UCA SYMPHONIC BAND CONCERT will be on Wednesday, February 10 at 7:30pm in the Reynolds Performance Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. (see below)

Congratulations to all the students that auditioned for the 2016 Arkansas All State Ensembles. We look forward to your performances in Hot Springs.



SPRING 2016 Calendar of Events

Visit the UCA Band at booths 53-55 in the Exhibit Hall, for the Arkansas All-State Band and Orchestra Clinic, Hot Springs Convention Center, Feburary 19-20.


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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, Bearly Contained Indoor Drumline/Colorguard, 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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Department Audition Dates

Friday, December 11….Friday, January 22….Friday, February 12…Friday, March 11.  Contact Director of Bands, Dr. Ricky Brooks, to schedule an audition for the UCA band and a band scholarship.  Fore information about joining the band, click hereIf you play tuba, or are on your school drumline, ask about the “BMB Special.”

The next Symphonic Band Concert…

The UCA Symphonic Band will give their first concert of 2016 on Wednesday, February 10 at 7:30pm in Reynolds Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. This is the only concert of the academic year that will feature just the Symphonic Band.

The UCA Symphonic Band is comprised of both music majors and non-music majors and performs a wide variety of wind band literature. Associate Director of Bands, Brantley T. Douglas directs this ensemble, and this is what he had to say about the upcoming concert. “This first concert of the new year is always a challenge for us. We have just little over a month to prepare an entire concert. The students have been working very hard to get ready for this program.” The band will play five selections for this concert. The concert will open with Esprit de Corps by Robert Jager, Pageant by Vincent Persichetti, Fanfare to “The Hammer” by Anthony O’Toole, Salvation is Created, by Pavel Tschesnokoff, and Marche Militaire Française by Camille Saint-Saens. Graduate conducting student Nathan Rakow will conduct Salvation is Created.

 The version of Marche Militaire Française is a new edition created by Mr. Douglas. “I felt the need to play a piece of music to show our solidarity with the French people given the unfortunate attacks in Paris last year. I took several older arrangements to create a rendition that reflects the modern wind band instrumentation. I feel that it is fitting that we open our concert with Esprit de Corps which is based off of the United States Marine Corps Hymn and we close with the Marche Militaire Française to honor our long time friend and ally.”

The UCA Band Department…

will be at booth 53-56in the Exhibit Hall for the Arkansas All-State Band and Orchestra Clinic, February 17-19, at the Hot Springs Convention Center. 


Color Guard  auditions will be March 12th.

Drumline  auditions will be March 19th.

For more information, contact Mr. Brantley Douglas, Director of Athletic Bands.

The UCA Wind Ensemble…

can be heard on the new Charles Booker, Roger Cichy CD “Glorious Journey,” just released Spring 2015 by Mark Records.  The UCA Wind Ensemble recorded the title cut for the CD, “Glorious Journey,” by Charles Booker.  The world premiere recording of “Crossover,” commissioned for the Centennial Anniversary of the band, can be heard on composer David Gillingham’s webpage http://gillinghammusic.com/compositions.

Watch our UCA Music Department video HERE!