The Pride Bands have achieved national and international acclaim through their many performances over the years. The most recent of these have been the Jazz Band's appearance at the prestigious MIDWEST INTERNATIONAL BAND CLINIC in Chicago, the Wind Ensemble performing for the COLLEGE BAND DIRECTOR'S NATIONAL ASSOCIATION in Waco, Texas and the Pride Marching Band winning the hearts of the British in the LONDON NEW YEAR'S DAY PARADE! These achievements stand alone among university bands and they were all accomplished in the space of one school year!
Thanks to the generosity of C. Robert Wehr Jr., and his son James R. Wehr, the bands enjoy a $2.1 million "state-of-the-art" band hall. The Wehr Band Hall, built exclusively for use by the University Bands, has more than 35,000 square feet. The facility accommodates the entire band program with such outstanding features as: offices for faculty and staff, four large rehearsal rooms, a percussion suite, a recording studio, office complex, a reception area, a classroom, individual practice rooms, student lockers, uniform and instrument storage, band library, and a large student lounge. It is one of the finest band facilities in the nation.
The University Band program is comprised of 18 bands...
- the 300 member Pride Marching Band
- five concert bands
- five jazz bands
- two basketball bands
- five entertainment ensembles
Please browse our website to learn more about Pride Bands. Feel free to contact us by email or phone (417-836-5454) if you have any questions.