UMass band performs in Rose Parade

  • The University of Massachusetts Amherst Minuteman Marching Band in Pasadena, Calif., where the band marched in the Rose Parade on Monday. Contributed Photo

For The Recorder
Tuesday, January 02, 2018

The University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Minuteman Marching Band has been able to experience warmer pastures out in Pasadena, California, where they performed in the 129th annual Rose Parade on Monday.

Though 20 other marching bands participated in the festivities, only two other collegiate bands marched the whole parade route. Those schools, the universities of Oklahoma and Georgia, were playing in the Rose Bowl football playoff game.

“Since UMass Amherst is the Commonwealth’s campus, we consider ourselves to be the Commonwealth’s band,” marching band Director Timothy Todd Anderson said in a statement ahead of the parade. “We can’t wait to represent not only our university, but all of Massachusetts for millions of people. It’s our way to tell the world what UMass is all about.”

The Minuteman Marching Band has 400 members and had been practicing since learning in October 2016 that they were invited. The team also performed a field show on Dec. 29 at the Tournament of Roses Bandfest event, and on Dec. 30 at Disneyland. During the parade, the university community reacted on social media. “So proud of @UMassBand,” said Mari Castaneda, chair of the communications department at UMass Amherst. “They were awesome in #RoseParade2018! The weather is perfect in SoCal.”

“I saw the @UMassBand on tv for the @RoseParade. First cry of 2018,” Edward Doyle, an alum, wrote on Twitter. “Those were the days.”

“Wonderful to see @UMassBand representing Massachusetts at the @RoseParade,” U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern wrote. “We are so proud of you!”

“WE DID IT!!!!” the band’s Twitter account posted Monday afternoon. “Thank you so much to every single person who made this incredible experience possible, and thank you so much to @RoseParade for inviting us to be a part of such a momentous event!”