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Summer 2012, Vol. 1
Issue 2
Announcing the 2012 UCMB Field Show

This fall the UCMB will crank up the heat with the 2012 Field Show entitled "On Fire!"

The show will feature music inspired by Igor Stravinsky, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Tide, Katy Perry, Skrillex, Thalia, Ricky Martin, Carlos Santana, and more!

Get Fired Up! As the “Pride of Connecticut” will ignite the field with Talent, Unity, and Pride!

Let us know what you think on Facebook or use #UCMBOnFire on Twitter.

UConn Drumline Sounds of Summer Camp

By: Tracy Anderson - UConn Today

The UConn Drumline got out from behind their drums this week to help instruct young musicians at the annual Sounds of Summer camp.

One of only 39 schools selected for the Yamaha-sponsored program, UConn hosted more than 30 students in grades 7-12 at this hands-on percussion camp. Members of UConn's Drumline worked alongside Yamaha clinicians Matt and Amy Savage to improve the participants' technical skills and foster enthusiasm for music education.

"This is a great way to advance marching and percussion, educate the youth, and is great for recruiting," said Drumline member and camp instructor Tyler Campbell '14 (BUS, SFA). "We are able to teach the students the fundamentals. This gives them a base, and then they are prepared to audition for our band."

This is the fourth year UConn has hosted Sounds of Summer, which took place June 25-26.

"We have a lot of members of the current Drumline who went to this camp," said UConn drum major Jason Reider '14 (CLAS), who helped coordinate the event. "It's a great way to introduce kids to UConn."

In addition to the Savages, UConn Drumline instructor Chris Horvat '02 (BUS, ENG), and Norwalk High School director of bands Chris Rivera '05 MA, worked as clinicians. Service-based Greek organizations Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, who serve the UConn Marching Bands, assisted with logistics and coordination.

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Dr. Mills Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Dr. David Mills was recognized on May 31 at the 2012 CBDNA National Collegiate Marching and Athletic Band Directors Symposium by the current Director of The University of Miami "Band of the Hour" Marching Band, Thomas Keck, as an inductee to The Band of the Hour Association Hall of Fame.

Dr. Mills earned his Ph.D. in Music Education from The University of Miami ('88), where he worked with The Band of the Hour.

Since 1993, the Band of the Hour Association has been providing support for the "Band of the Hour" at The University of Miami. The Band of the Hour Association Hall of Fame was created to identify and honor individuals who have achieved excellence in performance and/or musicianship, in the Band of The Hour or who have contributed to the advancement of the Band of the Band of the Hour by support in time, resources, or talent.

The inaugural Class of 1994 jump-started a great tradition at the University of Miami. Members of the Hall include Miami Fight song composer's, a U.S Congressman, a current Trustee of the University, and former band members. This distinct group of people stands for the tradition and history of the Band of the Hour. Dr. Mills is the 53rd Hall of Fame inductee. He joins Mike Graff and Ed Caughran in the 2011 class. Nominations are submitted annually and voted on by members of the Band of the Hour Association.

Dr. Mills and Mr. McNeill attended the annual CBDNA National Collegiate Marching and Athletic Band Symposium at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Mills was also recently presented with the UConn Alumni Association's Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award last year.

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Delta Omicron Turns 50
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2012 has been an excititng year for the brothers of the Delta Omicron chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, who celebrated 50 years of service to the UCMB and UConn community. The brothers did many things to commemorate the milestone for the organization, including giving out baked goods at the end of rehearsals for band members, special 50th anniversary pins and t-shirts, and inducting its golden class, Gamma Iota.

The biggest celebration however, was the 50th anniversary party held on May 19th, the actual day the fraternity was established on the UConn campus. The picnic was held at the Holiday Hill Recreation Center in Mansfield which is owned by Dudley Hamlin, an alumni brother. The festivities included an alumni vs. active brother kickball game, a history room which included picture and paddles, dinner, and speeches from Dr. Mills, Eric Morrison, and Delta Omicron's founding father William Dick.

The presence of the chapter's founding father was the highlight of the celebration, and was an amazing opportunity for all those who got the chance to meet him the days prior and during the celebration, as he shared countless stories of his time with the fraternity and illustrated his passion for the very group he brought to the university. The special day concluded with Brother Dick cutting the 50th anniversary cake, and group photos of all the brothers and present classes and families.

This day marked a milestone for one the UCMB's biggest support systems, and next year the sisters of Tau Beta Sigma will be celebrating 50 years as well.

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Save The Dates

The 2012 UCMB Preview Show will be held on Saturday, September 1 at the Sherman Family Sports Complex. It will be a great opportunity for everyone to see what the UCMB has accomplished during preseason and what it will have to offer this fall. All UCMB alumni are invited to a tailgate party before the show at the UConn Alumni Association.

Alumni Band Day and Homecoming will be Saturday, October 13 at Rentschler Field. The Huskies will take on Big East newcomer Temple. This year marks a special milestone for our announcer, Frank Pappalardo. This will be his 40th straight season as the "Voice of the UCMB!" Come out to celebrate this special day with us.

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Coffee Break

The UCMB Band Council will be hosting two coffee break fundarisers on Saturday, June 30 and Saturday, July 7 from 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. The coffee breaks will be held at the Middletown rest area on Interstate 91 Northbound (past exit 19).

Coffee, donuts and other breakfast items will be handed out to travelers in exchange for a donation to the band council. Coffee break serves as the band councils' biggest fundraiser of the summer.

Anyone interested in donating food items to the fundraiser can email the Senior Reps at If you are in the area, stop by and grab some free food!

The UCMB During the Spring Semester
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Greetings UCMB Friends and Family!

I hope this newsletter finds all of our UCMB Friends and Family enjoying the summer months. With this article, I would like to share with you a few UCMB related activities that occur during the Spring Semester.

Of course the UConn Pep Band remains busy as ever during the Spring Semester, with rehearsals, Men’s and Women’s Basketball games, selected UConn Hockey games and fulfilling any other special performance requests. In addition to the busy pep band schedule, the UCMB offers a Leadership Development Course, Winter Drumline, a Brass Conversion Class, and the Brass and Woodwind Power Hour.

The Leadership Development Class meets at noon on Friday’s during the Spring Semester. This class has several purposes; it unites and develops the leadership within the UCMB, it provides our members with important leadership skills and perspectives, and it builds the organization of the UCMB into the most effective unit possible. Some more recent and popular topics include Leading with Integrity, C-A-R-E, Niche: Leadership Through Involvement, Lessons from the Geese, Richards Car, The En Club, Leadership with Integrity, Building the Mystique, What Great Leaders Do, Idea to Reality, Gungho!, and The First Follower: Lessons from a Dancing Guy. George Hopkins, director of the World Champions, Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps stopped by to share his ideas leadership and success.  This course has proven to be invaluable in the further development of the UCMB and its leadership. If you are in the neighborhood on Friday’s at noon during the Spring Semester, stop on by the Music Building Room 102. There we grow!!

The Winter Drumline meets on Thursday evenings, 7-9pm, during the Spring Semester. The main goal of the Winter Drumline is to further develop individual playing technique as well as to continue building ensemble skills. The class also serves as an opportunity for members wishing to switch percussion instruments for the next UCMB season to gain experience and develop technique on that new instrument. Since the addition of the Winter Drumline course in 2003, the drum line has experienced much growth in the overall performance level.

Recently, the Winter Drumline has put together halftime shows to perform at selected home basketball games. These halftime shows have become a hit with the basketball fans and marketing staff. Following the drumline’s performance this past February 15, Emily Noonan, Husky All Access and UConn Sports sideline reporter, said that the winter lines performance was her favorite performance all year. If you have not yet had the opportunity to see this halftime show, you can watch it on our YouTube channel. By the way, these “Rock Stars” have produced a music video from this show that will be released later this summer.

Brass Conversion has always been a part of the UCMB program, converting interested woodwind players to brass instruments. The Brass Conversion Class meets once a week for 2 hours during the Spring Semester and has produced quite a few trombone, baritone, mellophone, and tuba players for the UCMB. It is always great fun to see former piccolo players taking up the sousaphone, and doing a great job!

The Brass and Woodwind Power Hour was initiated by a playing development session that was incorporated into the Tuesday night pep band rehearsal. During the first 30 minutes of each pep band rehearsal, the brass and woodwind players meet in separate rehearsal rooms and focused on enhancing individual playing skills through a series of exercises that focused on such areas as embouchure development, tone quality enhancement, intonation development, flexibility, dexterity, and articulation. Once the pep season was over, the 30minute sessions were extended into the Power Hour.

As you can see, the UCMB remains quite busy throughout the Spring Semester performing, learning, and growing as individuals and as an organization. One of the greatest rewards of being an Assistant Director of the UCMB is ability to witness the growth of the band on an individual level as well as a group level. It is certainly an honor to serve!

Until next time!


New Member Open House

New members of the UConn Marching Band are invited to our 3rd annual Open House on Saturday, July 21 at 9:00 am. Rookies will join student leaders on campus for a one day "preview" of what being a member of the UCMB is all about. They will participate in marching and music rehearsals and attend an informational meeting to get a small taste of the preseason experience. They will have a chance to meet current band members, other new members, and staff. There will also be an informational parents meeting, with an open question and answer session. For more information and registration, visit


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Upcoming Events

  • Color Guard Camp
    Saturday, June 30

  • New Member Open House
    Saturday, July 21

  • Drumline/Guard Camp
    Saturday, July 21

In The Next Issue...

  • 2012 Performance Schedule Announcement
  • New Scholarship Fund
  • UCMB in DCI
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