Alumni, friends and fans of the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band are invited to Pasadena, California, to watch the 380-member “Power and Class of New England” perform under director Timothy Todd Anderson in the 2018 Rose Bowl Parade on Jan. 1.
Arrangements for the event are being handled by Bob Rogers Travel. Reservations are required by June 16 to guarantee hotel space, which is sold first-come, first served.
To reserve any package and to arrange air travel, go to http://bobrogerstravel.com, click on Login, and under New Users enter the Trip ID MA000200014.
A Dec. 28-Jan. 1 land package includes four nights at or near the band’s hotel in Anaheim, ground transportation and a variety of activities (including four breakfasts; one dinner; one-day admission to Disneyland, where the band will be performing; admission to the Tournament of Roses Bandfest, where the band will be performing; a self-guided tour of the Tournament of Roses Float Barn; and an excursion to Venice Beach or Hollywood Boulevard). Package prices ranges from $1,149-1,899 per person depending on occupancy.
Other options include air fare from select locations; a ticket package offering one-day admission to Disneyland, admission to the Tournament of Roses Bandfest, a self-guided tour of the Tournament of roses Float Barn, and reserved grandstand seats for the tournament of roses Parade with program and souvenir UMass seat cushion; and a package of reserved grandstand seating for the parade in the UMass section with program and souvenir seat cushion.
Bands are selected by the Tournament of Roses based on a variety of criteria including musicianship, marching ability and entertainment or special interest value. To be considered, band representatives submitted a detailed application that included photos, video footage and letters of recommendation. Bands are required to raise all necessary funds for travel and accommodations.
The Rose Bowl invitation continues the band’s history as a source of pride for the Commonwealth and its flagship university. The band performed at presidential inaugurations in 1981, 1985 and 2001; at a special Fenway Park ceremony in 2014 honoring the victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing; at the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City; and at the Lord Mayor of Dublin’s New Year’s Day Parade in Ireland in 2010.
The largest collegiate marching band in the Northeast, the band is also the only one in the Northeast to receive the Sudler Trophy, the highest honor a college band can achieve.
The band’s musical programming, award-winning drumline and powerful horn section draw dedicated fans to half-time performances at home football games, as well as the band’s “fifth-quarter” post-game shows. As mentor and role-model for high-schoolers, the band brings nearly 4,000 participants for the annual High School Band Day performance at a UMass Amherst football game.
The Minuteman Marching Band is also in the midst of a fundraising effort to replace its well-worn 15-year-old uniforms before the trip to the Rose Bowl. Anyone can donate to the uniform fund at https://minutefund.umass.edu/project/3136.