The Delta Delta chapter of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Service Sorority was founded at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, on May 16, 1969.
We provide exceptional service to collegiate bands and promote equality and diversity, including empowering women in the band profession. We cultivate leadership, educational achievement, music appreciation and community development. We are located on the University of Massachusetts, Amherst campus. While providing service to The Minuteman Marching Band, we also serve the University Concert Band, Hoop Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Jazz Ensemble, Marimba Band and many other University Musical Ensembles. We maintain excellent joint relations with the Epsilon Nu chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi.
HERE IT IS —-> ❄️ POLAR PLUNGE 2021 ❄️
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Reminder that there are 2 more dayssss until the Polar Plunge!! Snow ❄️❄️ WOOOOO ✨✨
**Watch on our Facebook and Instagram Friday at 16th @ 12p.m**
Hey Sisters!! We have 4 more days until the Polar Plunge which will be held on our Facebook and on our Instagram April 16th @ noon!!!
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** All proceeds will go towards to new equipment for the UMASS Minute Marching Band trumpet ** 🎺 🎷 🎶
Just a friendly reminder that the polar plunge is coming up real soon!
This weeks #WIMwednesday goes to someone near and dear to the UMass music department hearts, Nadie Shank. Ms.Shank came to UMass at the age of 25 as a pianist where she taught a wide range of classes and served as the Area Coordinator of the Piano and Collaborative Piano Areas for many years. Nadine Shank was a phenomenal musician who performed and attended countless concerts, plays, and recitals. She had the biggest heart for her students and was always supportive. Sister Stinson sums this up beautifully.
“I was very close to Nadine these past 3 years, she has accompanied me at my best and at my worst. Like many of the obituaries and biographies you’ve probably read, she was a top tier musician, and a collaborator at heart. Nadine didn’t have any children but dedicated her life to playing with her students. She was fond of saxophone music in particular which drew her closer to the saxophone studio and the saxophone community nationwide. What I appreciated the most about Nadine is that someone of her caliber would learn any music and play it anywhere with any student. I remember being a freshman at UMass and I forgot to fulfill a performance requirement my first semester, and I asked her to play with me at the student union on a community piano because Bezanson was booked through the semester. Without hesitation, she responded “yes. when?” Nadine was a team player, a virtuoso, and a pedagogue all in one. She was a historic individual in the UMass music department, and I am so honored to have shared time with her.”
For more information about Nadine Shank and the amazing life she led, feel free to read the link below. Our hearts go out to her family, friends, students, and anyone else who was affected by her loss.
We are forever grateful for the immense work and dedication of Professor Parks. HIs legacy lives on in all of us bandos, both past and present. Please enjoy this video with our brothers and sisters, put together by Sister McNeil, showing a glimpse of what GNP means to us. #becauseofGNP
Because of GNP
“Fortitude and courage to see an ideal, to seize upon it, and follow it wherever it may lead you in Tau Beta Sigma.”
Dana Owens (Queen Latifah) is an alumni sister of Tau Beta Sigma! Owens started singing and acting in school, and since her success has never forgotten where she came from and continues to give back to her community. She is easily one of the most influential people in hip-hop, her first album being the first hip-hop album by a woman. From there she has pioneered the way for many other artists. She has even started a scholarship fund for low income students, so they can have the same opportunities she had.
“Tolerance, tempered with kindness and a consideration for the needs of others.”
Former First Lady Michelle Obama has remained a calm light in the midst of uncertainty in 2020. Although she is no longer in office, she has done countless virtual book readings for young children, continued to stress the importance of health and fitness to the younger generation, and even started a podcast to educate people on the power that their voices hold. Above all she recognizes her ability to reach many people on social media and uses that to speak up for those who cannot.
“Generosity of the mind, heart, and hand.”
Maya Moore is a WNBA player for the Minnesota Lynx. However for the past two seasons Maya has taken her focus on something more important. She has used her platform to invest and dedicate her time to criminal justice reform. Specifically, she has been working on a case of Jonathon Irons, a man who she believes was wrongly convicted. Maya has put her career on hold to spread awareness and put others in front of herself. Follow her @mooremaya to keep up to date and see how you can help support criminal justice reform.
“A mutual interest in the Art of Music, in its performance, and in the aesthetic qualities it can project to others.”
Renee Elise Goldsberry most recently said in an interview “my prayer has always been, don’t let me die for my own glory. My desire is to use acting as a gift of service.” From playing Angelica Schyler in Hamilton to Henrietta Lacks in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Renee uses her talents to teach and inspire a younger generation.
“A cheerfulness at all times and under all circumstances, even in the face of great trial.”
Allyson Felix has 9 track and field Olympic medals, the most out of any female athlete in the world. Even more incredible, she won the World Championships after becoming a mother in 2018. After Felix gave birth however, her former sponsor Nike tried to cut her sponsorship by 70 percent. She fought back and exposed their poor maternity treatment. Eventually, Nike agreed to uphold future contracts with female athletes. Because of Felix’s positivity and willingness to give up her publicity through Nike for the wellbeing of others, she was able to make a change.
“A truthfulness and honesty which instills a sense of trust in others.”
Tarana Burke is the founder of the #MeToo movement. In the wake of Harvey Weinstein being revealed as a sexual abuser in 2017, Burke created a way for women to stand in solidarity with their shared experiences. Through social media, she touched millions of people and continues to bring people together through their traumatic experience. Follow her on Instagram @taranajaneen to stay updated and see how you can support her movement.
“Demonstrating loyalty and dependability to those persons and institutions deserving of it.”
Janet Mock is a writer, producer, and one of the leading voices for transgender rights in the 21st century. She became the first transgender women of color to write and direct a TV show. She is also a New York Times best selling author and spends her millions donating to support transgender rights. Below are some of Janet Mock’s suggestions on where to donate to support the movement:
The Okra Project
Emergency Release Fund
Black Visions Collective
Transgender Law Center
LGBTQIA+ Freedom Fund
“Physical and mental powers of an attractive nature”
“With a defeat, when you lose, you get up, you make it better, you try again. That’s what I do in life, when I get down, when I get sick, I don’t want to just stop. I keep going and I try to do more. Just keep trying” -Serena Williams
Serena William has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most out of any other player in the world. Her physical and mental powers are shown on and off of the court.
As Serena says, losing is just another way to learn. One way we can apply this to our lives is by having a willingness to learn new information and grow from it. There is no shame in being wrong, as long as we can admit it and move forward. Because in the end that is what will push us further and help us succeed.
An implicit bias is somewhat of an unconscious bias. It is not something that is easily pointed out by oneself and comes from learned associations and experiences. Whether or not we know it, we all have implicit biases. The @umassoutingclub is using a survey to create a safe and anti-racist place for all members. It is important that we consistently check ourselves for implicit biases. Thank you @umassoutingclub for taking action.
Thank you @sai_gammapi for this great content!💙🌹
Some great resources for those looking to either donate money to the cause, or donate their time to educate themselves:
1) The Umass Ski and Board club is selling stickers (pictured above). They are $3 for 1 and $5 for 2. All of the proceeds will be going to blacklivesmatter.com and to purchase, check out the link in their bio.
2) Two books — Between the World and Me, and The New Jim Crow — were both suggested by sisters to educate the world on systematic racism.
Up next on our Meet the Chapter Monday is the Gamma Nu chapter!
Chapter/college: Gamma Nu chapter from the University of Texas at Arlington
Fun fact: We are the recipient of the 2015-2017 Grace and A. Frank Martin Chapter Leadership Award
Favorite service event: Some of our favorites are our marching band goodie bags and providing fruit for our band camp "fruit breaks".
Favorite tradition: We love singing our Alma Mater with our KKѰ Brothers at TMEA… also our chapter mascot is a build a bear named Bernie.
Fun Fact #2: We just crossed our biggest class in recent history!
Thank you to the Gamma Nu chapter! MLITB💙🌹
Today we recognize another sister who consistently demonstrates the 5 & 8. Even during this pandemic, sister Auclair continues to work at his Air Force base. Alex, thank you so much for your service!
UMass Minuteman Marching Band
Today’s Field Staff Spotlight Post goes to Zoe Stinson, a rising senior and one of the drum majors! This is her second year on field staff and first year as a drum major!
A piece of advice Zoe wants to give new members is “See an ideal, seize upon it, and follow it wherever you may go.” Congrats Zoe!
On today’s “Meet the Chapter Monday,” we will be getting to know the Zeta Epsilon chapter!
College/University: Michigan State University
Fun Fact: This year the Michigan State band program celebrated its 150th anniversary!
Favorite service event: “‘Huddle’ is an end of the season banquet our chapter hosts for the Spartan Marching Band every year! We love putting it on to celebrate the hard work our band puts in during football season.”
Favorite chapter tradition: “Every year after our last home football game, the SMB marches the Series out of the stadium for the last time that season. Our chapter has been involved with buying roses for all the band seniors to throw into the Red Cedar River as they march over the bridge as a tribute to their time within the SMB.”
Thank you so much Zeta Epsilon! MLITB💙🌹
As the world goes through such a difficult time, we wanted to highlight sisters who continue to demonstrate the 5&8 throughout their lives. Today we will be highlighting two alumni sisters:
Kaetlin Rice - Kaet is a NICU nurse at the Connecticut Children’s Hospital. Kaet’s generosity, selflessness, and emotional poise is absolutely inspiring. Thank you for all that you do and all of the lives you have changed.
Emily Lowe - After years of dreaming to be a veterinarian, Emily is officially Dr.Lowe. Emily demonstrated tremendous persistence as she saw what she wanted and worked hard until she achieved it. Congratulations! We know you will do great things.
Welcome to our first installment of “Meet the Chapter Monday”, where each week we will get to know a different chapter from across the country! Our first chapter is Alpha Omega:
College/University: Florida State University in Tallahassee Florida
Marching Band: The Marching Chiefs
Favorite Service event: “We have a Girl Scout day in the spring semester where we host the local Girl Scout troops and have activities for them to help them earn their music badge”
Favorite Bonding Activity: “We go on a weekend long sisters retreat in the spring semester where we do a lot of bonding activities and celebrate each other”
Fun Fact: “We were founded in the same year as our Psi Chapter back in 1955!”
“We’re heavily involved with our schools’ marching band the Marching Chiefs and we love to serve our other collegiate bands in any way possible.”
Huge thank you to our sisters down in Florida! MLITB💙🤍
In addition to our 15 sisters selected to be on the UMMB Ad Staff, 5 sisters were selected to lead the band as field staff and 1 sister was selected to be a drum major! They are:
Zoë Stinson - Drum Major
Morgan Powers - Clarinet Field Staff
Nadia Stellabotte - Clarinet Field Staff
Abby McNeil - Trombone Field Staff
Bronwyn Tyler-Wall - Trombone Field Staff
Shannon Penney - Color Guard Rank Leader
Congratulation to all! We know you will do great things for the band!
Last set of meetings for the semester, and with our new sisters! Congrats GAMMA PHI!
Our final MC is Max!
“Max is a freshman biology major and is apart of iSTEP. He is a fantastic member of the color guard and always brings 110% and the best attitude to rehearsal. He is from Bedford, Ma and is an Eagle Scout. Something really cool about Max is that even though he is a Bio major he also studies German here at UMass because half his family lives in Germany and he plans on studying abroad there! Over the course of Max's MC process I have seen him really come out of his shell. Max gives 100% to everything he does and I can't wait to see what he will accomplish as a sister.” - @shannonpenney43
Our next MC is Nissy!
“Nissy is a freshman Biology major from Worcester, MA who is joining us from the flute section! Nissy is a traveler and has been to 9 countries and is fluent is 3 languages (English, Spanish, and Italian). Nissy is one of the hardest workers I've ever met. She's had a crazy workload through her entire MC semester and she is capable of handling everything that gets thrown her way. She's one of the kindest people I know and I can't wait to be able to say she is officially my sister!” - @shannonpenney43
Our next MC is Nadia!
“Nadia is a psychology major of the tenor section hailing all the way from Cali. She's loves her family, and even spent time making super crafty postcards to send to her family throughout the year! Outside of band, she's an America Reads tutor in an elementary school! Nadia, you're an incredible addition to the fam. I'm so incredibly proud and in awe of your constant dedication, persistence, and thoughtfulness. I certainly have "surrounded myself with people better than me" by choosing you as my little, and I am certain that you and this Chapter will do big things for each other.” - @caro.li0n
Our next MC is Jackie!
“Jackie is a freshman English Education major and a member of the Tenor Sax section! She is from Ridgewood, New Jersey. Outside of band, you can usually find Jackie playing video games, drawing horses, or learning new instruments! I am so proud of how much she has grown throughout her process, I could not have asked for a better little. I cannot wait to call her my sister!” - @maeghan.nicole
Our next MC is Sarah!
“Sarah is a sophomore Psychology major from Pennsylvania! She is a proud member of the UMMB Netline and has an amazing passion for birds of prey! She loves cats and has an impressive collection of Pokémon cards. I am beyond proud of her as she is dedicated and passionate, kind to everyone and has the most positive outlook in every situation. She is without a doubt going to be an amazing addition to the sisterhood and I couldn’t have asked for a better little!! I’m so proud of you Sarah and I can’t wait to continue to take on the world of service together MLITB!” - Nadia Stellabotte
We are so lucky to have six amazing MCs who will soon be officially recognized as sisters! They are all kind, generous, funny, and humble. Throughout the next few days, we will highlight each of the MCs on our Instagram and page! Our first MC is Andrea:
Andrea Contreras is a freshman Neuroscience major in the trombone section. She is from Hanover MA and likes to dance in her free time.
“I’m so proud of you for your dedication and commitment to this chapter, you bring so much sunshine everywhere you go. See an ideal, seize upon it, and follow it wherever you may go. I’ll always be your cheerleader” - @zoeguinevere
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President: Kaetlin Rice Vice President of Membership: Maura Riel Vice President of Service: Caroline DeCoste Secretary: Paige Richmond Treasurer: Zoe Stinson Alumni Relations & Historian: Emily Saunders Parliamentarian: Madeline Maciag Chapter Sponsor: Stephanie Vinci Faculty Advisors: Thom Hannum and Timothy Anderson
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