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UMass winter guard ‘Spitfire’ revived

UMass Color Guard

Attention all Color Guard alumni, members, fans, and enthusiasts! For the first time in over TWO DECADES, the UMass Color Guard will continue into the Winter season as ‘Spitfire!’

Spitfire was originally created in 1984 by color guard instructor Joe Perednia. In 1985, the group won the National Judges Association Circuit in Wildwood, NJ. Spitfire was disbanded in 1990 with ‘reprised’ performances in 1993 and 1996.

This season, Spitfire will focus on local circuits, with an eventual goal to compete in Winter Guard International (WGI). Performances are yet to be determined, so be on the lookout for a schedule in the coming months.

Spitfire/Color Guard Reunion

SAVE THE DATE — Get together at Homecoming on Friday, November 2, 2018 to reunite with fellow Spitfire and color guard alumni at the annual band alumni Homecoming Party at Old Chapel! Registration info coming soon.

Help Fund Spitfire’s Revival!

We need your help to make Spitfire a permanent success! Make a monthly or one-time gift via our secure form:

  1. Click here (opens in new tab)
  2. Enter gift amount to right of “Minuteman Marching Band”
  3. In box for Special Gift Instructions, type “Spitfire Winter Guard”
  4. Complete form… AND THANKS!

For more information, please contact UMMB Color Guard Director Chris Sirard at

1 Comment

Christina Cronin

August 15, 2018

This is very exciting!

I founded Spitfire with Joe Perednia in 1983-84. Joe was artistic director and I was business manager. I will never forget our first meeting with George Parks where we shared our business plan and asked for some money to support us. He wouldn’t pay for our shoes, but we did get lots of other stuff. We went to a fabric store in Springfield and bought the material and made our own silks and poles. We bought rifles at a place in Arlington. We competed in high school gyms along the east coast and traveled in a van we rented at a place in Bernardston. (I was also the driver.) The only other college troupe we competed against was Rutgers. After my second year, I aged out, but that year we won our division with our Firebird show. Lots of great memories. Joe is no longer with us, but this time in my life will always be really special.

Best of luck! Chris Cronin ’84


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