Blast from the Past 2018 Information and Deadlines

Michigan vs. Maryland

Saturday October 6  12 PM

Registration Closed

Registration for 2018 is full! If you would like to be added to the wait list, please click here.

Registration for 2018 opened August 5th at 6 PM

2018 Blast Details

As we prepare for this year’s homecoming game, there are some policies and procedures that we want to make everyone aware of. The new registration policy that was decided on by the Homecoming committee is as follows:

  • Registration will begin August 5th
  • Registration will end on September 23rd
  • Instrument requests will not be taken past September 23rd 
  • Refunds can be processed up until September 23rd
Late Registration:
  • LATE registration will begin on September 24th
  • LATE registration will end on September 30th
  • The price for late registration will now be the face value of a football ticket (Price $90)
  • LATE registrations are non-refundable
    • September 30th is the hard cutoff for 2018 
    • No week of or day of registrations will be accepted - No exceptions!
    • No refunds will be given after September 23rd.

We have had to adapt our policies for Blast registration because people have taken our past flexibility for granted. Please be aware, last year registrations hit capacity well before the deadline. Register early to ensure your spot.

Friday Night: This year, we will have the traditional dinner and early check in / instrument sign out.


Join Us for the Pre-BLAST Dinner

We cordially invite all BLAST participants to attend a dinner at Revelli Hall prior to our Stadium rehearsal the Friday night before Homecoming. The menu is tba from Cottage Inn. Family and friends are also welcome to attend, and may purchase a guest ticket for $10/adult or $5/ child 12 and under ahead of time with your BLAST registration, or at the door that evening. Blast participants do not need to buy a dinner ticket, it is included in your participation fee. We hope to see everyone there! Stay tuned for a future M Notes email with exact times.

Friday rehearsal details TBA.

The Usual Details

Rule #1: ONLY MEMBERS WITH CURRENTLY PAID ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES MAY REGISTER FOR PARTICIPATION IN UMBAA BLAST FROM THE PAST.  Clicking on the link above will require you pay dues in case your membership has expired.  

  • Admission to Michigan Stadium will only be granted to those members who meet the deadlines, pay the participation fee and have been issued the required identification
  • Members must register in order to participate on the field by filling out the registration forms online and paying all fees by the deadline date.
  • Arrangements will be made for those members who feel they are unable to march to the stadium to be admitted with the band; however ALL members are required to attend all morning rehearsals.
  • Kickoff is 12:00pm


  • Instrument Requests must be received by September 23rd
  • BLAST Online Registration will close on September 30th OR WHEN THE PARTICIPATION LIMIT IS REACHED
  • Refunds for regular (not late) registrations will be processed through September 23rd, after which no refunds will be issued.

Percussion Music

After registering, feel free to email Mike Burger burgerm@umich.edu to let him know you will be attending, which will expedite the delivery of new music and/or information.  

Loaner Instruments

The bands have a very limited supply of other instruments available. We will be able to supply a few of the other instruments if necessary. The request will be forwarded to the e-staff. There may be none available depending on the size of that section in the MMB. Please also note that there may not be enough of the check box instruments. They will be supplied on a first come first served basis. You will be notified by email if we run out of any instruments requested. you are highly encouraged to bring your own instrument

Note: We do not supply mouthpieces, reeds, oil, etc., please bring your own. We do have a limited supply of tuba necks and bits and concert horn to mellophone mouthpiece adapters. Percussion must bring their own sticks and mallets, including bass drum mallets. Any specific instrument questions may be addressed to Michael Lee at erdragon@umich.edu

68th Annual Incredibly Tentative Blast Itinerary

All of the Alumni Band items are in bold. Changes to this schedule may occur. 

Friday October 5
5:00-7:30 PM Early Instrument Checkout—Revelli Hall
5:00–7:45 PM Early Packet Pickup—Revelli Hall: Your Blast Participation Badge, music, and updated BLAST information will be in your BLAST packet
5:30 - 6:45 Dinner in Revelli
7:00 - 8:00 Rehearsal in Revelli Hall

*6-8 PM MMB Rehearsal at Michigan Stadium (Closed to the Public-No Admittance)

Saturday October 6

  6:15 a.m. Revelli Hall opens
  6:30 a.m. ALUMNI arrive to set-up for registration
  6:45 a.m. ALUMNI registration and coffee hour
  7:00 a.m. M Band Rehearsal (starting outside)
  7:35 a.m. ALUMNI meeting/indoor rehearsal begins
  8:15 a.m. ALUMNI join M Band on Elbel Field
  9:10 a.m. Scholarship presentation
  9:30 a.m. ALUMNI set pre-game block on east sideline
  9:45 a.m. Lunch
10:30 a.m. M Band Percussion step show
10:30 a.m. M Band Visualization
10:50 a.m. M Band meet in back of Revelli Hall
10:50 a.m. ALUMNI meet on front steps of Revelli
10:55 a.m. ALUMNI depart for Stadium
11:00 a.m. M Band perform at Go Blue Brunch
11:10 a.m. ALUMNI arrive at the stadium
11:15-11:25 ALUMNI concert on stadium steps
11:20 a.m. M Band Leave for stadium
11:35 a.m. ALUMNI in tunnel
11:40 a.m. M Band Arrive at the Stadium
11:50 p.m. ALUMNI pre-game
11:55 p.m. M Band pre-game
12:10 p.m. Kick-off

ALUMNI and M Band reception following game

5:30 p.m. Revelli Hall cleared and building locked

Other Important Information

  • BLAST participants will receive a CONFIRMATION EMAIL, which is your registration confirmation for BLAST 2018. Contact the UMBAA Webmaster if you do not receive your confirmation!
  • Be aware of the deadline dates! If you have any questions about the BLAST please email the UMBAA Helpdesk
    at umbaa-webmaster@umich.edu

What If I'm Allergic to the Internet?  Can I Send In a Paper Registration?

The short answer is yes, though it is extremely time consuming for our volunteer organization and the whole reason for the new site was to streamline and digitize our operations.  That said, the link to the registration form is below.  Please note that paper mail for UMBAA sent to Revelli Hall is held until an UMBAA board  member picks it up, which may be every other week.   Your check is then mailed to the treasurer, who  takes checks to the bank in batches, so your check may not clear right away. Finally,  your information is sent to the webmaster, who inputs it into the very system you were trying to avoid! :)  In other words, it takes forever and still ends up in the same place, but in the mean time, you may miss deadlines for equipment, tickets, and even your spot at homecoming. 

2018 BLAST Paper Registration Form