UCMB Finishes 2nd in Ignite

In the second year of the UConn Foundation’s Ignite crowd-funding competition, the UConn Marching Band raised a grand total of $18,063. The UCMB competed for the highest number of young alumni and student donors against 17 other university organizations.

The UCMB’s Ignite giving page raised a total of $10,563 in direct donations, with an average donation of $30. The band finished in second place, earning the runner-up prize of $5,000 in additional funding. The UCMB also won awards for the highest number of donors in weeks 7-8 ($500), the highest number of dollars raised ($1,000), the best Ignite-related video ($1,000) and best use of social media.


The prizes are made available through the generosity of alumni David Barton ’61 and Adam Schwartz ’97. It is Barton’s fourth year supporting student philanthropy efforts through his giving. Schwartz’s gift this year will specifically support prizes for student team marketing efforts and the creation of a solicitation video contest. In total, 1,656 individuals gave $42,291.74 to this year’s Ignite competition. 48% of the 1,349 student and young alumni donors made their first donation ever to UConn this year.

The total $18,063 will be used to support the UCMB Tower Project, an initiative to raise funds for the construction of a rehearsal observation tower at the band field. For more information about Ignite, visit foundation.uconn.edu/studentgiving.