Bands at UAH


We invite you to explore the exciting performance opportunities available to you at UAHuntsville. Our band department is a thriving one, set within a NEW instrumental rehearsal facility on a vibrant campus with a dynamic faculty. At UAH, a variety of instrumental ensembles will challenge and inspire you, regardless of your major. I hope you will peruse this  website ( for more information about the terrific music opportunities that await you at UAH. If you're interested in auditioning for one of the BANDS at UAH, click HERE for more information.

The UAH Wind Ensemble

The UAH Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. C. David Ragsdale, is the university's premiere wind band. The wind ensemble's repertoire ranges from traditional band classics to ultra-modern works by today's leading composers. The UAH Wind Ensemble rehearses in the Instrumental Rehearsal Hall on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and performs twice per semester for the university community and for various other events throughout the year.

The UAH Jazz Ensembles

The UAH Jazz Ensembles are 16-20 piece bands which focus on contemporary big band literature. The Jazz Ensembles have recently performed internationally, with tours to Sweden & Finland (2001), Cuba (2004), and Puerto Rico (2009). Students in the band develop an understanding of-and experience in-jazz styles, improvisation, and performance techniques. The UAH Jazz Combos number four to eight members while focusing on improvisation and small group jazz. All jazz students gain exposure to a wide variety of jazz styles.

The UAH Pep Band

The UAH Pep Band, directed by Matt Hendrix is the university's athletic band. The Pep Band cheers and performs for athletic and university events throughout the year The pep band is open to all students regardless of major or skill level.

Guest Artists

Experiences at UAH include interacting with today's leading artists and composers, including recent visits by acclaimed composer David Maslanka, Col. Tom Holtan director of the US Army Band, and many others.


Auditions for the Wind Ensemble, Pep Band and associated scholarships are held each Friday in May by appointment with Dr. Ragsdale. Click here to set up an audition time. Click here to review audition instructions and general information.