The UMass Color Guard and Twirlers are the visual sections in the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band, the Power and Class of New England. The Color Guard is led by Chris McHugh Sirard and is a fully modernized ensemble utilizing flag, rifle, sabre, dance, and alternative equipment. The twirlers are led by Kristi Ochs; they incorporate baton, dance, and ribbon into their routines.





Join Us!


Thank you for your interest in the UMass Colorguard! We have a lot to do to get ready for our upcoming season, but there is nothing more important than finding new dedicated and talented members. The UMass Colorguard has a long history of excellence and professionalism and we hope that you can be a part of it! Please email Chris Sirard at umassguard@gmail.com for more information.

Tech Classes


“Colorguard Techniques” class, taught during the spring semester, is an hour and a half of colorguard basics rehearsal. We learn and rehearse our warmups and routines, and at the end of the semester the Tech Class performs at UMass Color In The Cage. This class is where we get better; we spend a lot of time practicing for our show in the fall, but the real growth and improvement happen here. Tech Class is held on Monday and Wednesday nights, from 7:30-9:00pm in the Big Room of GNiP on the UMass campus. Classes will run through late April.