Instrumental Ensembles

Symphonic Band

The Symphonic band is the University’s premiere instrumental ensemble, and has earned an exemplary reputation throughout Arkansas and Oklahoma for outstanding and exciting performances. This ensemble is an auditioned group of 60 instrumentalists that performs standard band and wind ensemble repertoire. The band performs four major concerts per year, including a yearly spring regional concert tour, and has performed under the baton of many great conductors and composers. For more information or to arrange an audition, contact Dr. Alexandra Zacharella, Director of Bands • Phone 479-788-7972 • Email



Brass Ensemble

This ensemble provides an opportunity for brass students to perform chamber music. The group features a full brass choir, brass quintets, trumpet ensembles, horn ensembles and tuba-euphonium ensembles, as well as other various chamber instrumentations. The Brass Ensemble meets twice a week and provides concerts every semester. For more information, contact Dr. Scott Tomlison • Phone 479-788-7538 • Email



Jazz Band

The Jazz band performs high-energy shows for sellout crowds of more than 1,000 people. This audition-based group has performed with the New York Voices, Dizzy Gillespie, The Rolling Stones saxophonist Ernie Watts, and many more world-renowned artists. This band takes pride in covering a full spectrum of jazz music from vintage to contemporary styles. The band performs several major concerts each year in addition to The Jazz Noon Show "brown bag" lunch concerts and other community events. For more information or to arrange an audition, contact Dr. Scott Tomlison • Phone 479-788-7538 • Email


Jazz Lab Ensemble

This ensemble provides a training ground for students to learn basic techniques and style characteristics related to jazz performance. For more information, contact Don Bailey, Director of Jazz Studies • Phone 479-788-7554 • Email



Lions Athletic Band

The Lions Athletic band is a select group of 40-50 musicians that perform at all men's and women's home basketball games. The Lions Athletic band is open to audition to all University students. For more information, contact Dr. Tommy Dobbs • Phone 479-788-7581 • Email


Percussion Ensemble

The Percussion Ensemble consists primarily of percussion majors, and provides students with the opportunity to perform and become familiar with the ever-growing volume of percussion ensemble literature. Composing and conducting opportunities will also be presented and encouraged. The ensemble presents public performances and clinic sessions each semester. Participation in the percussion ensemble is expected for as many semesters as possible so that students can acquaint themselves with the literature and techniques. This ensemble meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 4:50 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Tommy Dobbs, Instructor of Music - Percussion • Phone 479-788-7581 • Email


Woodwind Ensembles

Various woodwind ensembles are organized each semester to study chamber music from the standard woodwind repertoire.  Ensembles include: Flute Choir, Clarinet Ensemble, Woodwind Quintet, Saxophone Ensemble, and various saxophone quartets. These ensembles rehearse twice-weekly and perform in various Arkansas venues and for the UAFS Ensembles Concert each semester. For booking or other information, contact Dr. Andrew DeBoer, Assistant Professor of Music - Clarinet • Phone 479-788-7544 • Email




The keyboard area offers a supportive, rewarding and challenging course of study for piano soloists, future music teachers and educators, chamber musicians and accompanists. In addition to performing solo piano works, piano majors perform multi-hand compositions and work collaboratively as accompanists with instrumental and vocal majors. Piano students take an array of classes that contribute to their overall musical education, including piano literature, piano pedagogy and accompanying.  The piano area is led by Ms. Hsin-I “Shalon” Lester.