The University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Minuteman Marching Band has been chosen to perform in the 2018 Rose Parade in Pasadena.
Elated band members celebrated as the selection was announced in a Tournament of Roses video played at halftime during today’s UMass football game versus Wagner.
“We’re just thrilled,” said Timothy Todd Anderson, director of the 381-member band. “This will be the first time the band has played in California.”
“This is a fantastic compliment to the band,” said UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy. “It’s a great opportunity for all UMass alumni to make a trip to the Rose Bowl and cheer our band on.”
Anderson said parade organizers invited to the band and a formal application was submitted in June.
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.
Rose Parade Connections
Minuteman Band Alumni
UMMB alum Serge Beaulieu is director of the Londonderry (NH) High School Band, which will make their fifth Rose Parade appearance in 2018.
Bands of America Honor Band
Since its inception, the Bands of America Honor Band has marched the Rose Parade in 2005, 2009, and 2013, and will again in 2017. In 2004, Bands of America was invited to create the first national high school marching band for the 2005 Rose Bowl Parade and tapped former Minuteman Band director George N. Parks to pull it off.
The original 2005 appearance was led by Parks and UMMB alumna (and director of the University of Delaware Marching Band) Heidi Sarver, with music arranged by UMMB associate director Thom Hannum and former assistant director Michael Klesch. Amongst the 2005 BOA Honor Band’s ranks was then-future member of the UMMB Libby Jones, a mellophone player from Marshfield, MA.
This “UMass team” returned to lead the Honor Band in 2009, in partnership with NAMM and Sesame Street Workshop, earning the President’s Trophy for its performance.
Thom Hannum and Michael Klesch also arranged music for the 2013 and 2017 BOA Honor Bands.
- WATCH: Video of 2005 BOA Honor Band