About the Minuteman Band
George N. Parks Minuteman Marching Band Building
110 Grinnell Way
Amherst, MA 01002
Main Office: (413)545-3410
Recruitment Line: (413)545-7755
You can also visit the staff page.
About the Minuteman 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 Thomas P. Hannum, 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 colorguard are known for their enthusiasm, excitement and excellence. 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 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. 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 UMassThe 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. James Patrick Miller, 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 BandThe UMass Hoop Band is the pep band that plays at every home Men’s and Women’s Basketball games. The Hoop Band rehearses on Monday’s from 4:40-6:10 p.m. beginning in the mid-Fall Semester and runs through the mid-Spring Semester. The Hoop Band also plays throughout the Winter Intersession whenever there are home games. In the past, the Hoop Band has traveled with the basketball team to places such as the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, MA, the Boardwalk Hall at Atlantic City, New Jersey and the Madison Square Garden in Times Square in New York City, New York. Everyone is allowed to join Hoop Band. Auditions for Hoop Band, for placement reasons only, are in the Fall Semester. To sign up for Hoop Band, enroll into MUSIC583 (Pep Band) through SPIRE, the University’s Administrative Website.
Concert BandThe University Concert Band meets from 4:40-6:10 p.m. 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.
See the Concert Band Page for audition pieces, scales, and additional information.