About Us

For over 135 years, the Minuteman Band has been performing for UMass audiences while shaping the lives of its members. The Minuteman Band Alumni Association was established in 1960? to help the band along many milestones. All past members of the Minuteman Band are members, and we regularly seek your input and time, and not just for Homecoming! Stay connected with YOUR Minuteman Band!

History, Traditions, Legacy

The Minuteman Band

through-these-doorsA brief history of the UMMB is available on the band’s web site.

You’re also highly encouraged to read “Through These Doors,” a 240-page book that chronicles the band from its 19th-century roots in rich detail and photos, while exploring the stories of those individuals who shaped the band. Written by band alumna and former drum major Kerstin H. Becker ’96.

Order your copy today

George N. Parks

Remembering George N. ParksIn 1977 at the age of 24, George Parks began a revolutionary change in the way the Minuteman Band operated and performed. On September 16, 2010, George Parks left behind close to 400 students and thousands of alumni, many of whom have learned from his leadership, inspiration, and kindness.

2010 Celebration & Alumni Band [VIDEO] UMMB Tribute to Mr. Parks

Restoring The Old Chapel

old-chapel-umassIt’s time Old Chapel is restored to its former glory, resurrecting the unofficial symbol of UMass Amherst, ensuring a legacy for our alumni and friends for generations to come. A fundraising effort is now part of UMASS RISING, a $300 million capital campaign.

Learn more   UMMB Chapel Tracker

The Sudler Trophy

The Minuteman Band in 1998 was the 17th band to receive the honor of the Louis C. Sudler Trophy, the nation’s top marching band award.

The national trophy, presented annually by the John Philip Sousa Foundation, is voted on each year by college band directors from across the country. The award honors “the close historical relationship and outstanding contribution of Intercollegiate Marching Bands to the American way of life,” and is given to a college marching band with a “superior program,” according to the foundation.