TerpsChoice - Help the Band Get New Uniforms

Help the Mighty Sound of Maryland get new band uniforms by participating in TerpsChoice, the university's new social giving effort that seeks to make a big impact through small contributions.  

Go to http://terpschoice.umd.edu to make your gift in any amount from $10 to $250.  You can vote/donate as many times as you'd like between Feb. 1 and April 30, but only once per day.  All of the money donated by the end of the campaign will go to the cause that receives the most votes.

The minimum donation amount per vote is $10.  If you'd like to donate more than $10, we recommend you make the minimum donation once per day, so you can cast several votes over several days.  

If you're a Tweeter or Facebooker, please help spread the word to family and friends to get us over the top.  

Remember - your vote won't count unless you make a donation at the same time.  There isn't much time left, so make your TerpsChoice today. 

Homecoming 2011 is October 15th

Homecoming will be October 15, 2011, Maryland vs. Clemson.  Make sure to Save the Date now!!

Maryland Community Band Welcomes Guest Trumpeters Brandon Almagro, Chris Gekker, and Dr. Emerson Head

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelbaum Concert Hall

On Wednesday evening, April 6, the Maryland Community Band will present a special trio of trumpet performers with a unique tie to the UM School of Music.  Faculty member and trumpet professor, Chris Gekker, will be joined by his teacher, Prof. Emeritus Dr. Emerson Head, and his former student, Musician 1st Class, Brandon Almagro, of the United States Navy Band, in Agostini’s “The Three Trumpeters.” The performance is part of a concert presented each semester by two special outreach groups formed by the UM Band program; the all-campus University Band, Eli Osterloh, conductor, and the Maryland Community Band under the baton of John E. Wakefield, Director of Bands Emeritus.  Wakefield proposed the soloists to recognize the great legacy of fine trumpet teaching and performance over many years at the University of Maryland.

Winter Alumni Basketball Pep Bands

We wanted to let you know that alumni are needed to play at both Mens and Womens basketball games from December 22 through January 23. We are especially needed for the two games on the day of the Military Bowl.

Here is the schedule from December 22 – January 23:

Dec 22 – Men vs. NJIT @ 8pm
Dec 28 – Women vs. La Salle @ Noon
Dec 29 – Women vs. Liberty/St. John's @ 11:30 am
(Update 12/24: If you already signed up, no problem — you can still play, but the kids will also cover those two games)

Dec 29 – Men vs. North Florida @ 8pm
Jan 4 – Men vs. Colgate @ 8pm
Jan 13 – Women vs. Boston College @ 7pm
Jan 20 – Men vs. Virginia Tech @ 9pm
Jan 22 – Men vs. Clemson @ 2:30 pm
Jan 23 – Women vs. North Carolina @ 5pm

Call times: Be ready to play 30 minutes prior for Women, 45 minutes prior for Men games.

Come to Homecoming To See Our Award Winning Mighty Sound of Maryland! Congratulations Kids!

Someone suggested Hawaiian shirts and lava lavas for the tubas.  Not sure we'll go that far, but we do want to show the kids we're proud of 'em.  Show your pride for the Mighty Sound of Maryland - register for Homecoming today!!

Vote for the Mighty Sound of Maryland

Update 10/11/10: We Won!!!!! Congrats Mighty Sound of Maryland!

The Mighty Sound of Maryland is participating in the CBS Hawaii Five-0 College Marching Band Competition! If successful, they'll will win $25,000 to go towards new uniforms.

We need the help of all band alumni and their friends and family to get to most votes possible!

Go to http://promotions.mardenkane.com/cbs/marchingbandmania/. Find The University of Maryland's performance and click on "Vote" (it's randomized, so we might be on Page 2).

You can vote once per day up until midnight on October 4th.

Thanks for your help! Go Terps!

In Memory of John Turner

 It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Band Alumnus John Turner, on June 19, 2010. He is probably better known as half of the Dynamic Band Duo Betsy and John Turner, and father of Chris Turner, another Band alumnus.

During his tenure at Maryland from 1970-1975, he played clarinet and tuba in Concert and Marching Band, and was ΚΚΨ President. He met his future wife in the band. "My first words ever to John was at the red/white game….I was playing drums and I turned around to him and said, 'Don’t tell the equipment staff, but I lost my plume!' I didn’t know it at the time, but he was the Head of the Equipment Staff. His comment back was, 'Your secret is safe with me.' Paul Deafenbaugh, whom I knew much better, was bent over laughing his head off, and I couldn’t understand why." The following year, one formation had John and his tuba hitting the same mark at the same time as Betsy and her flag. "I kept hitting him in the head about 3 steps out. John yelled a lot."

Homecoming 2010 - October 30

Save the Date - Homecoming 2010 will be be October 30th, Maryland vs. Wake Forest. Time TBA (we should know 10-14 days out).

Mission

Who's the best band in the land?

Celebrating 106 years! Now that your years in the Maryland Bands are over, it’s time to look back and remember all the good times. Browse around to share memories and become reacquainted with the best part of your alma mater.

Maryland Community Band

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