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Welcome To Iowa Bands!

The first mention of a band on the University of Iowa campus was in 1865, but the first official band, the University Battalion Band, did not appear until September 14, 1881. Now, more than 600 students, music majors and non-music majors, participate in one of eight university bands.

The Symphony Band is the premiere wind band at the university while other bands include the Concert Band, University Band and Chamber Winds. Additional bands include the nationally famous 250-member Hawkeye Marching Band, the Iowa Pep Band, and several jazz ensembles, including the award-winning Johnson County Landmark.

University Bands is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Division of Performing Arts, and the School of Music.

Students from all academic disciplines are invited to participate in the UI Band program as membership in all of our bands is open to any interested and qualified University of Iowa student regardless of major. You are cordially invited to browse the University of Iowa Band website and learn about our bands, conductors, graduate teaching assistants, repertoire, auditions, and special activities and events. Enjoy your visit!

Be sure to contact the UI Band office should you need additional information.