The BMB is the largest ensemble in the Music Department, and is often nicknamed the "Front Porch" of the university due to its size, diverse activities, performance schedule around campus, and contribution to the spirit and atmosphere of sporting events. The BMB performs at all home football games, takes a weekend trip to a designated away football game ( like Ok State Univ., Ole Miss, Kansas State Univ., Steven F. Austin Univ., and many more). The BMB performs at the Faulkner Co. Fair Parade and has appeared across Arkansas and surrounding states at many high school invitational marching contests and ASBOA Region Marching Assessments. Membership is by audition.
The Purple Rage Basketball Pep Band performs at the UCA Mens and Womens Basketball games and post season tournament. Members receive an additional stipend for performing in the Purple Rage. Membership is open to those students in the Bear Marching Band.