Welcome to the UAM Band Division

The mission of the Division of Music is to offer quality educational opportunities that provide students with the technical skills and the theoretical and historical knowledge necessary for professional competence in their chosen areas of specialization, and

  • To prepare students at the baccalaureate level for successful careers in teaching and other musical occupations,
  • To prepare students in music for successful graduate study,
  • To provide students opportunities for cultural and aesthetic experiences through active participation in music,
  • To offer general education course work for all students of the University,
  • To provide cultural and aesthetic experiences for the University, the community, and southeast Arkansas through the presentation of recitals, concerts, music theater productions, master classes, workshops, and seminars.


UAM has 4 jazz ensembles open to all students by audition during the first week of class. The audition will take place during the first week of class and will consist of scales, improvisation, and sight-reading of a jazz piece. Instrumentation for the Jazz Ensembles is that of a traditional big band. The ensembles present on campus performances of traditional jazz forms as well as more popular styles.  Jazz Band I also performs at Jazz festivals and contests.

Marching Band

The UAM “Pride of Southeast Arkansas” Marching Band is open to all University students who play band instruments and to those who have experience on auxiliary lines (color guard/flag, twirlers, etc.). The Marching Band employs a variety of musical styles, marches corps style, and performs at all UAM home football games, as well as area parades, fairs, and festivals. Generous scholarships are available for students possessing exceptional talent.

Symphonic Band

This ensemble is comprised of marching band members (Fall semester) and Wind Ensemble members as well as any other students at the University who play a band instrument and would like to participate (Spring semester). The Symphonic Band performs both original wind band pieces from the Classical period through the century, as well as works transcribed from the orchestral repertoire. This ensemble performs on campus in the Spring semester. Generous scholarships are available for students possessing exceptional talent.

Wind Ensemble

The premier instrumental ensemble at the University is open only by audition or special invitation. The UAM Wind Ensemble has only one player per part (for most instruments) and performs challenging music from the wind band literature, encompassing music from the Classical period through the present. Members of the Wind Ensemble concurrently participate in the Symphonic Band during the Spring Semester. Audition repertoire consisting of scales, prepared music, and sight reading will be announced and posted after mid-term exams during the Fall Semester. Generous scholarships are available for students possessing exceptional talent. The ensemble performs concerts on and off campus and tours every other year in the Spring semester.


• Music Major Scholarships
- Must major in music BME, BM, BA

• Band Scholarships
-Marching Band, Wind Ensemble or Concert Band
-Extra money for every auditioned ensemble per semester
-Tied to GPA and ensemble participation

• Jazz Scholarships
-Jazz Ensembles in the fall and spring
-Must be part of a jazz ensemble
-Tied to GPA and ensemble participation

• Audition for scholarships
-2 prepared selections 1 lyrical / 1 technical
-Major and minor scales

• Deadline
-No deadline for band auditions but there is a March 1st deadline for academic/institutional scholarships

If you are eligible for more than one scholarship UAM will allow the student to “stack” or combine each scholarship they receive.

Contact Us

We want to be responsive to your questions or issues. You can use the email links at the left, or contact us through the following methods:

Department of Instrumental Music
University of Arkansas at Monticello

University Drive
Monticello, AR 71656

(870)-460-1060-Division of Music Office
(870)-460-1460-Band Camp Office

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