as pride, enthusiasm, loyalty, discipline, and dedication."
Gary E. Smith
Director Emeritus, University of Illinois Marching Illini