Homecoming DVD For Sale Soon

Happy Holidays everyone! The Homecoming DVD will be available for purchase soon (in a few weeks). For only $28.00, you will be able to keep a video of the largest alumni band in Maryland history. The DVD contains:

  • Coverage of the Henderson reunion
  • Interviews with everyone at the Henderson reunion and Homecoming
  • Footage from our alumni truck to Byrd Stadium
  • Alumni band pre-game and halftime performances

We'll let you know as soon as it's available for purchase and shipping or pickup. In the meantime, don't forget to buy a copy of the limited-edition Centennial History Book.

Kaleidoscope Details

One other thing from the Desk of Richmond Sparks:

Friday, December 12th is our Kaleidoscope concert, and all of you band alumni have been invited to perform on stage. There will be no marching, except for entering the hall. We will duplicate our homecoming music, (pregame and halftime music) plus a little Holiday ditty - Sleigh Ride.

We will host a music rehearsal on Thursday night, not mandatory, but with your standards and desire to be around one-another it will be fun. Former drum majors are being asked to conduct these pieces. Everyone needs to register with the umbao.org website so I can plan and choreograph where everyone will fit on stage here at the performing arts center. So if you haven't been to a concert here in our new facility, you might as well start by being on stage.

Calling All Drum Majors & Alums for Kaleidoscope Concert

Homecoming may be over, but the Centennial Celebration is not!

You have one more chance to be part of the Centennial Alumni Marching Band. Join the rank and file at the Kaleidoscope Concert on December 12, 2008 in the Dekelboum Concert Hall in CSPAC.

The Kaleidoscope Concert will start at 8:00 PM. Several groups will be performing, and the Marching Band/Alumni Marching Band will be on last.

To All Our Inspired Band Alumni

One word, “WOW!”

I am hoping to get this word out quickly to everyone who shared and brought back the essence of the Maryland Bands – ‘You!’ Words cannot describe the JUBILEE as a whole; however, grins of excitement are still buzzing through emails and phone calls.

There is not enough time for me to answer all the wonderful emails that I have received, so I want to express my appreciation via this format. Yes, we worked hard in planning this homecoming for two years. The UMBAO Board of Directors, the Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi, the Sisters of Tau Beta Sigma, and the Men and Women of the current Mighty Sound of Maryland are all to be thanked; but, it was your presence that made the event come alive! We have made a big splash in the news. I received a full-page report of our Centennial from a newspaper in Holland!!! Go figure.

Order the Maryland Centennial History Book

Update: Deadline has been extended to February 23, 2009. The University of Maryland Bands is celebrating its Centennial, and you have the opportunity to read about its rich history through a limited-edition, hard-cover book, Musical Ambassadors of Maryland: A Centennial Celebration, to be published Spring 2009. The lavishly illustrated book features historical artifacts and photographs from University Archives and other sources coupled with a narrative that portrays the band’s development—both pitfalls and promises. Only $45, and includes the book, songbook, and Companion CD! Deadline to order is January 15, 2009. Buy the Centennial History Book

Thank You!

All of us at UMBAO would like to give a big THANK YOU to all the alumni for making this Centennial Homecoming Band the largest and best ever! Sorry that Curley Byrd couldn't keep the rain away, but at least the Terps pulled out a win at the end. If you have any game-day snapshots posted to Flickr, Picasa, or other photo sites, please let us know where in the comments.

Friday Night Centennial Reception

The Centennial Reception and the Homecoming Alumni Band check-in start at 5:00 pm tomorrow, October 24th. We invite all band alums to mix, mingle, and share stories for the evening. There will be light fare, media presentations, pictures, and maybe a surprise or two. The Reception will continue when the Homecoming Alumni Band participants leave for rehearsals, but will continue when they return. Light refreshments, finger food, and birthday cake will be provided.

Penny War with the Marching Band

Hi alumni! In addition to yourselves and your love for the UMD bands, be sure to bring your extra change! The Sisters of Tau Beta Sigma are doing a Penny War with the marching band to raise money for Rockville High School's music program, directed by Phil Barnes. Some of our current students, in addition to some of you, are alumni of this program, so this is particularly important because it is so local to us. So far, we have raised over $100, but I'm sure we can do better. Last year, we raised almost $600 for Katrina relief. If each of you put a dollar in one of the jars, we will have at least $500 more to give to Rockville!


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