Monthly archives "September 2021"

Post-Homecoming Update

Alumni Relations

It was a pleasure to see so many band alums for Homecoming this past weekend – both in-person and online. We trust that anyone who made it to Schoellkopf on Saturday will attest that it was a true thrill seeing the band back in action. Marching over 200-strong, the band looked downright dashing in their new uniforms - and the students exuded tremendous joy as they rocked out to “Everybody’s Everything” at halftime.

Not only was it a big weekend for the band, it was also a big weekend for BRBAA, as we ratified a new set of bylaws for our association. Over the past year, dozens of band alums provided feedback on our existing bylaws and met to craft new language. The result is a set of bylaws that moves BRBAA forward, committing the association to diversity, inclusion, improved communications, and greater involvement of the general membership. Many thanks to Emily Isenstein for her leadership on this project – and to the many, many alumni who joined her in making this a true team effort.


For those who are interested in learning more about what’s going on in the wild world of BRBAA, we welcome you to review the minutes of this past weekend’s meetings. Feel free to reach out to any members of the Advisory Council with questions or feedback. (Email addresses are linked in the minutes.)


For those looking to get more involved with BRBAA, we have two important invitations to extend:

  • With ratification of the new BRBAA Bylaws, there is a brand-new open position on BRBAA – that of Communications Chair. Please reach out to Brian Adelman (BRBAA Chair) if interested in taking on this role.
  • We have also created a Stewardship Committee, which is working to promote fundraising and engagement within the band alumni community. Please reach out to Tory Bredt (BRBAA Resource Chair) if interested in serving on this committee.


And lastly, the band is making music again! We’re hopeful that many of you will have occasion to hear the sweet sounds of the Big Red Band at some point this year. (Whilst longing, yearning, and maintaining appropriate social distance, of course.) The marching band’s planned trip to Yale has been canceled (due to restrictions imposed by Yale Athletics) – but the band does plan to travel for the events below. (Please note that this travel schedule is subject-to-change, given evolving policies around campus health and safety. BRBAA Events Chair Lauren Russo will keep us all posted regarding opportunities for fraternization at these games, where possible.)

  • Marching Band Road Trip! Football @ Harvard - Oct. 9, 2021 (game at 1:00 pm)
  • Pep Band Road Trip! Women’s Hockey @ RIT - Oct. 16, 2021 (game at 1:00 pm)
  • Marching Band Road Trip! Football @ Penn - Nov. 6, 2021 (game at 1:00 pm)
  • Pep Band Road Trip for Red Hot Hockey! Men’s Hockey vs. BU @ Madison Square Garden (game @ 8:00 pm)