Autumnfest Steering Committee  P.O Box 574 Woonsocket, RI 02895







For Immediate Release

Date:       8/21/2017

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URI band’s appearance to mark University’s 125th anniversary


Woonsocket – The 2017 Autumnfest Steering Committee proudly announces that the headline band for this year’s Autumnfest Parade will be the University of Rhode Island’s That Ram Marching Band.


 "As this year's General Chairwoman and Autumnfest Parade Chair I am excited to announce that this year's headliner band for the Autumnfest Parade will be our own That Ram Marching Band," Linda Plays said.  “This year marks URI's 125th anniversary and we are delighted to be part of their celebration.  Woonsocket boasts many residents who attend URI or are alumni of URI--so I'm sure we will have plenty of people on the parade route cheering them on."


That Ram Band is a strong representative for URI Athletics, the Department of Music, and the University as a whole. It supports the football team at all home football games and supports URI at open houses and other special events.


Members of the band represent a wide variety of perspectives and experience. With music majors constituting only 20 percent of its membership, That Ram Band features students from all fields of study (including engineering, pharmacy, oceanography, etc.).


And you might recognize some familiar faces when the band visits in the fall.


          Band members from the local area are:

          Samantha Hackenson of Blackstone, Mass.; Laura Berard, Bryan Kuchar, Meghan Wenz and Greycin Bobola of Cumberland, R.I; Cody Poulin and Kelly Labossiere of Lincoln, R.I.; Alex Hastings of Milford, Mass.; Bridget Hall and Robin Hall of North Smithfield, R.I; Taylor Perry of Uxbridge, Mass., and Michael Plasse of Woonsocket, R.I.


"That Ram Marching Band is honored to be the headline band for this signature Woonsocket and Blackstone Valley event,” said, Brian Cardany, URI associate director of bands. “To be able to celebrate the University's 125th Anniversary as participants in a great Rhode Island tradition such as Autumnfest will be a treat for our musicians. For years, That Ram Band has featured students from northern Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts, so it is only fitting that we perform. We'll bring plenty of Rhody spirit and talent for the enjoyment of the hundreds who line the parade route. We look forward to seeing everyone there."


The Autumnfest parade is Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. It begins at 9:30 a.m. and steps off from Diamond Hill Plaza on Diamond Hill Road, Woonsocket.  The parade route travels down Diamond Hill Road and takes a left on to Social Street. The parade ends at the entrance to World War II Veterans Memorial Park, the home of Autumnfest.



Autumnfest is a Family-Friendly Celebration now entering its 39th year.  Autumnfest is held Every Columbus Day weekend at World War II Veterans Memorial Park off Social Street in Woonsocket, RI.  Please visit our website at and like us Face Book (