Friday afternoon Thom shared news with his percussion tech class about a new part-time role he’s taking-on with the Minuteman Band. An email was circulated to UMMB membership.
“After a great deal of thought and careful consideration the time has come for me to scale back my activities and the time spent with the Minuteman Marching Band and other associated duties.
I’m not going away but revising my role and the amount of time spent in a hands-on capacity. With the passing of time other priorities have emerged in my life that deserve attention. However, my affiliation with the Minuteman Band will remain strong.
The plan is to remain active with equipment related issues, the supervision of such, and to ensure that care and maintenance remain a priority. I intent to use my years of experience and professional contacts to mentor the graduate percussion Teaching Assistants and help lend them a gateway into the professional side of the music industry. This is one of the strengths of the UMass program that has been built over many years of time and effort, separates us from other institutions, and elevates the experience we have to offer all of our students. And yes, the MPS at UMASS will continue on!
I hope my presence will help continue to attract people to this campus and assist in positioning our program as one of the elite in the nation. Perhaps with new opportunities we can all learn something different.
There will be a replacement hired to handle the daily aspects of the marching band percussion section and associated duties that will be part of this position. The plan is for this transition to take effect beginning this summer.
I remain hopeful that my continued contributions will help to strengthen the UMMB program in some more unique ways while continuing to offer possibilities for others.
I’m excited for the next phase of UMass and Thom Hannum and want to offer a heartfelt THANK YOU to the many students, staff, colleagues, family and friends who have made the first 40 years of this relationship the most important aspect of my professional endeavors. “