I went to UMASS (class of 1986 - yikes) and was a member of the UMASS Marching Band (color guard) for 4 years. It was a great place to go to school and the football games were great, even if the team wasn't very good while I was there. For some perspective, the band was considered better than the team when I was there! LOL. I always watch their football program from afar and have been cheered to see them moving up in the national scene, slowly but surely. Haven't followed them much lately, and it must have been a huge blow to the school when George Parks, the band leader since I was there, dropped dead of a heart attack right in front of everybody on the eve of the Michigan game last year. He was a tireless leader and fundraiser for that program. I cried when I read he had died and how it happened. So, how are they doing this year? I'm going to go look them up right now!