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Homecoming Alumni Band 2016

Saturday, October 1, 2016
3:30 Kickoff

Maryland Terrapins vs Wisconsin Badgers

It’s an exciting time for the Mighty Sound of Maryland! The Maryland Band’s very own Eli Osterloh is leading the MSOM, the endowment fund is well on its way, and now it’s time for Homecoming and Alumni Band!


  • New Coach — D.J. Durkin is here to turn our football program around. Homecoming will be his Maryland Big Ten debut game, so bring the entire family!
  • New Stadium Name — Just to prevent any confusion, Byrd Stadium is now officially called “Maryland Stadium”.
  • Clear Bag Policy — You can no longer bring purses, diaper bags, camera bags, or backpacks into Maryland Stadium. Please see the new bag policy for details on what is allowed.
  • Truck Changes — Starting this year, the marching band will truck to — but not into — the stadium. The logistical problems of getting around the track was making it difficult for the kids to enjoy the pregame experience, so they devised a new intro for themselves. Alumni band will follow suit; we will truck to the stadium, then get inside and in place before the the band's big entrance.
  • Marchers-Only on the Field — Big Ten policy states that everyone on the field/track must have a reason to be there. That means we are not allowed to bring our kids through the tunnel anymore. Kids can still truck down, but cannot go into the stadium through the tunnel. Apparently, Big Ten has Enforcement Officers to patrol the field for everyone's safety. Hopefully we can find a better solution in future years.
  • Dancers — There are a few changes to your routine, which are specified in the "Homecoming Details" section. Please make sure check through all the changes on this website, as they apply to you as well.
  • MUSIC CHANGES — The tunes are the same, but there are some changes to the arrangements: (1) Chapel Chimes has some forte pianos; (2) Battle Hymn has four additional measures to allow the students enought time to get to their places (the band is so big they had to rework some of the formations); (3) Saxes in Battle Hymn now double the KAOS parts in certain sections; (4) Star Spangled Banner is back in its original place, so we will be playing it again; (5) Crown Imperial, before the "ONE!", the part has been rewritten rhythmically, but still sounds the same. IF YOU PLAN TO PLAY, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ATTEND THE MUSIC REHEARSAL. Music will be made available for download before Homecoming.
  • Salute to Visiting Team — After Maryland, My Maryland and before block and mess, the band will pay tribute to the visiting team, and play the Purdue fight song. Whether we play or stand fast is TBD, but the music will be available for download, just in case.
  • Easy Endowment Support — You can help raise money for UMBAO and the L. Richmond Sparks Mighty Sound Of Maryland Fund just by participating in Homecoming! This will be an Alumni Association “Incentive Event”. If the Alumni Band has 25 or more alumni graduates spanning at least four decades, UMBAO will be eligible to receive an incentive bonus from the Alumni Association. It’s that easy — and no checkbook required!
  • More Easy Endowment Support — Thinking about joining the Alumni Association? Need to renew your membership If you sign up at Alumni Band, we could earn another incentive bonus from the Alumni Association. We are looking into the details now, so if you can wait another month to join or renew, please do — you could help us earn another bonus!

Alumni Band Registration

Online registration is now closed.

If you did not register already but would like to still participate in homecoming, you can still sign-in at the door. But you must pay the full dues ($48 for individuals, $83 for couples) plus a $10.00 late registration surcharge. And you unfortunately will not be guaranteed a shirt or tailgate meal as we’ll have very limited extras available. Please make sure to wear a red shirt.

Questions? Contact Marianne at Also follow our Facebook group to get the latest updates.

Homecoming Details

  • Game Day — Saturday, October 1st, 2016, Maryland vs. Purdue.
  • Game Time — 3:30 pm. Please see the current sign-in and rehearsal schedule in the sidebar.
  • Dancers — There are a few changes to the procedure: (1) Alumni will be permitted to truck with the dance team or alumni band, but will NOT perform at the President's house; (2) Alumni dance team could possibly dance at the alumni center tailgate, but that will be determined at practice in the morning; (3) Alumni are not permitted to have children on the field - No exceptions; (4) For alumni dancing third quarter, fillers will be uploaded to the site. Please click here for more information and to register for Homecoming.
  • Instruments — The MSOM is huge, around 280 kids this year. The Band Office can provide a limited number of percussion, sousaphones, trombones, mellophones, tenor saxes, clarinets, flutes/pics, and flags. If you need anything else, please do your best to beg, borrow, or steal an instrument. (Please don’t actually steal an instrument, we’re non-profit, and won’t be able to pay your legal fees!) SOUSAPHONES: Please try to bring your own neck and bits as they are in short supply!
  • Poms —​ Dancers will have the option to buy Poms this year for $30 a pair (limited number available). Please see the Dancer registration for more details.
  • Music — Sheet music will be available to download if you want to practice ahead of time. Details will be sent out to registered alumni closer to game day. The band office is running low on flip folders, so please bring yours along if you have one collecting dust.
  • Dress — Please wear blue jeans and comfortable shoes. Our annual shirt style this year is TBD. If you register at the door, please check here first to determine what color shirt to wear as a backup.
  • Pre-Game — We will be marching pre-game only. If you plan to march pre-game, you must attend the morning field rehearsal. Remember, the routine has changed, so you cannot rely on your old routine.
  • Tunnel — Only performing Alumni Band members will be allowed through the tunnel at Maryland Stadium. Everyone else must have a ticket and enter through a gate.
  • Tailgate — Since the game is at a wonderful 3:30, we'll provide lunch for all participating alumni. The Athletic Department has strongly emphasized that they will not allow any drinking in the tunnel, and will kick-out anyone (or everyone) in the Alumni Band if someone is caught drinking in the tunnel or "appears intoxicated". So please don’t break out those Natty Bohs until after the Truck back!
  • Marching — Want to enjoy Alumni Band without the work? You can march to the stadium and play in the stands. You don’t have to march pre-game if you prefer to watch. Once we enter the stadium, you will need to get into the stands quickly.
  • 5th Quarter — After each game, the MSOM takes the field and plays a mini-concert before trucking back to The Clarice (CSPAC).  We are invited to watch prior to our own step-off back to The Clarice (CSPAC). 
  • Trucking Back — It was such a success the past couple years, we’re doing it again! We will line up on the concourse after the 5th Quarter, and truck back to The Clarice (CSPAC). Short, flat, and no double-timing!
  • Baby Carriage Brigade — Strollers are not allowed in the tunnel, stadium track, or stands. There is a stroller check-in option near Gate H (outside of Tyser Tower) if you want to truck with the band and check-in your stroller. Only Alumni Band members are allowed on the field/track, so children will have to have tickets and enter through the regular stadium entrance. Maryland Stadium also has a new clear bag policy, so diaper bags are no longer allowed.
  • Tickets — If you march in the Alumni Band, you do not have to buy yourself a game ticket. But your friends and family will still need a ticket to enter the stadium (purchased through us or the Maryland ticket office).
  • Parking — There is plenty of parking on the shoulders of Route 193 near the Stadium Drive entrance. If you want to park on campus, you can now obtain a parking permit in advance online. For more information on game day parking, see the campus football parking site.
  • Best Section Turn-out Plaque — Show the world that your section had the best turn-out with an engraved space on our “Alumni Band’s Best Represented Section” plaque.

What You Get For Your Dues

  • Participation in Homecoming
  • Annual alumni band shirt
  • Saturday pre-game tailgate
  • Social time with your band alumni friends
  • A chance to relive Maryland Band history
  • Note: Late/door registrations are not guaranteed to a shirt or tailgate meal (we’ll have very limited extras available)

What the Band Gets For Your Dues

  • Financial support for scholarships, uniforms, instruments, and more
  • Appreciation for Alumni

Remember - It's not about the Team.  It's about the Band!!


I was a flag squad member from 1976-81 and would like to participate in the 2016 Homecoming Band day performance. In order to be proficient at twirling and know the routines for pre-game, can you please contact the current flag squad leader and request that all the pre-game flag routines be posted on-line (youTube or band web page) so we can practice at home? i would also like to know if some prior practice sessions can be arranged so we can get a head start before the band homecoming practice day. if these things are able to happen, please post the connection to the web location on the Homecoming Band page so all other flag squad members can be informed and practice prior to the performance...we want to look good on Homecoming Day.

please keep me posted.

If we are bringing our families, how do we get tickets? Also do we need a ticket if our kids are under a certain age?

Kim - You can purchase the extra tickets on your registration form for the group rate of $25 each.  The tickets for your guests will be in your registration packet.  

I double-checked with the ticket office, just to clarify their admission policy (please see below).  You can now get a lap pass for children 2 and under.  You can ask for one at any gate, and if they're out, you can try the nearest ticket window. 

Admission Policies: 
Everyone regardless of age will need a ticket for admission.  Children two (2) years of age and under will be provided with a complimentary lap ticket, upon request, at the admission gate.  They must be seated in the lap of a parent or guardian and not interfere with the sight line of other patrons. 


Have you heard about Striping The Stadium? ( has the story.) (

If the alums are in sections 14-15-16 we will want to have red shirts. I am hoping it is not too late to join in, if this really is a thing.


No one answered Brenda on the flag comment about finding out the routines ahead of time for flags. Is there a tape

Cindy - Sorry, I emailed with Brenda directly (she emailed me as well).  We hope to have videos next week. 

Woj - Personally, I had not heard about the striping yet.  But as luck would have it, we are looking at a red shirt.  Once in a while, we get lucky!

Marianne...are the flatline video routines ready yet? They should be posted to this Band Alumni web page or a connection to a YouTube page. We need to practice. Thanks.

Are the Flag Line routines ready yet?

Brenda - Just emailed you directly.  Thanks!

Hi Brenda and Cindy — the pregame flag routine videos are now available on our Facebook group if you wanted to look them over before Homecoming:

Alumni Flags - The three major routines have been posted to You Tube -

At this time, the plan for the other songs is as follows:

  • Pregame Fanfare - no routine, flag on right shoulder
  • Battle Hymn - no routine, and when the band is not moving, flag on right shoulder
  • Crown Imperial - no routine, and when the band is not moving, flag on right shoulder


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Tentative Homecoming Schedule

Saturday, October 1st
Game Time 3:30 pm

8:30 am
Begin check-in and registration @ the Wakefield Band Room lobby
10:00 am
Music rehearsal
10:45 am
Step-off for marching practice
11:00 am
Rehearsal w/Maryland Band
12:30 pm
Alumni band tailgate lunch
1:45 pm
Line-up and Truck to Riggs
1:50 pm
Victory Song at Riggs, return to the Clarice
2:15 pm
Lineup for the game
2:20 pm
Step-off and Truck to the Stadium
3:30 pm
Kick-off! GO TERPS!!
~7:15 pm
MSOM 5th Quarter performance
~7:30 pm
Alumni Band Truck back to The Clarice


2007 Homecoming Pre-Game Show