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 Scholarship Auditions

Prospective Student Application Form

High School Band Seniors are invited to audition for the UCA Band.  Spring 2018 scholarship audition days are January 26, February 9, and March 9.  For more information about scholarships and joining the band, click here.  For more information about the UCA Band, contact Dr. Ricky Brooks

Special Announcement:

The UCA Wind Ensemble will perform in Carnegie Hall, New York City, April 23, 2018. For more information, click here.

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.


Monday, January 29 – Wednesday, January 31:  Guest artist Joseph Alessi at UCA.  Mr. Alessi will perform with the UCA trombone ensemble, Bear Bones, and the Natural Slides octet.  Mr. Alessi will rehearse with the UCA Wind Ensemble in preparation for the Carnegie Hall concert.  All concerts and rehearsals are open to all junior high and high school band directors and students.  Watch for calendar of events for Mr. Alessi.

Wednesday, February 7: UCA Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band Concert, 7:30pm, Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA campus.  The concert is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 14 – Saturday, February 17: Arkansas All-State Band Clinic and Convention, Hot Springs.  Come by and visit the UCA Booth in the Exhibit Hall.

Wednesday, March 14 – Friday, March 16: Composer Frank Ticheli’s residency at UCA.  Mr. Ticheli will present a seminar for junior high and high school band directors and students on Thursday, March 15, 1:40pm, recital hall, Snow Fine Arts Center, UCA campus.

Thursday, March 15: Gala Concert featuring music by Mr. Ticheli by the UCA and Hendrix Wind Ensembles, 7:30pm, Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA Campus.  The concert is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 17:  UCA Wind Ensemble concert at 4:15pm, Staples Auditorium, Hendrix University campus.  Repertoire will be the Carnegie Hall program.

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.