The UNH Beast of the East Pep Band is a very visible spirit ensemble that performs at men's and women's hockey and basketball games during the winter sports season. Performances begin in October and run through April, including playoff games. Generally, the Beast of the East Band as a whole is divided into three smaller bands, and each band is assigned to play an equal number of games. The pep band has traveled all over the Northeast and as far away as Minnesota and California for playoff games.

The Beast of the East Pep Band is a course, for which members earn 0 or 1 credit per semester. Rehearsals begin on a limited basis during marching band season in the fall, and on a weekly basis when the marching band season ends. When classes begin in January, the band resumes regular weekly rehearsals. These are generally on Monday evenings from 6:10 to 8:00 PM.

Second Semester Beast of the East Band

Do you play an instrument? Do you like going to hockey and basketball games? Do you want to be a major part of the spirit atmosphere at UNH sporting events? If so, then the Beast of the East Pep Band has a place for you! While our rehearsals and performances started in the fall, many students choose to join second semester. There will be a rehearsal for all available on Wednesday, January 21st 6:10-8:00 PM and regular Monday rehearsals will start on January 26th (also 6:10-8:00 PM). If you have a Wednesday night class but have Mondays free, you can join. Just let us know beforehand and make sure you show up on the 26th. Returning members will have the option to sign up for the games that precede the first rehearsals.

If you would like to join, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the director, as soon as possible with your name and instrument. We use woodwinds, brass, and battery percussion. You will sign up for a designated number of games at one of the first two meetings. For more information, please visit our forms and downloads page.

New members will also need to purchase a rugby shirt, available here.

Members earn points that will be used to determine who gets to travel to playoff and tournament games in March and April, because we have a limited number of seats available. Band members who are selected to attend the playoff games will have all travel expenses covered by the university.

We'd love to have you join!

Beast of the East Band Plays at Historic Frozen Fenway Game

On January 8, 2010, 30 members of the Beast of the East Pep Band made history as they traveled to Fenway Park in Boston for the first-ever outdoor women's NCAA hockey game. In 20-degree weather with snow falling, these brave band members played their instruments and cheered the team on to a 5-3 victory over the Huskies of Northeastern. As the sun set and the lights came on, the scene was a truly beautiful one. Their school spirit, along with fleece hats provided by earth-tec, insulated coats provided by the Wildcat Marching Band, and a big case of handwarmers, helped keep the band members warm in the snow.

BotE in front of the Green Monster
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