Join us for a series of lively and memorable gatherings as we kick off the summer with the Vanguard Alumni Association’s Summer Shenanigans. Reconnect with old friends, forge new connections, and reminisce about the unforgettable experiences that shaped us.
At the Vanguard Alumni Association, we believe in empowering our alumni, friends, and family to take the lead in organizing these fun-filled events exclusively designed for Vanguard alumni. We wholeheartedly encourage you to step up and become the driving force behind one of these incredible gatherings. By doing so, you’ll not only create lasting memories but also foster an atmosphere of shared laughter and camaraderie throughout the summer.
Rest assured that we are here to provide you with all the necessary support, information, and resources to make your event a resounding success. Our aim is to empower you with the tools you need to plan an event that will be cherished by everyone involved. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to make this summer truly extraordinary. Let’s work together, as the Vanguard community, to make it a season to remember!

Large or Small? – Event Ideas

We have ideas that take minimal effort or go BIG with your event!


In the lot at a drum corps show


At a brewery, coffee shop, or open-air location


At a restaurant

The Basics of Organizing an Alumni Meet-Up:

Throw Your Event In 6 Easy Steps 

These tips are just what you need to get started!

Pick a show or date

Set up a Facebook event to gauge interest

Plan logistics: If you know the area, contribute some ideas!

Get the word out on Facebook and emails

Send out reminders a day or two before

Get out there and have fun!

Tips For Organizing Your Meet-Up:


  • Consider logistics 
    • Arrange a central point of contact to plan and organize will help keep things clear
    • Recommend attendees wear Vanguard gear
  • Think about group size
    • Pick a meet-up that works for your group size. If needed, you break your meet up into two parts.
  • Remind people about the event
    • Keep everyone engaged before the event to increase turnout
  • Need to break the ice?
    • Get people to mingle for pictures
    • Plan icebreakers

Tips for Communicating with Alumni:

  • Make a Facebook event
    • This will give attendees a place to go to organize. Group text messages and chats can be arranged as well!
  • Post online
    • There is an assortment of alumni Facebook groups where you can get the word out by sharing your Facebook event
  • Connect with local alumni and alumni from your year(s)
    • Tap into your built-in network to make more people aware of your event.
  • Let the VAA know!
    • We’re happy to share news about alumni meet-ups in the Vanguard Star.