Wind Ensemble

Dr. Chad R. Nicholson, conductor

The University of Arizona Wind Ensemble enjoys a national and international reputation as one of the premiere ensembles of its kind. Musicians for the ensemble are selected by audition and represent the finest wind and percussion performers in the School of Music and Dance. The Wind Ensemble performs three concerts per semester which explore cutting-edge repertoire as well as the finest of the traditional fare. Members of the ensemble are often selected for performance of chamber wind music as well.

The Wind Ensemble has been selected to perform for the American Bandmasters Association, the College Band Directors National Association, the Music Educators National Conference, and the pretigious World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (most recently in Lucerne, Switzerland – 2001).

The ensemble has three commercial records available under the Albany label, all of the music of David Maslanka, and has presented the world premieres of the Maslanka Mass and Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble. In addition, frequent campus visits by composers such as David Maslanka, Michael Colgrass, Cyndie McTee, and Michael Tippet highlight the student musician’s experience.

Course Number:MUS 200E/400E/500E

Meets:T,Th 2:00 - 3:50pm in Room 170

Wind Symphony

Professor Chad Shoopman, conductor

Wind Symphony rehearses twice per week and performs two concerts per semester. Participation in this ensemble is selected by audition only.

Course Number:MUS 200D/400D/500D

Meets:T, Th 4:00 - 5:50 in Room 170

Symphonic Band

The UA Concert Band performs large ensemble works, including standard repertoire and popular musical settings for band. The group provides a positive musical outlet for all UA students, and it serves as an excellent place to reinforce skills for music education students.

Auditions not required to enroll; however, students will complete a brief playing interview for part assignment. The ensemble is open to all students, regardless of major, and meet in both Fall and Spring semesters.

There is a great diversity of students in this ensemble, most of whom want to continue to play their instrument from high school or even learn a secondary instrument.

There are instruments available to rent from the School of Music for $40.00 per semester and are based on availability.

Course Number:MUS 200/400/500C

Meets:Tu 7:00PM-9:30PM in Room 170


Chamber Winds

Dr. Chad R. Nicholson, conductor

The UA Chamber Winds is a small, flexible ensemble consisting of distinguished woodwind and brass players from the Fred Fox School of Music. This ensemble provides these top students with an important chamber music experience that places a high degree of musical responsibility upon each individual, highlighting wind music from the 17th century to newly composed repertoire.

Students interested in Chamber Winds should notify their respective applied studio instructor prior to the Fall ensemble auditions, after which the ensemble performers are assigned by recommendation from applied faculty.  

Course Number:MUS 202/402/502

Meets:M,W 4:00-5:50pm


The Pride of Arizona

“The “Pride of Arizona” Marching Band along with the “Pride of Arizona” Pep Band exemplifies one of the finest and most storied athletic bands programs in the country. Representing The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, the “Pride” has built its reputation on outstanding Performance(s), Respect for each other and the university, Integrity in all we do, Discipline of focus, and a relentless pursuit of Excellence. Our mission is to use the transformative power of music and the marching arts to entertain, educate, and elevate our students and audiences.

With over 250 members, the “Pride” includes a battery-unit drumline and award-winning auxiliary units of pom line dancers, baton twirlers and a flag and rifle color guard. Filled with a sense of tradition and enthusiasm, the “Pride of Arizona” provides UA students an opportunity to make great music, new friends, and support the Wildcat spirit while discovering their own individual excellence in a group endeavor.

The Pride of Arizona Bands are committed to the strategic vision of the University of Arizona in becoming a leading arts destination that fully embraces collaboration to fuel social impact, cultural development and economic growth in our community, our state, our nation, and worldwide.

More info on the Pride of Arizona website.

Pep Band

The Pep Band is made up of 55 exceptional students who demonstrate the highest caliber of musicianship, commitment, and enthusiasm within the Athletic Bands. Membership in this elite group is attained through audition only. You must be a member of “Pride of Arizona” Marching Band to be eligible to audition for the Pep Band.

The Pep Band supports a variety of UA team sports as well as campus and community events. They are an integral part of NCAA tournament appearances for the teams, including Men’s Basketball, where they have performed at several National Championship Basketball games. The UA Pep Band is continually recognized through its numerous television appearances and live events as one of the best in the country.

The Pride of Arizona Bands are committed to the strategic vision of the University of Arizona in becoming a leading arts destination that fully embraces collaboration to fuel social impact, cultural development and economic growth in our community, our state, our nation, and worldwide.

More info on the Pride of Arizona website.

UA Middle School Outreach Honor Band

The Outreach Honor Band services public and private school music programs in the extended Tucson metropolitan area. Membership is open to advanced instrumental and percussion students in 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grades.

Repertoire is selected to challenge the members on a number of levels. Pieces by leading composers for young band are selected for rehearsal and performance.

More info on the UA Outreach Honor Band website.

UA High School Honor Band

The UA High School Honor Band offers students the opportunity to join with other musicians from across the western states to perform in concert on The University or Arizona campus.

More info on the UA High School Honor Band website.

Band Auditions

Auditions are required for placement into the Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, and Chamber Winds. Auditions will run August 17-19 depending on instrument. You do not need to be a music major to schedule an audition. Please see the schedule below to sign up. Auditions are not required for Symphonic Band.

Join the Band

Sign up is open for marching band. No audition necessary for wind instruments. Visit the Pride of Arizona site for information on joining the marching and pep bands and begin by signing up on the Student Profile Form.

Conducting Workshop

December 8, 2018.

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!

Honor Band

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.

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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.

Concert Bands

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.