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The Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South (M4)

The Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South (M4) is under the direction of Mr. John Graham and Assistant directors, Mr. Darryl Evans and Mr. Harold Fooster. M4 performs for all home football games and travels to almost all games away from campus. The marching band has made appearances at the Gateway Classic, Professional football games, national television and countless "Battle of the Bands" competitions. Each year M4 hosts its "Band Day", where several high school bands from throughout the country get the opportunity to attend a "Golden Lion" football game, play as a mass band, and perform their half-time shows for each other.  The Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South performed in the 2008 inaugural parade of President Barack Obama. Visit their website>>

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Vesper Choir

The internationally recognized University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Vesper Choir, under the direction of Dr. Michael J. Bates, Professor of Music, and Interim Chair of the Department of Music, is nationally recognized among historically Black colleges and universities for its diverse repertoire and excellent performances. This 65-70 member select ensemble, founded in the 1940s by Professor Ariel “Pops” Lovelace and conducted for more than 40 years by Professor Shelton J. “Fessor” McGee, has a rich choral tradition that includes numerous performances on radio and television, as well as performances across the United States and most recently internationally over the Internet. In 2006 the UAPB Vesper Choir took a performance tour to Italy. The Choir performed eight concerts in four cities: in Rome, including presenting the music for the Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican; in Venice, including a performance at historic St. Mark’s Cathedral; and additional concerts in Rome and in Venice and two concerts each in Florence and Milan.

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Jazz Ensemble

The Jazz Ensemble is the premiere jazz group that performs a variety of styles which include swing, contemporary, funk, progressive and the standards. This ensemble takes annual tours both locally and nationally. The Jazz Ensemble is open by audition only. The Jazz Ensemble recently recorded the performance of “The Days of Wine and Roses”.

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Wind Symphony

The Wind Symphony is an ensemble of select students that performs only the finest wind ensemble literature, features soloists, and commissions new works for wind ensemble. Performances include both on- and- off campus concerts, local and regional tours, children's concert series, and professional conferences.

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Percussion Ensemble

The Percussion Ensemble performs top concert and world percussion literature. This ensemble primarily consists of percussion majors and is open by audition to other percussion students.

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Department of Music

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

1200 N. University Drive, Mail Slot 4956

Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601

Office: (870)575-8908

Dr. Michael Bates, Interim Chair