Ireland Fundraising Update

May 20, 2016 by John Gorta

As of Friday, May 20, GTBAA has raised over $3,500.00! That puts us over 30% the way to our goal of $10,000. Please continue to send in your donations and raise awareness of the campaign

The GTBAA Executive Board would like to thank the following donors for their generosity and support for the Georgia Tech Band program!

Tom Billings
Kristin Bledsoe
David Bosshardt
George P. Burdell
Sydney Butler
Christine Dreas
Zach Dunda
Sam "Fireball" Feuer
Chris Forrence
Victoria Fowler
John Gorta
James Haden
Jeffery Halter
Eric House
Matt Inglese
JD Ingraham
Thomas Kelman
Robert E. Kennedy
Lacle Auto Painting
Frank Massa
Jessie Pruvenok
Alex Rawden
Dustin Reese
John Roberts
Priscilla Sager
Stephanie Shealey
William Steffenhagen
John Stratton
Eric Tadsen
Michael Taylor
Carter Templeton
Sara Watson

GTBAA has committed to help raise as much of the remaining $10,000.00 needed as possible to send 150 Georgia Tech Band students to Ireland to open the 2016 Football Season in the Aer Lingus College Football Classic.

There are 2 ways to donate!

Online through GTBAA (not tax-deductible)

1. Go to our Online Store

2. Scroll to the bottom of the page

3. Process secure payment!

Check Payment via Snail Mail (tax-deductible)

  • Make check payable to: Georgia Tech Alumni Association

  • IMPORTANT - In the 'Memo' or 'For' section of the check, notate: GT Band to Ireland. This ensures the donation goes to the right place!

  • Mail check to:

    Georgia Tech Alumni Association
    Attn: Kat Ballou
    190 North Ave. NW
    Atlanta, GA 30313

Executive Director Update: February 2016

Feb 18, 2016 by John Gorta

Hey Band!
I wanted to take the opportunity now that we are almost two months into 2016 to update you on what the GTBAA Executive Board has been up to since Homecoming and give a little bit of insight as to what our plans might look like for the rest of the year.

The elections from Homecoming 2015 left us with the exact same people serving on the Board, but included a small shake-up with Julie Filipek and myself essentially swapping positions. I want to express my gratitude for Julie’s work as she served out the remainder of the Executive Director term vacated prior to Homecoming 2014. I would also like to thank everybody for the opportunity I have been presented with to serve as the Executive Director this biennium. I think we have a good group and that we have the ability to make our organization better!

So, you’re probably wondering: what have you been up to? Quite a bit, actually, albeit mostly in the background. Since Homecoming we have:

  • Met with our Affinity Group contact from the GT Alumni Association (GTAA)
  • Worked on completing website updates (still in progress)
  • Discussed all of the Homecoming “operations” issues
  • Reviewed feedback from the survey and identified possible actions
  • Handled the “paperwork” associated with officer changes
  • Looked at possible activities
  • Started to boost our social media presence (on GTAA's recommendation!)
    …and that’s only about half of it.

Looking forward to the rest of year, we’re beginning to target activities around a couple of key dates. Obviously, Homecoming 2016 will be our biggest event. The Homecoming game will be Saturday, October 29 against duke. The other date on our radar is Saturday, April 23, which is the annual Spring Game. We’re hoping to schedule a Spring activity around the Spring Game weekend. Stay tuned for more information around those events.

Lastly, one of the items called out above was boosting GTBAA’s social media presence. We have an official Facebook page and Twitter account. We’ll be using these for official communication and occasional shenanigans on the interwebz. Please like our page and follow us and tell your old Band friends to do the same.

One more thing…we are open to your feedback! We cannot improve without it, so we want to hear from you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to myself or any of the Board members with any questions, concerns, or ideas!

Go Jackets & THWg!

John Gorta
Executive Director, GTBAA
Management, Fall 2009

During Homecoming Weekend 2015, the Georgia Tech Band Alumni Association (GTBAA) Executive Board proudly presented the Outstanding Junior Award to Katherine Martin! Katherine is a 3rd year Architecture major who has been a trumpet player in both the Marching and Jazz Bands. She also helps serves the band as a member of Tau Beta Sigma, crossing during the fall semester of 2014. Katherine also serves as the unofficial “Hype Ribbon Mistress,” which involves making GAMEDAY ribbons for the trumpet (and other) section. In addition to her service to the Georgia Tech Band, Katherine is involved in the larger Georgia Tech community as well. Katherine is the 3rd Year Representative to the Dean of Architecture, which entails corresponding with the Dean, providing feedback on to how to make the most out of the students' Studio time. Katherine is involved in the Georgia Tech Wesley Foundation, performing in their worship band and also serves as the Student President.

Congratulations to the 2015 Outstanding Junior Award recipient, Katherine Martin!

2016 Homecoming Announced!

Feb 2, 2016 by John Gorta

HEY BAND! Homecoming Weekend 2016 has been announced for October 27 through October 29. Our Jackets will be taking on duke on Saturday, October 29 at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field.

For more information, visit the Georgia Tech Alumni Association website.

Alumni Band activities will be announced and updated here and through our various social media outlets as they are announced.

Thank You, 2015 Alumni Band!

Nov 5, 2015 by John Gorta

Hey Band!
Thank you to everybody who came back to play in the Alumni Band at Homecoming this year! Our group performed very well and handled all of the logistical insanity (both planned and unplanned) magnificently.

Oh yeah...THIS was a thing that happened too.

We hope to see many of you at one of the remaining home games and, if not, then next year for Homecoming!

Go Jackets!
The GTBAA Executive Board

Rickety Rackety Buzz Newsletter!

Oct 5, 2015 by John Gorta

Get your copy HERE!

You must be logged in with a user account to open/download the newsletter, but you do not have to be a paid user through this site. If you've already paid your dues through Homecoming registration, create your account and notify a board member that you need your advanced access.

Surround Sounds Concert

Oct 2, 2015 by John Gorta

Surround Sounds will be Friday, October 23rd 7pm Ferst Center Join the current “YellowJacket” Band as each section performs selections and conclude the performance with the full band on stage and in the audience. A dessert reception will be provided post concert by GTBAA

Tickets are $15 for general public/ Free for Students, Faculty and Staff and can be purchased HERE.


Like last year, registration for Alumni Band for Homecoming 2015 is a 2-step process

Step 1: Register with the GT Band HERE by 5pm Monday, Oct. 19, 2015.

Step 2: Payment for dues, shirts, food, etc will still take place through GTBAA HERE.

Attire: WHITE GTBAA or GT BAND Polo and Khaki Pants. (GTBAA Polos can be purchased online in the link from registration Step 2)

Being in the Alumni Band only guarantees admission into the stadium for Pre­Game. It is not admission to the game. We are still working with GT Athletics for ticket allotment - check back for more updates!

Alumni Band Performance Opportunities:

  1. Perform at the Campanile/ Library/ March Down

  2. Pre­game performance with the GT Band.

  • Music: ­Fantasia/ Star Spangled Banner/ White & Gold/ Ramble
  • Enter the field after White and Gold and flank the "T"
  • Perform Fantasia in-place
  • Move to front sideline for Anthem
  • Move to form tunnel during White and Gold play team out with Ramble then off to the tunnel


  • Alumni Band will not play in the stands; only prior to the game so you can enjoy the game from your choice of seats

  • Alumni Band instruments will be stored inside the Edge Athletic Building with security guards after pre­game until alumni wish to pick them up.

  • The Pre­Game performance will require a rehearsal that will take place on CRC fields 4 hours before kick off. GT Band staff will assist with the rehearsal for drill placement.­

  • Alumni Drumline may wish to play in "the lot" 3 hours prior to kick off.