The UMass Hoop Band are the students that keep the music going at all home Men’s and Women’s Basketball games. Hoop Band, or “Pep Band,” is a one-credit class that meets once per week, on Mondays from 4:40pm to 6:10pm. Students begin rehearsing at the end of the fall semester, as the basketball season kicks off before winter break. The UMass Hoop Band is composed of approximately 107 students, playing a variety of instruments, including: percussion, trumpet, trombone, mellophone, tuba, saxophone, flute, and clarinet. At least thirty students perform at each game, along with two twirlers.
On October 18th at 8:00PM, the UMMB will be the headlining performance at the UMass-Amherst Department of Music’s Multibands Pops Concert. The event will consist of many UMass musical ensembles, closed by the Power and Class of New England. One can expect to hear a plethora of tunes from the UMMB’s 2013 season. The UMMB will also be performing on the mornings of the 17th and the 18th for the local middle and elementary schools. Finally, don’t miss the Homecoming Parade on October 17th at 4:30PM, in which the UMMB will be marching and kicking off the Homecoming week!