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.
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.
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.
UMMB Ad Staff and Drum Majors are gearing up for a great 2014 season!
Program Coordinator and Director
Mary Paris and Timothy Todd Anderson
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!
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 (https://www.umass.edu/band/bandday). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
New for 2013 is the George N. Parks calendar. Assembled by former UMMB drum majors Linda Hannum (1980 - 1982, and a member of the UMMB Hall of Fame) and Jeff Poulton (1982 - 1987), this special calendar features a different picture of Prof. Parks for each month, along with his famed "Starred Thoughts." The calendar is priced at $15, with proceeds from each sale going to the George N. Parks Memorial Drum Major Scholarship, to be awarded to a drum major of the Minuteman Marching Band.