An arrangement of “Big Country,” written by alumnus Olin Johannessen and performed by UMass Marimbas, is being heard around the country after it caught the ear of well-known banjo player and jazz musician Béla Fleck.
Help celebrate his 40th season with the UMMB! Make a gift to the new Thom Hannum Scholarship Fund!
As throngs of people basked in a weekend of warmth and sunshine, the Minutemen Band marched in the 57th Annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade for over 300,000 spectators.
UMass Band director George N. Parks discusses teaching high school musicians the leaderships skills essential to being a drum major with WBUR’s Only A Game.
George Parks, founder of the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy in Amherst, Mass., insists that his whistles include peas in their air chambers.