Join us for our Friday Night Blowout and Saturday GameDay Festivities!
Friday night the UCBAA will be hosting our annual reunion in the form of the Bearcat Alumni Band Blowout!
On Saturday we will march with the band in the parade and in the game, as well as offering multiple other ways for our members to participate in Homecoming festivities.
Want to perform? You can choose to perform for the parade, at the game, or both! There's nothing quite like stepping on the turf, surrounded by thousands of football fans, ready to take the field for performance. There's just something about it that is hard to beat!
Not sure if performing is your thing anymore, but still want to be involved with Gameday? Come to barhop, tailgate, watch the Sigma Sigma performance, or watch the game with us in the stands! Come for one, or come for all!
But wait, you say, you want to perform, but you don't want to miss out on all that fun stuff too? No problem! Our schedule allows you to participate in any or all of the Gameday festivities!
Join us for one, two, or all of the events during Homecoming weekend! We'd love to see you there!
Follow this link to sign up today!
5am-6am - Registration, breakfast, & instrument / jacket pickup (Rockwern)
5:30-6am - Percussion sectional w/ undergrads
6-6:45am - Music rehearsal & business meeting, including elections (Rockwern)
7am - line up for parade (Calhoun at Corbett)
8am - parade (around campus)
8:30am - Second breakfast at tailgate (The Grid)
9am - Sigma Sigma performance (Sigma Sigma Commons)
9:30am - alumni band on-field rehearsal (Sheakley)
9:45-10:45am - joint on-field rehearsal w/ undergrad band (Sheakley)
11:15am - march into Nippert w/ undergrad band
11:40am - pregame performance
12noon - kick off
****during game: perform in stands or just watch, halftime performance****
****post game: dismissal and return instruments & equipment to Rockwern****
members who are not performing:
8am-8:30am - cheer us on while you watch us in the parade
8am-11am - tailgating
9am - watch the Sigma Sigma Concert
9am-11am - barhopping around campus
9:30am - cheer on the Catwalk
11:40am - be there for The Charge
can i march in the game if i don't march in the parade?
Yes! You can choose to march in the parade, on the field, both, or neither!
do i need a ticket if i am marching in the game?
Yes. Due to security concerns, everyone will need a ticket to enter Nippert Stadium. If you have season tickets, or have obtained a ticket thru other means, you will not need to purchase one thru us. If you do not otherwise have a ticket, you will need one to enter.
Tickets purchased thru the Alumni Band registration site will be seated with the band in section 113, next to the undergrad band. We will be playing stands tunes. These seats should only be used by performing members of the alumni band.
Tickets must be purchased by September 28 if purchasing them thru the Alumni Band.
can i still get a ticket to the game if i am not marching in the game?
Yes! You can purchase one of our Friends & Family tickets for a reduced rate of $25. Your seat will be in section 110 of Nippert Stadium.
Follow this link to order Friends & Family tickets. Use promo code: BANDFAM
can i get tickets for my family? my friends?
what if i am marching for pregame / halftime, but want to sit with my family during the game?
If you want to sit with your friends & family during the game, rather than play stands tunes with the band or sit with the band as a whole during the game, you should purchase a Friends & Family ticket for yourself as well.
Tickets for performing members will be located in section 113. Tickets for Friends & Family will be located in section 110. It is imperative that if you want to sit with your family or friends that you purchase an extra Friends & Family ticket for yourself as well.
Follow this link to order Friends & Family tickets. Use promo code: BANDFAM
Follow this link to order a ticket to sit with the Alumni Band as a group. Do not order these tickets for your friends / family. These are only for performing members.
If you already have season tickets, or have obtained tickets thru another means, you do not need to purchase any additional tickets here.
Do I have to purchase a ticket in advance for the bearcat alumni band blowout (aka. the reunion)?
Advance registration is requested, to help the venue prepare the proper amount of food, have the right number of staff on hand, etc., but we will be accepting walk-ins at the door for a small upcharge.
Follow this link for detailed information regarding the Bearcat Alumni Band Blowout on Friday night.
can i pay for gameday the day of homecoming?
No. There are several reasons we cannot accept registration for Gameday the day of the event. We need the designated leadtime in order to:
Is there a uniform for gameday?
Yes, there is a uniform for Gameday. We have relaxed the uniform this year based on feedback from our members and are excited to see how it goes. This year the uniform will be:
So if i march, do i have to wear the uniform the whole day?
Absolutely not! Uniforms only need to be worn during performances. You are free to remove your jacket or even change your outfit during any other part of the day.
i don't really want a strict uniform code. what's the deal on that?
Yeah... we don't really have a uniform code. You can drink alcohol, PDA is what it is, and... whatever. While we would ask that you remember that you are representing the organization, there is no set list of rules for you to follow while in uniform. We are MUCH more relaxed than you remember from your days in the undergrad band.
I want to participate, but i have young children. what can i do?
We have several options available for those who will have young children with them, but still want to participate:
what if it's hot? Do we have to wear long pants? what if it's cold? can we wear a coat over our jacket?
Yes, while performing you must wear your uniform.
After receiving feedback from our members that they wanted a more relaxed uniform, we spent a great deal of time discussing the matter within the board, as well as with the Director of Bands. We tried to come up with a relaxed uniform that still met a certain appearance standard, as we are representing the organization, and are being viewed not just by fans, but by other interested parties as well (eg. the Athletic Department) as we take the field.
In an effort to reach a compromise that relaxes the uniform a bit as our members requested, but still maintains the look of a quality performing group we agreed to allow jeans and tennis shoes as part of the uniform.
Shorts are not to be worn while performing.
The jacket we have selected as part of our uniform is called a "three seasons jacket". It is lightweight enough to not be too hot during warm weather, loose enough to be able to layer underneath in cold weather, and can also serve as a rain jacket in the case of inclement weather. It must be worn during performances (parade and on the field).
Outside of performances members are free to remove their jacket, or even change their outfits if they wish. The logistics of carrying additional clothing however, is the responsibility of the individual member.
Why can't i just order a performing member ticket for myself or my family even if we're not performing? why didn't you send me my performing member ticket? when will you give it to me?
Tickets for performing members are printed, hard copy tickets. They are picked up by a member of the board the week before Homecoming and are handed en masse to a gate agent as the band marches into Nippert.
Per our agreement with the Ticket Office, these tickets will not be handed out or mailed to members prior to the game.
With numerous ways to participate this year, we are hoping you find at least one activity that suits you and your family!
Join us for any one activity, or any combination of activities. It is truly a build-your-own experience for Homecoming 2018. Hope to see you there!
Registration is now live! Sign up today!