The University of Akron Bands

Welcome to The University of Akron Bands. On behalf of the 175 music majors in the School of Music, and countless other academic majors represented in our band program, we want you to become a member of the UA Bands.

Every ensemble in our program is open to ALL students regardless of your academic major. Students who are enrolled at Wayne College are also eligible to participate in the UA Bands.


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UA Band Clinic Festival - Monday, February 12, 2024

Each spring The University of Akron School of Music and University Bands host this annual event. The one-day festival includes opportunity to perform on stage at E.J. Thomas Hall, followed by a clinic session with a guest clinician, master-class sessions with UA Applied Faculty, and concert performances by the UA Bands ensembles. Concerts will be presented throughout the day and are free and open to the public. Additionally, the UA School of Music applied wind and percussion faculty will present masterclass sessions for the attending musicians throughout the day.

The University of Akron Bands will host a closing concert in E.J. Thomas Hall, featuring the UA Concert Band, Symphony Band, and Wind Symphony.  A highlight of the concert will include a performance of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, featuring recently retired Emeritus Professor of Piano at The University of Akron, Philip Thomson.

The performance is especially poignant as the premiere of Rhapsody in Blue occurred one hundred years ago on February 12th, 1924, as part of a concert titled "An Experiment in Modern Music," organized by renowned jazz band leader, Paul Whiteman.

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