Sunday, October 8, 2017

College of the Holy Cross

The New England Collegiate Marching Band Festival was first held in 2014 at the College of the Holy Cross following many years of conversation among directors in the region. As a means to maximize exposure and opportunities, it was proposed that the site would rotate to a new venue each year as interest allowed. 

In 2015, Central Connecticut State University hosted the show, and the University of New Hampshire hosted in 2016. 
In 2017 it returns to its original venue at Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.


12:05pm Boston College
Program: Mary Poppins and Pop Tunes
12:30pm Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Program: Fall Out Boy

Boston University
Program: Classic Rock: John Fogerty, The Who, Neil Diamond, The Standells

1:20pm College of the Holy Cross
Program: 80s New Wave: Take on Me (a-Ha), Call Me (Blondie), Mr. Roboto (Styx)
1:45pm University at Albany
Program: Music from "Wicked"
2:10pm University of New Haven
Program: Music of Paul Simon
2:35pm University of Connecticut
Program: Fusion Symphony
Mvt. I - Symphony No. 5 (Beethoven), Fugue in G minor (Bach), All of the Lights (Kanye West), Believer (Imagine Dragons)
Mvt. II - Black Skinhead, In the Hall of the Mountain King, Humble
Mvt. III - Symphony, Despacito, Firebird

Stadium Map


$5 at Gate A. Cash only, please!

Social Media & Event Photography

RSVP to our Facebook event, like our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter!

We will have two photographers taking pictures of the ensembles throughout the day.
Photos will be uploaded directly to the Facebook event page following the festival.

Concession Location

Concessions will be available under a large white tent near the end zone closet to section 1 on the stadium map.

Restroom Locations

Bathrooms will be available at the stadium on the home sideline only. Portable restrooms will also be available at the warm up field.

Security & Medical Notes

There will be public safety officers available at the warm up area as well as next to the ticket booth for this event. Should a security or medical emergency arise find a festival volunteer or reach out to one of these uniformed officers. Important phone numbers are provided in the next section.

Weather Cancellation

Unfortunately, there is no rain location available this day should there be poor weather. If we are to cancel, the call will be made by the head of Facilities and Grounds at Holy Cross in the morning on Friday, October 6th.

Prohibited Items in the stadium

Directions and Spectator Parking

Please see the link: Directions to Holy Cross

Once nearing campus, it is advised to use a GPS to help navigate your way to the parking areas.

For the Parking Garage (closest parking to the stadium)

Use the address:

1 College Street Worcester, MA 01610

Once you have entered the campus through the gates on Linden Lane turn left just beyond the guard shack and follow the road to the parking garage. Elevators will bring you down to street level and as you walk back toward College Street for the entrance at Gate A. The garage is the advised parking for all spectators, but especially for those who utilize mobility assistance.

No shuttles will be provided for the festival.

For Upper Campus Parking

Use the address:

"Hogan Campus Center" 1 College Street Worcester, MA 01610

The campus of Holy Cross is frequently cited among the most beautiful college campuses in the region. It's a gorgeous walk down to the stadium, but does require a bit of effort and a lot of stairs to climb back up the hill at the end of the day.

Information Packet for Directors