Homecoming 2020 Update

Alumni Blue Band members,

We want to thank you for your continued support, patience, and flexibility during these unprecedented times. Obviously, the ongoing global COVID-19 health crisis has introduced complexity and challenges that our Penn State community is continuing to navigate.

Recently issued University guidance significantly restricts the size of all physical gatherings on campus, and safety guidelines from the Commonwealth continue to evolve in response to data and conditions. The Penn State Alumni Association also recently announced its plans to cancel, postpone, or otherwise modify all previously-scheduled on-campus events through the remainder of 2020. Additionally, Blue Band operations will be significantly modified for the upcoming academic year, including restrictions being placed on the use of facilities and equipment. Finally, there continues to be uncertainty around plans for hosting athletic events on campus during the fall semester, including football.

In light of these considerations – but first and foremost out of concern for the overall health and well-being of our members – the Homecoming committee, in consultation with the Blue Band staff and the ABBA Board of Directors, has made the difficult decision to cancel all on-campus activities associated with Penn State Homecoming weekend for 2020.

However, ABBA’s mission remains the same: to engage our alumni and to support the athletic bands program. The members of this year’s Blue Band will not be receiving the experience that they had hoped for, and so we are actively exploring alternative events that will not only provide alumni with opportunities to reconnect with each other, but also to offer much-needed assistance to these students.

We will stay in communication as plans develop. If you have any suggestions or recommendations, or if you have an interest in helping us bring these plans to life, please contact us via email.

In the meantime, please continue to stay safe, stay healthy, and take care of yourselves and each other. We look forward to being able to welcome our alumni back to campus and on the field as soon as it is safe to do so.

For the Glory,

Alumni Blue Band Association Homecoming Committee