Be sure to participate in a great UC tradition – the CATWALK, which occurs approximately two and a half hours before game time on Sigma Sigma Commons. Join the Bearcat, UC cheerleaders and band to fire up the football team and coaches as they pass through the Bearcat Blitz on their pregame walk to Nippert Stadium.
BEARCATS MARCHING BANDS
The Bearcats Marching Band is known for its contemporary approach to both music and drill design. It has been a fixture at UC home football games and selected UC road contests for the past 85 years. Over 200 students are involved in the band as instrumentalists or as members of the Bearcats Guard, Twirlers and Drum Majors. The Bearcats’ varsity Band, a smaller pep-band unit, performs at all Cincinnati home basketball games and other selected events, providing the spark for the crowd in Fifth Third Arena. Dr. Terren L. Frenz, who has compiled 46 years of success in music education and performance, is director of the 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.
The UC cheerleaders have consistently proven themselves to be one of the elite squads in the nation. They have posted 11 Top 10 finishes at the College National Cheerleading Championships and have made 16 appearances in the finals. Cincinnati has fi nished as high as second place in 2007, and has a third and a pair of fourth-place finishes as well. Between 1990 and 1997, the cheerleaders ran off a streak of eight straight Top-10 finishes. UC cheerleaders have been selected to perform at international events. In 1994, they made a 10-day tour of Taiwan and performed in the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics.
An important aspect of the excitement and pageantry of the University of Cincinnati is the UC Dance Team. Along with performing at all home football and basketball games, the team can be seen performing at several community events. Consisting of 36 members that make up both the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams, they average a GPA of a 3.2. This dedicated group of individuals provides more than just entertainment. Like all Bearcats athletics teams, the Dance Team has brought national recognition to the University. In its 22nd year of existence, the UC dance team has distinguished itself among that nation and world’s elite. The Bearcats had a banner year in 2009, first winning its fourth national title in six years, and then winning the inaugural International Cheer Union’s World Cheerleading Championship, competing as Team USA. In 2009, the dance team won its fourth national title in the past six years, bringing home first place in Division IA Hip-Hop at the 2009 Universal Dance Association - College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship in Orlando, Fla. Three months later, the Bearcats were selected to represent the United States in the International Cheer Union’s World Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, April 24. The UC dance team pulled off a clean sweep, winning gold medals in the jazz, hip-hop, and freestyle competitions, besting teams from 40 countries. The international championship was the first of its kind for both competitive dance and cheerleading. The team holds four National Championships, plus its three gold medals and World Championship titles from the 2009 season. The team won three consecutive National Titles in the Hip-Hop Category from 2004-06. The College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship will be televised over 50 times throughout the year on ESPN/ESPN2.
LUCY THE BINTURONG
In April 2008, the University of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens brought the Bearcat back to Cincinnati. The baby binturong was born January 17, 2008. In a public naming contest held by the Cincinnati Zoo, the young Bearcat was named Lucy. Alice, the former Zoo bearcat, cheered for the University of Cincinnati from the mid-’80s to late ‘90s. Alice lived at the Cincinnati Zoo and was a regular attraction at UC’s home football and basketball games for nearly 13 years. In her time at the Cincinnati Zoo, Alice was somewhat of a star herself. She met a number of celebrities including David Letterman, Johnny Carson and Prince Charles.