They’re the ones who soundtrack home and away games for WPI’s sports teams.
They’re nationally recognized for their talent and are regularly recruited to perform for other colleges and universities.
They’re WPI’s Pep Band, and they’re here to put some pep in your step.
Made up of three different branches, the Pep Band is open to all, even if you’ve never spun a flag or marched in sync. Interested students can join one of three branches: Marching (members perform at the football halftime show, play music in the stands for football and basketball games, and attend Band Camp in the summer); Stands (members play music in the stands for football and basketball games); or Color Guard (members perform at the football halftime show and in the Winter Guard, and attend Band Camp in the summer).
In addition to cheering on WPI’s teams with their music, the Pep Band has performed for several other schools, including Boston College, Worcester State University, College of the Holy Cross, and even Tulane University in New Orleans.
“We’re still not entirely sure how a school from Louisiana heard about our band,” says drum major Clifford Smith ’19, “but it was one of the most honoring experiences of the band’s career.”
With an elevator pitch that describes the band as “a spirited bunch” offering its members “friendship, pizza, movie nights, parties, and, most important, good music,” it’s clear that they’re one big musical family, which is exactly why many of their members wanted to participate.
The band’s president, Veronica Rivera ’18, joined WPI’s Pep Band after being a member of her high school’s marching band for four years. “I decided to join the Pep Band specifically because in high school, marching band was one big family because we spent so much time together, and I wanted to have that again in college,” she explains. “It was great to be able to move in [to WPI] early and already start the school year with a group of people I could hang out with and … were more than willing to help me.”