Bearcat Bands Offerings

To join, start by contacting the Band Office at 513-556-BAND (2263) or BearcatBands@ucmail.uc.edu.


Membership in the Bearcat Bands is a threefold co-curricular venture:

  1. Auditioning and receiving acceptance into an ensemble housed within the Bearcat Bands, a unit of the Division of Student Affairs at UC.
  2. Registering for the corresponding CCM class. You are not charged tuition or fees for any of our classes.
  3. Paying your dues to Band Council, the sanctioned student social organization for the Bearcat Bands. Amount annually varies.

Fall and Spring Semesters

About

The University of Cincinnati Bearcat Spirit Band, Marching and Basketball, is the largest and most visible organization within the Bearcat Bands with a prepandemic 2019 membership of 270 students. The band is comprised of students from all over the UC Main campus, UC Blue Ash and UC Clermont, and Greater Cincinnati Collegiate Connection schools such as NKU and Cincinnati State. Although some of our members are music majors at the internationally recognized College-Conservatory of Music, the overwhelming majority major are in just about every other program of study available at UC. Many are in fraternities, sororities, honoraries, and other student groups. All participate for the love of the activity and take considerable pride in representing the University of Cincinnati through music as well as providing entertainment, positive public relations, and enthusiastic support.

The basic membership commitment is performing in both the Marching Band and in one of the Basketball Bands. All musicians are expected to continue playing in the spring semester with participation in a concert or jazz band. Complete Spirit Band commitment requirements will be provided to all newly accepted members. It is not necessary to be in Spirit Band (Marching/Basketball) to be in any other ensemble we offer.

Marching Band is available for one or two credits and meets on Fall Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30 PM and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in Fall & Spring plus for performances at home games. Summer preseason camp schedules are provided to every member. It’s not uncommon for us to also attend full-band away games, including bowl trips. Occasional exhibition performances and parades are also scheduled. Even so, participation in the Bearcat Marching Band involves less time than most competitive high school marching bands!

Basketball Band (aka Pep Band) is really the entire Marching Band simply divided into smaller bands. Each band receives a list of game assignments in the fall and meets for rehearsal prior to each assigned game. Opportunities for post-season tournament travel are usually anticipated!

Member costs include variable Band Council dues, shoes, gloves, and other apparel/accessories. Some marching instruments are available to students of the Bearcat Bands at no cost (ex. sousaphone, mellophone, baritone). Complete costs will be provided to all newly accepted members.

Times and Course

  • Fall only: Tuesdays & Thursdays 6 to 8:30 PM
  • Fall & Spring: Wednesdays 6 to 8:00 PM
  • Fall Percussion sectionals are held Tuesdays thru Thursdays at 5:30 PM
  • Fall Color Guard and Feature Twirler sectionals are TBA
  • Football and Basketball performances are variable, but generally include all home games and some away
  • Participation in various small “gigs” as assigned
  • Other off-campus exhibitions and parades
  • ENSM 2071
  • 1-2 credits
  • Full semester
Summer Camps
Date Title Location Time
June 5, 2021 Percussion Prospective Member Orientation Rockwern Band Center on UC Main Campus All day
June 5-6, 2021 Color Guard Orientation and Assessment for All New and Returning Members Same All day
July 7-9, 2021 Percussion Assessment and Placement for All New and Returning Members Same All day
August 10, 2021 Percussion, Color Guard, Feature Twirler, and New Wind Members Preseason Camp begins Same All day
August 11, 2021 Returning Wind Members Preseason Camp begins Same All day
Weekly Rehearsal Schedule
Day Time Who
Tuesdays & Thursdays all fall semester

5:30 PM

6 to 8:30 PM

Percussion sectionals

Full band rehearsals

Wednesdays all fall and spring semesters 6 to 8 PM Full band rehearsals
Saturdays and other game days prior to Varies Full band

Bearcat Pep (Basketball only) Band has a prerequisite of Director approval. Generally, this is reserved for members that have been in Marching Band in a prior fall semester, but are unable to continue participating due to a long-distance co-op or other discussed and approved circumstance.

  • ENSM 2072
  • 1 credit
  • Full semester

Fall Semester

About

The Bearcat Fall Concert Band is a half-semester ensemble of typical concert band instrumentation that generally performs twice: once at the UC Veterans Day Ceremony and once for an end-of-semester winter holiday concert. It is not necessary to be in Spirit Band (Marching/Basketball) to be in Fall Concert Band or any other ensemble we offer.

Times and Course

  • Mondays 4:40 to 6:55 PM
  • ENSM 2073
  • 1 credit
  • Half semester (rehearsals begin Monday, 18 October 2021)
Fall Concert Band
Rehearsals Performances
Mondays beginning 18 October, 4:40 to 6:55 PM

Veterans Day Ceremony, TBA date and time (morning) in TUC Atrium

Concert, TBA date and time (evening) in CCM Corbett Auditorium

About

The Bearcat Fall Jazz Band is a half-semester ensemble of typical big band instrumentation that generally performs once for an end-of-semester winter holiday concert. It is not necessary to be in Spirit Band (Marching/Basketball) to be in Fall Jazz Band or any other ensemble we offer.

Times and Course

  • Mondays 7:05 to 9:20 PM
  • ENSM 2074
  • 1 credit
  • Half semester (rehearsals begin Monday, 18 October 2021)
Fall Jazz Band
Rehearsals Performances
Mondays beginning 18 October, 7:05 to 9:20 PM Concert, TBA date in CCM Corbett Auditorium, 7:00 PM

Spring Semester

About

The Bearcat Wind Ensemble is the premier Bearcat Bands concert band. Consisting of the most outstanding wind and percussion performers generally not majoring in music on campus, the group performs the finest available repertory for wind band and is committed to only the highest musical standards. Though fully instrumented as a smaller one-or-two persons per part wind ensemble-style group, in addition to exploring traditional and contemporary works for full band, the ensemble also explores some chamber music representing a variety of periods and styles.

Two concert cycles are generally projected with one performance in February and another near the end of the semester.

Times and Course

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 7:30 to 9:15 PM
  • ENSM 2077
  • 1 credit
  • Full semester
Spring Wind Ensemble
Rehearsals Performances
Tuesdays and Thursdays all semester, 7:30 to 9:15 PM

TBA date in TUC Atrium, 7:30 PM

All bands concert, TBA date in CCM Corbett Auditorium, 7:00 PM

About

The Bearcat Symphonic Band is a large concert band committed to the developing musicianship of its members and the performance of fine music representative of the rich heritage of the wind band.

One concert cycle is generally projected with a performance near the end of the semester.

Times and Course

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30 to 7:15 PM
  • ENSM 2076
  • 1 credit
  • Full semester
Spring Symphonic Band
Rehearsals Performances
Tuesdays and Thursdays all semester, 5:30 to 7:15 PM All bands concert, TBA date in CCM Corbett Auditorium, 7:00 PM

About

The Bearcat Late Jazz Band is the premier Bearcat Bands jazz ensemble. Consisting of the most outstanding wind and percussion performers generally not majoring in music on campus, the group performs the finest available repertory for jazz ensemble and is committed to only the highest musical standards. Though fully instrumented as a traditional big band, in addition to exploring traditional and contemporary works for full band, the ensemble also explores some combo music representing a variety of periods and styles.

Two concert cycles are generally projected with one performance in late February/early March and another near the end of the semester.

Times and Course

  • Mondays 7:30 to 9:15 PM
  • ENSM 2075
  • 1 credit
  • Full semester
Spring Late Jazz Band
Rehearsals Performances
Mondays all semester, 7:30 to 9:15 PM

Swing Dance, TBA date in TUC Atrium, 2:00 PM

All Jazz Bands Concert, TBA date in Kresge Auditorium, 7:00 PM

About

The Bearcat Early Jazz Band is a traditional big band ensemble committed to the developing musicianship of its members and the performance of fine music representative of the rich heritage of jazz.

One concert cycle is generally projected with a performance near the end of the semester.

Times and Course

  • Mondays 4:40 to 6:25 PM
  • ENSM 2074
  • 1 credit
  • Full semester
Spring Early Jazz Band
Rehearsals Performances
Mondays all semester, 4:40 to 6:25 PM All Jazz Bands Concert, TBA date in Kresge Auditorium, 7:00 PM

About

The Beginning Band is an opportunity for those with little to no experience on a wind or percussion instrument to learn and improve. In addition to those that are learning from scratch (or close to it), this ensemble is also a great fit for someone resuming playing that has been inactive for a few years and prior to (or concurrent with) placement in another of the Bearcat ensembles.

This band performs (yes, PERFORMS!) once near the end of the semester to show off what they've learned for a small audience of supportive family and friends.

Times and Course

  • Wednesdays 5:00 to 8:00 PM
  • This offering is available for credit via enrollment in ENSM 2072
  • 1 credit
  • Full semester
Spring Beginning Band
Rehearsals Performances
Wednesdays all semester, 5:00 to 8:00 PM Concert, TBA date in Rockwern Band Center band room, 6:00 PM

About

Bearcat Color Guard Development is for both the performer that wants to continue learning and have the opportunity to perform during the winter months as well as someone interested in learning about Color Guard from scratch and auditioning for Color Guard membership in the future.

Projected performances by some or all members generally occur at selected pregames or halftimes at one or two UC Men's and Women's Basketball games.

Times and Course

  • Days/times this will be offered are TBA
  • This offering is available for credit via enrollment in ENSM 2072
  • 1 credit
  • Full semester
Color Guard Development
Rehearsals Performances
TBA all semester Usually at one or two at UC Men's and/or Women's basketball games.

About

Bearcat Percussion Ensemble & Marching Percussion Development Sessions provide performing opportunities as well as training in Concert & Marching Percussion during the winter months. They are appropriate for those developing their skills from scratch wanting to audition for Marching Band membership as well as for more experienced players to rehearse and perform in ensembles created and tailored to their abilities.

Performances are tailored to the interests of each ensemble.

Times and Course

  • Days/times this will be offered are TBA
  • This offering is available for credit via enrollment in ENSM 2072
  • 1 credit
  • Full semester
Spring Percussion Ensemble & Marching Percussion Development
Rehearsals Performances
TBA all semester

Percussion Ensemble may perform in conjunction with another ensemble, as a separate small ensemble, or record a performance for online release.

Marching Percussion Development is urged for returning and new members that are able to attend and will be auditioning for UC Marching Band percussion. Open to all college and high school students with experience.

About

The Drum Major Society offers a training and tryout program that is designed to assist both seasoned and inexperienced Drum Major candidates with leadership skills, understanding basic style, technique, and pattern construction.

Times and Course

  • Days/times this will be offered are TBA
  • This offering is not available for credit and requires a small payment to The Drum Major Society
  • Partial semester
  • Learn more here: Training – The Drum Major Society
Spring Drum Major Society Training Clinic
Rehearsals Performances
TBA, mid-January thru mid-March None. Open to all college and high school students with or without experience. Contact the Band Office for information.

About

Small Ensembles are coached by a staff member of the Bearcat Bands and annually formed based on student interest.

Times and Course

  • Days/times these will be offered are TBA
  • These offerings are available for credit via enrollment in ENSM 2072
  • Full or partial semester
  • Inquire about participation by contacting the Band Office at 513-556-BAND (2263) or BearcatBands@ucmail.uc.edu

About

Private Lessons are taught by a staff member of the Bearcat Bands and annually formed based on student interest.

Times and Course

  • Days/times these will be offered are TBA
  • These offerings are available for credit via enrollment in ENSM 2072
  • Full or partial semester
  • Inquire about participation by contacting the Band Office at 513-556-BAND (2263) or BearcatBands@ucmail.uc.edu

Summer

About

There is no better way to stay musically involved than to join a community band such as the one offered through the UCBAA and the UC Bearcat Bands. The UC Community Band operates in this capacity from May through August each year. The band typically rehearses on Wednesday evenings. Currently conducted by Ed Protzman, we perform about 4-5 times in a variety of arts centers, parks and community centers throughout the Tri-State.

Learn more: http://www.ucalumniband.org/community-band.html

Summer Community Band
Rehearsals Performances
Wednesdays beginning in May thru July; email coordinator Kristen Price at kris2006@gmail.com for more information

TBA