New UNI Students

Welcome to UNI!

Prospective Band Students:

We are all very excited about the possibility of having you participate in the band program at UNI - and hope that you will consider joining the UNI Panther Marching Band and/or one of our Pep Bands or Concert Bands. We are typically not in the office during the latter part of May and the month of June. If you contact us during that time, please be patient and we will return your email or phone call when we return to the office in July. The information below should help answer some of the most common questions about our bands at UNI. We look forward to having you as a member of our band program!!


Bands at UNI:

UNI Panther Marching Band

  • Rehearsals: Monday and Wednesday from 6:30-8:30pm, Friday from 3:00-4:30pm

  • Pre-Season Rehearsals: Band camp begins one week prior to the start of classes. The 2015 band camp will be August 15-21 for guard and drumline, and August 17-21 for winds.

  • Performances: All home games (approximately 5) and one away game or high school exhibition. See our Calendar for exact dates.

  • Open to: All UNI Students regardless of major.

TO JOIN: please visit: http://www.uni.edu/music/marchingband/join/ and complete the PMB registration form. We ask that you submit this form by July 31, 2015.
It may be possible for you to join the band after the July 31 deadline – please contact the director if the deadline has passed and you would still like to join.

Complete camp and season information is located on our homepage in the summer newsletter.


Joining the Panther Marching Band is a great way to begin your college career. From personal experience, I can tell you that marching band at the college level is a unique and exciting experience that you will not want to miss. I am extremely excited about the upcoming 2013 season! Some of the best arrangers in the country have written music for our shows. We have a great home football schedule, a fantastic group of students returning to the band, and some exciting halftime shows in the works.

Since 1976 the Panther Marching Band has performed in the UNI-Dome, and almost all of our rehearsals and performances are scheduled for the Dome for the upcoming season! That means no sunburn, rain, cold, or snow! The 72-degree Dome is an excellent facility to perform in, and the audience is very supportive of the Panther Band!

Students who participate in the band received academic credit, which can be a boost to your grade point average. You may register for Marching Band (530:018) before or after your arrival in the fall.

I hope that you will join us for an exciting year of music and marching (and football)! We need you!! New students are an essential part of our program. If you decide to join us, I believe you will be joining a band that is “second to none” in the state of Iowa and throughout the nation. I hope you will be part of our accomplishments this fall!

Additional information about the Panther Marching Band is located on our website: http://www.uni.edu/music/marchingband/index.html


UNI Pep Bands

The UNI School of Music boasts two exciting Pep Bands that perform at home basketball games from November through March. The Pep Bands generate excitement that fills the McLeod Center at Panther athletic events, and are an important generator of spirit at men's and women's home basketball games. Select members of this ensemble are eligible for scholarships and travel to post season conference and NCAA tournaments.

Membership in the Pep Bands is open to all UNI students. Student musicians representing virtually every academic discipline perform a varied and highly energized musical repertoire. A limited number of Pep Band scholarships are presented each season by audition. Auditions are held in October.

The UNI Basketball Pep Band is a spring semester class and all students receive one credit hour for participation. Please note that this course runs from November through March.

You do not have to be a member of the marching band to join the pep bands, but many students do elect to participant in a pep band and marching band.


  • Meets: From November through March

  • Rehearsals: Two rehearsasl at the start of the season

  • Performances: approximately 8 home basketball games, MVC and NCAA tournaments as needed

  • Open to: All UNI Students regardless of major.

  • Auditions: Late October or early November

Check here for more information and exact dates (this link will be updated in late July when all schedules are confirmed)



Concert Bands

Wind Symphony

  • Meets: Fall and Spring (students must audition each semester)

  • Rehearsals: Monday and Wednesday, 1:00-3:00pm

  • Performances: Several concert performances each semester

  • Open to: UNI Music Majors and non-major scholarship students. Non-majors who are not on scholarship may be assigned to Wind Symphony based on instrumentation needs.

To audition: Contact Dr. Ronald Johnson at Ronald.johnson@uni.edu


Symphonic Band

  • Meets: Fall and Spring (students must audition each semester)

  • Rehearsals: Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-5:20pm

  • Performances: Several concert performances each semester

  • Open to: UNI Music Majors and non-majors

To audition: Non-majors should sign up for an audition time on Dr. Galyen’s office door the weekend prior to the start of classes. Auditions for non-majors will take place the first day of classes in Dr. Galyen’s office. Dr. Galyen’s office is 48 Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Prepare approximately four minutes of music that best represents your abilities - solos, etudes, technical studies, etc. Students will also be asked to sight-read.

If you need more information regarding Symphonic Band, please contact Dr. Galyen at Danny.Galyen@uni.edu

For more information on Auditions, please visit:


Concert Band

  • Meets: Spring Semester

  • Rehearsals: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:15-5:05pm

  • Open to: all UNI students regardless of major

  • Auditions will be held in December for the following term.

More information will be available on our homepage at the beginning of the fall semester.


UNI Jazz Bands and Combos

There are three jazz bands – several combos. UNI’s jazz program is known throughout the country and has received multiple Downbeat awards.

For more information, contact: Chris Merz – (319) 273-3077 or chris.merz@uni.edu