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UMMB #6 on “Great College Marching Band” list

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Great Value Colleges lists the Minuteman Band on their 35 Great College Marching Bands list.

At the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, the Minuteman Marching Band has long been a source of great pride for the university and the surrounding region. Consisting of over 380 students, the band has performed for Presidential Inaugural Ceremonies in 1981, 1985 and 2001, as well as at Bands of America Grand Nationals in 1993, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2011.

This band was awarded the Sudler Trophy in 1998 for “the highest of musical standards and innovative marching routines and ideas, and which has made important contributions to the advancement of the performance standards of college marching bands over a period of several years.” Another milestone for the band was marching through the streets of New York City and into Herald Square for the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.


Information was sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator Database, Wikipedia, the individual schools’ websites and other “top college marching bands” list articles.

The point system we used in our ranking works as follows:

  • Hollywood Affiliation: Hollywood-related performance (e.g. in movies, with celebrities, etc.) (1 point each)
  • Awards and Recognition: International accolade (2 points), national accolade (1 point)
  • Historic Relevance: History-related performances or background significance (e.g. presidential inauguration, historic celebrations)(1 point each)
  • Other Recognition: Inclusion on other noteworthy rankings or articles, videos gone viral, facts about the band become common knowledge (1 point each)

In cases where two or more schools have the same number of points, their rank order is determined by the schools’ affordability. The schools with lower net costs, as reported by the College Navigator Database, received the better ranking (lower net cost = lower number).


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