University Bands

133 Fine Arts

16 Mt. Pelia Road

Martin, TN 38238


(731) 881-7403


John Oelrich, Director of Bands


Click an FAQ below.


How can I get involved?

Visit this link to submit a Campus Musician interest form or this link to submit a Music Major interest form.


Are there concert ensembles that I can play in at the start of the school year?

Yes. All ensembles have independent rehearsal times. The Aviators Marching Band rehearses for three hours per week, the Concert Band for three hours per week, and the Wind Ensemble for four hours per week.


Is college marching band just like high school marching band?

No. According to our students the marching band at UTM is relaxed, fun, and a lot less pressure than high school marching band. The UTM Band rehearses efficiently so that it does not take a long time to learn a show. We march far fewer sets than competitive high school bands and always play plenty of high-energy music that everyone enjoys. In addition, we only rehearse two days per week.


What are rehearsals like?

Productive and fun! Dr. Oelrich, Dr. Barnett and Dr. Gorman balance hard work and fun. They encourage the band to perform at the highest level possible. You will find band members to be relaxed, friendly, supportive, and sharing your love for music.


Do I have to be a music major or music minor to be in band?

No. Students in the UTM Bands come from all majors on campus. In fact, this is one of the great things about being in band: making music with a wide variety of people with a common interest.


Do I have to audition?

Auditions are only required for membership in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, and Basketball Band and all UTM students are welcome and encouraged to audition. No audition is required for the Aviators Marching Band or Concert Band.


Does playing in band in college take a lot of time?

According to students, band does not take a lot of time. Actually, the UTM Marching Band has one of the lightest time commitments of any college band. We do not attend away games and some of our home games are on Thursday nights. This schedule gives you many free weekends. The Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Band and Jazz Combo have regular rehearsals each week. The only out-of-class commitments are in the form of performances or touring.


Can I get a scholarship for being in band?

All students receive a scholarship for successful participation in the Aviators Marching Band. Other scholarships are available for campus musicians based in ensemble needs and student ability.


What if I don't own an instrument?

UT Martin owns a number of instruments that may be checked out. Most low brass and percussion are provided. There are also a limited number of high brass and woodwind instruments if needed that may be rented by the year. The fee is $25/calendar year.


Do I have to carry my instrument back and forth from my dorm room?

Lockers are available in the music building on a rental basis, $25/year.


Does the band go on trips?

The UTM Aviators Marching Band performs exhibitions at local and regional high schools. The Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble present tour performances at regional high schools and communities. In addition, the Wind Ensemble has also presented performances at conferences.


Who should I contact if I have more questions?

Contact Dr. John Oelrich, Director of Bands - joelrich@utm.edu; (731) 881-7403

Dr. Steven Barnett, Director of Athletic Bands - sbarne28@utm.edu; (731) 881-1852

Dr. Kurt Gorman Director of Jazz Studies - kgorman@utm.edu; (731) 881-7404


UT Martin Aviators Marching Invitational

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021

Hardy Graham Stadium, UT Martin Campus

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Community Band

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UTM Aviators Marching Band Housing Scholarship Application

We are pleased to offer a limited number of the Aviators Marching Band Housing Scholarships to qualifying members of the Aviators Marching Band for Fall 2020. The scholarship reduces the cost of on-campus housing by $500 each semester, for a total reduction of $1000 per school year.

If you are interested in applying for the Aviators Marching Band Housing Scholarship please complete the application by clicking on the "Learn More" link below. Thank you for your application and for your participation in the Aviators Marching Band.

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