While performing with the New York Philharmonic last year was absolutely amazing, there is something about every Homecoming that is just as amazing. That something is all of us.
As alumni of the University of Michigan, we are part of a proud tradition. We are one of the largest alumni networks in the world. Recently, I was talking about alumni groups with someone from San Diego. He commented that there were more people in his neighborhood with University of Michigan swag on their cars, houses, etc., than his local alma mater, University of California-San Diego. He was truly impressed, if not a little envious. I beamed with pride.
We are even more fortunate than most of our fellow Michigan alums because we are part of an even greater organization, UMBAA. We are Band Alumni; an elite group within an elite group. When you come back for Homecoming – whether it’s been 1 year or 50 years since your graduation – take the opportunity to get to know your fellow alumni. Last year, I spent time talking to alums from different eras. I listened to their Michigan stories. We chatted about what we’ve been doing since graduation. Without a doubt, we have very remarkable members within our ranks.
More than anything, I encourage you to take time to talk to current students. Last year, the students I met completely amazed me. Not only are they a part of the MMB, but they were involved in other charitable activities and organizations. And this was on top of their ambitious majors. The future of our alumni group is most certainly bright.
This October, I invite you to come home to dear old Ann Arbor town to reconnect with your musical family. Meet the next generation. Share your treasured memories and indulge in new ones. Remind yourself that it’s great to be a Michigan Wolverine.
“Who’s got it better than us? NOBODY!”