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Frequently Asked Questions
Q). When do you rehearse?
A). We typically rehearse from 6-8pm on Sunday and 7-9pm on Tuesday during the MIT undergraduate school year.
Q). Where do you rehearse?
A). Here are some of the most common places you'll find us:
|Twenty Chimneys||W20 (Student Center)||3rd floor|
|Mezzanine Lounge||W20 (Student Center)||3rd floor|
|Lobdell||W20 (Student Center)||2nd floor, dining area|
|West Lounge||W20 (Student Center)||2nd floor, next to La Sala de Puerto Rico|
|Room 407||W20 (Student Center)||4th floor|
|Kresge Auditorium||W16 (Kresge)||Main stage|
|Rehearsal Room A||W16 (Kresge)||Basement|
|Rehearsal Room B||W16 (Kresge)||Basement|
Q). Who can join?
A). Anyone! While we are mainly an MIT undergraduate group, we have a number of graduate, alumni, and other members. We accept all levels of playing, from people who are just starting out or haven't picked up their instrument in a few years to those who spend every waking moment stroking their instrument lovingly.
Q). What concerts do you play?
A). Typically, we play a fall concert for family weekend, a Halloween Concert (in costume), a Holiday concert in December, two concerts on tour, and one concert in the spring.
Q). Tour? What's that?
A). We load up into a bus and take the band on the road. Recent destinations have included Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maine, and Toronto, CA. We stay for a night or two and play a couple concerts. It's a lot of fun.
Q). What will it cost for me to go on tour?
A). Tour costs are typically covered by generous donation. That includes transportation and lodging. You are on your own for meals and other entertainment when you get there, though.
Q). What's this about needing a passport?
A). You need a passport to go on tour if we're leaving the country. Make sure you review the requirements before going to apply. You will likely need a birth certificate (must be certified), driver's license, and passport photos. Apply early as there can be a long turnaround time for passports.
Q). So apart from all that music stuff, what else do you guys do?
A). We like to throw at least a couple social events every year. We roast marshmallows in the Kresge bbq pits, take a ski weekend with some skating and winter hiking, go on bowling trips, out to movies, dinners, game + party nights. You know, lots of stuff.
Q). Ok, I'm sold. How do I join?
A). The easiest way is to show up at a rehearsal with your instrument and introduce yourself! Also please email the Band Officers to be added to our email mailing list. The email list is the primary method of letting you know about rehearsals and concerts.
Q). How can I keep track of when/where rehearsals are?
A). The most accurate rehearsal schedule is the one on this website, so check back if you are unsure when/where the next rehearsal is. We try to email a reminder a few hours before each rehearsal as well. You can subscribe to the calendar using google calendar or any icalendar-compliant calendar service/application by visiting the calendar page.
Q). Where can I park when I come to rehearsal?
A). Parking in Cambridge can be tricky, so here are a few tips:
- If it is after 6pm on a weeknight or a Sunday, you can park at any metered spot in Cambridge without paying and without the 2 hour limit. There are a number of spots on Mass Ave between MIT and Sidney st.
- Memorial Drive parking is free and not time limited (apart from a small marked section that is 30 min)
- The MIT parking lot Windsor, N10, Hayward, and Tang Center lots is free and open for use by MIT affiliates after 5pm and on weekends and holidays. MIT Parking
Q). Who is the Drizzle?
A). Yeah, who is he? Wear the button.
Q). Where can I find people in the band?
A). Check us out on The Facebook.
Got More Questions? Feel free to email the Band Officers.