For over 135 years, the Minuteman Band has been performing for UMass audiences while shaping the lives of its members. The UMass Band Alumni Association 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 over 4,500 UMass Band alumni out in the world, the Band Alumni Network is big!
History of The Minuteman Band
Through These Doors
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.
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 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.