The tuba players at The University of Tennessee have opportunities to play in a wide variety of ensembles. The UT Orchestra program, under the leadership of Professor James Fellenbaum, has two orchestras, the UT Symphony Orchestra, and the UT Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, the orchestra program includes an opera orchestra that performs complete operas twice a year.
The University of Tennessee Band Program is one of the most prestigious university band programs in the United States. Founded in 1869, the program is known for both its outstanding concert and athletic organizations. The University of Tennessee Bands have performed across the country in a variety of venues.
The UT Concert Bands (Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Concert Band) have performed at conferences of the American Bandmasters Association, the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, and the Music Educators National Conference, as well as in major concert halls across the country.
The renowned 330-member "Pride of the Southland" Marching Band performs weekly to home audiences of 108,000 Volunteer fans in Neyland Stadium on the UT Campus. The "Pride" also travels to many SEC Conference football games, and is often televised on national network TV. The band has made over 40 bowl appearances and has represented the State of Tennessee at the last 12 Presidential Inaugurations.
The UT Pep Bands perform regularly at selected football games, men's and women's basketball games and volleyball matches.
In addition to the large ensembles, studio members are able to participate in many chamber groups. Brass quintets and tuba quartets are all ensembles for "credit" and participation is even required for some degree plans. The tuba/euphonium ensemble operates within the master class and performs on a regular basis.