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The Cal Poly Mustang Alumni Band

The Mustang Alumni Band is composed of alumni who participated in the band program during their time at Cal Poly. The band comes together every year at Cal Poly's Homecoming football game. Members have the option of participating in many different activities: marching down with the Mustang Band, playing in the stands during the game, performing on the field during halftime and post-game, and attending the annual meeting.


There is no formal process to join the band but we do have a mailing list for those interested. We request members RSVP every year to participate in Homecoming festivities.

Homecoming 2021

Homecoming weekend of 2021 is October 1 - 3.


This year's game starts at 5:05pm, please plan accordingly. The current schedule is an estimate, but we will get more information soon. Please note that some events are required (noted with *) if you are planning on marching with the band. There will be no Friday night rehearsal this year due to scheduling conflicts with the student band. Bandfest is Friday night – you are strongly encouraged to attend, if your schedule allows.

FRIDAY, 10/1/21
6-7 pm = Alumni Band instrument & t-shirt pick-up at the music building loading dock
7-9 pm = Alumni Band rehearsal OUTSIDE at the loading dock. Dress appropriately! STRONGLY ENCOURAGED for those marching with the band.
9-? pm = Alumni Band social time at TBD

SATURDAY, 10/2/21
* 9 am = Call-time for Alumni in the Music Building
* 9-9:45 am = Warm-up/rehearsal OUTSIDE of the Music Building
* 9:45-10 am = Move to Doerr Field (next to the track field)
* 10-11 am = Half-time drill music and drill rehearsal with band at Doerr Field
11:15 am – 1:15 pm = Alumni Band lunch and meeting (free food for alumni band members) at SANTA ROSA PARK.
* 2:00 pm = Call-time for Alumni at UU Plaza
* 2:30 pm = STAMPEDE PARADE step off - Mustang Band and Alumni Band
* 4:40 pm = ALUMNI BAND in stands ready to watch Pre-Game
* 4:45 pm = Pre-Game
* 5:05 pm = Kick-off of Homecoming Game
8 pm (or whenever game ends) = Post Game - Mustang Band and Alumni Band
9 pm = After game celebration at TBD

SUNDAY, 10/3/21
10am = Alumni breakfast at TBD

Your alumni leadership would like some help over the big weekend! If you are interested in helping set-up/tear-down after rehearsals, the lunch meeting, and/or the game, assist in passing out the alumni band t-shirts, helping with instrument loaners, or in general, please let your Co-Presidents know and we will know we can count on your help.

Parking is tight on campus now due to a reduction in student parking options. Please plan on carpooling, or finding another way to campus if you can (Uber/Lyft).


At this time Homecoming will be happening and will look very similar to years past, with very few COVID required modifications. There's still a small chance that it could be cancelled, but at this time we are planning for a full homecoming weekend! The modifications in place:

1. The alumni band will be UNABLE to loan out smaller instruments; sousaphones, baritones, MFHs, and drums will be loaned out on a best effort basis only.
2. Saturday's lunch/meeting will take place at Santa Rosa park; more info to follow as we get closer.
3. The alumni band leadership is requiring all individuals eligible for the vaccine to be vaccinated, and to submit confirmation here: Vaccine Confirmation. For those family members ineligible for the vaccine due to their age, masks will be required. In keeping with CDC guidance, masks are not required for those 2 and under.


As has been true in the past few years, the Active Band is huge, so we need numbers to make sure there is space in the stands and on the field for the Alumni Band. Please fill out the Google Form as soon as possible to RSVP.


As always, we have to BORROW instruments for the Alumni Band members that do not have them. Please be aware that we will try our best to find instruments for everyone for free, but we have NO CONTROL OVER THE QUALITY OF FREE INSTRUMENTS. If you want to be guaranteed a high quality instrument and have the funds, we are recommending that you consider renting your instrument this year from a local music store. If you decide to arrange to rent/borrow on your own, then please do not ask for an instrument on the Google Form.

Whether or not you are attending Homecoming, please consider helping the Alumni Band find instruments to borrow! If you have a "spare" personal instrument that you would be willing to lend to the alumni band for Homecoming, then please contact me. If you work for a High School or have a good relationship with your local High School, then please contact Mike Vallone. If you know of any way that they alumni band could get instruments to use 11/01/21-11/03/21, then please contact Mike Vallone.


The show for Homecoming 2021 is the "Boy Band" show. Mustang Alumni Band will join Mustang Band in a combined performance of "Bye Bye Bye". Remember that you MUST attend the Saturday morning rehearsal in order to participate in half time.

Please print your own music and drill.

For the drill, alumni band members are marked in RED. Below is the letter code for each section:

  • Flute/Piccolo = F
  • Clarinet = C
  • Alto Sax = A
  • Tenor Sax = X
  • Trumpet = T
  • Horn = H
  • Trombone = B
  • Baritone/Euphonium = E
  • Sousaphone = S
  • Percussion: see the text box in the middle of the chart
  • Guard & Twirler = Flag Symbol

Click here to download music and drill (you will receive a password to download from the Alumni Band Officers).


The official alumni band uniform is a short-sleeved T-Shirt (FRONT: Mustang Alumni Band, BACK: The Best Band in The History of Cal Poly Bands), nice jeans without holes or tears and closed toed shoes. If you are not wearing the correct attire you cannot participate with the alumni band. The shirt will cost $10 and will be required for any member that is playing, marching and/or sitting with the band in the stands. The T-shirt front will need to be visible while we are playing, but you can wear long-sleeved shirts underneath or jackets that can be opened completely in the front. Shirts will be available to buy at all of the rehearsals and alumni events.


Members must make a one-time purchase of the alumni band shirt which is $10 to participate. In addition, we ask for a $20 donation each year to fund the alumni band activities. Most of this cost goes towards the sponsored alumni band lunch/meeting which occurs the afternoon of Homecoming. We are able to accept cash or credit card. Due to a small fee to process credit card transactions, we will be required to charge a $1 fee if you decide to pay via credit card. The $1 credit card fee will be waived if you decide to donate additional funds to the drum major scholarship fund and/or the alumni band general fund.

The $500 yearly Drum Major Award, sponsored largely by your donations, was awarded during band banquet! Here are some reminders on the Drum Major Award:

  • The alumni band voted in 2017 to increase alumni band dues by $5 a person, with the additional amount allocated directly for this award.
  • We will be collecting dues ($20 total) in person at Homecoming. At this time we will also be accepting donations from those of us so inclined to give more. Any and all donations are encouraged!


If you haven't made your hotel reservation yet, please do so ASAP (hotels fill up fast). Last year, the alumni band had an opportunity to reserve a block of hotel rooms at the Embassy Suites at about $168 a night, much cheaper than the current going rate. Alumni band leadership is working on securing this again, but in the meantime please make your hotel reservations as they fill up fast.

On the less expensive side, SLO has two Motel 6 locations: South and North

The Apple Farm is close to campus and a SLO treasure, but more expensive.

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