UM Alumni Band & Flag Corp

Alumni Band marching in 2016 Homecoming parade


"REFLECTIONS" of our UM Band Days!
by Carl Smart, UM Alumni Band President

Calling all former UM Band members!! It is that time of year again - for you to mark your calendars and MAKE PLANS to join us for our 29th Annual “Alumni Band Homecoming” festivities!!

The date for this year is Friday and Saturday, October 13th and 14th, and the 2017 Homecoming Theme is appropriately “REFLECTIONS!” As I fondly think back on my time at UM 1965-70, I am amazed at how much I grew and learned about myself, about learning all I could in my class material and during practice time, and still working jobs 20-40# hours per week!! Taking time to Reflect, I realize there were many stressful and unpleasant times that were a part of the process, and I’m sure you all had some of those!! But as young students we had to continue on and figure it all out in our own way. I am so thankful for my years at UM, and I hope you are also!! I’m REALLY hoping you’ll plan to come to Homecoming and share some of those memories with each other!!

Speaking of Reflections, last year was a most awesome Homecoming gathering of Alumni Band folks of all ages!! We received the 1st Place honor in Marching Band category, we had over 15 “newbies” and a record number of folks age 29 and under!! We marched about 95 Alumni down Higgins Ave., (well, some of us old-timers enjoyed riding the Alumni Band Bus right behind the Band) and we had 125 band and family members attend our 1st ever “BAND TAILGATE PARTY/BBQ” as we marched straight from the end of the parade to the McGlynn’s back yard a block from the campus!! We’ll definitely plan to do this again!! It was the hit of the entire Homecoming!!

YES, TRY TO ARRIVE BY 10:30 FRIDAY MORNING and enjoy the entire gathering! Coffee & cookies compliments of the awesome UM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, pre-registration/welcome table with packets of music, Friday Banquet & Sat. BBQ tickets, and the schedule for two great days of events with your Alumni Band friends!

We’ll have some new surprises for you, including an arrangement of a new tune by our own famous retired Band Director, John Schuberg!! This will be fun to play and is sure to be a real crowd pleaser!! We plan to continue another great Friday rehearsal, the Friday evening wonderful Banquet & Alumni Jazz Band, and Saturday a great parade and Half-time show with the UM GRIZ Band!! By mid July this website will have a copy of the Newsletter and our Registration Form ready for you to read, print, and mail back the form with your check!! We’ll see you in October!!

 

Sincerely,
Carl Smart
2017 Committee Chairman
UM Alumni Band Committee