Nov. 2, 2012
Jason L. DeGroff
WEST HAVEN, CONN. -- Jason L. DeGroff, director of bands at the University of New Haven, has been inducted into the Band Hall of Fame at the University of Massachusetts.
DeGroff was nominated by UMass band alumni for the honor.
“It was obvious that he deserved the honor,” said Timothy Todd Anderson of the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band. He said the Minuteman Band Alumni Association instituted this Hall of Fame in 1993 to honor “those people who have made extraordinary contributions to the band’s development.”
DeGroff, only the eighth person to enter the Hall of Fame, has been the visual designer of the Minuteman Marching Band for many years. He began writing for the band while still a UMass student. He has created the drill design used by the band for more than a decade.
DeGroff was honored on Friday, Oct. 26, at the UMass Multibands Pops Concert and presented with a plaque.
DeGroff came to UNH nearly four years ago to help build the band, which began with the return of football. When he started, the band had about only 20 members. After one year, that number tripled, and it has since ballooned to more than 100.
“The band is a melting pot of all different students, backgrounds and majors,” says DeGroff. “No matter what they are studying, students can continue their love of music.”
The band often plays the new Chargers fight song unveiled last year by the athletics department. The selection was written by Albert Celotto, assistant professor of music at UNH, and the band arrangement to accompany the piece was composed by DeGroff.
The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. UNH enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and College of Lifelong & eLearning, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.
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