Bearcat Bands

Who We Are

The Bearcat Bands are a comprehensive campus band program providing educational opportunities, artistic expression, and leadership development programs to students through music.

Program Description

Ensembles of the Bearcat Bands include the spirit band program (Marching Band and multiple Basketball Bands), multiple Concert Bands, Jazz Ensembles, various Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion Ensembles, and various educational clinics. Our Marching Band integrates a contemporary Color Guard and Twirlers. We achieve tradition through innovation and are passionate about our band, campus, and city. Our membership is open to every enrolled student at the University of Cincinnati, including all satellite campuses, as well as students attending Greater Cincinnati Collegiate Connection schools. Participation in the program is by placement audition. We have opportunities along the entire spectrum of musical experience.

TUCBIDG: The UC Band Is Damn Good


The Bearcat Bands provide access to musical excellence and create an educated, informed citizenry deeply connected to their humanity.    


For the University of Cincinnati to be the most musical campus in the United States.

Core Values

We value pedagogy because we welcome all students with a desire to be taught according to educational best practices in an innovative environment.

We value integrity because we welcome all students that are morally, ethically, and legally upright.

We value accuracy-precision because our mutual success is considerably determined by how well each individual prepares and performs.

Why, How, and What

Those who participate in college bands do so for a variety of reasons: their “why” varies quite a bit from person-to-person. For most, the primary reasons for participation are to make music and to establish a social network.

“How” we do band in college is quite different from schedules and intensities experienced in high school or any other musical/pageantry organizations, regardless of if the person comes from a competitive or non-competitive background. Nothing we do in college band is competitive with others: the only competition is with ourselves to discover what our own boundaries are.

It is upon the “what” we establish common ground: music education leading to performance excellence and social experiences creating lifelong bonds.

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Contact Us


Rockwern Band Center
147 Corry Boulevard
Cincinnati, OH 45219

Office Hours:

Mondays 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Tuesdays 1:00 - 9:00 PM
Wednesdays 1:00 - 9:00 PM
Thursdays 1:00 - 9:00 PM
Fridays 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Weekday mornings are available by appointment.

Directions to the Rockwern Band Center:

We are built into the Calhoun Garage. The office entrance is on the north side of the building on the corner of Corry Boulevard and Dennis Street directly across Corry from the Baseball Stadium's third base. The band room entrance is further down Corry Boulevard through the double doors before the parking garage entrance. All entrances are wheelchair accessible. Give us a call at 513-556-2263 if we can help you find our space.

Telephone and Email

513-556-2263 (BAND)