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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you all soon!