News for the UMass Marching Band

University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band 2015

Our 2015 season is already shaping up to be a great one! Check out our latest introduction video made by A/V Manager Chelsea Lachance; you might even recognize a familiar face or two! Be sure to watch in HD!

New Trumpets and Mellophones!

Thanks to a generous donation from the Blessing Instrument Company and the support of Chancellor Subbaswamy, we are excited to announce that the 2015 UMMB will have some new trumpets and mellophones to use. We look forward to putting them into use!

Meet the Drum Majors: William Blazeski

Last, but certainly not least in our presentation of 2015's Drum Majors, William Blazeski!

Year: Super-Senior
Major: Public Health
Hometown: Nutley, NJ
High School: Nutley High School
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Meet the Drum Majors: Mike Nicholson

Our featured Drum Major for today is Mike Nicholson!

Year: Junior
Major: History and Political Science
Hometown: Gardner, MA
High School: Gardner High School
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Meet the Drum Majors: Eddie Gelberg

Today we feature 1st year UMMB Drum Major Eddie Gelberg!

Year: Junior
Major: Physics
Hometown: Burlington, MA
High school: Burlington High School
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Meet the Drum Majors: Jen Antocci

To gear up for the fall, we would like to present one of the four UMMB Drum Majors for the 2015 season. Today we feature 2nd year Drum Major, Jennifer Antocci!

Year: Senior
Major: Public Health and Communication
Hometown: Westminster, MA
High School: Gardner High School

Congratulations to Brittani Aldrich‏ on College Miss Majorette of Massachusetts!

We would like to congratulate our very own Brittani Aldrich on an astounding achievement. She has been crowned College Miss Majorette of Massachusetts, taking home the Alyssa Kane Memorial Traveling Trophy. In order to win the competition, Brittani had to complete a 1, 2, & 3 baton routine and an x-strut; she had to model and have an interview with a judge.


UMMB at the State House for the Lone Walk Ceremony!

On January 7th, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick will be taking the Lone Walk out of the State House, and you can expect the Minuteman Marching Band to be there! The Lone Walk, which dates back to 1799, is an event during which the doors of the State House open, and the governor leaves to finally become a private citizen. The doors only open for the Lone Walk, foreign dignitaries, and the President of the United States. Needless to say, the UMass Marching Band is thrilled to perform at this event.

UMass vs. Buffalo and the Merry Maple Parade

On Friday November 28th, the 2014 UMMB season will come to an end as the UMass Minutemen play the Buffalo Bulls. Kick-off is at 1PM at McGuirk Stadium but be sure to come early as we acknowledge both the football team seniors and the marching band seniors. It has been such a great season and we cannot wait to perform our best show yet. We invite all attendees to stay after post-game for the special Senior Show. The Senior Show is written and directed by our 2014 seniors and combines songs and elements from our show music from the past four years.

Band Day 2014!

On Saturday October 18th, over 3,500 high schoolers and performers joined the UMMB at halftime in celebration for the 30th annual UMass Band Day. The day started early as 9AM, when bands and groups arrived and were greeted into Gillette Stadium by members of the UMMB proudly shouting the signature line, "WELCOME TO BAND DAY!"