Bearcat Bands

Official Band Web Page

Important aspects of the excitement and pageantry of the University of Cincinnati home football games are the UC cheerleading and dance teams and the Bearcat Marching Band. These groups provide more than just entertainment, however. Like the Bearcat athletic teams, they have brought national recognition to the university.


The Bearcat Marching Band is known for its contemporary approach to both music and drill design. It has been a fixture at Cincinnati home football games and selected UC road contests for the past 78 years. Over 200 UC students are involved in the band as instrumentalists or as members of the Bearcat Guard, Twirlers and Drum Majors.

The Bearcat Varsity Band, a smaller pep-band unit, performs at all Cincinnati home basketball games and other selected events, providing the spark for the crowd enthusiasm of games in the Shoemaker Center.

Dr. Terren L. Frenz, who has compiled 38 years of success in music education and performance, is director of the Bearcat Bands. Nationally known as a conductor, lecturer and marching drill writer, Frenz has directed previous bands or drum and bugle corps to five national championships.