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 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

A brief history of the UMMB is available on the band’s web site, and a unique wiki-based almanac captures facts and stories about the 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.

Through These Doors

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