We would like to thank all of the participants of the 2014 frozen band day experience (even though it was more like below freezing). Please stay tuned with us to find out more about upcoming shows. Also, be sure to check out the article on MLive with lots of pictures.
Registration for Band Day 2014 is now closed. Thanks to everyone who registered! We will continue to process forms that have the registration deadline postmark and will send an email confirmation to those participants. Below is all the information needed for a successful Band Day.
Please note that Band Day will proceed rain or shine. Please check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. The BMB is unable to provide rain coats.
Also note that the rehearsal is mandatory. Anyone who misses the rehearsal, arrives late, or leaves early risks not being allowed to participate. All participants are required to attend all scheduled activities. Sorry, refunds are not possible.
We are looking forward to a great event. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Greetings BMB Alumni!
Homecoming 2014 is rapidly approaching and excitement is building for this year’s Alumni Band. We’re hoping for a big turn out! Like last year, I have decided to limit alumni band performance to pre-game, stands, and post-game. In other words, there will be no halftime performance with the current BMB. Last year I was really pleased with how this worked and the positive feedback I received.
Registration for this year’s Alumni Band is here. Please register by Wednesday, October 22.
Kick-off is set for 2pm. Below is the schedule for the day.
Alumni Band Schedule:
Saturday, October 25:
8-10am: Rehearsal at Waldo Stadium with Bronco Marching Band
Park in Lot 10 located behind the press box at Waldo Stadium
10am: All cars must leave Lot 10.
Park behind Lot 48 behind the Bernhard Center
12pm: Join the BMB for warm-ups at Kanley Track
12:50pm: Pre-game concert at Kanley Track
1:10pm: Depart for stadium with BMB
1:40pm: Pre-game begins
Once the game is over feel free to join us for our Post Game Concert, including a performance of “Gal.”
Parking is the same as last year. Please pay close attention to all parking instructions and abide by them.
Rehearsal- Park in Lot 10 (behind the press box) like normal. Then proceed into the stadium and check-in at the tunnel area to the field (the area where we load trucks). After rehearsal ends, you must move your cars immediately.
Game Parking- With so many Alumni Band plus the size of the BMB, the grassy area beside Kanley Track simply will not hold all of our cars. Therefore, like last year, after rehearsal Alumni Band members should park in Lot 48. This lot is located behind the Bernhard Center and is still in good proximity to the Fieldhouse where we’ll warm-up prior to the game. It is also the only lot in which I could obtain “free” parking for Alumni Band members. Your cars will remain parked here until after the game.
Please note, you are welcome to park in other lots on campus, but if you choose to park in any other lot you must pay the fee for that lot.
As mentioned above, Alumni Band members will join the BMB for pre-game, stands, and post-game. In pre-game, this means you will join us for “I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo” and the Alma Mater (singing). Click here to download the music.
It may be possible to borrow an instrument from the BMB. We have a limited supply and will accommodate Alumni Band to the best of our ability. Please mention that you need a school instrument in the “Comments” section of the registration form. Someone will be in touch with you to indicate if one is available.
Participating Alumni Band members will get free admission to the game and sit in the stands with the BMB. For spouses or others, contact the Bronco Ticket Office (269-387-8092 or 1-888-4-WMU-TIX). Unfortunately, we cannot provide tickets for non-participating alumni. Those must be purchased from the Bronco Ticket Office.
Rehearsal attire is casual and weather appropriate. But for the game be sure to wear your BMB Alumni Band jacket. If you don’t have an Alumni Band Jacket, just be sure to wear WMU clothes or colors. This year the BMB will be selling Alumni Band shirts too. I hope you’ll pick one up!
I am very excited about Homecoming and the Alumni Band this year. The 2014 BMB is sounding great. I hope you will be proud of what you see/hear. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you soon. Bring good weather and go Broncos!
David W. Montgomery, D.M.A
Director, Bronco Marching Band
It is that time of the year again to consider joining the BMB! The information about being part of BMB as a non Western student is now available in the top menubar and here. The link on the top will stay visible likely until band camp. There is also a printable version on the bottom of that page.
We would like to thank all of the staff that helped out in 2013. We would also like to thank everyone that applied for these positions. The actual list is attached below.
Edit January 21st, 2014: The staff list has been update to show all of the new staff members available here.