The UMass Hoop Band is the pep band that plays at every home Men’s and Women’s Basketball games. The Hoop Band rehearses on Monday’s from 4:40-6:10 p.m. beginning in the mid-Fall Semester and runs through the mid-Spring Semester. The Hoop Band also plays throughout the Winter Intersession whenever there are home games. In the past, the Hoop Band has traveled with the basketball team to places such as the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, MA, the Boardwalk Hall at Atlantic City, New Jersey and the Madison Square Garden in Times Square in New York City, New York. Everyone is allowed to join Hoop Band. Auditions for Hoop Band, for placement reasons only, are in the Fall Semester. To sign up for Hoop Band, enroll into MUSIC583 (Pep Band) through SPIRE, the University’s Administrative Website.
The University Concert Band meets from 4:40-6:10 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday in the Spring Semester. The Concert Band performs a variety of pieces ranging from Marches to Broadway to Mozart. The Concert Band is directed by Dr. Anderson. Everyone can join Concert Band, there is an audition process for seating purposes only. Many members use Concert Band as a way to learn a second instrument or strengthen their skills on their primary instrument. Many of the members tend to come from the Marching Band, however, you will meet several other people who come from several other departments wanting to play an instrument. To sign up for Concert Band, enroll into MUSIC569 (Concert Band) through SPIRE, the University’s Administrative Website.
A distinct ensemble featuring marimba instruments. Many arrangements are created by students in the ensembles.
Color in the Cage
When the marching band is not performing in the Spring, many members try their hand at spinning and twirling. The semester culminates with the annual Color in the Cage event where UMass ensembles are joined with local guards for a performance held in the Curry Hicks Cage.
The band features a few tech classed to further marching skills of any member.
Marching Band Tech
Teaches students how to create a marching band show ranging from drill writing to musical arranging.
Marching Percussion Tech
Teaches students the fundamentals of marching percussion including technique.
There are numerous outstanding musical ensembles housed in the Department of Music and Dance that are open to all University students (some do require auditions). For more information on how to participate, please visit the Music Department's web-site:
UMass Music Ensembles .
George N. Parks Minuteman Marching Band Building | 110 Grinnell Way, Amherst, MA 01003 | (413) 545-3410