Jim Kierstead Spirit Award

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The Jim Kierstead Spirit Award was created in 2016 in memory of band alumnus Jim Kierstead. Over the years Jim demonstrated his devotion to the band (and to UMass Amherst) in many ways. This award goes to a Minuteman Band member who also demonstrates that devotion in a non-leadership role.


  • 2016 - Brandon Chan (clarinet)
  • 2017 - Alyx Fraser (clarinet)
  • 2018 - Thomas Gruttadauria (cymbal)


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