Some Traditions of the Minuteman BandTraditions don't happen quickly, they develop slowly over a period of years. The tradition of excellence that is the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band developed proudly over 120 years, becoming what is now known as "The Power and Class of New England."
Today's 380-member ensemble is the result of the dedication and perseverance of many instructors, thousands of students, and immense amounts of hard work. The single constant throughout the years has been tradition - a tradition of superior quality, and of pride.
The Old Chapel
The Old Chapel is a dearly beloved aspect of the Minuteman Band program. Built in 1883, the 'Stone Chapel' has served the University as a chapel, classroom space, library, and the Minuteman Band's headquarters. Since the 1950's, and until 1997, the Band has called Old Chapel home. Today, the Old Chapel's fate is uncertain pending restoration of the building. Many band functions relocated to Grinnell Arena, which the University was very gracious to renovate for the band's use. The Band is now thankful for their many donors who contributed to their new building, the George N. Parks Minuteman Marching Band Building.
Each year during Homecoming Weekend, the Department of Music hosts the Multiband Pops Concert. Started by then Band Director John Jenkins, Multibands is held in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. This event showcases virtually every performance ensemble in the Department. The Minuteman Band's Visual Ensemble and the University Dance Team also perform.
The tradition of the Minuteman Marching Band's pregame show has been maintained since the Band's beginnings. Capt. Charles Farnam, our first director, instituted the 'M' field formation. While the 'M' block has changed over the years, spectators have enjoyed its basic appeal. Today, the Minuteman Band starts and ends its pregame show with a spirited playing of Fight Mass.
Colonial Honor Guard
Proudly indicative of the American Revolution, the Colonial Honor Guard celebrates Massachusetts' past through its representation of colonial militiamen. In parades, at home football games, and at some basketball games the Colonial Honor Guard bears the flags of Massachusetts and of the United States.
Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma
ΚΚΨ and ΤΒΣ are the National Honorary Band Service Fraternity and Sorority. The Brothers of ΚΚΨ and the Sisters of ΤΒΣ each strive to promote the University Bands through membership, fundraising, and support. UMass chapters are ΕΝ−ΚΚΨ (Epsilon Nu-Kappa Kappa Psi) and ΔΔ−ΤΒΣ (Delta Delta-Tau Beta Sigma).