Blast from the Past 2021 Information and Deadlines

Michigan vs. Rutgers

Saturday September 25  3:30 PM

Registration opened for 2021 on July 22nd


2021 Blast Details

We are very excited for 2021 Homecoming! The Homecoming committee has developed the registration policy as described below:

  • Registration will begin July 22nd
  • Registration will end at 11:59 on August 22nd
  • Instrument requests will not be taken past August 22nd 
  • Refunds for the Blast Participation Fee can be processed up until August 22nd.
Late Registration:
  • Due to the revised seating structure and the COVID19 pandemic, no late registrations will be possible this year. No exceptions.

Unfortunately, there is no room for flexibility in the dates listed above.  Capacity for 2021 is 500 participants - register early to ensure your spot!

Registration Requirements

  • Be an active, dues paying member of UMBAA - $20
  • Pay a Participation Fee of - $30 - fee covers music, folders, and additional costs associated with the day
  • Purchase a football ticket - $65 - follow the link provided at the end of the UMBAA registration, use promo code ALUMNIBAND for a seat in the Alumni Band section.
  • Comply with COVID-19 requirements below

Alumni Band Performances

  • Parade to and from Michigan Stadium
  • Concert on the Stadium Steps
  • Pregame on the field
  • Halftime concert in the stands with MMB joining us
  • Postgame on the field


As a reminder, this year will be the (delayed) debut of the changes to the participant experience in Michigan Stadium. Spurred by NCAA changes to on-field personnel to further protect the student-athletes, the Alumni Band will be relocating from our corner on the field to a block of seats at the front of Section 15.  This change has allowed us to expand our capacity to 500 participants and is guaranteed to the Association in perpetuity.

Participants must purchase a game ticket ($65) in the Alumni Band seating area in addition to the traditional UMBAA participation fee ($30). This change ensures each participant has a seat in the stands with enough room to play their instrument, better angles for viewing the game, and better sight lines to the directors so we can play more stands tunes. This arrangement is in line with the standard practices of other Big Ten schools for homecoming alumni bands. The registration process will direct participants on how to purchase tickets in the Alumni Band seating area. The Alumni Band seating area is reserved exclusively for participants, but Michigan Athletics has provided a seating block behind the Alumni Band for participants to purchase additional tickets for friends and family at cost.

We would like to thank Drs. Pasquale & Frey, the MMB staff, and the Athletic Department once again for their partnership and efforts to find a solution that worked for everyone. We look forward to the opportunity to hosting the largest Alumni contingent at a Blast from the Past! in the Association’s history!


In compliance with the NCAA’s COVID protocols, participants will be required to submit either:

(a) proof of vaccination;
(b) a negative COVID test administered no earlier than 4 days before the game (September 25th).

This will ensure the safety of the student athletes, MMB students and staff, Event Staff and all other on-field personnel, and is mandatory under the NCAA’s protocols. More details regarding the vaccination status or testing result submission process will be provided at a later date.

In addition, due to these protocols, we will not be able to march with the MMB at halftime this year. The Alumni Band will instead perform a concert from the stands prior to the MMB’s performance on field. The UMBAA Board, MMB, and Athletics are working to return this event to a full normal as much as possible, but are still required to work within the boundaries established by NCAA protocols. We sincerely thank you for your understanding in this matter.   Any questions or concerns about this change should be directed to umbaa-president@umich.edu

Registration Closed

Friday Night Dinner / Early Check In / Rehearsal

This year, we will have the traditional dinner and early check in / instrument sign out at Revelli Hall on Friday night. We cordially invite all participants to attend. Dinner will be catered from the Original Cottage Inn. Blast participants do not need to buy a dinner ticket, it is included in your participation fee. We hope to see everyone there!

Due to the pandemic we are unable to accommodate family and friends for dinner this year; we sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.

We are still finalizing details of our Friday evening rehearsal. More details will be provided at a later date.

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 3:30pm


  • Instrument Requests must be received by August 22nd
  • Blast Online Registration will close on August 22 OR WHEN THE PARTICIPATION LIMIT IS REACHED
  • Refunds for participation fees will be processed through August 22nd, after which no refunds will be issued.

Loaner Instruments

The bands have a very limited supply of instruments available. The requests will be forwarded to the e-staff. There may not be any available instruments of your requested type depending on the size of that section in the MMB. 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 umbaa-webmaster@umich.edu

71st Annual Incredibly Tentative Blast Itinerary

Changes to this schedule may occur

Friday September 24th
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

If MMB Rehearsal is  at Michigan Stadium it will be closed to the public-no admittance

Saturday September 25th

  7:30 a.m. Revelli Hall opens
  8:00 a.m. registration and coffee hour
  9:15 a.m. general membership meeting; indoor music rehearsal begins
  10:45 a.m. join MMB on Elbel Field
  11:35 a.m. Scholarship presentation
  11:45 a.m. set pre-game block on north sideline
  12:00 p.m. Lunch
  2:00 p.m. meet on front steps of Revelli
  2:10 p.m. depart for Stadium
  2:30 p.m. concert on stadium steps
  2:40 p.m. load the  tunnel (BLAST PARTICIPANTS ONLY)
  3:00 p.m. pre-game
  3:30 p.m. Kick-off

ALUMNI and MMB reception following game

8:00 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 2021. 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

Can I Send In a Paper Registration?

Unfortunately due to the new seating structure we are not able to accept paper registrations this year. Please contact umbaa-webmaster@umich.edu with any questions.