PMK Overview:

Since 1958, the Prospect Marching Knights (PMK) have been a nationally recognized, award-winning marching band.

Located in Mt. Prospect, Illinois. Prospect High School (PHS) is one of six district high schools comprising Township High School District 214 in northwest suburban Chicago. The Marching Knights are part of Prospect’s Fine and Performing Arts Department. In 2012, the PHS music department was designated one of the top six music programs in the nation by the GRAMMY® Foundation. Prospect received the 2012 Grammy® Signature Schools Gold award, in recognition of its demonstrated excellence in music education.

Director of Bands: Chris Barnum has served as Director of Bands since 2006. Mr. Barnum earned both his undergraduate and masters degrees in music education from the University of Illinois. Prior to earning his masters degree, Mr. Barnum taught fifth and sixth grade band in Berwyn, Illinois. He is also a brass staff member of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Barnum’s professional affiliations include the Music Educators National Conference and the National Band Association.

Marching Band Staff: Assisting Mr. Barnum with the marching band is a staff of talented and dedicated instructors, including: Mitch Johnson, Mike Lawton, and Scott Seal (winds); Christina Barnum, Lauren Bilbrey, Lynel Curd, Will Frankenberger, Megan McHugh and Brady Sanders, (color guard); Matt Janus, Scott Simon, Billy Spicer, and Brian Spicer (percussion); and Drew Shanefield, Bret Kuhn, Sal Salas, and Peter Weber (show design). These instructors attend rehearsals in the summer and fall. Each brings a great deal of knowledge in his or her area of expertise.

Marching Band Membership: In 2015, approximately 170 students participated in the Prospect marching band program. This included 32 members of the Color Guard.

Prospect Band Boosters: The PMK receives strong parental support through the Prospect Band Boosters, which assists the Director with procuring and maintaining uniforms, arranging transportation, logistics, food and lodging, chaperoning events, fundraising, publicity, and other activities.


I like being in the PMK because it allows me to reach my potential in music while I am with an awesome group of kids that are fun to be around.
— Nate - Junior

What We've Achieved:

Honors and Awards. The Prospect Marching Knights have been named Grand Champions at the University of Illinois Marching Band Festival 30 times. They were selected for the finals at least five times at the Bands of America Grand National Championship and were Grand Champions at the Bands at the Bowl (Hollywood Bowl, 2004). They were among the top 10 finalists in the 2013 Bands of America Super Regional in St. Louis, and were named Illinois 5A State Champions in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

    For more information contact:

    Mr. Chris Barnum
    Director of Bands
    Prospect High School
    801 W. Kensington Road
    Mt. Prospect, Illinois 60056