CFL Eastern Division Championship Game

Montreal Alouettes vs. Toronto Argonauts

Olympic Stadium
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

17 November 2002

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The Band departed for Montreal by bus after completing its Senior Day activities at Alumni Stadium
They arrived in Montreal at about 0200 where they spent the night at
College de Maisonneuve, a few blocks from Olympic Stadium

It was a short "night" in a well lit gymnasium ... first wake up calls issued at 0630
Breakfast served by Mr. Parks and the Drum Majors

... Olympic Stadium in the distance ... a short walk in blustery winter conditions...

Waiting outside ... time for pictures and some fun...

Inside Olympic Stadium preparing for clearance though the security checkpoint

... interesting sights and photo ops enroute to the field ...

Warm-up and Practice

Awaiting arrival of the equipment truck ...
Taking advantage of the time for a little more rest !

Set up proceeds smoothly and warm-up commences

What do these guys find so interesting? Roll mouse over the image to find out !

After Mr. Parks sets expectations for performing in a large stadium for nearly 60,000 pro football fans
and offers pointers for dealing with the unusual CFL field configuration, practice begins...

The Band had a great practice session ... adapted well to the field layout and acoustics.
Time now for picture taking, lunch, and more relaxation before the game begins.

... Bandos greet the fans as they arrive
...and crash !

Pre-Game Performance

Excitement builds as game time nears
Alouette Cheerleaders entertain their season ticket holders at a pre-game party.
UMMB enters the field for the Pre-Game Show

Alouettte Fans again prove to be a very warm,
enthusiastic, and appreciative

Band Parents get an up-close and personal view of the show

60,000 fans deliver a roaring standing ovation
that thrills both Mr. Parks and the
magnificent Minuteman Marching Band !

"You guys were SENSATIONAL ...
Your precision was incredible."

Dave Stubbs
The Gazette, Montréal

UMMB snaps to attention for Canada's National Anthem

The Band plays stand music under the direction of
the Alouettes' mascot Touche'

... and provides support as the Alouettes hang tough on defense ...

Goto Halftime....

Last updated on Friday, November 29, 2002