Members of the University of Minnesota Band Alumni Society reunited with O’Neill Sanford, director of the U of M Marching Band from 1976 to 1985, at the 125th anniversary gala concert on May 5. The concert was the culmination of a year of celebrating a century and a quarter of the University Band Program and featured the U of M Marching Band, Alumni Band, and jazz ensembles. Sanford traveled to the Twin Cities from his home in New Orleans for the concert. Pictured left to right are Ellen Sorenson, Ron Rasmussen, Mary Sorenson, Tom Baldrica, Caroline Rosdahl, Jeanne Elert, Brent Elert, Sanford, Jim Jordan, Lizanne Pick, Jim Rost, Bill Pick, Paul Pagel, Steve Kreitz, and Janet Linkert.
Alumni, students, and other band musicians join together over the summer for U of M Summer Band, a community concert-style ensemble that performs several outdoor concerts in the Twin Cities area. To see the schedule, visit skiumah.org.