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Homecoming 2018

Saturday, October 13, 2018
Time: 
Noon Kickoff
Mighty Sound of Maryland 110 Years

This year marks the 110th Anniversary of the Maryland Bands! Be a part of the celebration by participating in the Homecoming Alumni Band.

10/8 Updates

10/3 Updates

  • Friday Night Dinner & Rehearsal for Homecoming
    Please join us on Friday, October 12th in the Wakefield Band Room and Lobby to pick-up your registration packet, enjoy dinner with old friends and participate in a short music rehearsal with Dr. Andrea Brown in preparation for Saturday's Halftime performance. Colorguard will also learn their choreography with Suzanne. If you will be participating, please RSVP now on our SignUpGenius page.
  • Sheet Music
    Links to download your alumni band sheet music were emailed out yesterday to all participating in Homecoming. If you have not received your personalized email, please let Noah know and we'll work it out.

Game Day — Saturday, October 13, 2013, Maryland vs. Rutgers

Game Time — Kickoff at NOON. Our latest rehearsal schedule is on the left.

Registration Deadline — The early registration deadline has passed, but you can still sign-up to march. There is now an additional $10 late fee, and you will not be guaranteed a shirt or tailgate meal (we will have a limited number of extras on a first-come, first-serve basis).

If you have not registered yet, please come to the Friday night rehearsal or by 6:30 Saturday morning to sign-up.


9/20 Latest Updates

  • We are very sorry to announce the passing of our old "leader" Cpl. Bill "Steel" Conaway. Without him, the MSOM never would have gotten to the stadium from Tawes, or CSPAC. He was part of our band for such a long time, even John Wakefield wasn't sure how long he'd been there (but he's checking). To honor Cpl. Conaway, the Homecoming halftime show will be dedicated to him. As the group that interacted with him the most, it gives us a chance to be part of the remembrance.
    It will be very fitting to have John E. Wakefield lead the Alumni Band on this day.
  • The band office says that they will only have percussion and sousaphones available to lend. Everyone else must be able to find or borrow their own instruments.

Homecoming Details

Registration Fees — Individual registration is $58, couples registration is $93. Recent graduates from Winter '17 and Spring/Summer '18 will receive a discounted registration of just $38. These prices include the $10 late registration fee. 

Dancers — Please wear your Dancer Under Armor shirts, and bring your Poms. For dancer-specific information and questions, please contact Jaclyn Baker at jaclyn_baker@comcast.net or visit their Facebook page.  

InstrumentsUPDATE — The Band Office has a very limited number of instruments available this year, and will only have SOUSAPHONES and PERCUSSION to lend out.  Please do your best to beg, borrow, or steal an instrument. (Please don’t actually steal an instrument, we won’t be able to pay your legal fees!)  Loaner instruments will be issued first come, first served at the door. SOUSAPHONES - please bring you own neck and bits! 

Dress — Please wear blue jeans and comfortable shoes. The 110th Anniversary Black Polo shirt will be provided. If you registered after September 22, please wear a black shirt as a backup (black Alumni Band shirt with weather-appropriate gear underneath preferred).

Music — We will be marching the halftime Funk Show. Sheet music will be available to download so you can practice ahead of time. Links will be posted closer to Homecoming. The band office is running low on flip folders, so please bring yours along if you have one collecting dust. If you print music to practice, please bring it with you. 

Flag Routines — Videos of the flag routines are available (see above) so you can practice ahead of time.

Poms — Dancers will have the option to buy Poms this year for $30 a pair (limited number available). Please contact Jaclyn for more details.

Trucking — We will be trucking (with the kids or by ourselves TBD). If you cannot truck, you can meet us in the stands.

Marching Halftime — We will be marching halftime only this year. If you plan to march, you must attend the morning rehearsals.

Non-Marching Option — Want to enjoy Alumni Band without the work? You can just play in the stands, and skip the marching.

Tunnel — Only performing Alumni Band members will be allowed through the tunnel at Maryland 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!

5th Quarter — After each game, the MSOM takes the field and plays a mini-concert before trucking back to The Clarice (CSPAC).  We are encouraged to watch prior to trucking back to The Clarice (CSPAC).

Trucking Back — We 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 (CSPAC) ourselves. Either way, we'll see you on the stairs! 

Tickets — 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. If you did not already purchase one through us, try the Maryland ticket office or StubHub.

Parking — There is plenty of parking on the shoulders of Route 193 near the Stadium Drive entrance. For more information on game day parking, and to view the football parking map, see UMD Parking Info & Map.

Clear Bag Policy - The stadium will allow the following bags: 

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12"
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
  • Small clutch bags, measuring 4.5" x 6.5" with or without a handle or strap

All other bags will not be permitted. For more information, see the stadium clear bag policy.

Strollers Prohibited — 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, room 1130. For more information, go to the Maryland Stadium A-Z Guide.

Questions — Contact Marianne at president@umbao.org, or Suzanne at treasurer@umbao.org.

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 for the 110th Anniversary of the Maryland Bands, and enjoy the experience. Sign up for Homecoming today!


What You Get For Your Dues

  • Participation in Homecoming
  • 110th Anniversary polo shirt
  • Saturday pre-game tailgate
  • Social time with your band alumni friends
  • A chance to relive Maryland Band history

Note: Late/door registrations are not guaranteed to a shirt or tailgate meal (we’ll have very limited extras available). Please make sure to wear a black shirt as a backup (black Alumni Band shirt preferred).

What the Band Gets For Your Dues

  • Financial support for scholarships, uniforms, instruments, music and more
  • Appreciation for Alumni

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