Homecoming 2017

43rd Annual Multibands – Friday, October 20th

Football vs. Ohio University – Saturday, October 21st

Registration will begin late Summer.

Multibands

Join us for the 43rd Annual Multiband Pops Concert. The 2017 Minuteman Band Hall of Fame inductee(s) will be announced after the intermission. After the concert, we’ll gather at the Hangar to socialize and pretend no one ever really left college 🙂

Tickets are on sale through the FAC Box Office.

 


Alumni Band Schedule

Schedule will be fine-tuned as we get closer, but here’s a general clue:

Morning

Band Building

  • 9:00 am – Check-in, socializing
  • 9:30 – 10:30 am – Music rehearsal

Elsewhere (optional)

  • 10:30 – 11:30 am  – Homecoming Parade
    Stadium to Amity Street to North Pleasant Street to Haigis Mall
  • 10:30 am – Begin pre-staging alumni cars for parking in Lot 22B
  • 11:30 am – Parking Lots Open

Afternoon

  • 12 – 1 pm – Rehearsal at stadium
    WE WILL NOT HAVE LOANER INSTRUMENTS AT THE STADIUM. IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND MORNING MUSIC REHEARSAL, PLEASE ASK A FRIEND TO BRING YOUR LOANER TO THE STADIUM.
  • 1 – 3 pm – Tailgating
  • 2:15 – 2:45 pm – Baby Band concert
    Band Tailgate Area in front of Football Performance Center
  • 3:10 pm – Pregame Show
  • 3:30 pm – Game kickoff

Halftime 

  • approx. 5:00 pm – Baby Band performs, combined bands perform Uptight, Fight Mass, Twilight Shadows
  • Return instruments (in cases), music, lyres to Equipment Staff in bay beneath Section 1 of stadium.

Postgame

  • Following the UMMB’s 5th Quarter show, all band alumni and their families are encouraged join the band on the field for “My Way.”

 


Uniform

Alumni Band participants should wear solid-color blue jeans and a maroon shirt.

 


Music

Download PDFs here:

If you need a lyre… please do your best to buy or borrow one. The band has a few to loan out (including Flutist Friends), but it’s first-come, first-served.
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Instruments

The band has some horns (mellophones, euphoniums, tubas) and percussion equipment for alumni band members to borrow. Please indicate so when registering.

If you need another type of horn, please borrow one from a friend, or consider playing a different horn we can provide (for example, you played trumpet, but we can loan you a mello).


Game Tickets

Participating members of the alumni band will be comped 1 ticket each.

Where should we sit during the game? Section 10 on the press box side is ideal for access to general admission seats and for viewing/hearing the UMMB perform during the game. Section 13 is good for those who wish to sit with the band during the game. The band performs its halftime show to the press box side.

For those only attending the game, and for those attending the game with family/friends, you can get discount group rate tickets (see below).

IMPORTANT:

  • The UMMB now sits in section 14, facing the press box.
  • The band performs its halftime show to the press box side.
stadium

General Admission

PHONE ORDERS ONLY. No online option. Call Doug Bean in the UMass Ticket Office at 413-577-7254 (BEFORE 12 NOON ON FRIDAY, OCT 20) and identify yourself as part of the Band Group for the $10 group rate. You will need to pick up tickets at the stadium Will Call window (on game day).

Reserved  Seats

Purchase tickets through Ticketmaster.

 


Parking (on game day)

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT PARKING CHANGE

UMass Athletics is now requiring folks to REGISTER for parking at the stadium.

IS THERE A COST? No. Parking is free.

WHAT DO I DO? Go to the UMass ticket site, and pre-register for your free parking pass. PLEASE CHOOSE LOT 22.

WHAT IF DON’T GET A PARKING PASS? You’ll be forced to park on campus. The nearest lots are beyond the Mullins Center or near the Whitmore building.

To tailgate & for stadium parking, please arrive as early as 8 am in University Drive Purple Lot 22 in the corner facing the stadium. If you don’t mind the walk (or can carpool), you can avoid moving your car. NOTE: Yellow Lot 11 next to the stadium is reserved for season ticket holders.

To park close to the Band Building, use Hicks Way Red Lot 64. This is between the Band Building and Commonwealth College. Or for those of an age, it’s the parking lot next to Dickenson Hall (former home of UMass Police, Campus Security, and AFROTC).

 


Tailgating

Band Alumni Tailgate is an informal affair. We just try to identify a place to gather. This year aim to park in the southwest corner of Lot 22, the purple lot along University Drive, closest to the stadium. This area is NOT reserved so get there early!

Our tailgate is on the grassy area between the Football Performance Center and Yellow Lot 11. Band Alumni are encouraged to join the fun!