UMass band to perform at 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade

  • The University of Massachusetts Amherst Minuteman Marching Band has been selected to perform in the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst Minuteman Marching Band has been chosen to perform in the Jan. 1, 2018, Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

The selection was announced in a video played at halftime during Saturday’s football game against Wagner College, according to UMass spokesman Daniel Fitzgibbons.

Band members were elated and celebrated as the video played, Fitzgibbons said in the statement.

“This is a fantastic compliment to the band,” UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said in the statement. “It’s a great opportunity for all UMass alumni to make a trip to the Rose Bowl and cheer our band on.” 

According to Timothy Todd Anderson, director of the 381-member band, a formal application was submitted in June for the 2018 parade. The application included photos, video footage and letters of recommendation.

“We’re just thrilled,” Anderson said in the statement. “This will be the first time the band has played in California.” 

According to the statement, bands are selected to play in the Tournament of Roses Parade based on criteria including musicianship, marching ability and entertainment value. Bands are required to raise all necessary funds for travel and accommodations.

The Minuteman Marching Band has performed at three presidential inaugurals and a number of Bands of America Grand Nationals competitions.  In 1998, the band received the prestigious Louis C. Sudler Trophy in recognition of high musical standards and innovative marching routines and ideas, according to the statement.

The band also played at the 87th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in 2013. A one-minute performance at Herald Square was featured on NBC.