Largest-Ever Band Day Slated at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. - Approximately 80 high school marching bands from throughout New England and as far away as Pennsylvania and New Jersey will travel to the University of Massachusetts to join the UMass Minuteman Marching Band for a performance on Sat., Oct. 10. This marks the University’s 14th annual Band Day. Some 4,000 musicians and color guard members will practice from 9-11 a.m., and perform at half-time at McGuirk Alumni Stadium during the UMass-James Madison University football game, which kicks off at 1 p.m. The UMass band will also perform at a post-game show.

A special part of the event this year will be the presentation of the 1998 Louis C. Sudler Trophy, at half-time. This is the highest honor that can be awarded to a collegiate marching band, said George N. Parks, director of the Minuteman Marching Band. Parks called the trophy "a wonderful achievement for the institution." The trophy, presented by the John Philip Sousa Foundation, can only be awarded to an institution once, and recognizes bands of particular excellence which have made outstanding contributions, while relying on the highest of musical standards and innovative marching routines and ideas, according to the foundation.

For more information, contact: George N. Parks, director of the Minuteman Marching Band, at 413/545-6061. To reserve press credentials, call Charles Bare at 413/545-2439.