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 2019 will be held at McGuirk Alumni Stadium on the UMass Amherst Campus on November 2nd, 2019, UMass vs. Liberty. Kickoff for the game will be at 12:00pm.

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 thousands of fans!

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 repetitive to accommodate all skill levels. Dancers are also welcome and encouraged to participate.


Band Day Registration

2019 Band Day Registration Form
Please return to:
Mr. Thomas Hannum
Band Day Organizer
George N. Parks Band Bld.
110 Grinnell Way
Amherst, MA 01003

General Information for Directors

Bands should arrive at McGuirk Alumni Stadium at 7:30am.

School buses will be parking in Lot 33 on the UMass Amherst Campus.

High School Band seating will be in Sections 1, 2, 3, 11, 12, 13 in the Stadium.

The events of the day are projected to end by 4:30pm.


Here is the link for Band Day parents/families/associates to purchase tickets. This is the most discounted ticket athletics offers, as well as the opportunity to purchase parking in advance in the same window.
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Please note the deadline to purchase tickets via the link is October 31 @ 5pm. The tickets for families/friends/associates of High School Band Day will be in sections 5, 6, 7 so that they have the optimal view of the halftime performance (this is on the UMass sideline).

For questions regarding Band Day, please don't hesitate to email the Band Day coordinator Angie Medina at or call Band Day organizer Thomas P. Hannum at (413) 545-6060 for more information.