U of M Summer Band - 2017

U of M Students, Alumni, Friends and Family-Our next summer of music is approaching, and I invite you to join us for yet another season of the U of M Summer Band.  If you have not played with us before, we are a community concert band-style ensemble that performs several outdoor concerts in the Twin Cities area each summer.  Over the last few years we have grown immensely, reaching 125 members last summer made up of current U of M students, alumni and many others.  This is not an exclusive group by any means – the more the merrier!  I am looking forward to directing for another summer and continuing to enjoy this positive community and to develop this group into an even higher caliber group. Schedule The band rehearses primarily on Wednesday evenings (with a few exceptions), as laid out in our schedule below.  All rehearsals are held at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota from 6-9pm.  Parking is available right outside the stadium ($4), but other parking and transit options are always utilized by our members.  We rehearse in the marching band suite, located at the Pope County entrance on the North side of the stadium.  We are flexible with scheduling conflicts, since summer is frequently a time of traveling and activities.  I will ask that you try to be present at as many rehearsals as possible, since it is still our intent to be able to play great music well.  A specific request in this regard would be to make sure that if you need to miss a rehearsal that it not be a rehearsal immediately before a concert – unless you are also not available to attend that concert.

  • Wednesday, May 17th: Rehearsal 6-9pm
  • Wednesday, May 24th: Rehearsal 6-9pm
  • Wednesday, May 31st: Rehearsal 6-9pm
  • Wednesday, June 7th: Rehearsal 6-9pm
  • Wednesday, June 14th: Rehearsal 6-9pm
  • Lake Harriet Concert: Thursday, June 15th 7:30pm
  • Tuesday, June 20th: Rehearsal 6-9pm
  • St. Paul Cathedral Concert: Thursday, June 22nd 7:00pm


  • Wednesday, July 12th: Rehearsal 6-9pm
  • Tuesday, July 18th: Rehearsal 6-9pm
  • Wednesday, July 26th: Rehearsal 6-9pm
  • Northrop Concert: Thursday, July 27th 7:00pm (still tentative)

Repertoire Musically, a variety of repertoire is included in our concert sets, but it always includes some of the traditional U of M repertoire: Minnesota Rouser, Minnesota March, and Battle Hymn of the Republic among others.  In addition to the traditional music, we include standard concert band repertoire to fill out our concerts.  If you need a little enticing, take a look at the some of the pieces we will be reading this summer – you may have enjoyed playing or hearing them at some point before!

  • The Wizard of Oz - Harold Arlen, arr. James Barnes
  • Riverdance: Finale - Bill Whelen, arr. Carl Strommen
  • Into the Light - Jay Bocook
  • Havendance - David Holsinger
  • Salvation is Created - Pavel Tschesnokoff, arr. Bruce Houseknecht
  • St. Thomas - Sonny Rollins, arr. Michael Brown
  • Flight of the Falcon - Robert Thurston
  • The Washington Post March - John Philip Sousa, ed. Fredrick Fennell
  • Star Trek: Symphonic Suite - Roddenberry, Giacchino, Courage, arr. Jay Bocook

I hope you are able and willing to play with us this summer! We are always looking for a larger ensemble, even if you can only make it to one or two concerts. With everyone’s unique schedules, we rely on strength in numbers. Please feel free to extend this invitation to those who are not directly affiliated with the U of M. You might have friends or family that are interested in playing in a group like this and we would welcome them with open arms. Please follow the link below to register for the group. The Google form is a necessary way for us to stay organized and so I can be prepared for your participation starting from the first rehearsal onward. Please take a minute or two and put in any and all information to help me out!2017 Summer Band RegistrationFeel free to pass this message along to anyone you might think would be interested in joining us!  They don't have to be directly affiliated with the U of M to partake – they are affiliated through you! Please don’t hesitate to send me any questions about the season. I am happy to answer or help out with whatever I can. The best email address to contact me at is summerband@skiumah.org. Hope to see you all soon! Brett BensonDirectorsummerband@skiumah.org