UAH Jazz Band

UAH Jazz Band

pep band rehearsal

We invite you to explore the exciting performance opportunities available to you at UAH. Our band department is a thriving one, set within a 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.

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.

UAH Honor Band

The annual UAH Invitational Honor Band provides qualified middle and high school students with a world-class clinic experience, facilitated by today’s leading wind band conductors and composers.
Learn more about the UAH Honor Band

UAH Jazz Ensembles

The UAH Jazz Ensembles are 16-20 piece bands which focus on contemporary big band literature. The Jazz Ensembles have performed internationally, with tours to Sweden, Finland, Cuba , and Puerto Rico. 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.

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 band is open to all students regardless of major or skill level. For general information and questions about the UAH Pep Band, email

Guest Artists

Experiences at UAH include interacting with today’s leading artists and composers. Past guest visits included 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 to set up an audition time.


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