Homecoming 2018

October 13, 2018
Kickoff TBA

Thank you to every alumni and family member who made it out to Homecoming 2017! We had a huge, wonderful turnout thanks to your support.

Next year's Homecoming was just announced for Saturday, October 13th against Rutgers. We hope to see you there!

Win a Block M Blanket! Rich Sparks to Pick Winner at the BYOP!

UMBAO is starting a series of raffles to raise money for the L. Richmond Sparks Mighty Sound of Maryland Fund.  Our kick-off item is especially for the Band Alums - the Block M Blanket!  

This online raffle will now run through NOON on Friday, August 25, 2017, and Rich Sparks will draw the winning ticket at the BYOP (Bring-Your-Own-Picnic to the Friday night rehearsal of Early Week).  You do not need to be present to win, but we hope you will be at the picnic.

Single tickets are only $5, and bundles are available.  Be the envy of all the Band Alums!  You only have until NOON on Friday to purchase tickets, so get yours today! 

For more information, and to get tickets, go to: go.rallyup.com/lrsmsom

Please help us raise money for the LRS MSOM Fund - Share this with your band family and friends today!

To donate directly to the LRS MSOM fund, go to: go.umd.edu/LRSMSOM

Early Week Alumni Picnic

August 25, 2017
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

It's a BYOP - Bring Your Own Picnic - to the Friday night rehearsal of Early Week.  Bring your family and friends, blankets and lawn chairs, and your favorite picnic dinner to get a sneak peak at your MSOM before the first football game.  We will have a little trivia (questions courtesy of Mr. Information himself), games, prizes, and a special guest - RICH SPARKS!!  And he hopes to see a lot of you on the Chapel Lawn on 8/25.

So mark your calendars now, and start planning your picnic menu!

Event:  Early Week BYOP
Date:  Friday, August 25, 2017
Time:  5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location:  Chapel Field

Save The Date for Homecoming 2015

Homecoming 2015
Saturday, November 7th
Maryland vs. Wisconsin

It’s an exciting time at the University of Maryland!

The Maryland Band’s very own Eli Osterloh is at the helm of the Mighty Sound of Maryland! The Endowment fund is building! And the Terps are now 2-1!

Be a part of the alumni band action at Homecoming 2015 on Saturday, November 7th. Kickoff is at 3:30, so reserve the whole day! Keep an eye on your email and this website for details.

You can help raise money for UMBAO and the L. Richmond Sparks Mighty Sound Of Maryland Fund just by participating in Homecoming!

How? It’s an “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!

So come out and support the band… and the Terps, too!

Dr. Sparks to Retire

For those who haven't heard the news yet, Dr. Sparks announced his retirement at the football game this past weekend. He will be around throughout the rest of the school year, so come by College Park to say congratulations. We will post more details and announcements soon.

Many alumni have been posting their personal stories about Dr. Sparks to Facebook, so please take a look at the MSOM group to see those anecdotes and write your own.

Congratulations Dr. Sparks!

UM Band History Project

Members of the 2014 (first year in the BIG !10), MSOM and Alumni Marching Bands:

We are about to embark on an exciting new project relating to the history of the University of Maryland Bands, and we need your help! In 2007-2008, as we worked on the Bands’ centennial history, Musical Ambassadors of Maryland, we gathered a great number of anecdotes, memories, and interviews to include in the book, many of which we drew upon as we compiled the text. We weren’t able to include everything, however, and we would like to use this new book to bring the Bands’ history up to the present. We are looking for additional anecdotes about any era of band history, and we are especially interested in events since the centennial year, including the first year in the Big Ten. We would like to compile these recollections into a new book, which we plan to release during Homecoming 2015.

Larry Jacobson to Lecture at the School of Music on May 5th

If you're in the College Park area around lunchtime, Larry Jacobson will be lecturing at UMD School of Music next Monday, May 5th at 12pm about his book, Demystifying Success: The Thinks They Don't Teach You in High School, and other topics.  For more information, please contact the School of Music at 301-405-5549. 


Help the Mighty Sound of Maryland get the Best Band Van in the Land

The band has just launched a new crowdfunding event to raise funds for a new Band Van, which they desperately need. 

Director Rich Sparks is excited about the effort.  "Campus has invited us to raise funds on this campus-sponsored fundraising event online.  We have spent a great deal of time talking about this with the new Leadership of the Marching Band, and we are confident that this program can work for us.  As a result of our working with the campus Development Office on this project, we have their full attention for the first time in my 30 years here on campus."  

The program launched on April 18th, and will close on May 18th.  Donors should donate in the specific name of a current band member.  If you don't know a current band member, please donate in the name of L. Richmond Sparks.  For more information about the program, or to donate, please go to:



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