UMass put up a good fight against the #20 Michigan Wolverines football team on Saturday afternoon. Following is a recap of Massachusetts vs. Michigan.
Michigan football has had a couple of good games to start the season, but a scare came when the Massachusetts Minutemen came to town on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010. Michigan won 42-37, but the defense struggled, and failed to prevent UMass from keeping the game close late in the Big House. Read full story and more here
As the band took the field Saturday morning, a moment of silence was observed, paying homage to the long-time director of bands. The band received a standing ovation, playing with the same passion they always did as a tribute to Parks, who was inducted into the Drum Corps of America Hall of Fame in 2006. Read more here
Music professor George Parks, who as director led the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band to national prominence, has died.
The university said in a statement that Parks suffered a heart attack following a performance in Ohio on Thursday. He was 57.
The 350-member band was on its way to Ann Arbor, Mich., where it is scheduled to perform at Saturday’s UMass football game against Michigan. That performance will proceed.
About George Parks
George Parks has seen a lot of talent pass through the ranks of the UMass Minuteman Marching Band since he became director in 1977.
One of the best is returning to Amherst on Saturday. She is Heidi Sarver, who earned a bachelor’s in music education at UMass in 1986, got her master’s there two years later and then followed in her mentor’s footsteps. Since 1995, Sarver has been director of the University of Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens Marching Band, which will be accompanying the Delaware football team for the 3:30 kickoff against the Minutemen.