Blast from the Past 2017 Information and Deadlines

Michigan vs. Rutgers

Saturday October 28

Registration Closed

We have reached capacity for 2017. Go Blue!

If for some reason you need to change your plans and will no longer be joining us, please let us know as soon as possible.

2017 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 6th
  • Registration will end on October 15th
  • Instrument requests will not be taken past October 15th  
  • Refunds can be processed up until October 15th
Late Registration:
  • LATE registration will begin on October 15th
  • LATE registration will end on October 22nd
  • The price for late registration will now be the face value of a football ticket (Price $90)
  • LATE registrations are non-refundable
    • October 22nd is the hard cutoff for 2017 
    • No week of or day of registrations will be accepted - No exceptions!
    • No refunds will be given after October 15th.

We have had to adapt our policies for Blast registration because people have taken our past flexibility for granted. We believe that allowing extra time to register will allow everyone to make plans in advance so that they can join their friends and family on the field October 28th.

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


Join Us for the Pre-BLAST BBQ

We cordially invite all BLAST participants to attend a BBQ at Revelli Hall prior to our Stadium rehearsal the Friday night before Homecoming. The menu is tba. Family and friends are also welcome to attend, and may purchase a ticket for $5 ahead of time with your BLAST registration, or at the door that evening. We hope to see everyone there! Stay tuned for a future M Notes email with exact times.

FRIDAY NIGHT STADIUM  REHEARSAL: This year there will be a rehearsal in Michigan Stadium with the MMB from 8-9pm. We would like as many Blast participants to attend as possible. Please note: FAMILY MEMBERS AND THOSE NOT REGISTERED WILL NOT BE ALLOWED FIELD ACCESS ON FRIDAY NIGHT. Access to the field will be restricted to those on the Blast participation list we will provide to Athletics. Bring and wear the name badge we will give you in your registration packet.

The stadium will be open to the public that day for the “behind the scenes” MMB rehearsal that done once a year in conjunction with Athletics. Your friends and family are welcome to sit in the stands and watch the rehearsal.

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 October 15th
  • BLAST Online Registration will close on October 22nd OR WHEN THE PARTICIPATION LIMIT IS REACHED
  • Refunds for regular (not late) registrations will be processed through October 22nd, 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.

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

Calling All Alto Horns!

It’s been 25 years since the last Alto Horn played in the Marching Band. To commemorate this anniversary, we’re encouraging all former Alto Horn players to join the Alumni Band for Homecoming 2017. We understand that the MMB has a limited number of Alto horns available, so if you have your own horn, please bring it. If you don’t have a horn, now is your chance to buy one! (Nice used ones are routinely available on eBay)

Mark your calendars for October 28th and don’t forget to sign up to participate in homecoming as soon as registration opens. For more information, look for the 2017 Alto Horn Reunion group on Facebook, or contact Erik Kuszynski at ekuszynski@bolognaagency.com

67th Annual Incredibly Tentative Blast Itinerary

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

Friday October 27
5:00-7:30 PM Early Instrument Checkout—Revelli Hall
5:30 - 7:30 BBQ/Dinner in Revelli
6:30–7:45 PM Early Registration Pickup—Michigan Stadium: Your Blast Participation Badge, music, and updated BLAST information will be in your BLAST packet
8:00 - 9:00 Rehearsal in Michigan Stadium

Saturday October 28

  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
  7:30 a.m. M Band Rehearsal (starting outside)
  7:40 a.m. ALUMNI meeting/indoor rehearsal begins
  8:15 a.m. ALUMNI join M Band on Elbel Field
  9:15 a.m. Scholarship presentation
  9:20 a.m. ALUMNI set pre-game block on east sideline
  9:30 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

Sunday October 29 ***TBD***
9:00 AM Breakfast with Nu/Lambda KKY/TBS (pre-registered guests only)

Breakfast Info ***TBD*** Info below if from 2016

Inviting all KKY and TBS alumni. Come meet current brothers and sisters and reconnect with alumni brothers and sisters.  Last year's event was a great success, you don't want to miss this year's brunch!

This year's brunch will be:
9 am Sunday, October 29 ***TBD***
Michigan Union
Sign up here: check back soon

Other Important Information

  • BLAST participants will receive a CONFIRMATION EMAIL, which is your registration confirmation for BLAST 2017. Contact the UMBAA Vice President if you do not receive your confirmation!
  • Be aware of the deadline dates! If you have any questions about the BLAST please email UMBAA Vice President
    at umbaa-vicepresident@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. 

2017 BLAST Paper Registration Form