The Minuteman Band had an amazing four days in Southern California, performing their 2017 field show at the Tournament of Roses BandFest, marching down Main Street at Disneyland, and nailing the 110-degree turn at the Rose Parade!
Over 260 band alumni, families, and fans traveled west to join the Minutemen Band on its California adventure and over 500 UMass faithful sat together to watch the Rose Parade.
Some fun facts:
- The UMMB is the largest band to march the 2018 parade
- The band’s report time to the Rose Parade staging area was 4:40 am
- Band alum Chris Halloran ’01 was part of the Rose Bowl game TV production crew, and scored the great pics of the turn from the Goodyear Blimp
- Band alum Serge Beaulieu is one of the band directors at Londonderry (NH) High School, who made their 5th Rose Parade performance and marched directly ahead of the UMMB in the parade!
Band director Tim Anderson offered a number of thoughts on the Rose Parade experience, but this one is special to us:
“UMass Band Alumni, here’s to you. You built a program that has an international renown. You set a standard for all of us to follow. You made expectations that we have to rise to. You’re the example for us to follow, and the inspiration. Believe me, you were marching with us around that 110 degree turn!”