Band Camp

Ah, those band camp memories: sunburn, sore and aching muscles, early mornings and late nights, jumping jacks, push-ups, exciting music, and five of the most intense and productive days you'll ever experience. Most of all, it means fun, making new friends, and the start of the best marching band that New England has ever seen!

This is the tentative schedule for Band Camp 2013. Band Camp Registration will be in the temporary housing dorm which will be in JQA in the Southwest Residential Area. Look for signs when you get onto campus!


TUESDAY, AUGUST 20

REGISTRATION TIME: 9-10 AM

Administrative Staff

Drum Majors

FIRST MEETING: 10:00 AM

First Meal -


THURSDAY, AUGUST 22

REGISTRATION TIME: 4:00-5:00 PM

All Field Staff

Percussion Section Leaders

Color guard Captains

FIRST MEETING: 5:30 PM

First Meal -

First Night in Dorms -


FRIDAY, AUGUST 23

REGISTRATION TIME: 10:30AM

All Percussion

First Year Color guard

FIRST MEETING: 12 PM

First Meal -

Band Parent Meeting: 12 PM (Location TBA)


SATURDAY, AUGUST 24

REGISTRATION TIME: 12 PM

Returning Color guard

All Twirlers

New Wind Players

FIRST MEETING: 2 PM

First Meal -


SUNDAY, AUGUST 25

REGISTRATION TIME: 5 PM

Veteran Wind Players

FIRST MEETING: 6 PM

First Meal -


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28

REHEARSAL AND MOVE-OUT / MOVE-IN

Rehearse in the morning

Move out of JQA to your assigned campus room

We will break from rehearsal from during the early afternoon to allow everyone to move into their permanent dorms. If you are having anyone help you, please let them know these times. And please keep in mind that JQA, Prince, and Crampton (which are all Southwest dorms, though all other Southwest dorms will be fine) will not be ready to be moved into until 1:00 PM that day so if anyone lives in any of those dorms, please plan accordingly.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 30

End of Band Camp Performace: 4:40 PM


To Band Members & Parents:

Friday, August 30th is the perfect opportunity to finish the move in process to the permanent dorms. After the NSO Convocation, the rest of the day is available for moving in. Please be aware that all new students are REQUIRED to attend their NSO sessions, immediately following the Convocation

If you are an incoming student from outside the New England/Northeast area, please call the summer recruiter with any move-in/storage questions: (413) 545-3410 or email at ummbrecruit@music.umass.edu.

PLEASE NOTE: The time for "first meal" means the first meal that will be provided by the band. Any meals before that time are the responsibility of the student. Students should plan on bringing food/snacks until their “first meal.”


SATURDAY, AUGUST 31 TIME 10 AM

New Students Convocation


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 TIME 3:45 PM

Campus BBQ


UMMB Band Camp: It's the Best Way to Start

Okay, you're excited about coming to UMass, but you have this sense of fear that keeps creeping into your excitement. You admit it to yourself - you're afraid you'll get lost on a campus of 18,000 students. You're not sure you'll find your place to fit... there's great news, because the Minuteman Band has a place in its family of 350 waiting for you! By the time the Minuteman Band performs at the New Students Convocation, band members have already spent a week working, having fun, and building friendships that will last a lifetime.

It will become clear at Convocation as you look out at the sea of 4,000 nervous freshman faces, that you have made an excellent choice. You'll already know people in your dorm and upperclassmen in your major to help you through. You'll even know your way around campus. After moving into your new dorm before anyone else at UMass, you'll have already made over 350 friends... and all you had to do was come to Band Camp!


Band Camp - What to Bring

After several years of running band camps, the band staff has provided this list for you. Remember, the end of August generally means HOT days, COOL nights, and a good chance of RAIN, so pack accordingly. LIST OF ESSENTIAL ITEMS TO BRING




____ hat/visor (required)

____ sunblock (required)

____ khaki shorts + maroon P&C's

____ fan

____ backpack

____ water bottle (required)

____ bugspray

____ sunglasses

____ shorts

____ long pants/jeans

____ short & long sleeve shirts

____ sweat shirt/windbreaker

____ athletic socks (bring extras!)

____ comfy broken-in sneakers (please NO sandals)

____ shoes/boots for the rain

____ change for vending machines

____ personal care items

____ soap/shampoo/towels

____ sleeping bag/sheets/pillow

____ pencils & pocket notebook

____ alarm clock

____ any music that you have been sent

____ instrument and reeds, valve/slide oil, mallets, flip folder, etc.

____ a positive attitude!