Tailgate with the Butler University Marching Band Parent
Organization ~ View Tailgating Information
Welcome new and returning Butler parents,
We'd like to invite all BUMB parents and marching band alumni to
tailgate at the BU home football games. The football
schedule, tailgating policies, parking information, and ticket
information are all available on www.butlersports.com.
BUMB members can get 4 free general admission tickets for each
game, and the route to those tickets is through your son or
daughter! At rehearsals BUMB students can place your names and
those of any guests on the band's "will-call ticket list." This
list goes to the ticket office the Thursday morning before each
game. Matt Harris, ticket manager, advises that you
pick up your will call tickets 1 hour before the game when the will
call tables open. You will avoid the long lines at grow closer to
There's a form for purchasing single game tickets, season
tickets and parking passes under the tickets/football tab on the
Butler Sports website which makes it easy to have everything you
need before the season starts. Remember Band Day is the first
home game on September 8, 2012, and will be the first night game in
the history of Butler University!
Here are some tailgating tips and advice:
- For home games that start at 12 pm or 1 pm, tailgating begins
at 8 am and ends 2 hours after the game is over. For home
games that start at 6 pm, tailgating begins at 10 am and ends 90
minutes after the game is over.
- There is an $8 parking fee per space you'd like to
occupy. We always buy 2 parking passes per game-one for our
car and one to set up our canopy, chairs, table, cooking gear, etc.
If you have a lot of gear, you may want more.
- Do not bring anything in glass, a staked tent/canopy, nor a
keg. Those are not allowed.
- Be creative. The football parents sometimes have themed
events - chili, Mexican etc. Just plan to bring whatever you
want to eat and drink for yourselves and maybe some to share.
Be ready to have fun and mingle with the other parents.
- We found that if we got there between 8 and 9 am, set up, and
then cook lunch, everything would be ready for our son, Geoff, to
eat lunch with us before he had to report back to the field for the
game. Then after the game ends, you can start round 2 of the
cooking and eating. It's nice to be there early and watch the
band rehearse on the field before the game starts.
- When it gets cold out remember to dress warmly, bring sides for
your canopy, maybe a portable heater, and weights for your canopy
so it doesn't move around. Lots of hot chocolate or coffee
keeps you in a cold-weather football mood.
- You might want to make a poster or banner for your tailgating
set up featuring your son or daughter as a member of marching
band. Our poster said "Geoff is a BUMB" and it was a great
conversation starter with the other fans.
We're eager to meet the other band parents, and we hope to see
you. We'll be under the gold canopy next to the gold Saturn
Vue. Please stop by and let us get to know you.
Greg and Marcia Schoeneck, unofficial presidents of the
unofficial BUMB Parent Organization
Fall picnic for new band members ~ View Volunteer
Each fall past members of the Butler University Marching Band
host a picnic for new members on a late-August Sunday afternoon at
the conclusion of the 2-day Sat/Sun "Band Camp." Band alumni are
needed to plan, shop, setup, cook and tear down this event. This is
also a wonderful opportunity for the new members of the band to
meet those who have preceded them in the creation of the BUMB, and
hear stories of past exploits and performances. If you would like
to help in any way contact the band's alumni chair for this event -
Jen Huber at (317) 788-2136, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BUMB Parents "Pit-Crew" ~ View Volunteer Information
Collegiate bands do not enjoy the amazing armies of high school
band parents that assist with the set ups of equipment for marching
band field performances, but that does not mean there is not a
need. With drum major podiums, a front ensemble of 10 performers on
marimbas, xylophones and electronic instruments and a sizable
colorguard there is much to do to get a BUMB performance set up and
ready to go. If you would like to help in the creation of this new
"BUMB Parents Pit-Crew" contact David McCullough, Director of
Athletic Bands at (317) 940-9876, dmccullo@Butler.edu.
Band Alumni Listerv Manager ~ View Volunteer Information
One of the best ways to stay informed of the activities of
Butler's marching and basketball bands is to enroll in the
band-alumni listserv. Here is how. Simply send an email to: email@example.com with
the following in the message body - subscribe band-alumni "your
name" (put your first and last name in quotes)
If you need any assistance subscribing, or if you would like to
assist with the management of the band-alumni database please
contact Craig Stanley, current band-alumni listserv manager at
(317) 940-9668, cstanley@Butler.edu.
Video recording and photography ~ View Volunteer
For many years, extending back in to the 40's, Butler has made
video and audio recordings of its marching and basketball bands.
Photographs of the bands are used in campus publications, and for
recruiting pieces. Current alumni like photographer Tom Fischer (BU
'75) and DVD editor Jonathan McCullough (BU '04) are already
involved, but they could use assistance. If you would like to
videotape or photograph any of our bands, or assist in the
conversion of VHS taped performances into DVDs please contact
Jonathan McCullough, chair of the Athletic Bands DVD Project at
(317) 840-8488, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recruiting letters to prospective band members ~ View Volunteer
Students with music, marching and colorguard experience need to
be identified and contacted so that they are well informed as to
the advantages of band participation. We are asking you, depending
on your comfort level, to speak with prospective students who live
hear you, author letters to prospective students or supply
quotations about your experiences in the Butler band program that
can be used on the web sites and in recruiting pieces. Contact
David McCullough, Director of Athletic Bands at (317) 940-9876, dmccullo@Butler.edu.
Break Game Performance Opportunities ~ View Volunteer
Come back and play your instrument for basketball "break games"
Each year Butler's basketball teams play games that occur during
university breaks, and many of the current band members use these
opportunities to go home. Providing music when school is not is
session would be very difficult if it weren't for the number of
alumni who come to help us. We provide music, simply rehearse for a
short time before the game, and then "have at it!" Once the
basketball schedules are created, and the "break games" identified,
anyone who still loves to play their instrument is welcome to come.
And for helping the band and the teams, alumni who come to play are
admitted free to the games. Contact David McCullough, Director of
Athletic Bands at (317) 940-9876, dmccullo@Butler.edu.
Office and equipment assistance ~ View Volunteer
The Athletic Bands Office, 316 Atherton Union, is open and
working year round. Alumni are invited to donate hours, either on a
scheduled-weekly or as-available status, to assist in operation and
work of the band office or with the supervision and maintenance of
the uniforms and instrument inventory. The marching and basketball
bands are the largest portion of Butler's six-ensemble band program
and assistance is both needed and appreciated. Contact David
McCullough, Director of Athletic Bands at (317) 940-9876, dmccullo@Butler.edu.