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.