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The Rockville Exhibition
By: Gillian Foley

On October 12th, 2019 the UCMB took the field in Exhibition at Rockville High School’s annual Festival of Bands competition in Vernon, CT. This was the first exhibition of the season and it was great to give back to a local band program that has fueled a love of the arts for many. The UConn Marching Band has 17 current members who graduated from Rockville High School and participated in their marching band program during their time at RHS. Our current UCMB Drum Major, Elizabeth Ward, is an alumnus of the Rockville program (Class of 2015) and was even drum major her senior year of high school. Our band President, Sara Linton, is also an alumnus of the Rockville program (Class of 2016). Moreover, the Rockville Festival of Bands competition this weekend also allowed various other current UCMB members to represent their high school bands having been announced as alumni right before the UCMB performed. My personal favorite moment of the show this weekend was during PART 1 when the sun peeked from behind a cloud providing sunshine onto the entire field during a pretty gloomy day. Despite the sun being a nuisance during our performance (it’s tough to toss a flag when the sun is blinding you), it was a nice reminder of how bright the memories I have on this field are as both Rockville High School Ram Band and University of Connecticut Marching Band members. Being a member of the UCMB has provided me many opportunities throughout my college career to grow as a team player and has helped provide lifelong skills and friendships that ever remain. It was amazing to go home to the Rock and bring some of my best friends along with me. TUP!


Pictured Below: Some RHS Alumni.. 17 UCMB Members/RHS Alumni! Some of the alumni pictured are even past UCMB members too!

History Day 
By: Erin Naclerio

The weekend of October 12th not only marked a hectic weekend comprised of both the Rockville exhibition and the Homecoming parade, but also the annual UCMB History Day!  This event serves as a celebration of our band’s extensive history with a plethora of news articles, pictures, and artifacts on display. As historian of the band this is also my largest project of the year. It’s my duty to clearly display our history in a clear, informative, and fun manner. This year we played some of the band’s old records, sold merchandise, and played Kahoot.  On top of that, Dr. Mills told great stories about playing at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton and at the 1996 World Series! I also get to work closely with the incredible new member reps: Drew Tienken, Conor Broderick, Alexa Crea, and Nick Cavuoto (with some additional help from Kazi Iqbal!). We all put a lot of time into making this a successful event and in the end I think it all paid off. We had a great turn out of students, families, and alumni that got to connect or reconnect with our band’s roots. THANK YOU to everyone that came out this year! It was great being able to share our history with so many people as it’s something I’m passionate about. Seeing people enjoy what we had put together was the ultimate reward. If you couldn’t make it this year, but want to learn more about the band history, you can visit our website linked at the bottom of this Newsletter. Overall, it was a very successful day and I hope that everyone that came out had the opportunity to learn something and connect deeper with the band that we all love. 

Pictured Below: The University of Connecticut 1896 military band of cadets.

UConn vs. Houston- Homecoming
By: Angelica “Gigi” Rodriguez


On the beautiful morning of October 19th, the UCMB had piled onto the buses to head towards our Homecoming Game at THE RENT! We were all thrilled to perform with the alumni during pregame as well as seeing old friends and family. Alumni were excited to be back on their home turf once again to perform as apart of the UCMB! I loved seeing the alumni and current members come together and share their love for the arts. 

I remember meeting some alumni during after rehearsal, as well as playing with them in the stand during the game; seeing the smile on their faces showed their love and pride for UCONN. When the UCMB and UCAMB were practicing together, to the alumni, it was as if nothing had ever changed. “It was great to see people we haven’t seen in a long time and catch up and dance in stands like the good old days!” Jamie Vega, former color guard member states. Alumni were ecstatic to be back. During lunch, Emily Collins had introduced me to more alum as well! They loved being involved with the band and can’t wait to see what we have in store for the future! 

Overall, the alumni and current member experience was fantastic. What was it like performing again for the band, I asked Jamie. She states, “I’ve been coming back just about every year since I graduated in 2012 to perform with the band and every time it gives me goosebumps. I enjoy it so much.” The alumni always enjoy their time when coming back to UCONN. It was as if the alumni had never left; the bonds created had never faded. Like Dr. Mills always said, we are the U in the UCMB and with the alumni, we have created such an amazing family. Keep a lookout for future events with alumni, whether it be a social, career fair, or performance! 

UConn vs. UMASS- Rivalries and Friendships 
By: Garrett Collins

Traveling with the band is always a blast. And traveling with the football team to face my home state's flagship University? Good times guaranteed. The bus rides with friends, the crowds, the excitement, the tensions of identity, I love it! So when I first heard the news we would be traveling to UMass for their homecoming, you can imagine my reaction. Getting the opportunity to return the favor to rain on their homecoming like they did to us last year (along with the Nor'easter that actually rained on us) had me absolutely ecstatic.

Being an out-of-state student and a Massachusetts man, going up to McGuirk Stadium and duking it out with my home state flagship university's football team and marching band was both an opportunity to see old friends and to feel good about my decision to go to school out-of-state. The latter was reinforced by excellent performances by both the UCMB and football team, while the former was fulfilled when I got to see my old friend Nick Vienot. Ours is a friendship I cherish, and I'm proud to call Nick one of my oldest and best friends. Though Nick and I have never actually attended the same school, we got the opportunity to march together back in Melrose High School for three seasons, growing closer together through the band with each year. 

Though college took us our separate ways, I got to share the field this past Saturday once more with Nick, as the UCMB and UMMB took the field together for a joint halftime show of God Bless the USA. After the game, (which UConn won convincingly) we each performed our exhibition shows for one another to raucous applause from each band and the faithful attendants of McGuirk Stadium. Hearing the loud cheers and roar of the crowd after post game was special--having so many people stick around just for the band, and being so bombastic was incredible.

Getting to travel for band is always a pleasure, but for me this weekend's trip to UMass Amherst was amazing--a celebration of the bond shared between our two schools, and of a friendship that will ever remain. It brings a smile to my face to hear that our two schools have plans to face each other annually these coming years. It gives students like me opportunities to catch up on old friends--and real chance for the Huskies to win.

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Current Staff
Editor: Lucas LaDestro
Staff Writers: Garrett Collins, Gillian Foley, Erin Naclerio, and Angelica "Gigi" Rodriguez

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