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Greetings from Dr. Andrea Brown

Greetings, Band Alumni!

I hope this message finds you all enjoying a wonderful summer so far!

Now that I have been “official” for one entire month, I wanted to reach out to say, “Hello!” and to give you a few updates of what has been happening in the Band Office.

The month has been filled with meeting a lot of folks and trying to learn as much as possible about all things MSOM. I was very grateful to have the opportunity to meet with the UMBAO officers mid-June. There was lots of ground to cover, but lots of exciting opportunities are ahead! In the coming months we will be bringing you all more details about this year’s Homecoming celebration (it’s our 110th year!) as well as opportunities to interact with the current members of MSOM during Early Week. You as alumni are an integral part of the past, present, and future success of the Maryland Bands and we look forward to strengthening the ties that bind. I consider meeting and interacting with the alumni a very important aspect of my position and look forward to meeting and working with all of you.

Help the Mighty Sound of Maryland get the Best Band Van in the Land

The band has just launched a new crowdfunding event to raise funds for a new Band Van, which they desperately need. 

Director Rich Sparks is excited about the effort.  "Campus has invited us to raise funds on this campus-sponsored fundraising event online.  We have spent a great deal of time talking about this with the new Leadership of the Marching Band, and we are confident that this program can work for us.  As a result of our working with the campus Development Office on this project, we have their full attention for the first time in my 30 years here on campus."  

The program launched on April 18th, and will close on May 18th.  Donors should donate in the specific name of a current band member.  If you don't know a current band member, please donate in the name of L. Richmond Sparks.  For more information about the program, or to donate, please go to:

https://www.launch.umd.edu

NO STROLLERS ALLOWED IN THE BABY BRIGADE

Alumni Band - we will not be allowed to bring in the strollers through the tunnel this year, but we'd like to keep the Baby portion at the back of the band.  We are working on it.  If you have an idea for the little ones, please email us at president@umbao.org

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 Day @ CSPAC

April 30, 2011
Time: 
10:30 am

Maryland Community Band Kicks Off Band Fun at Maryland Day

Are you attending Maryland Day 2011?  If so, stop by the Band Room Lawn for the Maryland Community Band concert at 10:30 AM, and bring your kids to the Instrument Petting Zoo in the Wakefield Band Room directly following the concert.  Who knows, you may find you have a prodigy!  Stay for other musical performances.  Click on Maryland Day 2011 for more information. 

 

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!!

Homecoming Registration 2009 & Centennial DVD Sales - Coming Soon!

Yes, we’re a tad behind announcing Alumni Band and starting registration, but for good reason. On the verge of going live, our Database and Web Master, Noah, and his wife Theresa welcomed their future little band member into the world, just in time for the first home game of the season! Congratulations to Noah, Theresa and Little Emma!

Centennial DVD for Sale

The Centennial Homecoming 2008 DVD is available for sale. Those attending Homecoming will receive their copy in the Homecoming Packet. Those not attending Homecoming will receive it in the mail following Homecoming. The price is a modest $15, and makes a great present! It also makes a great item for a Baby Time Capsule! You can order the DVD with your Homecoming registration.