We’re saddened to announce that James Frederick ‘Jim’ Kierstead died in an accident at his home in Windsor, Massachusetts. Jim was born May 4, 1952, in Washington D.C., and was raised in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Isabel Bird Kierstead, his father, Friend Hans Kierstead, Jr., and sister […]
The UMass Amherst Alumni Association recently featured Chris in a recent issue of @UMASS, where we see Chris’ time as a member of the Minuteman Band through plans to grow the guard program in her role as Assistant Director. Read the story at UMassAlumni.com
Going without a uniformed marching band since the 1930s, St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, has put its band back together. St. Ambrose band director (and former Minuteman Band graduate assistant) Megan Cooney ’14MM leading a group of 30 students as they recreate their band program from scratch. Fellow UMMB alumna Rachel Rivard ’15 is assisting […]
Minuteman Band fans might remember Tony Lechner ’93, ’97 MM as “the Phantom” from 1990s halftime shows, but he’s been taking his love for singing and sharing it with everyday folks who also love to sing. He’s the director of Rock Voices, which began as a pet project alongside his teaching career, but after witnessing its […]
I fell in love with leadership. I had never felt so positive, never realized how impactful our attitude is on ourselves and others.