Preseason Information

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Countdown to Preseason:

2019/08/19 08:00:00

Where and When

2018 Move-In Dates

New Members, Leadership, Percussion & Color Guard Saturday, August 18th Check in: 8:45AM to 12:00PM
Returning Members Monday, August 20th Check in: 8:45AM to 12:00PM
Follow the signs! Check-in in the courtyard: receive a meal card, final Preseason information, and a detailed schedule. Check-in is the time to ask any questions of the Band Council members and Section Leaders. You then go to Charter Oak Community Center to pick up your keys and check into your room. Please check in at the Music Building first. Try to be as early as possible so you do not have to rush later on in the afternoon.

What to Bring

  • Alarm clock
  • Water bottle for outdoor rehearsals
  • Sneakers and socks (required)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Extra shirts / extra shorts
  • Lyre for outdoor rehearsal (if applicable)
  • Extra reeds/valve oil/instrument needs
  • Something to wear in the rain
  • Khaki shorts or slacks (for performances)
  • Long black socks
  • Uniform garment bag (If you do not own one, you may purchase one from the band for $5)
  • UConn ID

The following items will be provided if you don’t have them already:

  • Marching Shoes
  • UCMB T-shirt and “ball cap”
  • Gloves
  • Flip-folder for music
  • Nike warm-up suit ($140 value)

Please purchase:

  • Banquet fee – $25
  • Season Meal Fee (For Members without meal plans) – $30
    • Members with meal plans are encouraged to donate flex passes/meal swipes to help cover costs of meals throughout the season.

Other UCMB apparel will be available for order.


If you play the following instruments, you must sign them out at check-in:

  • Mellophone (Horn)
  • Trombone
  • Baritone
  • Tuba
  • Percussion

Other instruments are available in very limited quantities. If you need one, you must make arrangements with Emily Collins ( before you arrive for preseason.

Dorm Room Assignments

In almost all cases, you will be moving into the room that the Department of Residential Life has assigned you to for the fall semester. You should bring up everything you will need. Some band members choose to go home and get the rest of the things they need for their room during Labor Day weekend.


Meals during Preseason are provided for all members of the Marching Band until meal plans begin on Friday, August 25. Times and locations of meals vary from day to day. Band members attend meals together; it’s a great time for band members to get to know each other in an informal atmosphere. Meals are an important part of team-building.


Uniforms will be issued during Preseason. Members are responsible for the condition of their uniform and are accountable for the uniform issued to them. You must have a garment bag to be issued a uniform. 

Special Events

Social events are planned several nights after rehearsal and all band members should attend these events. “Spirit Days” are events that unite sections and groups within the band with a fun activity.

Preview Show

Plan on inviting your family, friends, and High School Band Directors to the Preview Show at the Sherman Family Sports Complex. Check back soon for the time  and date of this performance! It is a great opportunity for everyone to see what the UCMB has accomplished during preseason and what it will have to offer this fall. (In the event of bad weather, the Preview Show will be held in Jorgensen.)

Freshmen WoW

Freshmen band members are excused from all WOW (Week of Welcome) events.

Preseason Schedule

The 2018 UCMB Preseason Schedule can be found here.


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