Alumni Band Day (ABD)
Pitt vs. Louisville at Acrisure Stadium (formerly Heinz Field)
Saturday, October 14, 2023
Kickoff is 6:30pm EDT.

Pre-registration is closed. You can register at the PBAC tailgate on October 14.

Details for the day:


DayTime Event
Friday, Oct 135:00–7:00pm Rehearsal in the Pitt Sports Dome (optional)
Saturday, Oct 142:30–5:00pm Registration and check-in (required)
Saturday, Oct 142:30–5:00pm Tailgate: Tentative location is Gold Lot 2 near the corner of General Robinson Street and Tony Dorsett Drive (look for the large rental truck)
Saturday, Oct 144:30pm (optional) Pregame concert at Gate A
Saturday, Oct 145:30pm March to Victory Parade into Stadium (required if not purchasing ticket independently)
The alumni will enter the stadium with the Varsity Band. Our seating is tentatively in Section 130 (near the band)
Saturday, Oct 146:30pm kickoff and during game All Band Alumni sitting in the designated seating are invited to play along with the Varsity Band for fight songs and stand tunes
Saturday, Oct 14Halftime Performance with the Varsity Band on the field
Saturday, Oct 14Third QuarterThe truck will open again in case you need to leave early
Saturday, Oct 14Postgame, continuing for 45–60 minutesTailgate resumes

Cost & Registration
Alumni Band Day activities are included in your annual Pitt Band Alumni Council dues. This includes the game admission and tailgate. There will be a registration and check-in table at the tailgate before the game. Please remember to come by upon your arrival, where you can also pay the $35.00 annual dues if not prepaid, as well as purchase a Pitt Band Alumni polo in the Pitt Royal and Pitt Gold colors (first used in 2019) for $10.00 (if needed/desired) and other merchandise. Dues and a complimentary polo will be provided to first-year graduates who register, free of charge.

The expected attire for the day is a current Band Alumni polo in the Pitt Royal and Pitt Gold colors (first used in 2019), black pants or shorts without holes or tears (no “athleisure” wear), and dark-colored shoes. While not required, a limited supply of ballcaps in the current colors will also be available for purchase at the registration table for an additional $10.00, but participants are also permitted to wear their own Pitt hat in the current colors. You are also encouraged to wear underneath your “uniform” whatever other gear is comfortable and gets you into the Game Day spirit!

We will have limited percussion and low brass instruments available to borrow on the day of the game. All other instruments should be brought with you. For anyone planning to borrow a low brass instrument or percussion, PLEASE let us know on your registration form by Monday, October 9 if you need one as our supplies are limited and we need to know how many to load onto our truck. Note however that we are very short on mouthpieces for these instruments so please bring your own if at all possible. All other instruments, though, should plan to bring their own.

Pregame Concert, 4:30pm
Location: Steps outside of Gate A
The pregame concert with the varsity band will occur outside of Gate A. We will play the music for the day with the varsity band. You can download the music if you want to preview or print it (password is hailtopitt). This performance is optional.

Login information for using your smartphone as a flip folder will be provided at registration; limited paper copies of music will also be available. PBAC will not be providing smartphone lyres (known as “eFlip” devices) to registrants, but you are welcome to bring your own if you have one. You can purchase eFlips at, and download the smartphone app on the App Store (for iOS) or Google Play (for Android).

Parade Into Stadium, 5:30pm
Location: Corner of Tony Dorsett Dr and General Robinson St
In order to get into the game, you MUST either:

  1. Participate in the parade and march into the stadium with the band and alumni
  2. Meet the end of parade at Gate 5, at the northeast corner of Acrisure Stadium, where the band marches in, wearing your black pants and the current Pitt Band Alumni polo that will be available to pick up at registration, or your respective Golden Girl or Colorguard attire
  3. Have your own ticket and meet the alumni inside

The music for the Alumni Band Day halftime show is TBD. You will be able to download the music ahead of time if you want to preview or print it (password is hailtopitt).

During the third quarter, someone from PBAC will be manning the truck so that you can get cases, etc if you need to leave early. Note that there is no re-entry to Acrisure Stadium once you exit. We also plan to have a postgame tailgate for anyone that is interested, continuing for approximately 45–60 minutes following the conclusion of the game.

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Pre-registration is closed. You can register at the PBAC tailgate on October 14.