IMPORTANT SCHEDULE CHANGE Bands will be returning to their buses to eat lunch and change into uniforms after rehearsal at 10am. As a result, students do not need to be in full uniform for the morning rehearsal. The updated schedule can be found below 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 November 10th, 2018, UMass vs. Brigham Young University.
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 TwirlersColor 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 Registration2018 Band Day Registration Form
Please return to:
Mr. Thomas Hannum
Band Day Organizer
George N. Parks Band Bld.
110 Grinnell Way
Amherst, MA 01003
Band Day 2018 MusicWe are proud to announce that our performance will be in honor of both Veterans Day and the 100th Anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. Our music selection will be Over There by George Cohan, and Stars and Stripes Forever by John Phillip Sousa. The sheet music will be available to registered band directors on the Directors Page as the date gets closer.
Band Day MerchandiseBand Day Merchandise will be available closer to the date!
UPDATED Band Day Schedule7:30 AM- Visiting bands arrive at Gillette Stadium, unload, and set up inside the stadium immediately for rehearsal. 8:30-10:00 AM- All high school band members begin in the stadium, with introductions. Mass band rehearsal, and run through to follow. No rehearsals should take place on the interior roadway close to the stadium and offices. 9:30 AM- Directors Meeting in the Southeast Lounge of the Putnam Club. 10:00 AM- Visiting bands return to buses to eat lunch and change into uniforms 11:15 AM- Visiting bands line up to enter stadium and watch pregame 11:45 AM- All visiting bands are seated in sections 140-143 to watch pre-game. 12:00 PM- Football game starts. Second Quarter- Exit stands and begin to set up for half-time. Half-time- Mass Band performance on the field, then return to seats for second half. Postgame- The Minuteman Marching Band will perform on the field after the game. All visiting band members will move to sit on the home field side of the stadium. 4:30 PM High school bands depart for home or hotel.
Group TicketsGroup tickets may be ordered directly from UMass Athletics. More information can be found here
Bus and Truck ParkingDetailed instructions for bus and truck parking will be emailed to directors of participating bands.
Directions to Gillette Stadium
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).
We ask that each student bring their own bag lunch/dinner with a drink and a full water bottle for rehearsal.
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 coordinators Jake Dombrower and Angie Medina at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Band Day organizer Thomas P. Hannum at (413) 545-6060 for more information.