Since 1873, 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, including John Jenkins, Jerry Bilik, George Parks, Thom Hannum, Michael Klesch, and more! Written by band alumna and former drum major Kerstin H. Becker ’96.
George N. Parks
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.
The Sudler Trophy
The national trophy, presented by the John Philip Sousa Foundation, is awarded by voting 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.