About

For over 135 years, the Minuteman Band has been performing for UMass audiences while shaping the lives of its members. The UMass Band Alumni Network was established in 1966 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!

We’re an Affinity Network of the UMass Amherst Alumni Association

Sharing similar interests is what UMass Affinity Networks are all about. Whether professional, cultural or social, Affinity Networks bring together like-minded alumni to support common ideals, professional development, and camaraderie. With 4,900 UMass Band alumni out in the world, the UMass Band Alumni Network is big!


History of The Minuteman Band

BandoWiki is a unique crowd-sourced almanac capturing facts and stories about the band. Contribute to it today!

Through These Doors,” is the 240-page chronicle of the Minuteman Band from its 19th-century roots through 2003. Full of rich detail and photos, “Through These Doors” explores the stories of those individuals who shaped the band. Written by band alumna and former drum major Kerstin H. Becker ’96.

UMass band book


George N. Parks

In 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.

George N. Parks: 1953-2010


The Sudler Trophy

In 1998, the Minuteman Band 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.

Sudler Trophy - UMass