Thanks for your interest in joining the DDDB! If you proceed, you will be joining an ensemble full of talented, spirited, and dedicated musicians with a love of making music.
The band was officially formed in 1998 with a group of 12 musicians (before that time, the band had been an ad hoc student group). Since 1998, the band has performed at hundreds of events throughout the east coast. We have performed on WJZ’s Morning Edition, Good Morning America, and NBC’s Today Show. The band has received mentions from ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser and Kyle Whelliston, as well as being featured in many blogs and newspapers (including the ESPN Insider blog, The Washington Post, Binghamton University Basketball Blog, The Hartford Courant, and The Retriever Weekly).
I was a trombone and trumpet player in the band as an undergraduate student from 2004-2010 Being a member of the band had a profound impact on my college experience. I was exposed to the true spirit of UMBC, became good friends with many members, earned money through the stipend program, fulfilled graduation requirements through course credit, and became a better musician by being exposed to a variety of musical styles and countless performing opportunities. It is my goal to make sure each member has an equally fulfilling experience.
Please take a look at the topics on the left menu of this site. These pages contain the answers that most prospective members ask. If you have any additional questions or want to join, contact us!
To making music and making a difference,
Paul J. Wetzstein
Director – UMBC Athletic Band Program