Homecoming Alumni Band 2016

Homecoming is on Saturday, October 1st. We hope to see you there!

Annual Pops Concert

May 2, 2009
8:00 pm

It's hard to believe the Maryland Band Centennial year is drawing to a close, but you have one more chance to celebrate by performing in the Pops Concert Alumni Band on May 2, 2009 at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The concert begins at 8:00 pm with the Wind Ensemble; the Alumni Band performs at approximately 9:10 pm.

Guest Conductors

As of now, our guest conductors will be:

  • Fred Heath - American Overture
  • Acton Ostling - Jalousie
  • Henry Romersa - Maryland State March
  • L. Richmond Sparks - Dance of the Jesters
  • Michael Votta - The Gum Suckers March
  • John E. Wakefield - Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral


The schedule is as follows. All times are approximate:

Alumni Jazz Band Concert

March 11, 2009
7:30 pm

The Alumni Jazz production is fast approaching! That means it's time to get your horns out of storage and dust 'em off! The Alumni Jazz Band will be performing along with the Jazz Ensemble on Wednesday, March 11th at 7:30pm.

There will also be a rehearsal on Sunday, March 8th at 4:00 pm, in CSPAC room 1230. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Joe Chapman or Chris Vadala.

Also, if you're in the area, there will be a performance by UJazz and Jazz Lab Band on March 10th. We'd love your support!

2009 Football Schedule

The 2009 Maryland football schedule was announced today, featuring seven home games and a return to Tobacco Road to crush play Duke. This year's Homecoming and alumni band will take place on Saturday, October 17th. So mark you calendars as we kick off the second centennial of the Maryland Bands!

  • 09/05/09 at California
  • 09/12/09 vs. James Madison
  • 09/19/09 vs. Middle Tennessee State
  • 09/26/09 vs. Rutgers
  • 10/03/09 vs. Clemson
  • 10/10/09 at Wake Forest
  • 10/17/09 vs. Virginia — Homecoming
  • 10/24/09 at Duke
  • 10/31/09 Bye
  • 11/07/09 at North Carolina State
  • 11/14/09 vs. Virginia Tech
  • 11/21/09 at Florida State
  • 11/28/09 vs. Boston College

Centennial History Book Deadline Extended (Again)

Extended one last time by the publisher — order by February 23rd!

I have great news for everyone! Taylor Publishing has allowed us to extend the order deadline for our Musical Ambassadors of Maryland: A Centennial Celebration.

Many of you have called to see if it is too late, and the answer is “It will be soon!” The new and final deadline is February 23rd. You must understand that there will not be a second printing, nor will there be any extra copies printed. This is an absolute pre-publication sale, so if you want a set NOW IS THE TIME! We will not delay the delivery of the book. You can expect it in mid-April. There are many who have not yet taken the opportunity to purchase this fabulous pictorial history book about YOU!

December Alumni Basketball Pep Bands

The marching band is taking 50 of their top players from Christmas through New Year's Eve for the bowl game, so they need alumni players to fill in for the upcoming basketball pep bands:

  • Saturday, December 27th at 2:00 PM, Men vs Bryant
  • Monday, December 29th at 2:00 PM, Women vs N.C. Asheville
  • Tuesday, December 30th at 2:00 PM, Women vs Mississippi State or Marshall
  • Tuesday, December 30th at 8:00 PM, Men vs Elon

Update 12/27: Athletics will be showing the bowl game on the screens at Comcast Center between the women's and men's games.

All games have a call time 45 minutes prior to the above scheduled tip-off! Please wear blue jeans and a red shirt — preferably an Under Armour red shirt if you still have one, or the red Terps Alumni Band t-shirt from Homecoming a few years back. Come in through the tunnel side of Comcast Center. Drum set and sousaphones will be available; leave a message at the band office if you need to borrow other instruments (see below).

Homecoming DVD For Sale Soon

Happy Holidays everyone! The Homecoming DVD will be available for purchase soon (in a few weeks). For only $28.00, you will be able to keep a video of the largest alumni band in Maryland history. The DVD contains:

  • Coverage of the Henderson reunion
  • Interviews with everyone at the Henderson reunion and Homecoming
  • Footage from our alumni truck to Byrd Stadium
  • Alumni band pre-game and halftime performances

We'll let you know as soon as it's available for purchase and shipping or pickup. In the meantime, don't forget to buy a copy of the limited-edition Centennial History Book.

Kaleidoscope Details

One other thing from the Desk of Richmond Sparks:

Friday, December 12th is our Kaleidoscope concert, and all of you band alumni have been invited to perform on stage. There will be no marching, except for entering the hall. We will duplicate our homecoming music, (pregame and halftime music) plus a little Holiday ditty - Sleigh Ride.

We will host a music rehearsal on Thursday night, not mandatory, but with your standards and desire to be around one-another it will be fun. Former drum majors are being asked to conduct these pieces. Everyone needs to register with the umbao.org website so I can plan and choreograph where everyone will fit on stage here at the performing arts center. So if you haven't been to a concert here in our new facility, you might as well start by being on stage.

Calling All Drum Majors & Alums for Kaleidoscope Concert

Homecoming may be over, but the Centennial Celebration is not!

You have one more chance to be part of the Centennial Alumni Marching Band. Join the rank and file at the Kaleidoscope Concert on December 12, 2008 in the Dekelboum Concert Hall in CSPAC.

The Kaleidoscope Concert will start at 8:00 PM. Several groups will be performing, and the Marching Band/Alumni Marching Band will be on last.


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