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band student performing at football game

Mission & Vision

As an extension of the University of Pikeville, the band program is held to the highest standard. UPIKE Band is a unique and innovative program that attracts 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.

A Rich Musical History

The University of Pikeville has a storied tradition of excellence in music performing and serving in the community for nearly 100 years. Music has shaped the UPIKE community in various ways from choirs, glee clubs, pep bands, and jazz bands and many other formats giving our students a sense of belonging within the music department. 

The UPIKE Band includes UPIKE Wind Band, UPIKE Jazz Band, UPIKE Rocks Basketball Jam Band, The Mighty Five Drum Vibe and Drum Line, UPIKE Marching Band as well as the annual Tuba Christmas event, Band Summer Growling Sessions, Advanced Achievement in Performance Lab and AIM Summer Camp.

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. UPIKE’s Band program continues the university’s rich musical history in changing the musical landscape of the region. With a commitment to innovation and creativity, UPIKE’s Band program has much to offer students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community.


Michael Bell

Assistant Director of Bands
Percussion Instructor
(606) 218-4462
Record Memorial Building, Office 311

Michelle Rutherford

Interim Director of Bands
(606) 218-5740
Record Memorial Building, Office 310

Dr. Todd Westgate

Professor of Music
(606) 218-5738
Record 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 Students should prepare two short pieces that simply demonstrate their ability and sound.

Work-Study Program

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 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