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.
In the 2014 season, the Men’s Basketball team has seen its first national rankings in years. Players such as Chaz Williams and Raphael Putney have gained national attention as the team charges forward with barely any losses. At the end of the basketball season, the Hoop Band will accompany the Men’s Basketball team to a to-be-determined location to play in final tournament rounds. The locations could range between California, Florida, or several other states, exciting both the basketball team and the UMass Hoop Band.