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Alumni Band

Did you know that the The UW-L Alumni Band has been participating in more events in more locations? Here is the 2014 Schedule of Events:
  • Germanfest at the Summerfest Grounds, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday, July 26th. The parade steps off Saturday at 4pm using the same lineup time frame (3:15ish) and same pathway as years past and is a 'wandering minstrel' type of performance. Our Oktoberfest royalty will also be there and walking with us. We'll need a head count for tickets to get into the festgrounds. Please email if you have questions or will be attending.
  • Tremptoberfest in Trempeauleau, Wisconsin - Saturday, September 20th (performance, no parade)
  • Oktoberfest Maple Leaf Parade - Saturday, September 27th (this is the big one folks)
Watch the website for event details!

June Dairy Days - Saturday, May 31st, 2014!

June Dairy Days is just around the corner IN MAY this year! The UW-L Alumni Band will again participate in the JDD parade in West Salem, Wisconsin. Please contact Laura if you are interested in marching. Details are listed below. This is a great short parade to march and is a TON of fun - hope you can join us! Bring friends!

What: The June Dairy Days Parade
Who: UW-L Alumni Band and Friends
Where: Meet at Westview Inn, 174 S Leonard St. West Salem, WI
When: Saturday, May 31st
Percussion Distribution/Practice and Operating Committee Mtg: 10:30 am
All: 11:00 am
Parade Step Off: Noon

We'll meet at Westview Inn at 174 S Leonard Street (the main drag in West Salem) and t-shirts will be handed out there. Westview is our T-shirt sponsor. There will be a percussion sectional at 10:30. Everyone else should be there by 11:00. We will run through the songs at 11:30. We'll play the same songs as in the Oktoberfest Parade & practice in the bar. They fill the bar to hear us play.

Around noon, we'll meander to the beginning of the parade route and meet at the Anderson home @ 631 N Mill St where there will be beverages waiting.

After the parade, we'll play a couple of our songs at the park, then travel around town a bit and play with some of the Oktoberfest contingent that marches the parade. There is food, activities, music and a beer tent at the park.

We need a head count of everyone who'll be marching for tshirts and instruments. Please contact Laura Bonum by May 13 at tomandlaura@tds.net and let her know:

  • Yes or No on attending
  • What instrument you'll be playing
  • What T-shirt size you would prefer
  • If you need music
  • If you need a map of West Salem
  • If you are in need of a loaner instrument please contact Jeff Hankey for percussion and Kris Cvikota for large brass.

Instrument Loans for Oktoberfest
If you need a brass instrument for the parade you will need to notify Kris Cvikota, if you need percussion equipment please contact Jeff Hankey, who will line up instruments on a first come, first serve basis. The Alumni band has some brass and percussion instruments for loan but no woodwinds. Instruments may not be available so plan ahead. If you show up without contacting anyone don't expect an instrument to be waiting for you. We have limited instruments available and there are no guarantees. Please check back if you do not hear back in regards to your request.

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UW-L Alumni Band Scholarship

The UWL Alumni Band organization has established a fund for the purpose of financially assisting qualified, enrolled band students. Read more about the scholarship here, or view the FAQ's about the scholarship here. If you would like to print the pledge card and send it in click here.


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Alumni Band Database - If you have moved or changed your email address this year please take a moment and fill out the form on the 'Members' page of the website. We will be sending out an email to everyone in the database soon with Oktoberfest details.

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