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Being a member of the University Band is one of the most enriching, memorable, and worthwhile experiences you will ever have. You will grow personally and emotionally, develop your artistic and athletic abilities, and forge lifelong friendships. If you are interested in becoming a member of the University Band, welcome!

Why Band?

  • Music is good for your brain! The neurological benefits of arts education are well documented.
  • Music is good for your grades! Students in the performing arts perform higher on average on their SATs and GPAs than their peers. Arts education increases test scores across every subject area, increases graduation rates, and helps close the achievement gap, regardless of socio-economic status.
  • Music is good for your future! Colleges are looking for well-rounded students who not only have good grades, but are involved in activities that require commitment and dedication... like the arts!
  • Music is good for your soul! The performing arts are a natural form of human expression, and even were it not for all the other benefits, they would remain worthy pursuits all on their own.
  • Performing ensembles develop social skills and forge strong interpersonal relationships as students learn to work together selflessly to achieve a common goal.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? Contact a band director or get the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.

Important Dates

Ensemble Placement Auditions

April 15 - 19

Auditions for our wind ensemble, symphonic band, big band, and advanced percussion ensembles. Incoming students can schedule an audition after school by contacting a director.

Open House / Show Reveal

Friday, April 26 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM

At Open House, you'll learn everything you need to know if you are considering joining the University Band. We will also reveal the music, props, and design concepts behind our 2019 production! This meeting is for parents as well as students.

From Open House until the Icebreaker, an "early deposit" option is available for $65.

Percussion Clinics

March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9 | 5:00 - 7:30 PM

Are you a percussionist? Interested in playing with our drumline or front ensemble? These are for you! Students will learn marching percussion technique and set placement for next year.

Color Guard Clinics

April 25, May 2, 9 | 5:00 - 7:30 PM

These clinics are for anyone interested in our award-winning color guard. No experience required... come check it out!


May 22 | 5:00 - 8:00 PM

The icebreaker is our first official rehearsal for next year's band. Official band registration happens on this night, and you will meet our instructional staff and get to know your section members! Bring your instrument!


May 30 and 31 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

We will start the summer off right... with band! At Mini-Camp we start digging into our show music and learning how to march.

The $75 deposit is due on the second day of Mini-Camp to secure a spot in the show.

Summer Rehearsals

June 11, 18, 25 and July 9

These "mandatory-if-you're-in-town" rehearsals help us to jump right in at band camp, and are way better than sitting at home staring at your phone.

Guard/Percussion Camp

July 15 - 18 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

This is the first full week of training for students on in our leadership team, percussion section, and color guard.

Band Camp

July 22 - 25, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | July 29 - August 2, 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Band Camp is mandatory for everybody and is when we will learn the majority of our fall production.