BAND DAY 2017 returns to UMass Amherst!! Yes, we’re back on campus!

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, we are bringing this tradition back to campus for the 33rd Annual UMass Band Day! Join the Minuteman Band in a rehearsal of several specially designed pieces that will be performed at halftime for thousands of fans!

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.

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Band Day Registration

Download the registration form here.

Band Day Music

Check back this fall for music!

Band Day Directors Page

When music is available, it will be posted to band day directors page. The password to access the music will be emailed to directors once the music is available.

Band Day Merchandise

Band Day Merchandise will be available closer to the date!

Tentative Band Day Schedule

Exact times may change closer to the day, this is just to give a sense of how the day will go.
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Bands arrive at McGuirk Alumni Stadium in Amherst, MA
10:00 am - 12:45 pm
Rehearsal
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Eat lunch, change into uniform on buses
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Bands move to the stadium and are seated in the stands
3:30 pm
Football game kickoff
Second Quarter
Exit stands and begin to set up for half-time
Half-time
Mass band performance, then return to seats for second half
Postgame
Visiting bands move to home field side to view feature performance by Minuteman Marching Band
7:45 pm
Visiting bands depart for home


Bus and Truck Parking

Detailed instructions for bus and truck parking will be emailed to directors of participating bands.

Directions to UMass Amherst

From Interstate 91

Take Exit 19, Rte. 9 East to Amherst. Go past the Hampshire Mall and McDonald’s.

Take a left onto Rte. 116 North. Go to the UMass/Amherst exit.

Take the UMass/Amherst exit onto Massachusetts Ave.

Go to the first traffic light and turn right onto University Drive.

Proceed approximately .5 mile to the Dallas Mall entrance on the right. A University Band Guide will be there to greet you.

Additional Information

We ask that each student bring their own bag lunch/dinner with a drink and a full water bottle for rehearsal.

Due to the number of students participating, we ask that each band use their buses to change into uniform for the performance.

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 Sarah Carroll and Jake Dombrower at bandday@music.umass.edu or call Band Day organizer Thomas P. Hannum at (413) 545-6060 for more information.