The Jacksonville University “Pride of the First Coast” Marching Band is the flagship musical ensemble for many major athletic events at Jacksonville University including JU Football and JU Men’s and Women’s Basketball.


Membership in the Jacksonville University Marching Band is open to all students in any major at JU and is offered as a music ensemble class through the College of Fine Arts (MUS-223 JU Athletic Band). This course can be applied towards a fine arts requirement. Prior high school marching band experience is not required to join for instrumentalists. Students wishing to join as a Majorette or as a part of the Color Guard are recommended to have some prior experience. There are no auditions to be a part of the “The Pride”.


For more info and to pre-register visit: Marching Band Homepage


Percussion at JU takes the student on the journey of becoming a well-rounded percussionist.

The training you receive at JU will allow you compete in the musical marketplace. The Percussion ensemble performs the works of: Reich, Chavez, Riley, student compositions, and live performance with silent film.
World traditions are also included in performances by the group.

Below is the outline of a four-year course of study for the percussionist.
You will develop technical skills and create your musical voice that will make you unique in the musical milieu.

Please call or email any questions about the program to:

(904)655-4744 or



  • JU Orchestra - a symphonic orchestra
  • JU Percussion Ensemble - specializing in traditional and contemporary percussion repertoire
  • JU Piano and Chamber Music - specializing in literature for smaller instrumental ensembles in both classical and jazz idioms
  • JU Wind Ensemble - specializing in traditional and contemporary wind repertoire

The Jacksonville University Wind Ensemble performs traditional and contemporary music from the concert band and wind ensemble repertoire, including works for chamber winds. Programs feature student and professional concerto soloists, newly-commissioned music, serious concert works, and collaborative projects.
Membership in the ensemble consists of music majors, music minors and non-majors. An audition and previous performance experience are required. The group welcomes students who play woodwind, brass or percussion instruments.
Advanced students have an opportunity to perform in the First Coast Wind Ensemble, a 60-member community music organization based at Jacksonville University since 1990. More information about the FCWE is available at
The Wind Ensemble recently completed a DVD recording of historic American music distributed to music performance and appreciation classes in Northeast Florida elementary and secondary schools.