About the BandThe Minuteman Marching Band has long been a source of great pride for the University of Massachusetts and the surrounding region. Under the leadership of director Timothy Todd Anderson, associate director and percussion instructor Ian G. Hale, and assistant director and visual coordinator Christine Sirard, the Minuteman Marching Band has emerged as one of the nation's outstanding band programs. The band’s award winning drumline, large and powerful horn section, and modernized color guard are known for their energy, excellence, and enthusiasm. At home football games, the "Power and Class" performs its traditional Post Game show for hundreds of enthusiastic, dedicated fans who don't leave the stadium until the last note.
Over 380 students experience the excitement of college marching band at UMass. The Minuteman Marching Band has performed for Presidential Inaugural Ceremonies in 1981, 1985, and 2001. In 1993, 2001, 2004, 2007, and 2011, the band performed at Bands of America Grand Nationals. Other notable performances that the Minuteman Marching Band has participated in is the Macy's Day Parade in 2013, the Rose Bowl Parade in 2018, and the Patriot's 2018 home opener half time show. In 1998, the Minuteman Marching Band received the most prestigious honor bestowed upon college bands, the Louis C. Sudler Trophy, which is awarded in recognition of "the highest of musical standards and innovative marching routines and ideas, and which has made important contributions to the advancement of the performance standards of college marching bands over a period of several years."
Music at UMass
The Department of Music and Dance enrolls 250 undergraduate and graduate music majors, who pursue a variety of degrees, including Performance, Education, Theory, Compositions, and African-American Music and Jazz Studies. The Department hosts 17 different instrumental ensembles. The Wind Ensemble program, under the direction of Dr. Matthew Westgate, has been highly acclaimed for its interpretation of the most substantive twentieth-century wind literature. The Jazz program, under the leadership of Jeffrey Holmes, has gained national and international recognition including top honors and major collegiate Jazz festivals, and many ensemble and individual citations from DOWNBEAT magazine's Annual Student Music Awards.
Hoop & Ice BandThe UMass Hoop & Ice Band (also known as the UMass Pep Band) is the pep band that plays at every home Men’s and Women’s Basketball games and Men's Ice Hockey Games. The band rehearses on Mondays from 4:40-6:10 p.m. beginning in the mid-Fall semester and runs through the mid-Spring semester. The band also plays throughout the Winter Intersession whenever there are home games. In the past, the band has traveled with the basketball team to places such as the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, MA, the Boardwalk Hall at Atlantic City, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, New Jersey, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and the Madison Square Garden in Times Square in New York City, New York.
There are auditions for Hoop & Ice Band that occur in mid October. To sign up for this band, enroll into MUSIC583 (Pep Band) through SPIRE, the University’s Administrative Website.
Concert BandThe University Concert Band meets from 7:30-9:30pm every Thursday in the Fall Semester, as well as from 4:40-6:10pm every Tuesday and Thursday in the Spring Semester. The Concert Band performs a variety of pieces ranging from Marches to Broadway to Mozart. The Concert Band is directed by Dr. Anderson. Everyone can join Concert Band, there is an audition process for seating purposes only. Many members use Concert Band as a way to learn a second instrument or strengthen their skills on their primary instrument. Many of the members tend to come from the Marching Band, however, you will meet several other people who come from several other departments wanting to play an instrument. To sign up for Concert Band, enroll into MUSIC569 (Concert Band) through SPIRE, the University’s Administrative Website.
Color in the CageWhen the marching band is not performing in the Spring, many members try their hand at spinning and twirling. The semester culminates with the annual Color in the Cage event where UMass ensembles are joined with local guards for a performance held in Totman Gymnasium.
Tech ClassesThe band features a few tech classes to further marching skills of any member.
Marching Band TechTaught by Dr. Timothy Anderson, this course teaches students how to create a marching band show ranging from drill writing to musical arranging.
Marching Percussion TechTaught by Ian Hale, this course teaches students the fundamentals of marching percussion including technique.
Color Guard TechTaught by Chris Sirard, this course is an hour and a half of color guard basics rehearsal. We learn and rehearse our warmups and routines. At the end of the semester the Tech Class performs at UMass Color in the Cage.
Amherst Community BandThe Amherst Community Band meets on Mondays, 6:00-8:00pm from June to August. The band gives 5 concerts during that time. This ensemble is open to anyone (not just students, but anyone in the community). Contact Dr. Anderson for more information.
There are numerous outstanding musical ensembles housed in the Department of Music and Dance that are open to all University students (some do require auditions). For more information on how to participate, please visit the Music Department's website: UMass Music Ensembles.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst (colloquially known as UMass) is a coeducational, nationally ranked research institution located in a beautiful, culturally rich New England town surrounded by hills, forests, lakes, and meadows, just a few hours from Boston and New York City. The largest public university in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, UMass offers an excellent education at an affordable price. Its size, diversity, and the richness of its academic and extracurricular offerings, provide almost unlimited possibilities for personal growth and professional development. Each year over 24,000 undergraduates and 7,000 graduate students attend UMass from all 50 states and nearly 100 foreign countries. Students can earn bachelor's degrees in over 90 areas, master's degrees in 68, and doctorates in 50. In recent years, UMass faculty members have won an impressive array of the world's most prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize; the Pulitzer Prize; the National Book Award for Poetry; the Tanner Prize for Poetry; the American Book Award for Fiction; the Draper Award in Engineering; and numerous MacArthur, Guggenheim, Sloan, Woodrow Wilson, and Fulbright Fellowships.
(As of August 15th)
Monday, August 21st:
Ad Staff Managers report, time TBD
Tuesday, August 22nd:
Ad Staff report, time TBD
Thursday, August 24th:
Field Staff report:
- Check in at Washington 10am-11am
- First meeting, 12:30pm at the Band Building
Friday, August 25th:
All percussion & new color guard report:
- Rehearsal begins at 10:00am
Saturday, August 26th:
All guard, twirlers, and new winds report:
- Move in: 8am-10am
- 1st Meeting: 10am
- Rehearsal begins at 10am for twirlers
Sunday, August 27th:
Full Band Camp begins!
- Returning winds report, 9am
- Move into Band Camp housing: 9am-11am
- First meeting: 11 am.
Tuesday, August 29th:
Move into academic year housing housing
Friday, September 1st:
Band Camp ends, 5pm
Sunday, September 3rd:
New Student Convocation:
- 12pm call time (estimated)
Tuesday, September 5th:
First day of classes:
- 4:40 - 6:10 daily rehearsals begin
Friday, September 8th:
Guard/Percussion sectional after band:
- Percussion 7:30pm-10pm
Saturday, September 9th:
Home football vs. Miami (OH)
Sunday, September 17th:
Gardner Parade/possible field show
Friday, September 22nd:
Guard/Percussion sectional after band:
Saturday, September 23rd:
Home football vs. New Mexico
Sunday, September 24th:
Friday, September 29nd:
Guard/Percussion sectional after band:
Saturday, September 30th:
Home football vs. Arkansas State
Saturday, October 7th:
Home football vs. Toledo (Band Day!)
Sunday, October 29th:
Wednesday, November 1st:
Multibands dress rehearsal, 8:30pm
Thursday, November 2nd:
Friday, November 3rd:
Multibands matinee and Gala evening performance
Saturday, November 4th:
Homecoming football vs Merrimack (150th celebration halftime)
Saturday, November 25th:
Home Football vs. UConn
Friday, December 1st:
Sunday, December 3rd: