The Bronco Pep Band is an entirely student-run band at Cal Poly Pomona. The band is currently a group within the Athletic Department. It follows the tradition of marching bands such Stanford'sStanford Band or Rice'sMarching Owl Band in the sense that the Bronco Pep Band focuses on the individuality of each one of its members. However, not having a football team, there is no need for this band to march. The pep band is entirely voluntary and all students at Cal Poly Pomona or anyone else in the area are free to join.
The first spirit band on campus was actually a marching band that was formed to support the Cal Poly Pomona football team, however, the program disbanded due to financial struggles and progressively the Bronco marching band did as well. For a while it survived as a pep band but around 1992, the band disappeared altogether. Nonetheless, Bronco athletics continued on playing at a competitive level without a band to support them throughout the 90s. As the new millennium arrived, the women’s basketball team achieved back-to-back NCAA Division II national championships and the men’s basketball started to become a dominant force, and the need for a spirit group became increasingly obvious to the university's Faculty Athletics Representative, Dr. James E. Swartz, who suggested late in 2001 to then Director of Athletics Dr. Dan Bridges, that a Cal Poly Pomona pep band be revived. After a series of meetings they held with Dr. David Kopplin from the Cal Poly Pomona music department, student Daniel Sandt became the first director of what became known as "Bronco Pep Band version 2.0"