Band Day

About Band Day

Each fall, dozens of high school bands join the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band, the Power and Class of New England, for a day of rehearsal and a thrilling halftime performance. Not only is this great fun for all participants, it offers high school musicians a glimpse of what it is like performing in front of a college audience.

This year the UMMB is excited to announce that Band Day will once again be held at Gillette Stadium , home of the New England Patriots!

On Band Day, students will have the opportunity to meet and work with Minuteman Marching Band director Dr. Timothy Anderson and Associate Director Thomas P. Hannum, an internationally recognized leader in the field of marching percussion.

Beginning early in the morning, bands from all across New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania join the Minuteman Band in an intense rehearsal of several musical selections which will be performed four hours later before a crowd of 20,000 fans!

Call Band Day organizer Thomas P. Hannum at (413) 545-6060 for information on how to get your band involved. For questions regarding Band Day, please don't hesitate to email Band Day Coordinator Katy Boggs and Shannon Mackey at bandday@music.umass.edu

Color Guard and Twirlers

Color guard and twirler routines will be taught on Band Day during the morning rehearsal. Routines will be flashy and fun while being simple and repetitve to accomodate all skill levels. Dancers are also welcome and encouraged to participate.

Band Day Registration Form

Interested in participating in Band Day? Simply print and complete the registration form, located here: 2014 Band Day Registration Form, and return the form and the registration fee of $75 by Friday, October 10th to:

Mr. Thomas P. Hannum
Band Day Coordinator
George N. Parks Band Bld.
110 Grinnell Way
Amherst, MA 01003

Band Day 2014 Music

This year's musical selection is a medley from Disney & Pixar's hit movies: The Incredibles, Up, and Toy Story! The music will be available to participating bands on the directors page, and a link to this page will be emailed after a registration form has been received and processed.

Band Day Merchandise

This year we are selling t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, crew-neck sweatshirts, and hooded sweatshirts. The items will feature the Band Day design on the front, which will be designed and available for viewing at the beginning of the school year! Order forms and payment information will also be made available around the same time.

Band Day Schedule

8:00 am - 9:30 am
Bands arrive at Gillette Stadium.
10:00 am - 12:45 pm
Rehearsal.
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Eat lunch, change into uniform on buses.
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Bands move to the stadium and are seated in the stands.
3:00 pm
Football game kickoff.
Second Quarter
Exit stands and begin to set up for half-time.
Half-time
Mass band performance, then return to seats for second half.
Postgame
Visiting bands move to home field side to view feature performance by Minuteman Marching Band.
7:45 pm
Visiting bands depart for home.

Group Tickets

Tickets to the football game are being offered at a discount to friends and family of participating bands. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by contacting Steve Baruffi at (413) 577-7254 or by email at sbaruffi@umass.edu.

Bus and Truck Parking

Detailed instructions for bus and truck parking will be emailed to directors of participating bands.

Directions to Gillette Stadium

From Boston:

Interstate 93 South (S.E. Expressway) to Interstate 95 South; Take Interstate 95 South to Exit 9 (Wrentham) onto Route 1 South. Follow Route 1 South approximately 3 miles to Gillette Stadium (on the left).

From Cape Cod:

Interstate 495 North to Exit 14A onto Route 1 North. Follow Route 1 North approximately 4 miles to Gillette Stadium (on the right).

From Maine, New Hampshire:

Interstate 128 South to Interstate 95 South; Exit 9 onto Route 1 South. Follow Route 1 South approximately 3 miles to Gillette Stadium (on the left).

From Northern Connecticut, Vermont, Western Mass, Upstate New York:

Interstate 90 East (Massachusetts Turnpike) to Route 495 South; Exit 14A onto Route 1 North. Follow Route 1 North approximately 4 miles to Gillette Stadium (on the right).

From Southern Connecticut, Rhode Island:

Interstate 95 North to Interstate 495 North; Exit 14A onto Route 1 North. Follow Route 1 North approximately 4 miles to Gillette Stadium (on the right).

Additional Information

We ask that each student bring their own bag lunch/dinner with a drink and a full water bottle for rehearsal.

Due to the number of students participating, we ask that each band use their buses to change into uniform for the performance.

The University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band will present a special performance for all of the participating bands immediately following the conclusion of the football game.

In the event of rain we will perform as scheduled during half-time. We suggest you consider having the students bring a dry change of clothes for the ride home. If you feel conditions are too severe for your band to perform, we will completely support your decision to forego the half-time festivities. Please watch your email for any updates on the weather.

For questions regarding Band Day, please don't hesitate to email the Band Day coordinator at bandday@music.umass.edu.