We’re all facing a great deal of uncertainty about how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect college athletics, specifically as it impacts the SEC and Mizzou. Plans seem to change frequently, but it’s certain that the football season will be very different. The new SEC schedule has the Tigers taking on something called a Commodore for Homecoming on October 17. The Mizzou Alumni Association still plans to proceed with a Homecoming celebration this fall, but it’s unclear what it will look like. Current SEC mandates for football prohibit all marching band pregame and halftime performances. Marching Mizzou will not be allowed on the field under those guidelines.
After taking into consideration the known facts at this time, the Board of Directors in a recent meeting decided to cancel our involvement in any pregame performance this year. It was not an easy decision to make, but it’s clear we were not going to be able to do anything remotely similar to any past year anyway. Mizzou has banned all tailgating anywhere on campus this season.
Not being able to get together to march is not going to stop us from gathering, but this year’s Reunion Weekend will have to be all-virtual. For Reunion Weekend, we ask that everyone still register, but as a virtual marcher. We will ALL be virtual marchers this year. For your registration fee, you will be supporting current and future projects of M2AB and everyone will receive a thank-you gift from the M2AB Board of Directors. The gift will be delivered to the address you provide during registration and we are working on having some pick-up locations in Columbia and St. Louis if you’d help save us some postage.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Because we won’t be able to get together in person, we’re organizing a virtual Reunion Weekend Tailgate. On Sunday, October 18, we hope everyone can join together in a virtual celebration of past good times in Marching Mizzou. All generations are invited. There’s no registration fee. The only thing needed is a computer or phone that has Zoom installed on it. The Zoom link will be available ONLY on this website on Reunion Weekend Tailgate day, October 18. The reunion will begin at 6:00pm CDT and last as long as people want to hang around. There will be time to reminisce about your days in Marching Mizzou. Trip to England? Memorable bowl games? Trips to Ireland or other destinations? Bus excursions? Hotel adventures? Meeting lifelong friends? Let’s just keep it family friendly and suitable for all generations.
There’s another change for 2020. Due to the fact that the University of Missouri cancelled Giving Day last March, we were unable to participate in the usual scholarship appeal. Many of you have been very generous in donating to our M2AB scholarships in the past. We hope you will continue as we have to adopt this new approach, because we want to continue being a part in furthering the education of deserving students in Marching Mizzou. The fall has been tough on them.
One last thing. The alumni band still has two more years remaining on our five-year pledge to help fund the new School of Music Building. It’s now finished and open for use by music students and faculty, but it’s not completely paid for yet. We will continue to honor our pledge and we’d appreciate your continuing support of our efforts by again donating.
There will be a special limited edition t-shirt, designed by Mary Haux, available for purchase by everyone who completes their virtual registration. The suggested retail price is $15. Anyone who registers to participate for their FIRST TIME EVER will receive a free t-shirt. If you marched during the fall of 2018 or 2019, you get a $5 discount. Dues-paying members of the Mizzou Alumni Association also get a $5 discount. You can also double-dip and get a $10 discount if you are eligible for both discounts. You may purchase a t-shirt now during the registration process, or if all you want to do is purchase a t-shirt, click here. Our order deadline is October 16, so you must order before that date. T-shirts will be mailed to you after Homecoming. We’re also offering pick-up times in the St. Louis area and in Columbia; someone will contact you about those arrangements.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION
One last thing. After you register and pay for your registration, you will be sent a link to go to a page where you can vote for the candidates of your choice for the M2AB Board of Directors. You can view photos and background information on each candidate here.