WMU Drum Bash

Drum Bash LogoJoin us for the 3rd Annual WMU Drum Bash at Kanley Track on Sunday 9/27, from 10:00am-5:30pm! It will be a day full of marching percussion, featuring percussion programs from local area high schools. Tickets will be $6.00 at the door, Children 10 and under will be admitted free of charge.

Everyone is invited! The WMU Drum Bash was started to create a sense of community in the West Michigan drumming community, and offer a platform for high schools to perform in front of other students.

Each high school listed will perform for 20 minutes; our featured clinician for this year, Tim Fairbanks, will work with each group towards the end of this allotted time, offering suggestions and techniques to each ensemble as they enter the “home stretch” of
their performance season. You may view the schedule,
though it is subject to change.

Audience members and drumlines will have the opportunity to work with each section of the WMU Drumline during the day. Please bring your own drums, sticks, mallets, and cymbals. We will have more clinicians on hand to work with each section!

Any questions, please reach out to wmudrumbash@gmail.com


Tim Fairbanks

Tim Fairbanks has taught at Centerville HS (OH) since 1997, serving as the Marching Percussion Director until 2011 and is currently the Drill Designer for the marching band and indoor drumline, which is a consistent Scholastic World Finalists at the WGI World Championships. Centerville is the 1999 Scholastic Open Champion and 2004 WGI Scholastic World Champion. Tim is the Director and Visual Designer for Rhythm X, WGI Percussion Independent World Class Champion in 2008, 2009, 2013 and has been the Drill Designer for the Bluecoats (Canton, OH) and Blue Stars (Lacrosse, WI). He proudly endorses the products of Pearl/ Adams, Evans/D’addario, Sabian Inc., and is a Signature Artist with Innovative Percussion. Tim is the Vice President-Percussion for WGI Sport of the Arts, serving on the WGI Board of Director’s Executive Committee, in addition to membership on the WGI Percussion Advisory Board and Steering Committee. Tim is an internationally in-demand clinician, designer, arranger and adjudicator.

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2015 Alumni Band Announcement

Greetings BMB Alumni!

Excitement is high for this year’s Alumni Band and we’re hoping for a big turn out! As in previous years, alumni band will perform with the BMB at pre-game, in the stands, and post-game. In other words, there will be no halftime performance with the current BMB.

Registration for this year’s Alumni Band is here. Please register by Wednesday, October 21.

Below is a tentative schedule.

Alumni Band Schedule:

Saturday, October 24:

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 in Lot 41 behind Sangren Hall

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

2pm:               Kick-off!

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).  Files will be posted on this page soon.


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.

Game Tickets

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 2015 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



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