Join UA Bands
From the finest concert experiences to the thrills of marching for nearly 60,000 fans at Arizona Stadium, all students at the University of Arizona can find a musical home in our outstanding ensembles. If you’re not yet a student at The University of Arizona and you want to major or minor in Music, visit the Fred Fox School of Music website for information on auditions, scholarships, and admissions requirements.
December 9, 2017.
The event is for anyone that is looking to develop skills and knowledge of conducting and rehearsing concert ensembles, including rehearsal tips and technical conducting instruction. The workshop is hosted by UA Bands and the Fred Fox School of Music and the conducting participants will conduct a full wind ensemble of U of A music students!
January 11-13, 2018
The University of Arizona High School Honor Band offers students & musicians from across the western states to perform in concert on The University or Arizona campus. Membership is based upon experience and playing ability.
History of the UA Bands
The University of Arizona Department of Bands is part of the UA Fred Fox School of Music in the College of Fine Arts. UA BANDS provide world-class musical opportunities for students of all majors and backgrounds. From the finest concert experiences to the thrills of marching for nearly 60,000 fans at Arizona Stadium, all students at the University of Arizona can find a musical home in our outstanding ensembles. In 2002, the band department celebrated its 100th anniversary with four concert bands and the “Pride of Arizona” marching and UA Pep Band.
Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band
Over the years, UA concert bands have been directed by an illustrious group of composers, conductors and musicians. Joseph DeLuca (1928-1935) composed The University of Arizona March dedicated to the institution. Frank Simon came to UA in the 1950’s having been cornet soloist with the John Philip Sousa band and principal trumpet with the NBC Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini. As UA Professor of Trumpet, Simon contributed his extensive knowledge and talent to enhance the UA band program. Jack Lee (1952-1980) conducted some well-known UA band ensembles and hosted the 1976 American Bandmasters Association. James Keene (1980-1985) brought the introduction of the Wind Ensemble to national prominence.
Gregg I. Hanson, Director of Bands form 1990-2016, brought more than 25 years of experience to UA’s Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds. He is credited with numerous premieres of outstanding repertoire for the wind band and is praised for his authentic interpretations and degree of excellence. The UA Wind Ensemble has achieved international recognition with the release of three CD recordings, all of the music of David Maslanka. In 2001, the band was one of only two groups from the U.S. chosen to perform at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference in Lucerne, Switzerland.