News for the UMass Marching Band

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!"


UMMB at the NEPR Opening Ceremony!

On September 7th, 2014, The University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band was invited to participate in the opening ceremony for the new New England Public Radio facility on Main Street in Springfield, MA. It was a truly exciting event and we were honoured to play a part in it.


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.

Meet The Administrative Staff!

UMMB Ad Staff and Drum Majors are gearing up for a great 2014 season!

Program Coordinator and Director


Mary Paris and Timothy Todd Anderson

Multibands Pops Concert

On October 18th at 8:00PM, the UMMB will be the headlining performance at the UMass-Amherst Department of Music’s Multibands Pops Concert. The event will consist of many UMass musical ensembles, closed by the Power and Class of New England. One can expect to hear a plethora of tunes from the UMMB’s 2013 season. The UMMB will also be performing on the mornings of the 17th and the 18th for the local middle and elementary schools. Finally, don’t miss the Homecoming Parade on October 17th at 4:30PM, in which the UMMB will be marching and kicking off the Homecoming week!

29th Annual Band Day

The 29th Annual UMass Band Day will be held on October 12, 2013 at Gillette Stadium. Please note, this is a change from the previously announced date of November 2nd. A registration form and additional information can be found on the Band Day page ( Registration forms will be accepted from now until Friday, October 4th. This year, students at Band Day will be performing music from Willy Wonka! We hope you will join us for the 29th annual event. If you have any questions please contact our Band Day Coordinator Katy Boggs at