Stan Yantis has been appointed Northwest Regional Officer for the National Association of Alumni Bands. Knowing we all benefit by sharing ideas with each other, Yantis hopes to collaborate with existing alumni bands, while helping other colleges establish new alumni band programs. Yantis feels alumni should focus on supporting student musicians on the field, so college marching bands can always flourish.
Yantis (BA MusicEd, BA Music, University of Washington, trumpet) has been active with the Husky Marching Band Alumni Association for 37 years. HMBAA was created to serve the staff and students of the Husky Band, while allowing former Huskies to stand in front of fans, playing those songs they love. Alumni also combine with the Varsity Band to march in summer parades and the first halftime show of the football season. Now in his seventh year as HMBAA president, Yantis first spent six years on its board of directors. The funds HMBAA raises annually are turned directly into scholarships, while allowing for occasionally feeding the band and purchasing instruments. During his 42 years as a middle school music teacher, Yantis also established two community bands that entertain the public while helping non-profit organizations raise money.
Yantis’s two daughters also marched and met their future husbands in Husky Band. He predicts his grandchildren will most likely march with the Huskies.
Husky Marching Band Alumni Association – https://www.hmbaa.org/