104 years of consecutive bands at UCA! Welcome to another special year of the Bear Marching Band. As we prepare for the upcoming season, please read carefully and fill out the information below. We are using this system to register, take band orders and provide important information. Remember that BMB camp begins on Sunday, August 12 with move in. If you are moving into a UCA Dorm, UCA Housing will contact you with information regarding move in. Please be certain to get your informal order returned to the band office by JULY 20! We need to know what to order so we have the items delivered during band camp. Everyone will be required to purchase a new informal shirt. We are using the shorts and ball caps as last year so if yours are in good condition, there is no need to purchase a new one. If you are living in a UCA dorm, you will be direct billed for your housing. In the past we have assessed everyone for housing but that will not be the case and this will lower the band fee for everyone which will be $50.00. This fee will cover gloves, flip folders, drum sticks, and other incidentals that are incurred during the marching season.
As you prepare to come to Conway and for band camp, remember what you will need to survive and for a successful band camp. A Band Camp Survival guide will be posted on the Facebook page and remember to begin proper hydration several days before camp begins. If you are new to the BMB, you must request to be added to the BMB Facebook page. Ask to join Bear Marching Band. Our Facebook page is a very important means of communication for the BMB. Everyone will need to sign up for our Remind text message system as well. On your cell phone enter the number 81010 and text this message:
This will add you to the BMB group. If you are unable to text and would like an email, send an email message to:
To gain access to our music and other BMB content, you will need to go to the secure site on our UCA Band website at:
Click on the "UCA Music Student Login" button in the left column, just under the small pictures. You will be asked to enter a password. Enter the following:
Be sure to use the number zero and the password is case sensitive with no spaces.
Make certain that you have registered for Marching Band and that it appears on your schedule. If you are receiving a scholarship, YOU MUST HAVE MARCHING BAND ON YOUR SCHEDULE TO HAVE YOUR SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED. NO EXCEPTIONS!!! Freshmen and sophomores should register for:
Marching Band - MUSE 2101 0 CRN: 12828
Juniors and seniors should registrer for:
Marching Band - MUSE 4101 0 CRN: 12829
If you are auditioning for a concert ensemble, you can find the audition music on our band website at www.ucabands.com as well. Click on the link to get the audition music for your instrument.
All drill charts and coordinates will be delivered to your smartphone or tablet. You will use your smartphone and/or tablet in every rehearsal to learn drill. You will need to purchase the Pyware 3D Viewer app available at the App Store or Google Play for $2.99. Please have this by August 12. THIS WILL BE REQUIRED!! We will have a session on how to use the app at our opening meeting. You may go to http://pyware3d.com/viewer-app/ for additional information on how the app works. If you do not have a smartphone or tablet, you will get coordinate sheets.
On Saturday, August 25 we are having an optional event at Wild River Country Water Park. This is not a mandatory event but everyone one is invited to go. We get a group rate for admission and you must pay in advance for your admission. Again, this will be an optional event. Payment for this optional event will be collected on our camp registration day. The group rate will be determined by the number of people that attend. The discounted price will be around $20.
NEW!!! You may pay for your BMB items and registration by credit or debit card. Just fill out the information and follow the directions.
As the new season begins, there is always much anticipation. There are many standards and traditions that have been established and will continue into the future. We are all an integral part of the BMB legacy. Passion, Power, Pride – Work hard, play hard! I am adding my own addendum: Prepare, Practice and Perform Like a Champion! If you have any questions, please be sure to contact me. I will see you all in August. Enjoy the rest of your summer. Fear The Stripes!
Brantley T. Douglas IIIAssociate Director of BandsDirector of Athletic BandsUniversity of Central Arkansas201 Donaghey Ave.SFA 127Conway, AR firstname.lastname@example.org