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.

Summer Practices

The UMMB Color Guard is hosting three practices for new and old members this summer:

June 23rd: UMass Amherst, George N. Parks Building, 110 Grinnell Road, Amherst, MA 01002
July 14th: UMass Amherst, George N. Parks Building, 110 Grinnell Road, Amherst, MA 01002
August 11th: Norwood High School, 245 Nichols St, Norwood, MA 02062

Audition Information

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 visit the colorguard website at for instructions.

Tech Classes

“Colorguard Techniques” class 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.
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