Welcome to the UCA Bands Website

UCA Bands

Whether you are a first time visitor or already a friend of the band, you will find a lot of information about the UCA Bands here on our site.  Our strength is the diversity of the programs and ensembles we offer our students.  Students get world-class opportunities with a personal connection.  We offer a comprehensive program of three concert bands, three jazz ensembles, our Bear Marching Band, the Purple Rage Pep Band, and a wide variety of chamber ensembles. Our wind and percussion faculty are internationally recognized for their artistry and teaching.  Unique to our band program is the close interaction of the applied faculty with our entire program.  YOU BELONG to the UCA band family.

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UCA Band welcomes Dr. Ross Ahlhorn, new UCA Trumpet Professor

Dr. Ahlhorn Bio



UCA Band Day 2018 features 16 high school bands!

Welcome 16 high school bands to UCA Band Day 2018, Saturday, October 6th – UCA vs. Houston Baptist University!!  BMB rehearsal with the bands, fun in the stands during the game, and a spectacular mass band halftime performance.

Participating bands: Mountain Home, DeQueen, Des Arc, Jacksonville Middle School, Rose Bud, Lamar, Marked Tree, White County Central, Bigelow, Hazen, Murfreesoboro, Yellville-Summit, Osceola, Mountain View, Huntsville, and Mills high school bands.  Go Bears!


2018 UCA Bands Fall Semester Performance Calendar here

Football games…band concerts…BMB exhibition performance…BMB trip to Univ. of Tulsa…it’s all there!


 UCA Band Audition & Scholarship Information: 

Please fill out and submit the: Music Department Application.   For information about scholarships and joining the band, click here.  For more information about the UCA Band, contact Dr. Ricky Brooks

2018-19 Scholarship Audition Days: December 7, January 25, February 22, March 8, March 29


Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band Concert – October 18th

The UCA Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will present a joint concert on Thursday night, October 18, 7:30pm, in the Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA Campus.  The concert is free and open to the public, and will be live-streamed on the UCA Music Department Facebook page.  Guest Artist is Dr. Marisa Ann Corsino, Mezzo-soprano, UCA voice faculty.  She will perform Gustav Mahler’s “Um Mitternact” with the Wind Ensemble.  The concert will feature music by composers Mahler, Creston, Grantham, Tull, Robert Russell Bennett, Grainger, Harbison, and Persichetti.


UCA High School Honors Wind Ensemble Clinic, November 29 & 30, 2018, with composer Robert Sheldon  

Clinic Information    2018 Clinic Application

The annual University of Central Arkansas Honors Wind Ensemble Clinic, Thursday and Friday, November 29 & 30 , 2018, will be held in the Reynolds Performance Hall and Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center on the UCA campus.  High school students have the opportunity to perform advanced music in a true wind ensemble setting with composer Robert Sheldon.  The two-day event will include rehearsals with Mr. Sheldon, a final concert, admission to the UCA Band Extravaganza! Thursday evening, a t-shirt, and master classes with the UCA faculty.


UCA Trombones to perform at the MidWest Clinic 

The UCA Trombone ensemble, “The Natural Slides,” has been invited to perform at the 2018 MidWest Band and Orchestra Clinic, December 2018.  Guest Artists will be UCA Percussion Professor, Dr. Blake Tyson, and University of North Texas trombone professor, and UCA alumni, Mr. Tony Baker.  Congratulations to director Dr. Justin Cook and the trombone studio.