Bearcat Bands to host 2020 National Collegiate Athletic Band Symposium

Band program directors from around the country to visit UC for annual conference

The University of Cincinnati’s Bearcat Bands has been selected to host the 2020 National Collegiate Athletic Band Symposium for the College Band Directors National Association. During the symposium, college band directors from around North America will visit campus to attend sessions on key issues and topics currently facing collegiate athletic bands, learn about the newest methods and technological innovations in the profession and network with colleagues. The event will be held during the centennial anniversary of the Bearcat Bands in partnership with Student Affairs, Athletics and UC's College-Conservatory of Music.

The quality of UC’s band program has continued to grow in recent years and has been increasingly recognized on a national level. Ensembles of the Bearcat Bands include the 250-member spirit band program (Marching Band and multiple Basketball Bands), multiple Concert Bands, Jazz Ensembles, various Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion Ensembles, and various educational clinics. The Marching Band integrates a contemporary Color Guard and Twirlers.

In 2018, Bearcat Bands has grown to include a spring semester Beginning Band. With the implementation of this new program, membership in Bearcat Bands is open to every enrolled student at UC. This efforts supports the program’s vision of making UC “the most musical campus in the United States.”

Photo credit: Chris Southard (Sounds of the Stadium Marching Band Concert)