FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Thousands of high school band members from New England and New York will join the Minutemen Marching Band to perform a medley of songs from the classic musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory during halftime when the UMass Minutemen football team faces Miami (Ohio) on the 29th annual Band Day at Gillette Stadium Saturday, Oct. 12, at 3 p.m.
Band Day is traditionally one of the most anticipated games of the season, drawing fans to watch football and bands from across New England and New York take the field alongside “The Power and Class of New England,” the Minutemen Marching Band. Nearly 3,300 musicians and color guard from 70 bands are scheduled to perform with the 400 members of the UMass band under the direction of Minutemen Marching Band director Timothy Anderson, making this year’s event one of the largest in Band Day history.
Fans can find information about all gameday activities, special alumni ticket discounts and future alumni days at the UMass Amherst Alumni Association website, www.UMassAlumni.com/football, and tickets for all Minutemen football home games are available for purchase at www.UMassAthletics.com or by calling 866-UMASS-TIX.
Activities, food, music and alumni celebrations will start at noon with the opening of the UMass Amherst Alumni Association Tailgate Tent and MinuteFan Park. Fans and alumni can visit the Tailgate Tent to meet Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and view a demonstration of the College of Natural Sciences’ scientific breakthrough Geckskin.
The Minutemen Marching Band, cheerleaders and dance team will provide entertainment, and fans can play various tailgating games. Children can have their faces painted and fans can have “eye-black” applied.
At 12:30 p.m., the Minutemen team buses arrive at the Tailgate Tent so that fans can take part in the traditional Minutemen Team March, as head coach Charley Molnar and the players greet fans and alumni while they enter Gillette Stadium to prepare for action in their Mid-American Conference home opener.
The Tailgate Tent will serve lunch at 1 p.m., and for $10 fans can enjoy a pregame meal of hot tortilla soup, nachos, chicken and beef fajitas, Spanish rice, cookies and soft drinks.
Parking at Gillette Stadium is free for all fans. Saturday is also Alumni Day for graduates of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the College of Natural Sciences, and alumni of these schools are also eligible to receive discounted tickets to this week’s game.