Homecoming Alumni Band 2016

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

To All Our Inspired Band Alumni

One word, “WOW!”

I am hoping to get this word out quickly to everyone who shared and brought back the essence of the Maryland Bands – ‘You!’ Words cannot describe the JUBILEE as a whole; however, grins of excitement are still buzzing through emails and phone calls.

There is not enough time for me to answer all the wonderful emails that I have received, so I want to express my appreciation via this format. Yes, we worked hard in planning this homecoming for two years. The UMBAO Board of Directors, the Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi, the Sisters of Tau Beta Sigma, and the Men and Women of the current Mighty Sound of Maryland are all to be thanked; but, it was your presence that made the event come alive! We have made a big splash in the news. I received a full-page report of our Centennial from a newspaper in Holland!!! Go figure.

Order the Maryland Centennial History Book

Update: Deadline has been extended to February 23, 2009. The University of Maryland Bands is celebrating its Centennial, and you have the opportunity to read about its rich history through a limited-edition, hard-cover book, Musical Ambassadors of Maryland: A Centennial Celebration, to be published Spring 2009. The lavishly illustrated book features historical artifacts and photographs from University Archives and other sources coupled with a narrative that portrays the band’s development—both pitfalls and promises. Only $45, and includes the book, songbook, and Companion CD! Deadline to order is January 15, 2009. Buy the Centennial History Book

Thank You!

All of us at UMBAO would like to give a big THANK YOU to all the alumni for making this Centennial Homecoming Band the largest and best ever! Sorry that Curley Byrd couldn't keep the rain away, but at least the Terps pulled out a win at the end. If you have any game-day snapshots posted to Flickr, Picasa, or other photo sites, please let us know where in the comments.

Friday Night Centennial Reception

The Centennial Reception and the Homecoming Alumni Band check-in start at 5:00 pm tomorrow, October 24th. We invite all band alums to mix, mingle, and share stories for the evening. There will be light fare, media presentations, pictures, and maybe a surprise or two. The Reception will continue when the Homecoming Alumni Band participants leave for rehearsals, but will continue when they return. Light refreshments, finger food, and birthday cake will be provided.

Penny War with the Marching Band

Hi alumni! In addition to yourselves and your love for the UMD bands, be sure to bring your extra change! The Sisters of Tau Beta Sigma are doing a Penny War with the marching band to raise money for Rockville High School's music program, directed by Phil Barnes. Some of our current students, in addition to some of you, are alumni of this program, so this is particularly important because it is so local to us. So far, we have raised over $100, but I'm sure we can do better. Last year, we raised almost $600 for Katrina relief. If each of you put a dollar in one of the jars, we will have at least $500 more to give to Rockville!

ΚΚΨ & ΤΒΣ Alumni Picnic

October 26, 2008
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

All alumni Gamma Xi Brothers and Beta Eta Sisters still in the area after Homecoming are invited to our annual picnic. Bring the family and enjoy an afternoon of food and games.

The picnic will be held at Calvert Park just outside campus:
4811 Drexel Road, College Park, MD 20740

Final Homecoming Schedule

Kick-off has been announced for 3:30 pm, so here is our final Homecoming 2008 schedule:

Friday, October 24th

5:00 pm
Reception & Check-In @ CSPAC
7:30 pm
Mandatory Rehearsal

Saturday, October 25th

9:30 am
Alumni band concierge table opens at CSPAC, in the band room foyer
10:15 am
Meet at Astroturf field for marching rehearsal (that's correct—we are meeting at the Astroturf behind Byrd Stadium)
12:00 pm
Tailgate on the lawn outside CSPAC
2:00 pm
Line-Up & Inspection
2:20 pm
Step-Off for Game
3:30 pm
Kick-Off — GO TERPS!!
~6:30 pm
Truck back and watch the video of our performances

Band Centennial History Exhibit on Campus

From Anne Turkos, University Archivist:

I am happy to report that I have just finished installing the exhibit "Musical Milestone: Celebrating the Centennial of the University of Maryland Bands" in the first floor lobby of Hornbake Library. I hope you all will have an opportunity to come by and see it. Many of the images are drawn from our work on the history book, but there are a few new ones in there as well.


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