Dr. Terren Frenz
Dr. Terren  Frenz

Bearcat Bands Director

Alma Mater:
Mt. Union College

Dr. Terren L. Frenz joined the University of Cincinnati in 1993 as a marching band drill writer, before being promoted to full-time band director a year later. He oversees all aspects of the nine Bearcat Band performing ensembles and the UC Alumni Band, including instruction, staffing and performances.

Dr. Frenz taught instrumental music in Ohio Public school from 1963 through 2013 as head band director. He also served as assistant director and musical arranger for the "School Band of America" Ten European Honor band Concert tours from 1965 through 1975. During his career, he taught at Alliance High School and Served as Director of Bands at Mt. Pleasant High School, Barnesville High School, Canton McKinley High School, Marlington High school and Mount Union College. Dr. Frenz has also served as a Church Choir Director for 15 years.

His performance experiences include performances with all collegiate groups he has attended. He performed with Canton and Akron, and Alliance Ohio Symphony Orchestras, Canton Community Band, The Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras, The Ohio Brass Factory Drum & Bugle Corps, and Brass Quintet, among others.

Dr. Frenz is a member of the Ohio Music Education Association, National Association of Jazz Educators, Bands of America, Masonic Lodge, Al Koran Shrine, Conference USA and Big East Band directors Association.

Over a 50-year teaching career, he earned 7 National Championships for High School Band and 4 National Championships for Senior Drum and Bugle Corp. He was awarded the "Ohio Teacher of the Year" honor is 1993 along with Bands of America Contest Commission from 1986 to 1990 and Bands of America Champions Hall of Fame in 2000.

A native of Canton, Ohio, Dr. Frenz earned his bachelor of music education from Mt. Union College, master's of education from Ashland University and doctorate from Columbia Pacific.