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