2018 U of M Alumni Summer Band

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Brett Benson, director

What is U of M Alumni Summer Band?

A community concert band-style ensemble that performs several outdoor concerts in the Twin Cities area each summer. The band is composed of approximately 125 people, including current U of M students, alumni, and others that may or may not have previous affiliation with the U of M.


  • Wednesday, May 16: Rehearsal 6-9 pm  
  • Wednesday, May 23: Rehearsal 6-9 pm
  • Wednesday, May 30: Rehearsal 6-9 pm
  • Wednesday, June 6: Rehearsal 6-9 pm
  • Wednesday, June 13: Rehearsal 6-9 pm
  • Lake Harriet Concert: Thursday, June 14, 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 20: Rehearsal 6-9pm
  • St. Paul Cathedral Concert: Thursday, June 21, 7:00 pm (still tentative)


  • Wednesday, July 11: Rehearsal 6-9 pm
  • Tuesday, July 17: Rehearsal 6-9 pm
  • Roseville Concert: Thursday, July 19, 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 25: Rehearsal 6-9 pm
  • Northrop Concert: Thursday, July 26, 7:00 pm 

Rehearsal Details

The band rehearses primarily on Wednesday evenings (with a few exceptions). All rehearsals are at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota from 6-9pm. Parking is available right outside the stadium ($4), but other parking and transit options are always utilized by our members. Rehearsals take place in the marching band suite, located at the Pope County entrance on the North side of the stadium.

The band is flexible with scheduling conflicts and asks that you try to be present at as many rehearsals as possible since it is still our intent to be able to play great music well.


Musically, a variety of repertoire is included in our concert sets, but it always includes some of the traditional U of M repertoire: Minnesota Rouser, Minnesota March, and Battle Hymn of the Republic, among others. In addition to the traditional music, we include standard concert band repertoire to fill out our concerts. If you need a little enticing, take a look at the some of the pieces we will be reading this summer – you may have enjoyed playing or hearing them at some point before!:

  • West Side Story Selections – Leonard Bernstein, arr. W.J. Duhoit
  • The Liberty Bell March – John Philip Sousa
  • Captain America March – Alan Silvestri, arr. Michael Brown
  • Abbey Road: A Symphonic Portrait – The Beatles, arr. Ira Hearshen
  • Oklahoma! – Rodgers and Hammerstein, arr. Bennett/Rogers
  • Jubilé – Frank Bencriscutto
  • A Toonful Tune – Rick DeJonge
  • The Water is Wide – arr. Rick Kirby
  • España Cani – Pascual Marquina, arr. John Moss
  • The Fire of Eternal Glory – Dmitri Shostakovich, arr. Timothy Rhea
  • Irving Berlin Showstoppers – Irving Berlin, arr. John Higgins