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Miscellaneous Topics

Band Camp
Each year, we host a one day band camp, scheduled the day before returning students move in. The camp is like an extended rehearsal, but also includes team building activities, sectionals, and food! For members who live far from campus, you may request early move-in directly through Reslife. Unfortunately, Reslife handles these requests on a case-by-case basis, and has not provided any concrete guidance on who is or is not eligible for early move-in.

Band Room
The band room is located on the ground level of the RAC, behind the double doors in room 113. Due to the size of the room, it is imperative that equipment is kept organized. Please help keep the band room clean and put things back in their designated locations. Under no circumstance should any member use a piece of equipment that does not belong to them, unless they have received permission from the equipment owner.

Due to the limited amount of storage space, non-UMBC owned instruments may only be left in the band room on designated shelving, with permission from the director. UMBC cannot be held responsible for your equipment. If your equipment is damaged or stolen while left in the band room, you will be responsible for replacing it. If in doubt, please take your instrument home with you.

Please respect the RAC! The area between the band room and basketball court should be left clean and uncluttered. If there is a box of tee shirts or giveaways stored in that area, do not touch them. Please make sure all music, stands, and instruments are locked in our band room and not left in the hallway.

Music Binders
Most of our sheet music is available in digital format in STAMP. Do not take band binders home with you unless you receive permission from the director!

Sportsmanship
Students are expected to conduct themselves as representatives of UMBC when in public and to demonstrate good sportsmanship. Rude, sexist, or racial remarks as well as profanity will not be tolerated. Failure to comply with this will result in dismissal from the ensemble. Band members should strive to establish a culture that is spirited, exciting, motivating, and memorable for students, family, friends, fans, and alumni. This ensemble will comply with America East and NCAA conference rules.

Seating in the Stands
Due to limited seating, stands are reserved for band members only. Family, friends, and significant others are welcome to hear the band from a different section.

Affiliation
Members of the UMBC Pep Band are considered employees of the UMBC Athletic Department. We are not considered student athletes, and thus are not eligible for things like early registration. While the UMBC Pep Band is a musical ensemble, we are not funded or affiliated with the UMBC Music Department. Our ensemble is open to both music and non-music majors, and many of our members participate in other music ensembles, such as the UMBC Wind Ensemble. You can learn more about UMBC Music on their website. Even though we are not affiliated with the Music department, no other ensemble at this school provides the amount of performance and travel opportunities than the pep band!

Award Ceremony
Our annual award ceremony is held each year in May and is run by student volunteers with guidance from the band director. The ceremony is a great way to celebrate our accomplishments for the year. The format of the event includes food/drink, slideshow, video, and awards.

The band, student directors, and the band director determine the recipients of each award. Descriptions of some of the awards are below…

Every student who attends at least 75 points will receive a superlative certificate
All seniors will receive a plaque.

Additional plaques/trophies include…

  • Student Director Award
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Mentor of the Year
  • Jari Jr. / Directors Award
  • Nicole Macey / Unsung Hero Award
  • Most Spirited Award

Traditionally, we will honor a special guest and present them with a plaque, including a photo of the band. Past guests include former provosts, coaches, and instructors.

Band Forum
Each year, all members of the band are invited to a band open forum to discuss the season. Members suggest changes to this handbook and discuss positives and negatives of the season. Additional feedback regarding the ensemble is welcome throughout the year.