Welcome back, alumni! We hope everyone is excited to return to campus for another year of Maryland football and the 115th anniversary of the Maryland Bands! Be a part of the celebration by participating in the Homecoming Alumni Band.
Game Day — Saturday, October 14, 2023, Maryland vs. Illinois
Game Time — Kickoff will be announced closer to game day, but we expect kickoff at noon or 3:30 pm. See the information and tentative rehearsal schedule below.
Alumni Band Registration
Registration for the Homecoming Alumni Band is now closed. No at-the-door signups will be permitted this year. If you registered to march at Homecoming but now cannot make it, please email us and we will ship your items to you.
Want to know who’s already signed up for alumni band? Take a look at the alumni band attendees page.
Homecoming Alumni Band Details
Student Scholarship Fund
This year, the MSOM Fall Scholarship Drive to support scholarships for marching band students of all majors will be part of the One Big Week from October 15–22.
Please help us grow this scholarship fund with your generous donation (once the donations open).
MSOM Alumni Homecoming Happy Hour
All MSOM Alumni are invited to join us for happy hour on Friday, October 13th from 4–7 pm at Tampico Grill in Laurel. Come meet up with your friends and enjoy Tampico’s great happy hour prices on food and drink in the bar! No registration is required.
Tampico Grill is located at 42 Washington Blvd, Laurel, MD 20707
Masks are no longer required to attend campus athletic events. Please use your own discretion when determining if you would like to attend.
Please wear blue jeans and comfortable shoes. This year’s registration includes a red alumni band shirt in sizes from small through 4XL.
All participating alumni are also required to wear our red “M” band alumni baseball caps as part of your uniform. You should have one if you participated in alumni band last year or just graduated and received one at the band banquet. Everyone else can purchase them on the registration form for $25 each.
If you participate 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.
Available seating will not be with the Alumni Band, so if you plan to bring children that need supervision, please bring another adult that can take them into the stadium through the gate. As far as we know, the Alumni Band will still be seated behind the MSOM in Section 12, so please plan accordingly with your guests when purchasing tickets.
If you wish to borrow an instrument, you must submit your request on the registration form. The band office will have it ready at Homecoming. They will not accommodate any requests after the registration deadline. As always, if you have your own instrument, please bring it so you know you’ll have one!
Sousaphones: If you have them, please bring your own neck and bits.
The Alumni Band will join MSOM at halftime for “Alphabet Soup”, with the closer “YMCA” by the Village People. We will also be playing stand tunes throughout the game. Sheet music will be available closer to Homecoming so you can download and practice ahead of time. Please print and bring your music with you to Homecoming.
The band office is running low on flip folders, so bring yours along if you have one collecting dust.
Videos of the flag routines will be available so you can practice ahead of time. Links will be posted closer to Homecoming.
There is plenty of parking on the shoulders of Route 193 near the Stadium Drive entrance. You can also purchase on-campus parking for individual games. For this game, we highly recommend you purchase a permit ahead of time. Please see the Transportation Services Football Parking page for more information and game day parking maps, or to purchase a permit.
Trucking and Marching
We will be trucking to the stadium (with the kids or by ourselves TBD). Stadium rules state that all participants must still stay with the Alumni Band and enter through the tunnel to gain entrance. If you cannot truck or get to the tunnel, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will only be marching halftime this year. If you plan to march, you must attend the morning rehearsals.
Want to enjoy Alumni Band without the work? You can just play in the stands and skip the marching! But you must still use the tunnel entrance with the band to ensure you get in.
Only performing Alumni Band members will be allowed through the tunnel at SECU Stadium. Everyone else must have a ticket and enter through a gate.
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!
Clear Bag Policy
SECU Stadium will allow the following bags:
- Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” × 6” × 12”
- One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
- Small clutch bags, measuring 4.5” × 6.5” with or without a handle or strap
All other bags will not be permitted. For more information, see the athletics Clear Bag Policy.
Parents: Strollers are not permitted in the tunnel or inside the stadium. There is limited space for fans to check their strollers inside Riggs Alumni Center, Room 1130. For more information, go to the Football Game Day Info Guide.
After each game, the MSOM takes the field and plays a “5th Quarter” mini-concert before the truck back. Please stay to watch their performance before returning to The Clarice.
The alumni band may truck back to the stadium with the MSOM, or we might line up on the concourse after the 5th Quarter, and truck back to The Clarice ourselves. Either way, we’ll see you on the stairs!
Being a member of the Mighty Sound of Maryland doesn’t stop, and the experience doesn’t end, it just transitions to the Alumni Experience. Be a part of the celebrations and sign up for Homecoming today!
Tentative Homecoming Schedule
Saturday, October 14th
This rehearsal schedule assumes a 3:30 kickoff. We will make updates as we get closer to game day.
- 9:30 am
- Sign-in @ Wakefield Band Room Lobby
- 10:15 am
- Music rehearsal (location TBD)
- 10:50 am
- Step-off for marching practice
- 11:00 am
- Rehearsal w/Maryland Band (until around noon)
- 12:00 pm
- Alumni Band tailgate
- 1:30 pm
- Registration closes; Make sure to pickup all swag by this time
- 2:00 pm
- 2:30 pm
- 3:30 pm
- Kick-off! GO TERPS!!
- MSOM 5th Quarter
- New Alumni Band Truck back to The Clarice
What the Band gets for your registration
- Financial support for scholarships, uniforms, instruments, music, Early Week meals, and more
- Appreciation for Alumni
Maryland Band Members and Alumni Group
Mighty Sound of Maryland
University of Maryland Dance Team
University of Maryland Pom/Dance Team Alumni
University of Maryland Homecoming Weekend