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As an extension of the University of Pikeville, the band program is held to the highest standard. UPIKE Band is committed to building a unique and innovative program that will attract unique and innovative students to help define and shape the future of the program, campus and community. The program is committed to growth, service, creativity and excellence.
UPIKE’s music department was once one of the largest academic programs on campus. Beyond an appreciation for the music department, acting President Rediford Damron (1965 to 1967) created Pikeville College’s first large college band. In its infancy, the band program was well known in the community, giving numerous performances and even played in the Kentucky Derby Day Parade. Its talented graduates lead programs spanning from eastern Kentucky to southern Ohio. The revitalization of UPIKE’s Band program will not only allow the university’s rich musical history to continue but play its own part in changing the musical landscape in higher education. With a commitment to innovation and creativity, UPIKE’s Band program has much to offer students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community.
Director of Bands MichaelPhillips@upike.edu(606) 218-5740University Band Main OfficeRecord Memorial Building, Room 300
Assistant Director of BandsPercussion InstructorMikeBell@upike.edu (606) 218-5740Record Memorial Building, Office 400
Professor of Music PhillipWestgate@upike.edu(606) 218-5738Record Memorial Building, Office 405
Scholarships are available and amounts are based on ability, commitment to the program and fund availability. It is not required that scholarship recipients major or minor in music. Scholarship auditions can be arranged by contacting Bands@upike.edu. Students should prepare two short pieces that simply demonstrate their ability and sound.
Band work-study opportunities are available for qualifying students. Prior instrumental music experience may be required and work-study tasks may vary. For more information contact, UPIKE’s Office of Student Financial Services.
Commitment to the UPIKE Band program begins with Wind Band and then expands with learning and interest level. Performance opportunities include jazz, chamber groups, lessons and the upcoming marching band.
You have an opportunity to minor in music at UPIKE, but studying music is not required to participate in UPIKE Band. If you have a passion for music and a desire to learn, we have a place for you!
Yes, scholarships are available for students participating in UPIKE Band. You can develop your musical ability while offsetting the cost of your tuition. Learn More
It’s helpful to practice with your own instrument; however, a limited inventory of instruments is available to support students who don’t have their own. Email Bands@upike.edu for more information on instrument availability.
UPIKE Band is open to all ability levels. Students without a great deal of experience are encouraged to take lessons and courses at UPIKE to help elevate their abilities. For more information, email Bands@upike.edu.