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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 Alumni 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 160 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 ensemble into an even higher caliber group.


The band rehearses primarily on Wednesday evenings (with one exception this year), 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 ($5), but other parking and transit options are always utilized by our members.  We rehearse in the marching band suite, located inside 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 at a high level.  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 15th: Rehearsal 6-9pm (in Ferguson Hall Room 85)

  • Wednesday, May 22nd: Rehearsal 6-9pm

  • Wednesday, May 29th: Rehearsal 6-9pm

  • Wednesday, June 5th: Rehearsal 6-9pm

  • Wednesday, June 12th: Rehearsal 6-9pm

  • Wednesday, June 19th: Rehearsal 6-9pm

  • St. Paul Cathedral Concert: Thursday, June 13th, 7:00pm


  • Wednesday, July 10th: Rehearsal 6-9pm

  • Wednesday, July 17th: Rehearsal 6-9pm

  • Roseville Concert: Thursday, July 18th, 7:00pm

  • Tuesday, July 23rd: Rehearsal 6-9pm

  • Northrop Concert: Thursday, July 25th 7:00pm


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!

  • Let the Light Shine! – Frank Bencriscutto

  • Sun Dance – Frank Ticheli

  • William Tell Overture - Giacomo Rossini

  • Music from The Incredibles – Michael Giacchino

  • Instant Concert - Harold Walters

  • Metroplex – Robert Sheldon

  • Gypsy Dance – Georges Bizet

  • Across the Halfpipe – Samuel Hazo

  • Hambone – Libby Larsen

  • Rise Up and Shine – Frank Bencriscutto

  • Summer Nights – Robert W. Smith

  • Blue Tango – Leroy Anderson

  • The Stars and Stripes Forever – John Philip Sousa

Music will be sent out via email a week or so prior to the first rehearsal.

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!

2019 Summer Band Registration

Feel 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 Benson