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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2018 Drumline Camp set for Saturday, June 16, 9am.

2018 Color Guard Camp set for Saturday, June 16, 9am.

Click here to register and for Feature Twirler audition information.


Special Congratulations. . . . . . 

The UCA Wind Ensemble will travel to New York City, April 20-24, 2018,to perform in Carnegie Hall.  The wind ensemble will feature guest soloist, Mr. Joe Alessi, principal trombonist for the New York Philharmonic.  For more information, click here.

Joe Alessi

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.


Conway Community Band Season Begins April 30th!!!

Do you play, or have played, a band instrument?  We’d love to have you join us.  Click here for more information


2018 Dixie Band Camp: Senior Week -June 3-9, Junior Week -June 10-15

Guest Conductor:  Composer Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages


Guest Composers and Artists for Spring 2018

The UCA Band and UCA Music Department are thrilled to host internationally known composer FRANK TICHELI as composer-in-residence, and  JOE ALESSI,  principal trombonist for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, as guest artist.

UCA Band Auditions: 

Prospective Student Application Form

For more information about scholarships and joining the band, click here.  For more information about the UCA Band, contact Dr. Ricky Brooks



Friday, April 13: The UCA Wind Ensemble will perform at 8:00am, Conway High School.  Repertoire will be the Carnegie Hall program.  Guest soloist:  Dr. Justin Cook, UCA Trombone professor.

Tuesday, April 17:  UCA Wind Ensemble concert at 4:15pm, Staples Auditorium, Hendrix University campus.  Repertoire will be the Carnegie Hall program. Guest soloist:  Dr. Justin Cook, UCA Trombone professor.

Friday, April 20 – Tuesday, April 24: UCA Wind Ensemble trip to New York City to perform in Carnegie Hall, Monday, April 23, 8pm.

Thursday, April 26: UCA Symphonic Band and University Band concert, 7:30pm, Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA campus.  The concert is free and open to the public.