Cannoneer Leland "Twink" Starr Passed Away September 9, 2009

Our good friend and Cannoneer, Leland "Twink" Starr, Jr., died last Wednesday, Sept. 9, after a fall.  He was 89 years old.

Twink was a very special man.  He was on the Cannon Crew in Byrd Stadium from 1960-2003.  His job in explosives at the Naval Ordinance Lab gave him many opportunities to serve important projects - for example, his work was used for the moon landing.  


He was honored at Homecoming last year, and was very happy to be part of the 100th Anniversary of the Maryland Band program.  He and his wife, Nell Starr, who preceded him in death, were with the band on numerous away and bowl trips over many decades.  He was a wonderful friend of the band.  According to his family, he wished to have no flowers, asking instead for gifts in his name to the band scholarship fund.

Centennial History Books Are Shipping!

Just as a quick note, the history books are finally en route. Your copy/copies should arrive in the mail very soon — if not already.

If you do not receive your full order by early next week (week of September 14th), please contact the publisher with your order number to get shipping confirmation.

History Book Shipping in August

The Band Centennial History Book will be shipping out in August. There were some tweaks that had to be made, causing us to miss the two-week summer break from the presses. During that break the presses were cleaned and we will be one of the first to roll as soon as the plant starts up again next week.

We are very proud of the book. It is beautiful, full of photographs, and the song book will be something everyone should have. After all, the last one was printed in 1941!

If anyone missed ordering the book, or song-book, the only book store to carry them will be the Maryland Book Exchange on Route 1, just across the street from our Chapel Field.

Thank you,
L. Richmond Sparks

Gamer Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert

Saturday, May 9, 2009 — 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Enjoy an afternoon of video game music performed by the University of Maryland's Gamer Symphony Orchestra! As always, the concert is free, and no advanced tickets are required. The performance will be at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in the Dekelboum Concert Hall.

Our student group ensemble of about 90 members (including 20 singers) will entertain with selections from Halo, Katamari Damacy, Metal Gear Solid, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Kingdom Hearts, and other popular games, both recent and classic.

GSO's performances are family-friendly, and we encourage you to bring all your friends, too! For more information, visit our website at Please contact us if you have any questions about the concert:

Robert Garner
Gamer Symphony Orchestra

Annual Pops Concert

May 2, 2009
8:00 pm

It's hard to believe the Maryland Band Centennial year is drawing to a close, but you have one more chance to celebrate by performing in the Pops Concert Alumni Band on May 2, 2009 at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The concert begins at 8:00 pm with the Wind Ensemble; the Alumni Band performs at approximately 9:10 pm.

Guest Conductors

As of now, our guest conductors will be:

  • Fred Heath - American Overture
  • Acton Ostling - Jalousie
  • Henry Romersa - Maryland State March
  • L. Richmond Sparks - Dance of the Jesters
  • Michael Votta - The Gum Suckers March
  • John E. Wakefield - Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral


The schedule is as follows. All times are approximate:

Alumni Jazz Band Concert

March 11, 2009
7:30 pm

The Alumni Jazz production is fast approaching! That means it's time to get your horns out of storage and dust 'em off! The Alumni Jazz Band will be performing along with the Jazz Ensemble on Wednesday, March 11th at 7:30pm.

There will also be a rehearsal on Sunday, March 8th at 4:00 pm, in CSPAC room 1230. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Joe Chapman or Chris Vadala.

Also, if you're in the area, there will be a performance by UJazz and Jazz Lab Band on March 10th. We'd love your support!

2009 Football Schedule

The 2009 Maryland football schedule was announced today, featuring seven home games and a return to Tobacco Road to crush play Duke. This year's Homecoming and alumni band will take place on Saturday, October 17th. So mark you calendars as we kick off the second centennial of the Maryland Bands!

  • 09/05/09 at California
  • 09/12/09 vs. James Madison
  • 09/19/09 vs. Middle Tennessee State
  • 09/26/09 vs. Rutgers
  • 10/03/09 vs. Clemson
  • 10/10/09 at Wake Forest
  • 10/17/09 vs. Virginia — Homecoming
  • 10/24/09 at Duke
  • 10/31/09 Bye
  • 11/07/09 at North Carolina State
  • 11/14/09 vs. Virginia Tech
  • 11/21/09 at Florida State
  • 11/28/09 vs. Boston College

Centennial History Book Deadline Extended (Again)

Extended one last time by the publisher — order by February 23rd!

I have great news for everyone! Taylor Publishing has allowed us to extend the order deadline for our Musical Ambassadors of Maryland: A Centennial Celebration.

Many of you have called to see if it is too late, and the answer is “It will be soon!” The new and final deadline is February 23rd. You must understand that there will not be a second printing, nor will there be any extra copies printed. This is an absolute pre-publication sale, so if you want a set NOW IS THE TIME! We will not delay the delivery of the book. You can expect it in mid-April. There are many who have not yet taken the opportunity to purchase this fabulous pictorial history book about YOU!


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Celebrating 110 years! Now that your years in the Maryland Bands are over, it’s time to look back and remember all the good times. Browse around to share memories and become reacquainted with the best part of your alma mater.

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