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!

ΚΚΨ & ΤΒΣ Alumni Picnic

October 26, 2008
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

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

The picnic will be held at Calvert Park just outside campus:
4811 Drexel Road, College Park, MD 20740

Final Homecoming Schedule

Kick-off has been announced for 3:30 pm, so here is our final Homecoming 2008 schedule:

Friday, October 24th

5:00 pm
Reception & Check-In @ CSPAC
7:30 pm
Mandatory Rehearsal

Saturday, October 25th

9:30 am
Alumni band concierge table opens at CSPAC, in the band room foyer
10:15 am
Meet at Astroturf field for marching rehearsal (that's correct—we are meeting at the Astroturf behind Byrd Stadium)
12:00 pm
Tailgate on the lawn outside CSPAC
2:00 pm
Line-Up & Inspection
2:20 pm
Step-Off for Game
3:30 pm
Kick-Off — GO TERPS!!
~6:30 pm
Truck back and watch the video of our performances

Band Centennial History Exhibit on Campus

From Anne Turkos, University Archivist:

I am happy to report that I have just finished installing the exhibit "Musical Milestone: Celebrating the Centennial of the University of Maryland Bands" in the first floor lobby of Hornbake Library. I hope you all will have an opportunity to come by and see it. Many of the images are drawn from our work on the history book, but there are a few new ones in there as well.

Maryland Band Silent Auction

Have you ever contemplated keeping that uniform, or ever "acquired" a piece of memorabilia for the Armory? Well here's a chance to acquire something for yourself, with the Maryland Band Memorabilia Silent Auction.

Flag Squad Photos Still Needed

We've been working steadily since August on the slideshow and Maryland Bands history book. However, we are still missing lots of details (no names, no photos, no info) for many years. If any alumni flags, silks, or color guard members possibly have photos and other information from the years below, please send them to Thanks!

Now Available: Order Additional Tickets & T-Shirts Online

If you've already registered for Homecoming but now need some additional tickets or t-shirts, you can order them online!

Just visit the new Extra Orders form to purchase additional t-shirts, game tickets, or tailgate meals for your friends and family. The ordering deadline is Monday, October 6th.

Welcome Letter to All Alums From Dr. Sparks

Welcome to all Maryland Band Alumni!

Homecoming is upon us and The Big Event will take place on Friday night, October 24th as we will be hosting all participants of the Maryland Band Program at a reception in the John E. Wakefield Band Rehearsal Hall. We are expecting band alumni dating back into the 1940’s. We expect all baton twirlers, flag twirlers, color guard members and we are especially proud that we have located our founding Pom Pom members and will have many of them back for this once in a lifetime Celebration. If you ever played a horn, beat a drum, danced, twirled, directed, or even just carried water and apples to the band members of this University — We want you here! This evening is for you!


Who's the best band in the land?

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.

Mighty Sound of Maryland 110 Years

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