Band Day 2023

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, Band Day will be held on October 7th, 2023! Registration for band day is available, and the deadline to register is September 25th. Here is more information on this year's band day!

General Information for Directors and Students

Directors, once you register your band, you should get an email from our Band Day coordinators with the login info for our Band Directors Page, where you can find music and other important info.
If you have trouble accessing the directors' page, please reach out to

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.

Schedule for Band Day

When traveling, please take Route 9 to reach McGuirk Stadium efficiently.
7:30am-8:30am: Visiting Bands Arrive at the Dallas Mall. Bus greeters will be there to assist.
8:30am: Rehearsal begins inside McGuirk Stadium. Have all instruments, music, and color guard equipment. Band Director Meeting on balcony of Football Performance Center.
12:00pm: Kickoff!

WRISTBANDS: ALL STUDENTS AND DESIGNATED CHAPERONES WILL NEED A WRISTBAND FOR ENTRY INTO THE STADIUM. Each band will receive wristbands for their students and FOUR (4) additional wristbands per bus for staff and chaperones. Equipment vehicles will receive 1 wristband each. The band director is responsible for the distribution of wristbands for entry into the stadium.

~1:30pm: Halftime! Visiting bands will perform with the UMMB.
Following the Halftime performance all bands return to their buses, change and put instruments away. Then come back to McGuirk to see remainder of the game and watch the UMASS Marching Band Postgame performance!! Again, ALL STUDENTS AND DESIGNATED CHAPERONES WILL NEED A WRISTBAND FOR RE-ENTRY INTO THE STADIUM.
~3:30pm: Game concludes, and visiting bands get to watch a postgame performance by the UMMB! (All visiting bands will move to the press box side of the stadium for optimal viewing)

Tickets and Parking

For parents, friends, and associates who still need tickets, you can purchase them here. To purchase a parking pass for the game, you can buy that here. It is recommended that you get a parking pass for Lot 22.

The tickets for families/friends/associates of Band Day will be in sections 5, 6, 7 so that they have the optimal view of the halftime performance (this is on the UMass sideline).

There is no re-entry to McGuirk Stadium once you have entered with your ticket.
Parking for all Band Day parents is in Lot 22 which opens at 8:00am.

For questions regarding Band Day, please don't hesitate to email the Band Day coordinators at or call Band Day organizer Ian Hale at (413) 545-6060 for more information.

Mr. Ian Hale
Band Day Organizer
George N. Parks Band Bld.
110 Grinnell Way
Amherst, MA 01003