The Wildcat Marching Band is pleased to announce that UNH Band Day and Wildcat for a Day will combine in 2017. Band directors, make plans now to bring your marching band!
Your students will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform with the University of New Hampshire Wildcat Marching Band as well as many of their peers from around New England. They will feel the energy of a college game-day crowd and cheer the Wildcats on to victory as they take on Bryant University! Your band will attend and participate in our game day rehearsal, learning music and colorguard carriage to be performed at halftime. During the game, bands will combine with UNH to play stands tunes to pump up the crowd. Bring all or part of your band to experience the fun and excitement and enjoy our second season in Wildcat Stadium!
September 30, 2017
UNH vs. Bryant
|2:00 p.m.||Wildcat Marching Band rehearsal (optional: invited to watch)|
|2:00 p.m.||Registration begins in Wildcat Stadium|
|2:30 p.m.||Rehearsal with the Wildcat Marching Band in Wildcat Stadium|
|4:00 p.m.||Rehearsal ends, bands return to buses for dinner and to change into uniform. Buses move to Lot B so bands can march to and from stadium with us. Individuals on their own for dinner with parent/chaperone.|
|5:10 p.m.||Watch the WMB warm-up between Rudman and Morse Halls.|
|5:30 p.m.||Parade to Wildcat Stadium with UNH|
|5:40 p.m.||Watch UNH Band pre-game show and join them for massed band performance!|
Bands will join UNH in the stands to play stands tunes. Some opportunities for individual bands to play.
|Halftime||Move to sideline to watch UNH WMB 2017 halftime show!|
|Post-game||We won't perform post-game since it will be a late night (that's why you can watch from the sidelines at halftime)
Optional: March or walk behind the WMB back to the Paul Creative Arts Center to observe our post-game rituals
Cost for this event is $30 per band. There will be no admission charge for band members, directors, and teaching staff. We are unable to admit parents and chaperones for free, but we have secured a discounted ticket price for them. They will be available for purchase online using a special discount code that will be sent to registered band directors.
$5 per individual student.
Confident, by Demi Lovato, arr. Tom Wallace. Arrangers Publishing Company. We will also provide sheet music for the UNH fight song.
Carriage will be taught the day of the game. Routines will be simple and repetitive, to aid in quick memorization. No equipment other than flags will be used. If we are able to provide a video in advance, we will do so here.
You are more than welcome to bring your front ensemble along. If equipment must be transported from the bus area by vehicle (which is likely, due to the terrain in between), it will need to be dropped off during the rehearsal and stored near the visitors stands during the game. You may pick up the equipment following the game as the crowd disperses. Because we have an open stadium with many standees, it will most likely not be possible to move equipment in and out of the area by vehicle during the game.
It is recommended that your students bring bag lunches to eat in between rehearsal and the game on the buses. However, there are many concession stands on site that they may take advantage of if you allow them to eat in uniform.
The Wildcat Marching Band performs at football games rain or shine. As such, Band Day will be held rain or shine as well. The stadium has a Field Turf surface, which prevents it from being too slippery. However, if the weather looks too bad to march, we will still plan to perform a stand-still show. We have secured the field house as a backup location for the morning rehearsal if the weather is too bad to go outside. If it is raining lightly, we usually have woodwinds put their instruments away but still go out. Hopefully it won't be an issue, but we'll make the call that morning. Luckily, the field house is attached to the football stadium, so we'll be able to direct you to the correct location upon arrival if you don't otherwise see the message.
Directions and Parking
Final bus parking arrangements will be finalized in the fall and updated here, but in the meantime...
Parking for parents/individuals: Wildcat Stadium is on Main St./Rt. 108 in Durham and is visible from the street. Parking for individual vehicles will be available in Lot A, across the street from the fields or on Boulder Field on the same side of the street as the stadium.. There is a $10 fee to park here. You may also park at the Paul Creative Arts Center (or in Lot B nearby) to avoid a parking fee. Allow yourself more time to get to the stadium in the morning if you park here, but leave your car until the end of the game. The WMB will march back to the Paul Creative Arts Center after the game. If you plan to watch the postgame traditions, plan to park here and follow the band back. This is also where the band returns from brunch to change into uniform before the game. Use the Campus Map with locations circled (above) to find your way to the field (follow the red arrows from the PCAC on the map).
You may park in faculty/staff or commuter lots or at meters without paying on game day, as those are enforced only during the week. You may not park in resident lots, and other parking regulations (handicapped spots, loading zones, etc.) are enforced 24/7.
To get to the PCAC from Lot A: Take a left onto Main St./Route 108. At the intersection in front of the Whittemore Center (hockey arena), take a right onto College Rd. Follow this road around the bend, then take a left onto McDaniel Drive and another left onto Academic Way. The PCAC will be on your right.
Please click here to register. A secondary form listing anticipated instrumentation numbers (for drill) will be available a week or two beforehand. The band fee and payment for tickets will be due at this time as well. You'll be able to pay by check or online using a credit card.