In Memory of John Turner

 It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Band Alumnus John Turner, on June 19, 2010. He is probably better known as half of the Dynamic Band Duo Betsy and John Turner, and father of Chris Turner, another Band alumnus.

During his tenure at Maryland from 1970-1975, he played clarinet and tuba in Concert and Marching Band, and was ΚΚΨ President. He met his future wife in the band. "My first words ever to John was at the red/white game….I was playing drums and I turned around to him and said, 'Don’t tell the equipment staff, but I lost my plume!' I didn’t know it at the time, but he was the Head of the Equipment Staff. His comment back was, 'Your secret is safe with me.' Paul Deafenbaugh, whom I knew much better, was bent over laughing his head off, and I couldn’t understand why." The following year, one formation had John and his tuba hitting the same mark at the same time as Betsy and her flag. "I kept hitting him in the head about 3 steps out. John yelled a lot."

Homecoming 2010 - October 30

Save the Date - Homecoming 2010 will be be October 30th, Maryland vs. Wake Forest. Time TBA (we should know 10-14 days out).

WNIT Round 2 Pep Band

The Lady Terps won the first round of the WNIT. So all alumni are invited to play on Sunday as we take on East Carolina. Call time is 11:15am. Same procedures as Friday.

You can wear jeans and any red Terps shirt you have. Use the loading dock entrance to get into the arena.

Alumni Pep Band for WNIT Game

From Eli:

I would like to invite you to perform with the Pep Band at the Women's NIT Basketball Tournament. We are in particular need of mellophone, trombone, and baritone players as all of our folks are traveling with the Men's basketball team.

Tipoff has been set for 7pm on Friday, March 19. Our call time is 6:15 at the Comcast Center. You can wear jeans and any red Terps shirt you have. Use the loading dock entrance to get into the arena.

Please RSVP to me directly by noon on Thursday via email at eosterlo@umd.edu if you plan to attend.

Thanks everyone! Go Terps!

ΚΚΨ & ΤΒΣ Alumni Picnic

October 18, 2009
Time: 
12:00 noon

Update 10/17: Due to forecasted nastiness, the Alumni Picnic will be moved indoors to 5003 Erie St, College Park, MD 20740. It will still be at 12, and parking is free along the street as long as you dont block anyone's driveway. There will still be delicious food and good times to be had!

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

The picnic will be held in the recently renovated Washington Quad on south campus — it's covered in turf, and has pavilions and grills!

If you can make it, please RSVP to Amber Abbott as soon as possible with your number of attendees so we can get a ballpark headcount.

Baltimore Colts Band Documentary

The Band That Wouldn't Die Movie Night

On Tuesday, October 6th, there is going to be a premier of a documentary on the Baltimore Colts (which later became the Marching Ravens) band and how they continued to play in Baltimore after the Colts left. The story, detailing Baltimore's struggle to get the NFL to return to the city, is told through the eyes of the Band that continued to play without a team. The film was directed by renowned director and Baltimore native Barry Levinson and is part of the ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 documentary series featuring thirty films from some of today’s finest storytellers. Each filmmaker will bring their passion and personal point of view to their film detailing the issues, trends, athletes, teams, rivalries, games and events that transformed the sports landscape from 1979 to 2009. The film received rave reviews at the Toronto Film Festival and is a fantastic story for anyone who has participated in the marching band experience.

The premier is going to take place at M&T Bank Stadium on October 6th. Tickets to the event are just $5 and will be well worth the price of admission.

Mighty Sound of Maryland Instrument Drive 2009

Dear Maryland Band Alumni,

My name is Melissa Apter and I am the Vice-President of Service of the Beta Eta chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority, Inc. for the 2009-2010 school year. We have a wonderful new project we will be running over the course of the fall semester that needs your support!

Beta Eta is hosting the MSoM Instrument Drive 2009 on behalf of the Mighty Sound of Maryland. We will be collecting musical instruments, music accessories and monetary donations in conjunction with Hungry For Music, a locally based non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which distributes instruments and provides musical opportunities for underprivileged children nationally and internationally.

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.

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