The University of Arizona Bands program is among the best-known wind programs in the country. The Wind Ensemble, conducted by the Director of Bands, Dr. Chad Nicholson, is the most select wind group, but the Wind Symphony, conducted by Prof. Chad Shoopman is an excellent full-size ensemble as well. The Symphonic Band accommodates those students who can rehearse in the evenings, and of course The Pride of Arizona is our wonderful marching band, active in the fall semester only.


The tuba players at The University of Arizona have opportunities to play in a wide variety of ensembles. The University of Arizona Orchestra program, under the leadership of Dr. Thomas Cockrell, has two orchestras, the Arizona Symphony Orchestra, and the UA Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally, the orchestra program includes an opera orchestra that performs complete operas twice a year.

In addition to the large ensembles, studio members are able to participate in many chamber groups. Brass quintets and tuba quartets are all ensembles for credit, and participation is required for some degree plans. The tuba/euphonium ensemble performs on a regular basis and is especially active during fall semester (Octubafest) and often performs for conferences and other eventsin the spring. The Camerata is designed to assist young musicians in organizing a portfolio, preparing resumes and other promotional materials and is highly recommended.