Welcome to Band Camp!

This year, the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band will welcome approximately 125 new members. They will step off on August 23rd, one of the university’s biggest days of band camp. The marching band is composed of students who have marched throughout their high school career, and also students who have never taken a single roll-step. No matter what their history, all rookie members go through a day-and-a-half of review, instructed by the marching band’s four drum majors and student field staff.

The Power and Class of New England will march double-time during band camp, to prepare for their first football game on August 30th. At Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, the UMass Minutemen will take on the Boston College Eagles. This year, the football team is under new leadership; Coach Whipple has returned to UMass, and the football team, the fans, and the marching band cannot wait to see the revived UMass football program.

But before they take their first steps on Gillette’s turf, they must make it through band camp, an exciting week of marching drill on the field and playing music. This year, the UMMB is performing a medley of Earth, Wind, and Fire songs (Let’s Groove, September, and In the Stone); a rendition of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, featuring students on vocals; and the percussion feature, Spain by Chick Corea.

The students take residence in the Southwest Towers until they move in to their official dorms. Their schedule begins at 8 AM with warm-ups on the field and marching fundamentals until lunch. The students reconvene on the field after lunch and practice drill until dinner. At night, they practice music in sectionals and full-band indoor musical rehearsals, before the students head to bed and prepare for the next day.

The Minuteman Marching Band will be visiting Boston at noon on August 27th for a pep rally at the Boston Harbor Hotel. We will be performing at the New Student Convocation and the All-Campus Barbecue, as UMass ushers in the world’s largest clam bake. Make sure you catch the UMass Marching Band as they enter a busy week, representing the university across the state.