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 is the Director of Bands at Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, IL, a position he has held since 2006. At Prospect, Mr. Barnum serves as director of the marching band, symphonic band, concert band, musical pit orchestra, and instructor of harmony and arranging. Under his direction, both the marching and concert bands have been recognized for excellence at the local, state, and regional level. Mr. Barnum has received the National Band Association Citation of Excellence on 6 occasions. Mr. Barnum's professional affiliations include the Illinois Music Educator’s Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the National Band Association.

Marching Band Staff: Assisting Mr. Barnum with the marching band is a staff of talented and dedicated instructors, including: Hannah Drake, Jen Hepp, Mitch Johnson, Mike Lawton, Scott Seal (winds), Christina Barnum, Lauren Bilbrey, Joshua DeGuzman, Maria Yorton (color guard), Matt Janus, Brian Spicer, and Raychel Taylor (percussion), and Joshua DeGuzman, Bret Kuhn, Drew Shanefield and Pete Weber (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 2019, approximately 186 students participated in the Prospect marching band program. This included 34 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 over thirty times, including Class 5A Champions in 2014, 2015, and 2016. 

The PMK were selected for finals at least five times at the Bands of America Grand National Championship. In 2017, they placed third in Class 3A Field (General Effect) and ninth in finals at the Bands of America Super Regional Championships in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2016, they placed first in Class 3A Field (Musical, Visual, General Effect) and second in finals at the  Bands of America Regional Championship in Dayton, Ohio.

For more information contact:

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