Umass Marching Band looks forward to Tournament of Roses Parade

Because the Macy’s Day parade just wasn’t enough

At the end of October it was announced at the final UMass home football game that the Minuteman Marching Band has been selected to perform at the Tournament of Roses parade in January of 2018.

It’s very exciting because it’s something the band has never done before.” says Jackie Nicholson, ‘19. “We’re going to have a lot of work to do but being able to help make UMMB history is something I think we’ll remember forever. We’re very honored and humbled to have this opportunity!”

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Because the performance date isn’t slated for over a year, several current members of the band will not be able to perform at the parade. Casey Choi, a UMass senior, was one such student.

“I’m actually from Los Angeles, and I grew up watching the Rose Parade. I’ve always wanted to march in it so I’m definitely a little jealous, but I’m hopefully going to go see them in person when the time comes!”

Though there may be a bit of light-hearted jealousy, it’s clear that the overall mood right now is excitement.

“I think it’s an incredible opportunity and I don’t think anyone saw it coming. It was a huge honor to be selected for this and I think everyone is wicked excited,” said Emma Vogel, ‘18.

The Tournament of Roses performance will be a huge accomplishment for the Minutemen and will work alongside the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day performance to show the rest of the country that the UMass Marching Band is a force to be reckoned with.

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